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Android 8.0 Oreo update overview for smartphones and tablets

Update: HTC U11 update rolled out, Essential Phone gets Oreo beta

Android 8.0 Oreo has been available as a Developer Preview for a while now, but the final version is going to be making its way beyond Pixel and Nexus devices soon. When will my smartphone or tablet receive the next update to Android Oreo? In this article, we'll keep you up to date on which manufacturers and devices are getting Android Oreo and when. The latest news is that both the HTC U11 and Essential Phone are receiving the Android Oreo update.

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Which devices will get Android Oreo?

Asus Essential
Google HTC
Huawei Motorola
Nokia OnePlus


Android Oreo update for Asus devices

  Android 8.0
ZenFone 3 Planned, second half of 2018
ZenFone 4 Planned, second half of 2018

Asus has just unveiled six new ZenFone 4 models, and at the event it was promised that in the future the entire ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 lines would get the update to Android Oreo. Of course, that means ZenUI 4.0 layered on top as well, which will reportedly be less full of bloatware. You can expect the update to happen by the second half of 2018, according to Asus.

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Asus ZenFone 3 / © AndroidPIT



Android Oreo update for Essential devices

  Android 8.0
Essential PH1 Full release planned October or November 2017

In a Reddit AMA, Essential VP of Software Rebecca Zavin said the Essential Phone will receive Android Oreo in the next month or two. Though it ships with Nougat, this means users can expect an update either in October or November.

The Essential Phone has received the first beta of Android Oreo. The installation is only available via ADB and a download via this link.


In yet another Reddit AMA. Essential also mentioned there would be a new night mode and fingerprint scanner gestures coming with the official Android 8.0 update.

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Essential Phone / © Essential


Android Oreo update for Google Nexus and Pixel

  Android 8.0
Google Nexus 5X Yes
Google Nexus 6P Yes
Google Nexus Player Yes
Google Pixel C Yes
Google Pixel  Yes
Google Pixel XL Yes

The first devices in line to get system updates are, as always, Google's own devices: the Nexus and Pixel phones. At the moment, to get the update you'll have to install it manually or wait for the final version to come OTA (over the air).

Google has posted their update plans for the Pixel and Pixel XL on a support page, making their guarantees of two years of Android updates (through October 2018) and three years of security updates (through October 2019) official. In addition to the Pixel and Pixel XL, the Nexus 5X, 6P, Player and Google Pixel C will be getting Android Oreo.

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Google Pixel / © AndroidPIT


Android Oreo update for HTC devices

  Android 8.0
HTC U11 Planned
HTC U Ultra Planned
HTC 10 Planned

HTC has just announced which of their phones will be getting the Android Oreo update. The HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and HTC 10 will all be updated, though an exact time frame wasn't given. We think it's likely, based on previous update speed, that HTC will upgrade at least some of its devices to Android 8.0 by the end of 2017.

Released with Android Nougat out of the box, the HTC U11 is ready to update to Oreo. The brand has already released the update to Taiwanese users. The 1.3 GB package introduces the build number 2.31.709.1 and the November security patches. It's just a matter of time before the update rolls out to users in other countries. 

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HTC U11 / © AndroidPIT


Android Oreo update for Huawei

  Android 8.0
Huawei Mate 9 Public beta testing

Huawei is the first manufacturer (after Google) to be working on the next Android update, confirming the brand's ambition to broadcast updates as quickly as possible. The Chinese manufacturer has now officially started Oreo beta testing for the Mate 9, but for anyone eager to participate, you might want to hurry—right now, Huawei is only allowing a meager 250 spots for the chance to test. And there’s another caveat: Only those running firmware version MHA-L29C432B194 will be able to run the beta. To take part, you’ll have to download the Huawei Friendly User Test app, log in and try your luck.

Huawei's flagship was previously spotted at Geekbench with Android 8.0 Oreo on board, indicating that the Mate 9 was soon due for the update. Since the Huawei MHA aka Mate 9 was Huawei's first smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, the upcoming Mate 10 is expected to be the first to come with Oreo.

Huawei's next flagship will be revealed on October 16, but we'll likely wait until the end of the month for the phone to hit shelves. Once the Mate 10 makes its debut on the market, Huawei will probably release Android 8.0 Oreo for Mate 9.

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Huawei Mate 9 / © AndroidPIT


Android Oreo update for Motorola devices

  Android 8.0
Moto Z Planned, Fall 2017
Moto Z Droid Planned, Fall 2017
Moto Z Force Droid Planned, Fall 2017
Moto Z Play Planned, Fall 2017
Moto Z Play Droid Planned, Fall 2017
Moto Z2 Play Planned, Fall 2017
Moto Z2 Force Planned, Fall 2017
Moto X4 Planned, Fall 2017
Moto G5 Planned, Fall 2017
Moto G5 Plus Planned, Fall 2017
Moto G5S Planned, Fall 2017
Moto G5S Plus Planned, Fall 2017

Motorola has just revealed which of its smartphones will be getting the update to Android Oreo. Those with newer devices in at least the mid-range will be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The update roll out will begin this fall, but there's no more specific information available at this time. We expect the manufacturer to begin with newer high-end smartphones like the Moto Z2 devices. Check out the full list of devices above.

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Moto Z2 / © AndroidPIT


Android Oreo update for Nokia

  Android 8.0
Nokia 3 Planned
Nokia 5 Planned
Nokia 6 Planned
Nokia 8 Planned

The Nokia 8 is set to receive the Android Oreo update soon, and the company took to Twitter to let all its fans and users know. Nokia appears to be hard at work on the update, as HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas posted a couple images on Twitter of a Nokia 8 smartphone receiving an OTA update of the Android Oreo Beta. These teaser images mean that the update is already in the testing stages and should be ready for release soon.

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Good news for Nokia fans who already bought HMD's new Android smartphones The Finnish company has already confirmed that all four Nokia-branded handsets are expected to be upgraded to Android Oreo in the next few months, but HMD's General Manager for Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia, Mark Trundle confirmed that Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will be running Android Oreo by the end of 2017.

The popularity of Nokia phones is in a large part due to their affordability, and if the promised updates take place, we could see the Nokia 3 could become the cheapest smartphone to run Android 8.0 Oreo and the Nokia 8 might become the cheapest flagship to do the same.

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Nokia 5 / © AndroidPIT


Android Oreo update for OnePlus

  Android 8.0
OnePlus 3 Planned, by end of 2017
OnePlus 3T Planned, by end of 2017

OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau has just confirmed on Twitter that Android O will be made available for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Despite their recent decision to stop producing any more of these smartphones, the manufacturer is still committed to supporting these two popular devices and upgrading them to the next version of Android. A recent Reddit AMA revealed that OnePlus plans to release the update by the end of this year.

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OnePlus 3 / © AndroidPIT

Do you think you'll receive the Android Oreo update on your smartphone? What would you like to see from it? We'd love to get your thoughts in the comments below!



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