Android 8.0 Oreo is the latest major version of Google’s mobile platform, released on August 21. The new software is already available on Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices, but you can expect it to take anywhere from a couple of months to half a year to begin landing on the phones of third-party manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Motorola.
Android 8 Oreo update schedule
Pixel/Nexus Android 8.0 update
Let’s start with an easy one, shall we? Considering they’re the phones made to be adverts for the latest versions of Android. It’s hardly a surprise Google’s own Pixel and Nexus handsets get a quick update. Google began rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its Nexus and Pixel devices on August 21, 2017.
Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X owners in the coming weeks and factory images and OTA links are available right now on the Android Developers website.
In case you’re wondering, older devices like the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 won’t be getting Android Oreo and you’ll be stuck forever on 7.1.1.
The following devices are officially receiving Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
Android 8.0 update: when will I get it?
For all non-Google devices, you’ll be in for a bit of a wait to see Android 8.0 Oreo on your smartphone. As of October 2, 2017, the last version of Android, Android Nougat, is running on only 17.8% of devices, more than a year after the software first launched. You can expect to see similar numbers for Oreo next year too.
. Some manufacturer and carrier combinations are better than others, and the Google Pixel 2 has guaranteed software updates for the next three years. With that said, here are our predictions on when your device is likely to get Android 8.0 based on historical performance.
HTC Android 8.0 update
HTC has already announced that its 2017 flagship, the HTC U11. Will be getting a taste of Oreo before we welcome in 2018. In a tweet sent from the official HTC USA account. The Taiwanese brand also said that Android 8.0 is coming to the HTC U Ultra and last year’s HTC 10.
Times have obviously changed since the good old days of Google Play and Developer Editions, meaning HTC’s Oreo performance is probably more likely to match Nougat than Marshmallow. That gives us a date of around four and a half months for the HTC Android 8.0 update. Putting it somewhere around December or January 2018.
Sony Android 8.0 update
Sony’s decision to cancel its Concept for Android program is disappointing. But previews aside, it is looking to be one of the top performers when it comes to quickly getting Oreo out to devices.
Sony announced which devices would receive the update to Android 8.0 Oreo on August 31. Those devices include:
- Xperia X
- Xperia X Performance
- Xperia XZ
- Xperia X Compact
- Xperia XZ Premium
- Xperia XZs
- Xperia XA1
- Xperia XA1 Ultra
- Xperia Touch
- Xperia XA1 Plus
With this in mind, we could see the first Sony Android 8.0 update a little over three months following its official release. That puts it somewhere in the vicinity of November or December. One thing to keep in mind here is that Sony isn’t as weighed down by carrier delays as other manufacturers in the US. Unfortunately because none of them seem to want anything to do with Sony.
Huawei Android 8.0 update
Huawei sits a little outside the normal scope of Android updates because the company typically releases a device at the end of the year with the latest version of Android pre-installed. The Huawei Mate 8 had Marshmallow out of the box and the Mate 9 had Nougat on board, and the Huawei Mate 10 will have Oreo.
We’re not sure when, or if, the other Huawei devices will receive the update.
Samsung Android 8.0 update
Samsung isn’t exactly speedy when it comes to rolling out Android updates. And we sadly don’t expect that to change significantly with the Android Oreo update. But there are some rumours that might change with Android Oreo. There has been rumblings that Samsung is already working on an update to its two best phones of the year – the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
Though, until we receive something official from the Korean company we won’t know for sure when we’ll see Android 8.0 Oreo. But we can expect the first update to Android 8.0 for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to arrive between 5-6 months after it is released by Google – around January or February 2018.
OnePlus Android 8.0 update
OnePlus does not have a good track record when it comes to Android updates. But the company is working on it.
The OnePlus 5 is one of our very favorite Android phones of 2017. And it’s the best device from the growing Chinese upstarts yet.
A lot of what makes the OnePlus 5 so great is the lack of needless extras in its software. Which is very similar to stock Android you’d find on a Pixel phone.
It seems that OnePlus is already in the process of testing out its Oreo update. With some OnePlus 3 users already receiving the update through a special closed beta Programme.
Nokia Android 8.0 update
2017 has been a huge year for the Nokia brand, and its owners HMD. Along with resurrecting the iconic 3310 in slightly shonky fashion, it has produced a bunch of pretty decent Android phones. The Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 hit shelves earlier in the year and have all been confirmed to be getting the Oreo update at some point.