It is not an understatement when saying that the G- Series is the sort of the main series of Lenovo- owned Motorola. The company earns the bulk of its revenue from their famous and widely lauded Moto G Series. With the company having a niche share in the flagship segment, with their Moto Z Series and being completely absent from the upper- mid-segment, the G- Series is the bread and butter of Moto.
However, even this hasn’t stopped the company from being tediously slow and providing almost lack of software support for the smartphones of that series. And this is despite the fact the Moto makes use of stock Android in their smartphones, they don’t even have to build a heavily customized ROM for their devices, like Huawei or Xiaomi.
Moto provides almost a single software update to the consumers of the G Series, and that too is after a long delay. The Moto G5 Series of last year received the Android Oreo last month, two months after the release of the nest Android iteration, Android Pie and ten months after what Moto had promised for the device.
The same is the case with the Moto G4/ G4 Plus, with the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the device(s) now in a soak testing phase two months after Moto started signing-up voluntary testers for the same. As of now, the version of Android Oreo comes bundled with the November Security Patch. Moto, however, has yet to release any official timeline for when the final version of the update would be out for the consumers of the device.
Users of Moto G4/ G4 Plus which are interested in installing the testing version of the update can find the instructions for the same here. However a discretionary advice, if the update messes with the routine functioning of the device, you, yourself are responsible for the same.