With Android P on the horizon, the heat is now on manufacturers to make sure that as many devices as possible are updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, with some phones still waiting. As a general rule, if your phone was made in the last two years, there is a good chance you’re in luck — though every manufacturer is different and it depends on which device you own. Before Android 8.0 Oreo broke cover, 7.1.2 Nougat was the latest version of the platform, and it’s still unavailable to a vast majority of phones. That didn’t stop us from posing the question of if and when devices will receive 8.0 Oreo to all of Android’s major manufacturers. Here is what each had to say.
Alcatel’s track record with Android updates is unfortunately spotty, and at the moment, there is only one phone we expect to receive Android Oreo: The just-released Idol 5S. The Idol 5S is currently Alcatel’s only product running 7.1.1 Nougat. The company’s lower-priced handsets, the A50, A30 Plus, and A30, all launched with 7.0 Nougat. Alcatel also promised to eventually deliver Nougat to last year’s Idol 4S, which launched with Marshmallow.
We reached out to TCL, the company that owns Alcatel, regarding its update road map. The company had nothing to share, though we will update this article as soon as we receive an answer.
Asus has confirmed to Digital Trends that the ZenFone 3 series will receive Oreo by the second half of 2018. Although the company isn’t the quickest with updates, it did eventually follow through on its promise to bring Nougat to the ZenFone 3 series, so it’ll likely do the same here — just be prepared to wait a while. Part of the delay is likely due to the company adding its ZenUI skin over the operating system, which will reportedly see an upgrade to 4.0 for Oreo. Android 8.0 Oreo for the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 3 Max, and ZenFone 4 Pro has rolled out, so we expect the rest of the ZenFone 4 and 3 range to follow in due time.
TCL, which works with Blackberry to manufacture its devices, has confirmed it will update the KeyOne to Oreo. There’s no word on precisely when that might happen, but the version of Nougat on the device is pretty light and faithful to stock Android, so hopefully, the company won’t have to make too many customizations that would delay development. As far as the company’s other phones are concerned, no announcements have been made at this time, so we’ll have to wait and see.
The most talked-about smartphone startup has only got one phone — the Essential PH-1 — and it launched with version 7.1.1 Nougat. After months of an Oreo beta program, unlocked Essential Phones finally got the official Oreo 8.1 update, followed by Essential Phones on Sprint.
Google’s devices are usually the quickest to receive every new Android version. In keeping with the company’s 18-month support policy, four Google devices were the first to receive the Oreo update: The Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. All four devices have already received the update. This will be the final major update for the Nexus line. The company’s latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL shipped with Android 8.0 Oreo.
HMD Global, the company responsible for producing Nokia’s Android phones, has announced that it will all of its devices to Oreo. Another device, the Nokia 8, has already received the update. During a Nokia 8 launch event in the Philippines, the company said it would support every Nokia-branded phone in its portfolio for two years from release. The Nokia 3 has left the Oreo beta, and the update is rolling out. The Nokia 2 was confirmed to be updated to Android 8.1 Oreo in the same tweet as the Nokia 3, but we’re yet to see the update, while the Nokia 7 has also been updated.
Honor announced that a few of its recent devices will be updated to Android Oreo. Recently, the company pushed a beta upgrade to the Honor V9 (which is the Honor 8 Pro in the U.S.).
There had been some question as to whether the Honor 8 would be receiving the Oreo update, after the company’s CEO also confirmed it would, a tweet from Honor India later said the Honor 8 will not receive the Oreo update “due to hardware and software limitations.”
Thankfully, it seems that the Honor 8 will be receiving an update to Oreo, after an Oreo beta program rolled out on certain Chinese Honor 8 units. Also included in that update were the Honor V8, Honor Note 8, and the Honor 6X. While this update has been long coming, expect the final version to rollout globally at some point soon.
Historically, HTC has been one of the most conscientious original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) where updates are concerned. This year, however, things might be different. The HTC U11 was one of the first non-Google devices to upgrade to Android Oreo. The budget HTC U11 Life has received Oreo, the HTC 10 has recently been updated, and the HTC U11 Plus launched with the latest version. The last phone to be upgraded (that we currently know of), the U Ultra, received the update in early March.
The unlocked version of the Huawei Mate 9 in the U.S. has received the Oreo update, and the update has begun for the international Huawei P10 models. Beyond these two devices, it’s unclear what other phones Huawei is planning to update. After a long period of rumors that Huawei would be updating the P9 and P9 Plus, we finally get the news that the Chinese Oreo beta program is launching on those phones, as well as the Huawei Mate 8.
The Oreo updates come through EMUI 8, the company’s Android theme. Huawei’s current flagship, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro launched with the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Lenovo’s phones are also set to get an Android 8.0 Oreo update. The company recently updated its Android update schedule to include some phones in the K series, but the company’s schedule says that it won’t happen until June 2018.
We’re still waiting to hear what LG’s update road map looks like. Last year’s LG V20 was one of the first devices to launch with Nougat. Unfortunately, the LG V30 didn’t have the same honor this year, but an Oreo update has rolled out to V30 units on Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. T-Mobile has confirmed that the LG G5, V20, and V30 Plus will also be receiving the Oreo update, while the V30 and G6 will go one further with a confirmed Android 8.1 update. With the recent opening of its Software Upgrade Center, LG confirmed that it would be looking to have the Oreo update for the LG G6 out in Korea within April, and other markets shortly after.
While the LG V30 and V30 Plus had previously started rollout of the Oreo update on T-Mobile, it seems that T-Mobile has had to pause the update due to issues that have arisen. Other carriers appear to have updated the LG V30 just fine.
While Motorola isn’t quite as timely with its updates as it once was, the company is still pretty transparent about its plans and is one of the better manufacturers regarding new versions of Android. In September, Motorola announced which of its phones would get an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. It didn’t commit to a timeline but said that device owners could expect new firmware “this fall.”
Not every phone will make the jump, unfortunately. The Moto G4 won’t get Oreo, and neither will the Moto E4. Initially, Motorola refused to commit to updating the Moto G4 Plus — despite promising in the phone’s marketing materials an upgrade to Android Oreo.
“It’s our general practice for the Moto G family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O,” a Motorola spokesperson said in a blog post. “But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading Moto G4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.”
OnePlus has released OxygenOS 5, which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo, for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The OnePlus 5 and the recently released OnePlus 5T got updated in early February, and are now also receiving the update to Android 8.1 Oreo. Unfortunately, older devices, like the OnePlus 2 and X, appear to have been left behind.
There’s only one phone under Razer’s brand at the moment, but the Razer Phone has received an update that takes it to Android 8.1 Oreo. Like the Essential Phone before it, the Razer Phone has skipped 8.0 entirely and gone straight to 8.1. If you’re still looking to pick a Razer Phone up, it’s also just gone up for sale at Best Buy.
Updates for the 2-year-old Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge began rolling out at the start of May, but that update has been paused as issues have arisen as a result of the update. According to some consumers, the update has caused their devices randomly reboot, so Samsung has paused the rollout while an investigation is underway. If you experience these issues, take your phone to a local Samsung Support Center.
Note 8 owners are finally receiving the Oreo update after Galaxy S8 owners, after something of a false start, began receiving the updated upgrade to Oreo. The Note 8 updates began with AT&T Note 8 units specifically but have now spread to Verizon and Sprint Note 8 owners too. T-Mobile Note 8 owners are still having to wait, after their Oreo rollout halted. AT&T Galaxy S8 Active phones have also received the update. In weirder news, the Note 7 Fan Edition has also received an update to Oreo, despite the limited run of that particular model.
Samsung has also released details of Galaxy owners should expect from the update, posting an exhaustive list of changes to the underlying software. It’s unclear whether this applies to the other phones that will eventually receive the update, but it seems fair to assume that a lot of these updates will be the same across devices.
Samsung’s Turkish website has confirmed which Samsung devices will be receiving the Oreo update, with a list that includes the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S-series from 2017. A later list from the Canadian Samsung website also includes the release dates for the updates, which we have included below. It’s worth keeping in mind that these dates are likely the Canadian release dates, so expect some differences for your own updates if you’re not based in Canada.
It’s interesting to note that this list does not include the Galaxy S6, which was previously confirmed for the update by a T-Mobile support page that confirmed that the Galaxy S6 Edge would be receiving this major update. A similar thing extends to a possible update for the Note 5. It’s possible these devices are still getting updates, but the lack of an official line on the matter makes us sceptical.
Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact both feature Oreo out of the box, but the company is not stopping there. Sony has confirmed it will bring the update to 10 of its previous devices, and has posted a complete list of which devices are getting the update.
The list includes flagships like the Xperia XZ Premium, midrange phones like the Xperia X Compact, and lower-end handsets like the Xperia XA1 Ultra. Even the Xperia Touch — an Android-based smart projector — will receive Oreo. Sony says timing and availability will vary by market and network operators.
Sony has stepped up its efforts as of late. The Xperia X Performance was the first of its phones to get Nougat a little over three months after release. The company has become one of Google’s most faithful partners in terms of distributing Android updates as quickly as possible. The company’s upcoming devices, the Sony XA2, XA2 Ultra, and the L2, all ship with Oreo.
There is a bit of bad news with the Oreo update for Xperia phones — the company has confirmed that the Oreo update strips the phones of any night modes that reduce blue light coming from the phone display. A real shame if you’re a fan of not being blinded at night, but thankfully there are third-party apps that replace some of that functionality.
ZTE hasn’t said which of its phones are getting Oreo, and when we reached out for comment, a spokesperson responded with the following statement:
“We evaluate whether or not a device receives the latest update on a case by case basis. We are very open to looking at bringing Android O to all our of devices, but because of device hardware capabilities and carrier requirements, this will drive how quickly we would be able to commit to whether we can, and the actual timelines of seeing this come on a device.”
ZTE did make good on its promise to keep its devices current during Nougat’s run. It brought version 7.1.1 to the Axon 7 and added support for Daydream VR at the same time. It even ran a program for ZMax Pro users to preview Nougat. It’s been reasonably timely with updates in the past, and hopefully, that will continue with Oreo’s rollout. ZTE already rolled out a beta program for Oreo on the Axon 7, and we imagine it will eventually trickle down to the and Axon 7 Mini. The new ZTE Axon M is also a likely target for an update.
Updated on May 16: Added the latest phones that have been updated, as well as Samsung’s updating issues with the S7 range.