Moto G5S Plus will skip Android 8.0 in favor of Android 8.1

  • The Moto G5S Plus will skip Android 8.0 and jump to Android 8.1, Lenovo has revealed.
  • Don’t hold your breath for a launch this week, as the update includes the June 2018 security patch as well.
  • The news means that the phone will have a newer version of Android (for now) than the new Moto G6 series.

Lenovo has revealed that the Moto G5S Plus will be updated to Android 8.1, skipping the 8.0 update in the process. The Chinese brand delivered news of the update via its support portal (thanks to Android Authority reader David for spotting this), adding that the update also includes the June 2018 security update.

Don’t hold your breath for a rollout in the next couple of days, though, as the security update needs to include Android patches up until June 1. It’s reasonable to expect the update will also launch sometime in June.

The move is noteworthy because the newly revealed Moto G6 phones are launching with Android 8.0, giving the older phone a newer version of Android. Here’s hoping the newer phones skip Android 8.1 and get Android P, especially since Lenovo is reportedly only promising one “major” update for the new handsets.

A welcome surprise for a great phone

The Moto G5S Plus.

Android 8.1 brings several new features to the table, including better data-saving and endurance-related features, battery level indicators for your Bluetooth devices, and more emoji characters.

The update stands to make a quality phone even better. In our Moto G5S Plus review, David Imel called it a “fantastic alternative” to flagship phones. He praised the UI, Moto Actions and battery life, but criticized the cameras and lack of USB Type C.

“The Moto G5S Plus might not be the most premium device in the world, but it is a pretty damn good phone. For the price, it’s hard to ask for much more,” our reviewer concluded.