Motorola once was well known for its quick and fast Android OS upgrades. The software on Moto devices is also very close to stock Android experience featuring most of the Google app experience; with an exceptions like Motorola camera and gallery apps. All the OEM needs to do is compile the latest AOSP sources for their smartphones. Here is the first stable Android 11 release for the Moto G8 and G8 Plus.
A couple of month ago, we reported about the Android 11 soak test for the Moto G8 series. If you don’t already know, soak test is like a beta program for Motorola smartphones. Looks like the beta program for Moto G8 series is over, and a new stable Android 11 OTA is starting to hit device globally.
The Moto G8 and G8 Power are now receiving stable Android 11 update for regions like India and Latin America where the device is very popular. The update was first spotted by Reddit user u/vivek1310yadav for the Moto G8. It features firmware build number RPE31.Q4U-47-35. The full OTA weighs about 1126 MB in size. It also features the newer February 2021 security patch level.
Here is the direct translation of the changelog:
New version: RPE31.Q4U-47-35 Total package size: 1126.0 MB • Android 11: Say hello to a powerful new device with multimedia controls, communicate more easily with the Conversations and Chat Bubbles screen, and choose how and when to share your data with Kinetic permissions and other new configuration options. Privacy Discover all the new features. • Android Security: Android security patches are included until February 1, 2021.
The US variants will soon start receiving Android 11 update for the T-Mobile Moto G8 variant in the United States. You will receive and over-the-air (OTA) update notification. Simply go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Alternatively, download the full stock firmware from below.
Download Android 11 for Moto G8 series
The following Telegram channel has aggregated all the Motorola stock firmware including Moto G8 and G8 Power. Downloads come directly from Motorola servers. Search for the Moto G8, Moto G8 Plus (codename “DOHA”), G8 Power (codename “sofia”).