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.
How soon your phone will get the update depends on a variety of factors: your phone manufacturer’s update track record, how new (and expensive) your phone is, whether your phone is unlocked or carrier-branded, your region, and so on. But, given past performance, we can draw some fairly accurate predictions of when you can expect to get the Android Oreo update on your phone.
What follows is a list of Android OEMs and devices with the Oreo information we know so far about them; just jump to the section that interests you to find out more. As OEMs announce Oreo support details, we’ll update this article.
Android Oreo update schedule
Google Pixel/Nexus Android Oreo update
Google began rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its Nexus and Pixel devices on August 21, 2017. Factory images and OTA links are available on the Android Developers website and if you need any help flashing the image, follow our straightforward guide to installing Android Oreo manually.
The following devices are officially receiving Android 8.0 Oreo updates. Click on the links to get the latest factory image.
The following devices have received updates to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but will not receive updates to Android 8.0:
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.
We previously shared details of the fastest OEMs and carriers to update to Android Nougat and we also took a second, mid-rollout look at OEM update performance. Perhaps not too surprisingly, the podium finishes for the first update aren’t always backed up by update performance over time. Updating mid-range and budget devices is never a particularly appealing prospect for device manufacturers or carriers, unfortunately.
As always, we encourage you to do a little homework when planning your next Android purchase, especially if rapid updates are important to you. 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.
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. In our mid-rollout assessment for Nougat, Samsung is near the bottom of the score sheet. Yes, the company has near limitless resources, but it also has the largest product portfolio by far and countless carrier agreements spanning the globe to slow it down.
Flagships come first and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be on the top of the update list alongside the Galaxy Note 8. Most recently, an update to the Samsung Pay app suggested that the company’s Oreo beta program could be on its way. Samsung launched a beta program for Android Nougat on the S7 and S7 Edge in November last year, allowing some users to try out the software before its official release. The same could happen with the S8 and S8 Plus this year.
As for the Nougat rollout, Samsung got the first updates out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in China and the UK 143 days after Google released Android 7.0. The update took a grand total of 180 days to reach US shores, landing first on T-Mobile, followed by AT&T the day after and Sprint two days after that. Verizon hobbled across the finish line a couple of weeks later.
But what about the year before? For the Marshmallow update, Verizon actually got there first, delivering Android 6.0 to the Galaxy Note 5 after 156 days. Carrier performance can fluctuate year to year and device to device, but based on these two efforts, 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.
Korean S8 owners will likely get it at least a month earlier than the US, and of course, both Samsung and its carrier partners could either speed things up this year, or slow them down even further. But a 2017 Samsung Android 8.0 update looks unlikely unless Samsung has suddenly decided that updates are, you know, important.
Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/February 2018)
LG Android 8.0 update
LG managed to launch the V20 last year with Android Nougat pre-installed — the first phone to arrive with the latest version of Android out of the box — though the LG V30 this year has missed out on Oreo at release. It should, however, be among the first LG phones to get it.
With Nougat, LG got the first update out to the LG G5 on Sprint after 91 days, just two weeks after the very first update hit South Korean devices. T-Mobile followed a little over a week later, followed by Verizon immediately afterward. AT&T dropped the ball big-time, taking double the length of time it took Sprint to get Nougat out: an eye-watering 182 days (which, for comparison’s sake is the same amount of time it took for the very first Samsung device to get updated to Nougat).
For the Marshmallow update, LG was similarly speedy, taking less than two months to get it out in South Korea and just 75 days for the US, on the Sprint LG G4. Non-flagship devices have always been LG’s weak point, so being first with an update for one device isn’t exactly helpful if you don’t own the latest and greatest.
Either way, we should see the LG Android 8.0 update roll out for the LG G6 somewhere between two and a half months to three months after Google releases it. As per usual, South Korea will likely get it about two weeks earlier. That puts the first US update around October or November.
Best case scenario: 2.5-3 months after Android 8.0 arrives (October/November 2017)
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Sony Android 8.0 update
Sony’s decision to cancel its Concept for Android program is disappointing, but previews aside, Sony is actually getting better at updating its devices to new versions of Android, which is especially noteworthy because there are still a lot of them.
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
The first Sony device to receive the Oreo update is the Xperia XZ Premium, which began rolling out on October 23.
The Sony Nougat update first landed on the Xperia X Performance 99 days after Google released it, with the Xperia XZ update coming one day later. What’s perhaps more important though, is that Sony then pushed the Nougat update to even more current devices in the coming weeks, something that can’t be said of all OEMs after they get their first device over the line.
This is a vast improvement over the Marshmallow update, which took five months to arrive for the Xperia Z5, Z4 Tablet and Z3+. Sony was admittedly going through a tough period at the time, so lets’ hope the company’s Nougat performance is more indicative of the new Sony approach to updates.
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.
Best case scenario: 3-3.5 months after Android 8.0 arrived (November/December 2017)
Motorola Android 8.0 update
Motorola has also been through a pretty tumultuous time of late, exchanging hands between Google and Lenovo, having its legendary moniker stripped and later reinstated and generally not seeming to know whether it’s coming or going. Some good things have managed to stay in place though, primarily the company’s ability to get out rapid updates.
Besides Motorola’s relationship with Verizon on the Droid range in the US, Moto phones typically get bought outright, meaning there’s no lengthy carrier delay for a lot of owners. But even with its carrier dependent Droid phones, Motorola still manages to get updates out quickly, a handy leftover from its time under Google’s wing and pared-back interface.
Motorola recently announced which of its devices would receive the Oreo update. Those devices include:
- Moto Z2 Force – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon
- Moto Z2 Play – Verizon, unlocked
- Moto Z Force – Verizon
- Moto Z – Verizon, unlocked
- Moto Z Play – Verizon, unlocked
- Moto X4
- Moto G5S Plus – unlocked
- Moto G5 Plus – unlocked
- Moto G5 – unlocked
It subsequently confirmed that the Oreo update would land on the Moto G4 Plus too.
Motorola was the first OEM to get the Nougat update out in the US, delivering it to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force (including the Droid versions) after just 88 days. The international unlocked update rolled out a couple of days later, putting Moto well ahead of the competition.
The Marshmallow update was a similar story, with the Moto X Pure Edition getting it in just two months. Pure Editions are no longer a thing, but Motorola has shown it can get an Android update out within two to three months of Google. Giving the company the benefit of the doubt means the first Motorola Android 8.0 update could land in October, but we’re leaning a little more towards November.
Best case scenario: 2-3 months after Android 8.0 arrived (October/November 2017)
HTC Android 8.0 update
HTC has a pretty good comeback phone on its hands with the U11, even if its massive size and large bezels stick out a little in today’s skinny bezel-less landscape. The company was one of the first to start stripping away core features and moving them into Google Play, where they could be updated independently of a major firmware update.
HTC has proven itself to be one of the more forward-thinking Android manufacturers where updates are concerned, but being adventurous sometimes leads to issues. HTC was one of a few OEMs to temporarily shut down their Nougat update due to issues that only became apparent after the rollout had begun.
HTC revealed that the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10 would receive an update to Android Oreo, though a timeframe was not revealed.
Bugs notwithstanding on the Nougat rollout, HTC got it out internationally after just 95 days, with it landing on the T-Mobile HTC 10 after 138 days. T-Mobile was also the first in the US to get Nougat out to the HTC One M9, taking another two and a half months to deliver that update.
By comparison, the Marshmallow update was all over the place (if generally very promising): the HTC One M8 Google Play edition was naturally very quick out the gate, followed a few weeks later by the Developer Edition of the HTC One M9 in December. Unlocked versions of the One M9 and A9 also got updated (to Android 6.0.1 rather than 6.0) in December and most carrier-branded versions in early January.
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.
Best case scenario: 4-5 months after Android 8.0 arrived (December 2017/January 2018)
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.
Huawei also doesn’t have any carrier agreements in the US, selling its phones in the country unlocked. While that means there are no carrier delays imposed on Huawei’s update rollouts, the company doesn’t have the best track record where pushing updates to its US devices are concerned.
Huawei revealed that the Honor 8 Pro and 6X will receive Android Oreo sometime before the end of 2017, though we wouldn’t be surprised if the latter device’s update was pushed back to January 2018. Meanwhile, Huawei has said that the Mate 9 will get Oreo within four weeks of the release of the Mate 10, expected at the end of October, as it begins to place a bigger focus on update rollouts.
Of course, we also expect that the company will update quite a few other smartphones in its lineup to the latest version of Android. One of them should definitely be the popular Honor 9, although this hasn’t officially been confirmed yet.
The first Nougat update pushed out by Huawei was to the Huawei Mate 8 and P9 in China, coming three and a half months after Google released it. The first US update, as far as I can tell, came to the Huawei P9 Lite in mid-January, five months after Nougat appeared, with the Mate 9 getting a patch in early March followed by the Amazon Alexa update a couple of weeks later.
Aside from the two Honor devices listed above, it’s difficult to judge a timeline for the broader Huawei Android 8.0 update rollout due to the company’s lack of focus on the US market.
Best case scenario: 3-4 months after Android 8.0 arrived (November 2017/December 2017)
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.
Rumors began surfacing on September 7 that OnePlus has been testing Oreo on the OnePlus 3 in a closed beta. OnePlus also told testers that it hoped to have a stable beta by mid-September, followed by the opening of the public beta by the end of the month. Though it missed its ambitious deadline, news arrived recently that the open Oreo beta has now landed.
It’s interesting that OnePlus appears to be working on the OnePlus 3’s Oreo update, and not the souped-up 3T or the new OnePlus 5. It’s possible that development is underway for all three devices, but only the OnePlus 3 has leaked out so far.
The first open beta of Nougat was launched for the OnePlus 3 on November 30, 2016, with the stable update rolling out to the 3 and 3T on the last day of the year. The company rolled out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to both devices on March 16, 2017, roughly three months after that version became available for Google’s devices.
In the past, the company caught heavy flak over the way it handled Android updates, mainly for ditching Nougat for the OnePlus 2 (and refusing to admit it for months) and the belated release of Marshmallow for the OnePlus X. This is why many folks don’t trust OnePlus when it comes to software updates, but it is looking like things are changing for the better. Still, keep this in mind if you’re looking for an Android device that will always receive promised software updates on time.
Best case scenario: 2-3 months after Android 8.0 arrived (October/November 2017)
Essential Android 8.0 update
As a brand new smartphone manufacturer, it’s been interesting to see how Andy Rubin’s Essential has been handling software updates. Not only has the Essential Phone received numerous updates in the short amount of time it’s been available, Andy Rubin recently let users know in a Reddit AMA that Oreo would be coming in the near(ish) future.
When asked about the company’s roadmap for the Android Oreo update, Rubin let users know that Android 8.0 Oreo would be rolling out to the Essential Phone “in the next month or two.” This claim was made mid-September, so Oreo will likely roll out to the PH-1 sometime in October or November.
Best case scenario: 2.5-3 months after Android 8.0 arrived (October/November 2017)
Nokia Android 8.0 update
Like Essential, HMD Global is another new player in the world of smartphones in 2017. The Finnish company is currently busy bringing the Nokia brand back into fashion, having released four devices under the name so far this year. And the good news is, the company seems quite determined to ensure updates are a priority.
HMD Global has already confirmed that the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 will receive Android Oreo in 2017, while the Nokia 8’s update to Oreo should be landing any day. This has been being tested for more than a month, though the company has vowed to only release it when the software is “perfect.”
We don’t yet know if HMD Global will keep its promise of upgrading all of its smartphones to Oreo by the end of the year, but with stock Android on its side, its in a good position to roll them out swiftly.
Best case scenario: 2.5-3 months after Android 8.0 arrived (October/November 2017)
If you’d like to see us add more OEMs to this list, hit the comments and we’ll gaze into our crystal ball for the next update!