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When is your phone getting Android 8.0 Oreo? We asked every major manufacturer

It’s that time of year again. With a new Android version comes the immediate question: When will my device get the upgrade? 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 really depends on what 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 the wide majority of currently supported phones. Still, that didn’t stop us from posing the question to all of Android’s major manufacturers. Here is what they had to say.

Alcatel

Alcatel’s track record with Android updates is unfortunately spotty, and at the moment, there’s only one phone we expect to receive Android Oreo: The just-released Idol 5S[1].

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[2], which launched with Marshmallow.

We reached out to TCL, the company that owns Alcatel, regarding its update roadmap. The company had nothing to share at this time, though we’ll update this article as soon as we receive an answer.

Asus

Asus has confirmed to Digital Trends that the ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 series[3] 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 own ZenUI skin over the operating system, which will reportedly see an upgrade[4] to 4.0 for Oreo. Asus phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • ZenFone 4
  • ZenFone 4 Pro
  • ZenFone 4 Selfie
  • ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
  • ZenFone 4 Max
  • ZenFone 4 Max Pro
  • ZenFone 3
  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • ZenFone 3 Max
  • ZenFone 3 Laser
  • ZenFone 3 Zoom

BlackBerry

TCL, which works with BlackBerry to manufacture its devices, has confirmed it will update the KeyOne[5] 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 lengthen development.

As far as some of the company’s other phones, no announcements have been made at this time, so we’ll have to wait and see. BlackBerry phones confirmed to receive the update:

Essential

Android’s most talked-about startup has only got one phone — the PH-1 — and it’s launching with version 7.1.1 Nougat. We fully expect the device to receive Oreo.

In a mid-September Reddit Q&A[6], Essential reaffirmed its commitment to timely updates. “We’ll be releasing our kernel and factory images in the next few days,” said an engineer. “Android O will be coming in the next month or two.” Given that the phone runs a stock version of Android very similar to what Google uses on its Pixel and Nexus products, we don’t expect the turnaround to take very long — likely before the end of 2017.

Google

Google’s devices are the quickest to receive every new Android version. In keeping with the company’s 18-month support policy, four Google devices will be the first to receive the Oreo update: The Pixel[7], Pixel XL[8], Nexus 6P[9], and Nexus 5X[10].

This will be the final major update for the Nexus line. Google phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X

HMD Global (Nokia)

HMD Global, the company responsible for producing Nokia’s Android phones, has announced that it will update three of its devices — the Nokia 6, 5, and 3 — to Oreo by the end of 2017. During a Nokia 8 launch event in the Philippines[11], the company said it would support every Nokia-branded phone in its portfolio for two years from release.

The update could come as soon as October, after the Nokia 8 gets Android O. HMD Global phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • Nokia 8
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 3

Honor

Like its parent company, Huawei, Honor hasn’t made any announcements regarding Oreo. Also much like Huawei, Honor doesn’t sell many devices in the U.S. — there’s the Honor 6X[12] and Honor 8[13].

The Honor 8 already received an update to Nougat, but there’s no telling whether it will make the jump to Oreo. We reached out for information and will let you know what we hear.

HTC

HTC has been one of the more respectable Android manufacturers where updates are concerned. Last year, it confirmed early on which of its phones would see upgrades to Nougat.

Although it hasn’t made an announcement yet and has not returned our request for a timeline, the company should offer a clear-cut road map once it’s ready to do so. In the past, it’s gotten Marshmallow and Nougat updates out the door in less than four months — an impressive feat, given the company makes its Sense UI modifications to Google’s operating system. Specifically for Oreo, we expect the HTC U11[14] and U Ultra[15] to lead the way on updates, with the older HTC 10[16] to follow.

We’ll provide a list as soon as we hear official word.

Huawei

Huawei has yet to confirm which of its phones will receive Oreo and hasn’t responded to our request for comment. We expect to see an update for the Mate 9[17] and P10[18], which launched with Nougat, sometime in 2018. But outside of that, it’s hard to say what the company’s plans are at this time.

The wait might be drawing to a close, though. In early October, Huawei launched a limited Oreo preview program for Mate 9 owners who don’t mind putting up with a few bugs. It only has 250 slots, though, and they’re up randomly selected — you’ll have to put your name in the proverbial hat[19] for a chance at the beta.

When the update does release, it will likely come in tandem with a new version of Huawei’s user interface, EMUI. Additionally, most of its phones are not sold stateside — the Mate 9 is the only phone listed for sale on the company’s U.S. site. We’ll update this as we hear more.

Lenovo

While we’ll address Motorola devices separately, Lenovo’s own 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 schedule says that it won’t happen until June 2018. Lenovo phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • Lenovo K8
  • Lenovo K8 Note
  • Lenovo K8 Plus

LG

We’re still waiting to hear what LG’s update roadmap looks like. Until then, we can look to history for some clues.

Last year’s LG V20[20] was one of the first devices to launch with Nougat, and we could see the same happen this year with the LG V30[21], which will be revealed on August 31. The company’s other flagship, the G6 will also certainly receive Oreo down the line; and while the G5, LG’s failed modular phone, is still within the update window, it’s unclear if it will still get it. Digital Trends reached out to the company for clarification, and we’ll update this report as soon as we hear more.

Motorola

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 phone-makers in terms of making sure none of its products are left behind.

In September, Motorola announced[22] 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 can 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[23] in the phone’s marketing materials an upgrade to “Android O.” “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[24]. “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 GF 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.” Motorola phones to receive the update:

  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Moto X4
  • Moto G4 Plus
  • Moto G5
  • Moto G5 Plus
  • Moto G5S
  • Moto G5S Plus

OnePlus

OnePlus has said the OnePlus 3[25] and 3T will receive the next iteration of its own OxygenOS based on Oreo. Although unconfirmed, the recently-released OnePlus 5[26] is expected to follow suit.

During a Reddit Ask Me Anything[27], the company confirmed it plans to release the updates before the end of 2017. Unfortunately, older devices, like the OnePlus 2 and X, look to have been left behind after the company failed to follow through on its promise to update them to Nougat. OnePlus phones to receive the update:

  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 3
  • OnePlus 3T

Samsung

Like most other phone makers, Samsung has not yet made any announcements regarding Oreo’s release.

Still, there are rumors, courtesy of SamMobile[28], that indicate no less than 16 devices will receive the update. Of course, some phones, like the Galaxy S8 series[29], are a given. The Galaxy S7[30] and S7 Edge[31] should also receive the update.

However, a few lesser-known devices not as common in the U.S., like the Galaxy J, A, and C series, may follow suit. These product lines typically are not supported for quite as long as the flagship S devices, so you’ll have to wait for official word from Samsung for clarification. In the meantime, we reached out to the company and are still awaiting a response.

Sony

Unveiled at September’s IFA conference, Sony’s Xperia XZ1[32] and XZ1 Compact both feature Oreo out of the box.

They are the first new handsets to do so, but the company is not stopping there. Sony confirmed[33] shortly afterward it will bring the update to 10 of its previous devices. The list includes flagships like the Xperia XZ Premium, mid-rangers 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, with the Xperia X Performance being the first of its phones to get Nougat a little over three months after release.

The company has become one of Android’s most faithful partners in terms of distributing updates to customers as quickly as possible. We’ll update this report over the coming months as the rollout progresses. Sony devices that will receive the update:

  • 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

ZTE

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[34], and added support for Daydream VR[35] at the same time. The company 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.

We expect the Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini[36] to lead the way. That’s everything we know regarding which phones will receive Android 8.0 Oreo. There are some manufacturers not on this list, and for them, we revert to Google’s official response:

“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.” It’s still early days in terms of the operating system’s latest release, however, so you can look forward to frequent updates in the coming months. If we missed a phone manufacturer you think should be on this list, let us know!

Update: The Lenovo K8, K8 Note, and K8 Plus are getting Android 8.0 Oreo.

References

  1. ^ Idol 5S (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Idol 4S (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ ZenFone 4 series (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ reportedly see an upgrade (www.gsmarena.com)
  5. ^ KeyOne (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ Reddit Q&A (www.reddit.com)
  7. ^ Pixel (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ Pixel XL (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ Nexus 6P (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Nexus 5X (www.digitaltrends.com)
  11. ^ Philippines (phandroid.com)
  12. ^ Honor 6X (www.digitaltrends.com)
  13. ^ Honor 8 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  14. ^ HTC U11 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  15. ^ U Ultra (www.digitaltrends.com)
  16. ^ HTC 10 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  17. ^ Mate 9 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  18. ^ P10 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  19. ^ proverbial hat (consumer.huawei.com)
  20. ^ LG V20 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  21. ^ LG V30 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  22. ^ announced (motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com)
  23. ^ promising (www.trustedreviews.com)
  24. ^ blog post (go.skimresources.com)
  25. ^ OnePlus 3 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  26. ^ OnePlus 5 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  27. ^ Reddit Ask Me Anything (www.reddit.com)
  28. ^ SamMobile (www.sammobile.com)
  29. ^ Galaxy S8 series (www.digitaltrends.com)
  30. ^ Galaxy S7 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  31. ^ S7 Edge (www.digitaltrends.com)
  32. ^ Xperia XZ1 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  33. ^ confirmed (blogs.sonymobile.com)
  34. ^ Axon 7 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  35. ^ Daydream VR (www.digitaltrends.com)
  36. ^ Axon 7 Mini (www.digitaltrends.com)

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Andy Rubin’s Essential sued over modular connector tech – CNET

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Andy Rubin’s Essential Products has slipped right back into hot water. Keyssa, a wireless technology company backed by iPod co-creator Tony Faddell, is suing Essential, founded by Android cocreator Rubin, in a lawsuit filed on Monday that alleges the company stole trade secrets, according to Reuters[1]. Keyssa alleges that Essential for 10 months considered using the company’s wireless tech for its first phone, the Essential Phone[2], before opting to use a competitor, SiBEAM.

During that 10 month period, Essential was educated by Keyssa engineers on the technology, and went on the use that information despite not partnering with the Faddell-backed company. This information amounts to trade secrets, Keyessa says, and Essential breached a nondisclosure agreement by using it. The practical application was the Essential Phone’s wireless connector, which attaches to a 360-camera accessory[3].

Essential had trouble back in June when phone accessory maker Spigen sent the company a cease-and-desist letter over the use of the name “Essential,” reported Android Police[4]. Spigen had trademarked “Essential,” but not specifically for phones[5]. In response, an Essential spokesperson said at the time,[6] “Essential believes they are without merit and will respond appropriately.”

Essential and Keyssa were contacted for comment.

References

  1. ^ according to Reuters (www.reuters.com)
  2. ^ Essential Phone (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ 360-camera accessory (www.essential.com)
  4. ^ reported Android Police (www.androidpolice.com)
  5. ^ phones (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ an Essential spokesperson said at the time, (www.androidpolice.com)

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