Google launched its much awaited Android O and is named after one of the most loved biscuit Oreo, that the whole world knows and enjoys. There were some rumours that Android 8 will be known as Octopus or Oatmeal Cookie. Google partnered with snack producer Nabsico to call the upcoming Android version as Oreo.
The biggest question when any update is announced, is its compatibility. Since the day Android made its debut on HTC Dream, it has really suffered from fragmentation. Smartphone giants running Android tend to skin the OS heavily. Google says that Android O update is already rolling out and is going up there in the AOSP. But the real question is, when will you see it in your phone?
Every time Google releases a new version of Android, manufacturers tend to layer their skin over the stock Android. It takes more time and effort due to which only a handful of devices are updated. Some companies do make that effort to layer their skin over Android, but takes a lot of time to do that. As of August 2017, only 12.3% are running on Android Nougat 7.0 and 1.2% on Android Nougat 7.1, which is a very low rate.
Lollipop and Marshmallow still continue to dominate the Android smartphone market. Smartphone currently running on Android Nougat will get Android 8 Oreo update soon. But, some of the smartphones running Android Marshmallow can even jump straight to Android O. Presently, only Google backed devices are the ones that have received the update. And some companies have announced their plans just after Android O became official. So, if you are wondering what happens to your device, take a look at which smartphones will be getting Android Oreo update.
Android O update for Google Pixel, Nexus
Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Pixel C tablet will be the first Google devices receiving the Android O update. OTA updates for these devices will arrive soon. If you register yourself for the Android O public beta program, you will get the final build today itself. Pixel and Pixel XL users already got the OTA updates, if they are running beta program on their Android devices. Android 8 update comes to around 38 MB and takes around half an hour to an hour of time to install. You can also download the image file from Android’s website and install it manually on your device, if you are familiar with terms like ROM and Flashing.
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Android Oreo update for the entire Nokia Android line-up
Nokia earlier announced that it will be updating the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 to Android Oreo. As confirmed by HMD Global, Nokia 8 will also be receiving the Android O update. Nokia announced that they will be one of the first non-Google manufacturer to release Android O update to its users.
Android 8 update for OnePlus Smartphones
China’s smartphone giant, OnePlus has also confirmed that their latest flagship smartphone, OnePlus 5 will be updated to Android Oreo in the near future. You can expect the Oreo update to arrive to the OnePlus 5 in another two months. OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users have nothing to worry. OnePlus has also confirmed that even these smartphones will receive the update. Android O will be the last major Android update for OnePlus 3 and 3T.
Android Oreo update for Essential PH-1
Recently, the co-founder of Android, Andy Rubin unveiled the Essential PH-1 smartphone. Google’s Android 8 Blog post confirms that Essential is one of the first companies working on Android O development.
Android 8 update for Samsung
While there is no official announcement from Samsung, it is widely expected that the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will be updated to Android Oreo. It is not confirmed, whether the 2017 A series and J series will receive the update or not.
Android Oreo update for Lenovo
Lenovo’s recently launched K8 Note is expected to receive the Android O update. It is the first smartphone from Lenovo, which runs a near stock build of Android. So, it may be of great help for Lenovo to bring Android Oreo sooner to the phone.
Android 8 update for LG
LG’s recent smartphone like the LG G6 and LG Q6 are sure to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. It is also widely expected that the LG G5 and LG V20 will be updated to Oreo.
Android O update for Moto phones
Moto phones run on stock Android and are one of the most actively updated devices. However, there is no official announcement from Moto regarding Android Oreo update. But Motorola’s premium phones like Moto Z2 Play are expected to receive the Android O update by this year. Budget phones like Moto G5 or previous budget phones like Moto G4 might not receive it.
Android 8 update for HTC
HTC has confirmed that the HTC U11 will be updated to Android Oreo. It is also expected that the recently launched HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play will be updated to Android Oreo. Some rumours also claim that the HTC 10, HTC 10 Evo, HTC Desire 10 Pro and HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle will receive the update.
Android Oreo update for Asus
During the launch of the ZenFone 4 series of smartphones, Asus announced that it will update its current line-up of devices to Android 8.0. The smartphones that will receive the update include ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Max and ZenFone 3 Laser.
Android O update for Sony
Rumours suggests that Sony will provide Android 8 updates to the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia Xzs, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra to Android 8.0 Oreo.
Android O update for Micromax Canvas Infinity
At the launch of the new Micromax Canvas Infinity with 5.7-inch 18:9 FullVision display, the company announced it will provide the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the handset, but didn’t tell us about any timeline for it.
Android 8.0 Top Features
Android O comes with a host of refinements, back-end changes and polishes aimed at enhancing the ultimate user experience. The major features on offer include notification dots, support for third party calling apps, notification channels in which notifications are segmented into channels such as sports, news and music and the new ‘Google Play Protect’ malware system.
Android O also comes with app optimisations, audio enhancements, an improved Autofill feature, better battery management algorithms (a clampdown on background apps), new and redesigned Emojis and support for Android Instant apps.
The list does not include some of the brands like Xiaomi, Coolpad. But, we expect more brands to come forward with their Android 8.0 Oreo update schedules. We will update this list as and when these or other brands announce their release plans.