When will my phone get Android Oreo? This is a question still asked by many, even late in 2018. Most OEM users have responded to this question in one way or another, either to release a stable OTA, or to confirm that the device will not get the update. We consolidated all these answers, and here we stand there.
At the time of writing, the Android 9.0 Pie is out on a handful of devices. While it will probably be at least until mid 2019 when a good deal of phones run this version, almost all major editions since 2017 must have the latest version of Android. And unlike previous years, this update will be important.
Google introduced a policy that all new apps and updates must target the next newest version of Android, with a time limit of one year until its release. Right now, the first Android Oreo deadline has passed, requiring all new apps to target this version. On November 1st, all updates of existing apps must also be directed to Oreo. What it means is that more apps will benefit from Android Oreo's new changes, including improved messaging channels, better security, and image-to-image mode.
About This List
This article includes three steps: Unconfirmed, Confirmed, and Beta. Unconfirmed will list any phone that currently does not have an Oreo update or was confirmed by OEM that will not receive it. Confirmed is for phones that OEM has stated that they will release the update but OTA is not available from now on. Beta is for the few devices running an Oreo beta version and not stable.
The list of phones Essential made in 2017 is quite short, as PH-1 is the first device ever released from the young company. With just one phone to support, you'd think Essential would have an easier time getting updated updates, but it did not release until mid-March (but it was an 8.1 update, so we cut them a bit).
One of the main benefits of buying a Pixel or Nexus device is the current Android OS updates. As with previous software updates, Google always releases the latest version of Android on its own lineup, which includes Nexus and Pixel. For Nexus, this is the latest official update from Google, as we have already seen that they will not get Android 9.0 Pie.
ASUS's track record has been up and down when it comes to updates. While ASUS has promised that many of their phones will receive Android Oreo, there are still a large number of phones that lack the official update. HTC 19659005 HTC has updated its entire flagship system to Android Oreo. Every phone from HTC 10 to HTC U12 + runs the second latest version of Android. Good job HTC.
Despite its limited market share in the United States, Huawei has been quite good at updating their phones earlier and Oreo is no exception. All of its US launched phones run EMUI 8.0 on Android 8.0 or 8.1 Oreo.
Historically, Motorola is one of the best Android OEM devices for fast updates. This year has not been an exception, with the majority of the lineup already getting stable over the flight update. Only the E Series will not get the update, as the G Series is waiting for wireless operators to print the update.
Nokia has just been on the Android scene for two years and has already made a name for itself with constant updates. All 2018 phones released in the United States are included in the Android One application, where updates are handled by Google. For 2017 phones, Nokia has almost everyone up to Oreo, with the chance that they also get Android 9.0 Pie.
Over the past few years, OnePlus has taken some criticism for their Android OS updating methods. Android Oreo is scheduled to be the last major OS update for OnePlus 3 and 3T, and both have already got their original Oreo update. OnePlus 5 and 5T also have stable Oreo versions and actually run stable Android 8.1 already.
As the largest Android OEM, Samsung is printing a ton of devices each year. While Samsung never officially confirms OS updates before release, a leaked Oreo schedule appeared online in November 2017. The leaked document speculates that older flagships like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get Oreo as well as Note 5. In addition, A number of phones in Samsung's A phone line are scheduled to receive the update.
Due to the speculative nature of this leak, almost all Samsung phones are currently in reputation, with a few notable exceptions. Both Galaxy S8 and S8 +, like Galaxy Note 8, have already been updated to Oreo.
Sony promised to update a good deal of Oreo phones, including several that are over two years old. They delivered on this promise and released a stable OTA to all phones. Xperia X : Stable OTA Available
ZTE surprised many this year when they announced that the two-year-old Axon 7 would get Oreo. However, it does not seem that their other phones will soon get Oreo's love.
- Axon 7: Stable Update (Must be Manually Updated via MicroSD)
- Axon 7 Mini: Unconfirmed
- Axon M: Unconfirmed
- ZMAX Pro: Unconfirmed
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Jeff Springer contributed to this story.