Updated on July 24, 2020: Lenovo-owned Motorola isn’t consistent or focused enough unlike other OEMs when it comes to providing firmware updates. Motorola One Macro is still running on Android 9.0 Pie over Stock UI and there is no sign of Android 10 update yet. It seems that the Android Q update is far enough as the Motorola One Macro is picking up the latest July 2020 Android Security Patch Level that bumps up a new software version PMDS29.70-81-5 over Android Pie.
The new software update is rolling out in India as of now and no other changes or improvements mentioned yet. Most importantly, there is no estimated timeframe mentioned yet by the company about the Android 10 update. Now, it’s been almost 10 months since Google has released Android 10 officially and within a few months, Android 11 will also arrive.
Typically, Motorola devices are expected to receive two major Android OS updates. So, it’s needless to say that Motorola One Macro users have to wait for longer to receive Android 11 for sure.
Android 10 is now 9 months old, and still, various OEMs are not able to call the Android 10 rollout complete for their portfolio. While Google is prepping up for the release of the Android 11, Android 10 is still new for many of the phones. Motorola has not been consistent with the push of the Android 10 update and there are several devices that are still awaiting the update. Besides, due to the non-availability of any sort of update roadmap, it is quite difficult to tell when the OEM plans to push the updates for its devices. Motorola One Macro users are also waiting for the same for quite some time now.
The Motorola One Macro was launched back in 2019. This MediaTek 6771 Helio P70 powered device came with Android 9 Pie and the device is currently stuck at the same version of the Android OS. Being one of the recent phones from Motorola, the Motorola One Macro should have been among the first Motorola phones to pick up the Android 10 updates but that is not the case. Moreover, running almost stock Android UI has also not helped the OEM either in this race and the company is far behind other manufacturers.
When a user asked regarding the Android 10 update status for the Motorola Macro One, a forum admin replied that:
I know you’re anxious to get Android 10/Q on your Motorola one macro. We haven’t forgotten about you and the macro is expected to receive Android 10, pending partner approval, if that’s required. That being said, I know your next question (When?), the answer to that is we never share timing information. So, yes it will get Android 10, but I don’t have timing on when the phone will get it.
We do not exactly know what the moderator meant by the term “pending partner approval” as the company is solely responsible for upgrading its devices. On that note, it has also been made clear that the device will pick up the Android 10 update, but when? That’s the questing that has been left unanswered.
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How to Install Android 10 ROM on Motorola One Macro
The Motorola One Macro is the cheapest Moto One phone yet, with clean software and a unique macro camera for close-up shots. Well, the camera on the rear sports a triple setup of 13 MP (wide) + 2MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth) and for a selfie with 8 MP. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. Here in this guide, we will share the AOSP Android 10 Custom GSI build for Motorola One Macro. Thanks to the XDA Recognized Developer phhusson for making this possible.
Now, you may ask what GSI is? A GSI (generic system image) is a system image with minimal configurations for Android devices. It works as a pure Android implementation without any modifications or changes to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code. It can be run on any Android devices running Android 8.1 or higher version due to the Project Treble support. Here we have shared a step-by-step guide to flash AOSP Android 10 on Motorola One Macro below.
But before going to the installation steps, let’s have a look at the device overview and then Android 10 overview as well.
Motorola One Macro Specifications:
Motorola One Macro was announced in October 2019 which sports a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The device has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 81.3 %.
The device is powered by an Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) with MediaTek Helio P70 (MT6771T) chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It also supports an external memory card with up to 512 GB microSD. The device came out of the box with Android 9.0 Pie and backed by a 4000 mAh battery (Non-removable).
As far as the camera concerned, the device has a triple-camera setup with 13MP + 2MP + 2MP primary sensors and a selfie camera with an 8MP lens. Other connectivity option includes 4G-VoLTE, GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth, Mobile Hotspot, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass. etc.
What’s on Android 10?
Google has started rolling out the latest Android 10 version update to its Pixel series devices, which is the 10th iteration of Android OS. It brings plenty of new features to the device system like system UI, new gesture navigation, improved privacy, and location control. The update also offers enhanced app permissions, foldable display support, security features, system-wide dark mode, etc.
The Android 10 also offers built-in call screening, multi-camera API, smart replies in the notification panel, 5G support, improved call quality, bubble feature, live caption, and more. While the latest version also improves battery life, Focus mode, which is similar to the Do Not Disturb mode, etc. Apart from that, Android 10 also features 65 new emojis. It also comes with direct audio streaming support to hearing aid devices.
Android 10 Features
Here we will provide little details of the most highlighted features of Android 10 (aka Android Q). Check out the Top 10 Android 10 features.
- Live Caption: This feature will automatically start caption when you play media on your phone.
- Smart Reply: It will offer suggested responses or actions to your incoming messages like Facebook Messenger.
- Sound Amplifier: It will boost audio, filter background noise, and fine-tune the sound for the improved listening experience.
- New Gesture Navigation: This system is now smoother and faster than before.
- Dark Theme: It offers better battery backup and reduces eye strain during lowlight conditions.
- Privacy Controls: It features offers your device system to choose when and how your data will be shared.
- Location Controls: It feature also offers advanced security layers and control any apps or the map to access your location.
- Faster Security Updates: This option will be useful for both the smartphone OEMs and users via Google Play service. This will offer faster updates.
- Focus Mode: It’s an improved version of the Digital Wellbeing feature with an enhanced user interface and few changes.
- Family Link: It’s quite similar to the Focus mode, which is basically for kids. The parents can now control devices or apps usage time limits and content limits as well.
Steps to Install Android 10 ROM on Motorola One Macro
PHH’s AOSP Android 10 GSIs are still marked as a pre-release. Even on a device that runs Pie GSIs nicely, it’s still possible to get broken media, camera, RIL, or even flat-out no-boot. You’re strongly advised to try PHH’s original and then identify/report issues there, before moving onto other GSIs that is based on this work. Please report bugs there only if it’s specific to this GSI.
We’re at GetDroidTips won’t be responsible for any damage or error that occurs to your handset while or after following this guide. This is a Custom ROM and may contain some of the bugs or stability issues. We can’t recommend you to use this firmware as your daily driver. Proceed at your own risk.
First, you have to unlock the device bootloader to flash any Custom ROM. But going to the process. let’s take a look at requirements and download links first.
- You need to unlock the bootloader at first.
- ARM, ARM64, or x86: Check your Android Phone’s Processor
- Treble Support: Check If Your Smartphone Supports Project Treble
- To flash via recovery, you need TWRP Recovery. Download if supported, if not try the ADB and fastboot method
- Download the required Android 10 GSI ROM file and Android 10 GApps file from below.
- Keep your device battery charged up to 60%, at least for a smoother process.
- Take a complete backup of your device data without Root. In case anything goes wrong, you can easily restore all the data.
A only arm64 – arm64 avN
A/B arm64 – arm64 bvN
A/B arm32 – arm bvN
Instructions to Install:Guide to install Generic System image (GSI) on your Android device
We hope that this guide is helpful to you and you have successfully installed the AOSP Android 10 Custom ROM on your Motorola One Macro handset easily. If in case anything goes wrong or if you have any queries, feel free to ask in the comments below.
If you find any problem with the latest build of Android 10 GSI, then you can report it on the official GitHub page: Click Here