Google officially unveiled Android 8.0 Oreo after the total solar eclipse, but the next major version of the mobile operating system will not arrive to all compatible Android smartphones at the same time.
Which Android smartphones will receive the upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, and when will the update arrive? Here are the best answers that we have right now for those questions.
Android 8.0 Oreo For Pixel, Nexus Devices
Google, through a post on the official blog announcing the arrival of Android 8.0 Oreo, said that the operating system upgrade has entered carrier testing for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. According to Google, Android 8.0 Oreo will start to roll out in phases to these devices, along with the Pixel C and Nexus Player, "soon."
That timeline does not really say much, but this was the same word used by Google last year with the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat, the final version of which was rolled out a few weeks after the last beta was sent to developers. If Google will follow the same timeline, the first Android 8.0 Oreo upgrades will arrive by the end of September.
For excited Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P owners who no longer want to wait, you can try signing up for the Android Beta program to download Android 8.0 Oreo now. After registration, users will get the full Android 8.0 Oreo update, which is being rolled out to beta testers. This method, however, has been put on hold by Google as there are apparently some issues, but it never hurts to try if the installation of the operating system upgrade proceeds.
Android 8.0 Oreo For Other Android Devices
In its blog post, Google also mentioned that it was working closely with its partners, with Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global (which owns Nokia), Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony scheduled to release of upgrade their devices to the new Android version within the year.
The first non-Google Android phones expected to receive the upgrade are the new ones, so the upcoming smartphones from these companies will likely be on Android 8.0 Oreo or would get the upgrade first. Example devices that might roll out with Android 8.0 Oreo, or get the upgrade shortly after they enter the market, are the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Customers should also expect the manufacturers that use Android versions closer to stock to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade, as there will be less tweaking involved. Manufacturers should also soon announce plans for which of their products will receive the upgrade.