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Android Oreo has already started to reach some cell phones with many new features

Google has already enabled the update of Android Oreo (Android 8.0 and 8.1) and several companies have already revealed which cell phones will be able to update their operating system and began to enable the update for some of them.

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Android Oreo has already started to reach some cell phones with many new features
Android Oreo has already started to reach some cell phones with many new features

Android 8.0 (Android Oreo) is the next big update of the Google operating system.

On March 21, Google introduced Android O. Later, in June, revealed that this version corresponds to Android 8.0. And on August 21 he revealed his official name: Android Oreo. In addition, Google introduced Android 8.1 beta on October 25.

Google already unveiled most of the latest Android Oreo here or Android 8.1 beta here.

The way to release the Android 8.0 or Android Oreo update?

Android Oreo has had four previous versions (considered beta by many) before reaching its final version and shortly after its release on August 21, users belonging to the beta program of Android Oreo that have a device Pixel or Nexus began to receive the final version.

That same day Google placed the factory images of Android 8.0 on its Web page to allow users who have not received the update to install it manually.

The release varies greatly depending on the device, but in recent years the same companies have taken this leadership and this is more or less the order in which some companies have enabled on average the last two generations of Android ( Nougat and Marshmallow ) for their Cell phones, tablets and other devices:

  • Google: With the release (or very close) of the new version of Android (this year will be in the third quarter of 2017) – It has already started to release Android Oreo.
  • LG: Generally, about two months after the release of the final version of Android.
  • Motorola: Usually, almost three months later.
  • HTC: Usually, a little after three months.
  • Sony: Generally, between three and four months later.
  • OnePlus: Generally, four months after the release of the final version of Android.
  • Samsung: Generally, about five months later.
  • ZTE: Generally, more than five months later.
  • Huawei: Generally, more than six months later.

However, Google revealed that this time the company has worked closely for companies such as Essential (with the Essential Phone), General Mobile, HMD Global (with phones such as the Nokia 8), Huawei, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Kyocera begin to enable the update later this year.

Why Android updates take so much time and do not reach all users at once?

Android is the most popular operating system in the world, and that complicates things a bit.

Just think of the different Android phones that are around the world (they are millions). Not all have the same screen size, the same processor or the same components, because there are often modifications to optimize them for different markets or regions.

This means that each manufacturer has to optimize and make the appropriate modifications to work properly in each of the cell models.

In addition, it is necessary that the manufacturers of different components update their drivers  so that they work properly, although Google expects Android Oreo to facilitate this process.

Also, working and enabling an update also means time and money, so each manufacturer evaluates this to see if it’s really worth it.

On the other hand, updates may also require approvals from Google and operators.

It is for this and other reasons that not all of us receive each update at the same time.

Update to Android 8.0

As usual, Google began releasing the Android Oreo update to its Pixel and Nexus devices first, but it is expected that in the coming weeks (or months) other manufacturers will begin to release the update.

Next, we collect the devices that have already started receiving Android 8.0 or that we think will. We will update this article constantly with confirmations from the manufacturers and the dates on which the updates can be downloaded.

Google: Pixel, Nexus…

Google began to enable the update to Android 8.0 for their Nexus devices on August 21, but as usual this release happens in different phases.

These are the Google devices that started receiving Android 8.0:

  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Pixel C
  • Nexus Player
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X

Samsung and Android Oreo

These are the cell phones that we hope will be updated to Android O:

  • Galaxy Note 8: Samsung would begin to release the Android Oreo update in early 2018, as revealed by Samsung Turkey, or at least it will happen in that country.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8: Samsung enabled Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 at the beginning of November for users in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea, to then continue with China, Spain, Germany, France, India and Poland. The final version is expected to arrive for the Galaxy Note 8 already close to the launch of Android Oreo.
  • Galaxy S8 Plus: Samsung enabled Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 Plus, in early November for users in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea, to then continue with the tests in Spain, China, Germany, India, France, and Poland. It is expected that the final version will arrive for the Galaxy Note 8 already close to the launch of Android Oreo.
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Galaxy S7 Active
  • Galaxy Note 8 (after it is announced)
  • Galaxy Tab S3
  • Galaxy Note Fan Edition

On the other hand, the SamMobile blog revealed some additional cell phones and tablets that could receive the Android 8.0 update:

  • Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Galaxy A3 (2017)
  • Galaxy J7 (2017)
  • Galaxy J5 (2017)
  • Galaxy Tab S3
  • Galaxy C9 Pro (maybe)
  • Galaxy C7 Pro (maybe)
  • Galaxy J7 Prime (maybe)
  • Galaxy A9 Pro (maybe)
  • Galaxy A8 (2016) (maybe)
  • Galaxy J7 (2016) (maybe)
  • Galaxy J5 (2016) (maybe)
  • Galaxy J3 (2016) (maybe)
  • Galaxy Tab S2 (maybe)
  • Galaxy Tab A (maybe)

LG and the update to Android Oreo

These are the LG devices that we hope will be updated to Android 8.0 (Android Oreo):

  • LG V30: The company announced that it plans to enable the Android Oreo update for the LG V30 in December, but in November the beta version will be active, at least in South Korea.
  • LG G6
  • LG V20

Motorola

Motorola confirmed which phones will start receiving the Android Oreo update and said the first ones could start updating their cell phones this fall.

These are Motorola phones that will receive Android Oreo:

  • 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
  • Moto G5 Plus Prime Exclusive Edition

This means that for now these will stay on Android Nougat:

  • Moto Z Style
  • Moto G4
  • Moto G4 Plus

HTC: Android Oreo

These are the cell phones that we hope will be updated to Android Oreo in the future:

  • HTC U11: According to the popular HTC filter, LlabTooFer, the HTC U11 would begin to receive the Android Oreo update in November and it was just like that. HTC began releasing Android Oreo for the HTC U11 on November 14, first in Taiwan and shortly after the unlocked version worldwide.
  • HTC U Ultra
  • HTC 10
  • HTC U Play
  • HTC U11 Life: The Android Oreo update started arriving in late November for the unlocked version of the HTC U11 Life.

Sony

Sony has had a great variation in the effectiveness of the release of Android updates for their cell phones. Sometimes it is very fast and at other times it is very slow. However, these are the cell phones that the company has already confirmed that they will receive Android Oreo:

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium: On October 23, Sony began releasing the update to Android 8.0 Oreo for the Xperia XZ Premium, including the 3D Creator function (to scan objects and people in 3D), the prediction of capture and burst with autofocus of the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. In addition, the update brings picture in picture and other new features of Android Oreo, as well as improvements in sound quality.
  • Sony Xperia XZs: At the end of November began to receive the official update to Android Oreo.
  • Sony Xperia XZs Dual: Like the Xperia XZs, the Dual XZs started receiving Android Oreo at the end of November.
  • Sony Xperia XZ: The Android Oreo update began to be released at the end of November for the Xperia XZ.
  • Sony Xperia XZ Dual: At the end of November, Sony began to enable Android Oreo for the XZ Dual.
  • Sony Xperia X Performance: Sony began releasing the Android Oreo update for the Xperia X Performance on November 28.
  • Sony Xperia X Performance Dual: On November 28, Sony began releasing the Android Oreo update for the Xperia X Performance.
  • Sony Xperia X
  • Sony Xperia X Dual
  • Sony Xperia X Compact
  • Sony Xperia XA1
  • Sony Xperia Dual
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia XA! Ultra Dual
  • Sony Xperia Touch
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Dual
  • Sony Xperia Touch

OnePlus

OnePlus confirmed that some of their cell phones will be updating to Android 8.0:

  • OnePlus 5T: You will receive the beta version of Android Oreo in 2017 and the official update will arrive in the first quarter of 2018.
  • OnePlus 5: The company enabled Android Oreo beta on November 25 for the OnePlus 5, but its official update will not arrive until early 2018, in the first quarter.
  • OnePlus 3T: On October 14, users with a OnePlus 3T received the option to test the beta version of Android Oreo and on November 19 the company began releasing the official update, including the new parallel apps of the OnePlus 5T. In addition, the update also brought Picture-in Picture, autocomplete throughout the system and changes in the design of fast configurations. This update represents OxygenOS 5.0.
  • OnePlus 3: Like the OnePlus 3T, the 3 was able to test Android Oreo beta and on November 19 received the final update of Android Oreo with the arrival of OxygenOS 5.0.

Huawei and Honor

Huawei is not the best company in terms of updates, since it generally takes longer than others to release each version for its users to enjoy the news. That said, Huawei has not confirmed the update for any of its devices, but these are some of the cell phones that we hope will receive the update.

  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei Honor 9
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Mate Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Nova 2
  • Huawei Nova 2 Plus

At a conference in India the company confirmed that the following cell phones will receive Android Oreo:

  • Honor 6X
  • Honor 8 Pro

Nokia

HMD, manufacturer of cell phones with the Nokia brand, confirmed through its product director, Juho Sarvikas, that all their phones will receive Android Oreo.

  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 3
  • Nokia 8 : On October 25, Nokia announced its new beta program for its flagship phone, the Nokia 8.

Essential

The company started releasing the beta version of Android Oreo for the Essential Phone (PH-1) in early November.

As usual, the Android Oreo update varies according to the manufacturer, model, country and operator.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi enabled the beta version of Android Oreo in late November for the Xiaomi Mi 6, revealing some changes in the interface and new features.

Editor’s note: We will update this article as we have more information about the update of Android 8.0 (Android Oreo) for different devices, manufacturers and brands.

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