Android Oreo is Coming at Last After 3 Month Delay

 

There’s a lot of talk about the latest operating system update from Android.  Oreo was released on August 21st 2017 and offers a lot of new few features including:

  • 2x faster start-up time
  • Improved battery life
  • Picture in picture mode
  • Snooze-able notifications

But, as so far only 0.3% of android devices have the update, you might be wondering when and if it will come to your phone.  This is in contrast to Apple’s IOS 11, which was released in September 2017, is already active on 52% of iPhones.

Why the Delay?

Android’s challenge delivering the latest upgrades to it’s users is understandable when you consider that, unlike Apple, Android is an open source platform, used by over 1,300 phone manufacturers.  This makes the roll out process far, far more complex than it is for Apple who manage the IOS software releases as well as all of the hardware that it’s installed on.

Each new Android update needs to go through a long winded procedure that starts with customization and testing by all the various chipmakers (eg. Qualcomm, MediaTek etc), secondly by the phone manufacturers (eg. Samsung, Huawei) and thirdly by the network providers (vodafone etc)

This process is not only time consuming, but as you can imagine it’s also expensive, which means the phone manufacturers normally take a few months to provide the release and in some cases they decide to skip it altogether.

Will My Phone be Updated?

In the last few days there has finally been news of quite a few phone models that are either getting the Oreo update now or will get it in the next couple of months.

To make it easier for you to keep track of the releases, we’ve compiled all the available information from Google, Samsung, Sony, OnePlus, Nokia, Motorola, Huawei and HTC into one simple table.

If your phone isn’t on the list, it’s because the manufacturer hasn’t confirmed an update.  There could still be one to come, but if you’re sporting an older phone model then it’s unlikely you’ll get the update, either because your hardware can’t support it, or the manufacturer decided not to release it.

Out of Box OTA Beta Planned
Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel / Pixel XL
Nexus 6P
Nexus 5X  ✔
Xperia XZ1 / XZ1 Compact
Xperia XZ / XZs / XZ Premium
Xperia XA1 / XA1 Plus /  XA1 Ultra
Xperia X Performance
Xperia X / X Compact  ✔
Galaxy S8 / S8+
Galaxy S8 Active Rumoured
Galaxy Note 8 / Note FE Rumoured
Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge / S7 Active Rumoured
Galaxy A7 (2017) Rumoured
Galaxy A5 (2017) Rumoured
Galaxy A3 (2017) Rumoured
Galaxy J7 (2017) Rumoured
Galaxy J5 (2017) Rumoured
Galaxy J7 Max Rumoured
Galaxy C9 Pro Rumoured
Galaxy C7 Pro Rumoured
OnePlus 3 / 3T
OnePlus 5 & 5T
OnePlus 5T
Huawei Mate 10 / 10 Pro / 10 Porsche
Huawei P10 / P10 Plus
Huawei Mate 9 / 9 Pro
Nokia 8  ✔
Nokia 2
Nokia 7
Nokia 3
Nokia 5
Nokia 6
Moto X4
Moto G5S / G5S Plus
Moto Z2 Force / Z2 Play
Moto G5 / G5 Plus
Moto Z / Z Play / Z Force
Moto G4 Plus Rumoured
HTC U11
HTC U Ultra
HTD 10

How to Upgrade

First check which Android version you’re currently running by going to the settings on your phone.

Settings -> About Phone -> Android Version

If this displays anything lower than 8.0 then you don’t have the latest version.

Next go to Settings -> System Updates

This will show if there are any upgrades available.  If yes, then click install to upgrade.  This is called an OTA (over the air) update.

Note: if your phone is locked to a single network provider then the upgrade will need to be specific to that provider.  That means that despite it being available from the phone manufacturer there may still be a delay before you receive it.

 

How to Get a Beta Release

Before releasing an update to the public, phone manufacturers normally run a beta release which is sent to a small group of users as part of their testing process.  This is an opportunity to receive the update earlier than normal, but it could still contain bugs that will be resolved in subsequent patch releases.

To register for the beta releases:

  • Google Pixel and Nexus -> go to Android developer pages and register your device.
  • Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus -> go to the Samsung+ app on your phone.
  • OnePlus 5 -> follow the instructions here

 

Possible Issues to be Aware of

Google Pixel and Nexus owners were the first to receive Oreo as an update, ie not out of the box.  Currently there are multiple reports from users on forums like Reddit and XDA Developer of significantly reduced battery life after the upgrade (20 hours to 8 hours).  This issue is possibly related to Google Play Services and is currently being investigated by Google.

It’s possible that other bugs will come up as the upgrade is released for more phone models so early adopters beware!

 

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