08 February 2018
Google traditionally announces new flavor of Android OS every year. Last year the major Android OS updated was rolled out as Android Oreo. The Android Oreo name was revealed back on August 21 when everyone was enjoying the Solar Eclipse in the US. Back in 2016, Google initially released the developer preview of Android N at the I/O event, same was the case last year Google rolled out Android O developer preview at the I/O 2017 event. Google released three Android Oreo beta ahead of rolling out the final build.
So far after the Android Oreo 8.0, Google released another minor update Android Oreo 8.1 with fixes to all bugs which pop up with the Android Oreo. Since the final build roll out the Android Oreo is tested on a number of devices by different OEMs and carriers. Like always whenever a major Android update is announced every device owner who is running on the Android OS keen to know when the latest update will be rolled out to his/her phone. The timescale is never confirmed by OEMs so we have to rely on the info we know so far regarding the Android Oreo roll out from different manufacturers, Starting with the Google-branded devices.
Google rolled out the first public beta update for Pixel and few Nexus devices back in May 2017, later on, the final update rollout kicked off from August 21st when the final build was out. At the moment all Nexus and Pixel devices are running on the latest Android Oreo 8.1 which was rolled out by Google from December 14, 2017, onwards. As expected the update was initially rolled out for the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, later on for the older devices.
At the ZenFone 4 series announcement, Asus confirmed the latest Android Oreo will be rolled out for the ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 series in second half of this year but surprisingly Asus kicked off the rollout process for ZenFone 4 series by the end of December 2017 which is way ahead of timeframe the company committed to the update. Once the rollout of all ZenFone 4 series smartphones ends most likely the update for ZenFone 3 series owners isn't far behind, we can expect it to roll out pretty soon.
The Android Oreo for the aforementioned ZenFone smartphones is rolled out with ZenUI 4.0 layer over it. Its good to see Asus paying attention to roll out latest Android Oreo pretty much earlier than their commitment.
BlackBerry yet not shown any intentions to kick off the Android Oreo update process but they recently confirmed the devices to CrackBerry which will be getting Android Oreo later this year. So far five BlackBerry branded Android smartphones are announced including Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60, KeyOne, and Motion. The last two devices were pre-installed with Android Nougat and most likely these will be the only devices to receive the Android Oreo from BlackBerry with special security features on board. BlackBerry already confirmed they won't be rolling Android Oreo for the Priv owners but from the look of things, the update won't be either rolled out for the DTEK series owners. The company confirmed update for KeyOne.
As far as release is a concern, BlackBerry is expected to start roll-out process in the first half of 2018 ahead of next major update announcement. It's important to mention that BlackBerry is usually amongst the last to update their smartphones with latest updates as their custom UI bring special security features as well.
Last year HTC changed their traditional design language with the latest flagship U11. Despite having thick bezels design what makes the U11 special was its squeezable frame, this feature was one of the innovation HTC introduced with their last year flagships. Later on, the company announced U11 Plus the first bezel-less smartphone with Android Oreo straight out of the box. HTC is highly regarded as one of the first OEM to confirm the Android Oreo update for their devices. With each new iteration of the update, HTC is ditching their bloatware apps with the stock apps which certainly helps them to clean the UI as well fast roll out of latest updates.
HTC confirmed Android Oreo for the U11, U11 Ultra and HTC 10. HTC started rolling Android Oreo for the U11 owners in Taiwan from November 15, later on, November 27, the update was rolled out for the unlocked device owners. Not just that the company also released Android Oreo for the U11 Life owners on November 30 which was quite surprising because the companies are usually not eager to roll out latest updates so quickly for a mid-ranger. The HTC 10 owners received Android Oreo in mid-January.
HTC is one of the fastest OEM to roll out latest updates but sometimes this kind of speed also brings bugs. The Android Nougat was released by HTC within 95 days after the final build release but later on, the company shut down roll out for few weeks due to bugs which pop up on devices once the update was released. The recently announced U11 EYEs is pre-installed with Android Oreo, we can expect the update will be rolled out for U11 Ultra devices in late February.
Huawei doesn't have a confirmed schedule of rolling out latest updates. Usually, the company's second flagship of the year is announced in last quarter with latest Android flavor straight out of the box. The Mate 8 was announced with Android Marshmallow, the Mate 9 was pre-installed with Android Nougat and the last year Mate 10 was running on Android Oreo straight of the box.
Usually the locked smartphone owners have to wait further to get the update due to delay from carriers but that's not the case with Huawei smartphones in the US. None of the carrier locked variant of Huawei smartphone is offered in the US, the unlocked devices are available which receives direct updates from Huawei.
Huawei confirmed the Android Oreo roll out for the Honor 6X, and Honor 8 Pro before the end of last year but the update yet not rolled out, we can expect it to be rolled out in coming days. At the announcement of Mate 10 series, Huawei confirmed the latest and the company fulfilled their promise by starting the rollout in December for the Chinese owners.
The company yet to release Android Oreo for last year flagships P10 series but ahead of the final rollout, they release Oreo kernel source code for P10 and P10 Plus which is worth appreciating. Huawei Business VP Bruce Lee already confirmed the devices which will be getting Android Oreo. Let's have a look at the devices.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro - launches with Oreo
- Huawei Mate 10 - launches with Oreo
- Huawei Mate 9 - mid- to late-December 2017
- Huawei Mate 8
- Huawei P9
- Huawei P9 Plus
- Huawei Nova Youth Edition
- Huawei Nova 2
- Huawei Nova 2 Plus
Huawei's subsidiary Honor India officially confirmed the devices which will be getting the latest Android Oreo. The company officially confirmed Android Oreo won't be released for the Honor 8 due to hardware limitations but the update will be rolled out for Honor 8 Pro from Feb 1st. After the Honor 8 Pro, the update will be soon released for Honor 9.
With the latest EMUI 8.0 update, the Honor owners can expect all the glories of Android Oreo including notifications dots, new emoji, clean UI and boot time is also pretty fast. Apart from these two, the Honor 6X is already confirmed by Huawei.
The LG V20 was the first smartphone on the market in 2016 with Android Nougat straight out of the box but the company wasn't able to redo it in 2017 with the V30. The Android Oreo for the V30 owners was rolled out in December. Initially, the update was rolled out for the South Korean customers, later on for the global customers in January. LG rolled out Android Nougat for the G5 owners within 91 days but that's not the case this year. The company isn't pretty as far as Android Oreo update is a concern for the G6.
The Android Oreo beta for G6 was kicked off in China back in December and it is still in the dark when the final build will be released. However, the LG G6 owners can expect a final build of Android Oreo this month. Initially, it will be for South Koreans later on for the rest of the world in March.
In last few years the Motorola brand has a roller coaster rider. Google once own the name, later on, they sold it to Lenovo. The Motorola's moniker was initially removed later on it was brought back but one thing which remains consistent was the company's ability to roll out latest Android OS updates at a rapid pace.
The unlocked Motorola smartphones not only receive latest updates pretty quickly but also the carrier-bound variants owners don't have to wait longer to receive the latest updates. The first Motorola smartphone to receive the Android Oreo update was the Moto Z2 Force, the rollout process was started in December by the Verizon. In the US Verizon was the first to kick off the update process but we can expect update pretty soon from other carriers as well.
Last year Motorola released the Android Nougat for the Moto Z and Z Force within 88 days after the final build release, this showcase the strength of the company to roll out the latest updates. Motorola yet to release Android Oreo for other devices but we can expect to roll out will start later this month. The good thing has Motorola confirmed 12 smartphones which will be getting Android Oreo later this year.
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Droid
- Moto Z Force Droid
- Moto Z Play
- Moto Z Play Droid
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto Z2 Force Edition
- Moto X4
- Moto G5
- Moto G5 Plus
- Moto G5s
- Moto G5s Plus
Last year we have seen a couple of new Android smartphone manufacturers in the market including HMD global and Essential. The HMD global last year launched six Nokia branded Android devices and all the devices received pretty well in the market. The company already committed to fast rolling out updates with minimal bloatware.
Being a flagship smartphone the Nokia 8 was the first smartphone upgraded to Android Oreo. The rollout started on November 24, later on, in December the Nokia 4 and Nokia 6 are also updated to latest Android OS. The Nokia 5 starts receiving Android Oreo in January whereas the company confirmed the rollout for the Nokia 3 is imminent. Last but not the least the Nokia 2 will be directly updated to Android 8.1, the company confirmed it earlier. Its good to see HMD Global updated all the Nokia Android smartphones with latest Android Oreo including the entry-level devices.
As far as updates are a concern the OnePlus track record isn't commendable at all, the company's history of rolling updates is not pretty great. The OnePlus was criticized for delaying the updates, the company didn't roll out Android Nougat for the OnePlus 2 owners and also they delayed the release of Marshmallow for OnePlus X. That is why the company isn't trusted worthy as far as updates are a concern. You can't count OnePlus if you are the fan of latest Android OS software updates. However, with the passage of time, the company's attitude towards updating devices is changing.
Back in the first week of September, the company kicked off the Android Oreo closed beta for OnePlus 3, later on, its first stable public beta was announced in last week. The final build was rolled out to OnePlus 3 and 3T owners. The third OnePlus smartphone to receive the Oreo was OnePlus 5. The stable build was rolled out in the first week of January. Last but not the least OnePlus finally pushed the Oreo update for OnePlus 5T owners on last day of January. All confirmed OnePlus devices are already updated to latest Android Oreo.
Samsung is also amongst the companies which are known for their slow speed of rolling latest Android OS updates and unfortunately, this trend didn't change with the latest Android Oreo. Despite having one of the largest software team, the company yet not started rolling Android Oreo. One of the reasons is huge product range and carrier bound variants in most of the markets. The first Samsung smartphones to receive the latest Android Oreo will be Galaxy S8 and S8+, later on, the Galaxy Note 8. In last few months so far Samsung released five public beta builds of Android Oreo for the S8 series devices but still the company yet to kick off the update process. However, we can expect it to roll out pretty soon most likely in February.
Last year Samsung took 143 days to initially start the Android Nougat 7.0 rollout for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners in UK and China whereas the US customers had to wait 180 days to get the update. Samsung S8 users are waiting for almost six months to receive the Android Oreo update. The Beta version of Android Oreo is currently available for S8 series owners in the US, UK, and South Korea. The Android Oreo will be rolled out with Experience UI 9.0 custom layer. The other Samsung smartphones are expected to receive the Android Oreo in the first half of 2018.
Considering the Samsung's traditional rollout process, the company rolls only two major updates to their devices which means the Galaxy S6 owners shouldn't expect Android Oreo from the company. From what we know so far following the devices which will be getting Android Oreo update from Samsung.
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy Note FE
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
As per SamMobile reports, Samsung might also roll out Android Oreo for Galaxy J series smartphones but usually, the company only rolls one major update to the device in the lifespan. The aforementioned list isn't provided by Samsung instead it is based on speculations which make sense.
Sony was amongst those OEMs who were known for their slow speed in rolling latest updates but the good thing is Sony is not improving their custom UI but also trying to roll out updates at a rapid pace. Back on August 31, the company confirmed Android Oreo 8.0 for a number of their devices. Let's have a look at the devices.
- Xperia X
- Xperia X Performance
- Xperia XZ
- Xperia X Compact
- Xperia XZ Premium
- Xperia XZs
- Xperia XA1
- Xperia XA1 Ultra
- Xperia Touch
- Xperia XA1 Plus
Sony's latest mid-rangers XA2 and XA2 Ultra are the company's first smartphone with Android Oreo. Back on October 23rd, the company started rolling Android Oreo for the Xperia XZ Premium owners. Later on in last week of November, the latest Android Oreo update was rolled out for the Xperia X Performance, SZs, and XZ owners.
The company took 99 days to roll out Android Nougat for their Xperia smartphones and they updated a wide-range of devices with Android Nougat. If we consider a couple of years ago, Sony took nearly five months to update their Xperia Z5 and Z4 series smartphones with Android Marshmallow. The situation is getting better with each passing year.
At the moment it is still in the dark when Sony will start kicking off updates for other Xperia smartphones which are confirmed to receive the update. We are expecting at least couple of smartphones will receive Android Oreo in February. Also, it is important to mention like Samsung Sony don't have to worry about carrier delays because none of the carriers is offering Sony smartphone in the US.
Last year apart from Nokia, Essential was the second manufacturer emerge on the market. What makes the Essential special is Android daddy and former Google Employee Andy Rubin is behind the company. Another good thing is Android OS on Essential Phone is bloatware free. In last few months since its release, we have seen a number of updates for Essential PH-1 to resolve all the issues related to software.
The Android Oreo first beta update for Essential Ph-1 was announced on November 15, the company released second build in December. Recently when everyone was expecting the final build, Essential officially confirmed they will be rolling out a stable Android Oreo 8.1 in coming weeks and the reason behind ditching the Android 8.0 is stability issues. Most likely the final build will be released in February.
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