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Android Oreo update overview for smartphones and tablets

Android 8.0 Oreo is still making its way across the rather fragmented Android ecosystem. Android 8.1 Oreo is also rolling out to a small number of devices. Even though Android P is coming this year, many devices are still waiting for the update. In the latest news, Oreo is finally come to a bunch of mid-range Samsung devices.

Which devices will get Android Oreo?

Asus Blackberry
Essential Google
HTC Huawei
Honor LG
Motorola Nokia
OnePlus Samsung
Sony Xiaomi

Asus

  Android 8.0
ZenFone 3 Yes
ZenFone 3 Laser Yes
ZenFone 3 Deluxe Yes
ZenFone 3 Zoom Yes
ZenFone 4 Yes
ZenFone 5/5Z Yes (default)
ZenFone 4 Pro Yes

The latest Asus devices to receive the update are the Zenfone 3 Laser, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, and the ZenFone 3 Zoom. According to a tweet from Asus, the update should have arrived on these models at the end of March 2018.

When the brand unveiled six new ZenFone 4 models, it promised at the event that the entire ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 lines would get the update to Android Oreo by the second half of 2018. The Taiwanese company didn't disappoint. The ZenFone 4 was updated first, then the ZenFone 3. The new ZenFone 5 and 5Z will come equipped with Oreo as default.

The 8.0 update is rolling out to the Asus ZenFone 4 Pro via OTA which has happened earlier than expected. The announcement was made on the Zen Talk forums on March 12, and according to the brand, the update should have taken around one week to reach all ZenFone 4 Pro devices. If the update wasn't automatic, you can do this manually in Settings > About > System Update.

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The Zenfone 5/5Z will come with Oreo out of the box. / © AndroidPIT

Blackberry 

  Android 8.0
Blackberry KEYone Yes (Summer 2018)

Shortly after the availability of Android Oreo for Google's high-end devices, Blackberry announced via the magazine Crackberry that the KEYone will be receiving the update to Oreo. At MWC 2018, the company announced that the update is expected to take place at the end of the second quarter of 2018, presumably in June.

Essential

  Android 8.0 Android 8.1
Essential PH1 No Yes

After beta testing Android Oreo on the Essential Phone, Essential released a statement on Twitter explaining that, due to stability issues with the 8.0 beta, the Essential Phone will update directly to Android 8.1, skipping Android 8.0.

Now, the beta phase is over and 8.1 Oreo is officially available, which Essential confirmed in a tweet, so be sure to check your device for the OTA update:

Google Nexus and Pixel

  Android 8.0 Android 8.1
Google Nexus 5X Yes Yes
Google Nexus 6P Yes Yes
Google Nexus Player Yes Yes
Google Pixel C Yes Yes
Google Pixel  Yes Yes
Google Pixel XL Yes Yes
Google Pixel 2  Yes (default) Yes 
Google Pixel 2 XL Yes (default) Yes 

The first devices in line to get system updates are, as always, Google's own devices: the Nexus and Pixel phones.

The Pixel 2 phones come with Oreo right out of the box. For the others, 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.

The beta test for Android P is now available to Pixel phones (yes, already!), and you can discover more about its the features here.

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Google Pixel 2 offers the most up-do-date Android experience possible. / © AndroidPIT

HTC

  Android 8.0
HTC U11 Yes
HTC U11 Plus Yes (default)
HTC U11 Lite Yes (default)
HTC U Ultra Yes
HTC 10 Yes

HTC has announced which of its 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. 

Released with Android Nougat out of the box, the HTC U11 is ready to update to Oreo. The 1.3 GB package introduces the build number 2.31.709.1 and the November security patches.

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HTC U11 / © AndroidPIT

Huawei

  Android 8.0
Huawei Mate 9 Yes
Huawei Mate 10 Yes (default)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Yes (default)
Huawei P10 Yes
Huawei P10 Plus Yes
Huawei P9 Yes
Huawei P9 Plus Yes

Huawei is the first manufacturer (after Google) to be working on the next Android version, confirming the brand's ambition to broadcast updates as quickly as possible. 

The current Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro flagships come with Oreo out of the box, and Huawei has been delivering software updates for the Mate 9 on Android 8.0 Oreo since December 2017. Recently, unlocked versions of the Mate 9 in the U.S. started to receive the update.

The beta phase for the Huawei P10/Plus has now ended. The test phase was used for models with the types VTR-L09C432B180, VTR-L29C432B180, VKY-L09C432B181, VKY-L29C432B181 and VKY-L29C432B181. The official version rolled out in March. A changelog shows which features Android Oreo has to offer on the Huawei P10.

Great news for those of you using the P9 or P9 Plus, you may be receiving the update to EMUI 8.0 and Android 8.0 soon. This information came from Huawei's product manager, who made an announcement via the brands forum, although this is not 100 percent official yet. 

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Huawei Mate 10 / © AndroidPIT

Honor

  Android 8.0
Honor 8 Planned
Honor 6X Planned
Honor 8 Pro Yes
Honor 9 Yes
Honor 7X Beta planned
Honor View 10 Yes (default)
Honor V8 Planned
Honor 9 Lite Planned
Honor 8 Lite Planned
Honor V9 Planned

The Honor 9 and Honor 8 Pro were the first Honor devices to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Naturally, the update is accompanied by the new version of EMUI, EMUI 8.0.

During the Honor 9 Lite presentation event the company also indicated the release times of the update to EMUI 8 for Honor 8 and Honor 7X, confirming that smartphones will not only receive the new Honor interface but also the latest Android version by Q2 2018.

LG

  Android 8.0 Android 8.1
LG G5 Expected ?
LG G6 Yes Yes
LG V30 Yes Yes
LG V20 Yes Yes
LG V30S Yes Planned

The LG G6, released last year, started receiving the update to Android Oreo on April 30, starting in South Korea. The update has finally landed in the US. Verizon has confirmed that the software update has arrived. The update includes improved home screen layout, app shortcuts, settings structure, and more.

LG also stated that the G5 and V20 smartphones will be updated at a later date, so we'll keep you in the know about when this will be.

The LG V30 received the final update to Android 8.0 in South Korea, and also rolled out to phones in the US on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. Now unlocked models in the US have already started receiving the update. LG have also confirmed that both the G6 and V30 will receive the update to Android 8.1.

Motorola

  Android 8.0
Moto Z Yes
Moto Z Droid Yes
Moto Z Force Droid Yes
Moto Z Play Yes
Moto Z Play Droid Yes
Moto Z2 Play Yes
Moto Z2 Force Yes
Moto X4 Yes
Moto G5 Yes
Moto G5 Plus Yes
Moto G5S Yes
Moto G5S Plus Yes

Motorola has confirmed 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 time has finally come to update the first Moto Z: the update had already been launched in Brazil, where Motorola is much appreciated. The update has began rolling out to unlocked devices in the US now too. The Oreo package weighs in at 1.4GB, bringing the standard Oreo features and improvements to your device.

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Moto Z2 / © AndroidPIT

Nokia

  Android 8.0 Android 8.1
Nokia 3 Yes ?
Nokia 5 Yes Yes
Nokia 6 Yes Yes
Nokia 6 (2018) Yes Yes
Nokia 8 Yes Yes
Nokia 8 Sirocco Yes Yes

Most recently, Nokia began the Oreo 8.1 rollout to its mid-range devices, the Nokia 5 and 6, as well as the Nokia 8. The update will bring a new settings menu, bluetooth battery percentage, battery saving navigation buttons, a re-designed power menu, and weighs 860MB for the 5, and 930MB for the 6. You will also receive the March security patch. 

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

OnePlus

  Android 8.0 Android 8.1
OnePlus 3 Yes ?
OnePlus 3T Yes ?
OnePlus 5 Yes Beta released
OnePlus 5T Yes Beta released

The OnePlus 3 and the 3T received the Oreo update first, with the newer OnePlus 5 and 5T were updated in February, and the beta version of 8.1 Oreo is now available to OnePlus's newest devices.

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OnePlus 5 and 5T were the last to receive Oreo. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung

  Android 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 ?
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Planned
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Planned
Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge Planned
Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge Planned
Samsung Galaxy S8 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Yes
Samsung Galaxy S9 Yes (default)
  Samsung Galaxy S9+ Yes (default)
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Yes
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Yes
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2017) Yes (default)
 Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2017) Yes (default)
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Planned
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Yes
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Yes (Wi-Fi version)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Planned
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 LTE Planned
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Planned
Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge Yes

Although Samsung mid-range phones get the Oreo update much later than the flagships, a leak from Samsung Turkey has confirmed the Oreo update in July for the Galaxy A3 2017, A5 2017, A7 2017, J3, J5 Pro and J7 Pro

The Galaxy Tab S3 had a Wi-Fi certification for Android 8.0 from Wi-Fi Alliance. This however was for the Wi-Fi version only, so for the LTE version, there will still be some time to wait.

The OTA Oreo rollout for the S8 and S8+ finally brought the Samsung flagships of last year up-to-date, and the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ models come with Oreo out of the box, as will 2018's A8 and A8+.

 

Sony

  Android 8.0
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Yes
Sony Xperia XZ2 Yes (default)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Yes (default)
Sony Xperia XZ1 Yes (In Progress)
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Yes (In Progress)
Sony Xperia XA1 Yes
Sony Xperia XZs Yes
Sony Xperia L1 ?
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Yes
Sony Xperia XZ Yes
Sony Xperia X, X Compact Yes
Sony Xperia X Performance Yes

While the Sony smartphones released in 2017 will all receive an Android 8.0 update, Sony still owes us the Nougat update for the 2016 models. After the XZ Premium recently received the Oreo update from Sony, there is now also an update to Android 8.0 for the Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs. If you own one of the two Sony Xperia smartphones, check the software update function to see if the build number 41.3. A. 0.401 of the firmware is available. The same build number will soon be used for the X Performance.

At least we know that the new Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be shipped with Oreo. Hopefully Sony will not let these flagships lag behind in late 2018.

Xiaomi

  Android 8.0
Mi 5c Expected
Mi 6 Yes
Mi MIX 2 Yes

The beta phase of Android Oreo started for the Xiaomi Mi 6's Global ROM. If you are running the Mi 6 MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM v7.12.14, you will receive the update automatically. Otherwise, you will need to download and flash it. The Oreo-based MIUI9 with the version number 8.1.11 is available for download at MIUI.

Xiaomi has announced its intentions to officially sell its smartphones in the US by 2019, and certain devices could come even earlier. By the time they arrive to stores stateside, the latest from Xiaomi could well be coming with the latest software versions.

Watch this space for all the latest news about the progress of the next Android version for your smartphone. As soon as manufacturers provide new information about Oreo updates for their devices, we will update this article accordingly.

Do you think you'll receive Android Oreo on your smartphone?  What do you think about your manufacturer's support?

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