The latest device in the Moto G series, the Moto G5, will be released very soon and will come out of the box with Android 7.0 Nougat. Previous generations of Moto G phones all received various Android software upgrades however, for many of these devices, the software support was halted after a certain point. Don't worry though, it is still possible to get the most recent operating system using custom ROMs, though these come with a word of caution: using custom ROMs will likely void your warranty so make sure you're 100% certain you want to pursue this method before diving in. Scroll down to see the last Android update each device officially received and how to get a later version unofficially.
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- Moto G5 (2017) Android update
- Moto G4 / G4 Play / G4 Plus (2016) Android update
- Moto G3/ Turbo (2015) Android update
- Motorola Moto G2 (2014) Android update
- Motorola Moto G (2013) Android update
|Android version||Android Jelly Bean||Android KitKat||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Moto G5 (2017)||-||-||-||-||Will be released with Android 7.0|
|Moto G5 Plus||-||-||-||-||Will be released with Android 7.0|
|Moto G4 (2016)||-||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|Moto G4 Play||-||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|Moto G4 Plus||-||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|Moto G 3rd gen (2015)||-||-||Yes||Yes||No|
|Moto G Turbo edition||-||-||Yes||Yes||No|
|Moto G 2nd gen (2014)||-||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Moto G 4G||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Moto G (2013)||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Lenovo is releasing the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in the next few weeks with the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Some exciting features you can look forward to are the Moto Experience app and the Google Assistant. It remains to be seen if the upgrade to Android 7.1 will be offered or if it will jump straight to Android O.
The Moto G4 and its variants, the Moto G4 Play and the Moto G4 Plus, were released in 2016 with Android Marshmallow. The update to Android Nougat was rolled out for all three devices, so head to the software updates section of your phone to check if you're up to date!
The 3rd generation phone of the Moto G series came out in 2015 with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed. It has since received a software update to Marshmallow. However, it will not be receiving the update to Android Nougat. Don't despair though, you can still get Nougat on your Moto G (2015) using a custom ROM - check out CyanogenMod's and XDA developers' guides on how to do this.
The Nougat ROM brings a mix of Google's open source (AOSP) as well as some extra features like night mode. While it is still under development, you can already use several functions including SMS, Wi-Fi connection, camera, calling and Bluetooth and Internet browsing. Other functions are still unstable and the ROM is incompatible with the device's dual-SIM mode.
The 2015 model of the Moto G series was officially updated up to Android Marshmallow. It rolled out to 3G and LTE-enabled devices in India, where soak tests were conducted several weeks prior.
The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Moto G (2nd gen) was rolled out over-the-air. The OTA update was primarily focused on fixing security issues, namely the Stagefright security flaw. Head to Settings > About Phone > Software Update and see if your Moto G (2nd gen) has the latest official update.
If you want to update to a more recent operating system version, you can do so using a custom ROM. Have a look at CyanogenMod's guide on how to get Android Nougat on your 2nd gen Moto G (2014).
Updates to the original Moto G have been sporadic and unreliable. Many carriers did not update the software beyond Android KitKat. If you have an unlocked device, you can get an update to Android 5.1 Lollipop directly from Motorola at the link below.
The Moto G 1st gen (2013) didn't receive Android Marshmallow or Nougat either but you can still get hold of these through a custom ROM - have a look at the guides below for help on how to do this:
- Get Android Nougat on your 1st gen Moto G (2013)
- Get Android Marshmallow on your 1st gen Moto G (2013)
Which operating system are you running on your Moto G? Are you going to upgrade to a later version? We'd love to know what you think of the latest Android software update on your Moto G device in the comments below.
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