Android 8.0 Oreo Launched: Com­pat­i­ble Devices, When to Expect it


Google has lifted the veil on its latest Android Operating system, the Android 8.0 Oreo which adds a number of new useful features to the Android ecosystem. But as always, not every device will be able to update to the latest operating system.

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Google made the launch of its Android 8.0 Oreo OS memorable by coinciding it with the Solar Eclipse that swept across several parts of United States of America.

Android O brings in some cool new features like the integration of the Picture-in-Picture view, autofill, instant apps and more.

The Android 8.0 Oreo update doesn’t only bring new features to the table but also a few useful performance tweaks. Device boots two times quicker than on Android Nougat, and another feature helps in minimizing background activity of least used apps.

Minimizing background activity of such apps also ensures an enhanced battery performance, meaning your device stays up for long on a single charge.

In addition to all this, Google is also bringing a new redesigned emojis with the latest Android O update.

List of Devices Compatible with Android Oreo

Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C and Nexus Player were all compatible to receive the Android O Beta program, and Google has mentioned that the devices which join the program will receive the update.

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Apart from these, all the new flagship devices — and several non-flagship ones — from mobile manufacturers like Essential, Nokia (HMD Global), Huawei, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp Kyocera and General Mobile will receive the Android Oreo update.

If you’re looking forward to checking out Android Oreo’s features before it’s officially released by your carriers or smartphone manufacturers, you can join the Beta program here. But that’s only possible if you have one of the compatible devices listed above.

When to Expect Android Oreo on Your Device

Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 5P device owners will receive the update ‘soon’, as mentioned by Google. Builds for these devices have entered carrier testing with Pixel C and Nexus Player to follow. You can expect this ‘soon’ to come by the end of September.

Google has made the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) available for everyone. This means that companies can start customising the Android 8.0 Oreo in accordance with their device’s UI styling.

Needless to say, the closer your device’s UI is to stock Android, the sooner you can expect to update to Android 8.0 Oreo.

According to Google, you can expect Android Oreo update on devices by other manufacturers by the end of the year.

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