The Moto G5 Plus was among the first Motorola phones to be released this year powered by Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The phone was released in April and so far, it has already received a follow-up model in the shape of the Moto G5S Plus. Unlike its predecessor, the latter comes preinstalled with the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
While both phones are expected to be updated to Android O once everything is ready, not so many are expecting the pair to be updated to the newest version of Nougat, which is v7.1.2. So far, this OS is only available for Google devices, among them the Pixel and Pixel XL as well as Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X and when compared to v7.1.1, there’s not much it brings to the table.
Nonetheless, it appears that Lenovo wants the Moto G5 Plus to get an update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat before making the switch to Android O, which may probably roll out next year, just like the Moto G4 Plus with respect to Android 7.0 Nougat. Given that the G5 Plus has v7.0 out of the box, it makes sense jumping straight to v7.1.2, an update that should iron out any issues discovered in the initial version as well as improve the general performance of the phone.
A Geekbench listing shows off a Moto G5 Plus phone with model number XT1680 and other than running the latest version of Nougat, the benchmarked model also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2.02GHz and mated with 2GB RAM. In the benchmarks, the Moto G5 Plus managed a single-core score of 876 and a multi-core score of 4327, which is quite impressive.
We cannot really guarantee that the Moto G5 Plus has indeed begun testing Android 7.1.2 Nougat, but I doubt whether many will welcome this idea, especially at a time when the most anticipated OS is Android O.
Google is expected to start rolling out the stable version of O starting next week Monday, but the update will first hit the two Pixel phones, the Pixel C tablet, the Nexus 6P and 5X as well as the Nexus Player, before heading out to other non-Google devices.
Would you prefer an update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat or a straight jump to Android O on your Moto G5 Plus? Let us know in your comments below.