Moto G5 Plus Makes Its First Software Update: Google Assistant Will Not Be Available Out Of The Box

19 March 2017, 2:12 am EDT By Caezar Sotto Mobile & Apps

Motorola's recently unveiled G5 Plus smartphone is getting its first update. According to sources, the company is in the midst of releasing the phones' first update.

The G5 Plus will be receiving firmware build NPN25.137-33 to fix last minute bugs in its software. The update will improve and fix several of the phone features, including:

  • Improved audio quality while recording video
  • Last minute bug fixes
  • Stability improvements

The update comes over-the-air as a 280MB download. It should take around 10-15 minutes to complete the update. As in previous cases, the firmware update could take a few days before reaching all of the G5 Plus units.

Individuals that own the device can manually check the update via phone settings. Owners can do the following steps: Go to "settings," tap "about phone," and check "software updates."

In other news, the new Moto G5 plus will come out of the box without Google Assistant. The announcement came after the phone's worldwide launch.

Motorola did mention that the G5 Plus will be receiving the feature as a future external update. The company added that the Google will release the feature as a "Play Store" update.

The phone packs a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset and Octa-core Cortex CPU. It also equips an Adreno 506 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and an internal storage of 32/64 GB that is expandable up to 256GB via a MicroSD card.

Camera wise the phone has 12 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash primary shooter with a 5MP front snapper. It features a front mounted fingerprint sensor and a nonremovable 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery. It is available in two colors, Lunar Grey and Fine Gold.

The smartphone officially debut at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The G5 Plus is one of the sole next-gen front-runners of Motorola's new G series smartphones.

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