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, and has begun rolling out to some devices from HTC, OnePlus, and others.

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 December 11, 2017, the last version of Android, Android Nougat, is running on only 23.3 percent of devices — well over 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.

As of this writing, Samsung has issued a total of five Android Oreo beta builds for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. There’s no word as to when we’ll see the official build roll out, but it’s likely just around the corner.

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.

Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/February 2018)

LG Android 8.0 update

LG launched 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.

But LG did manage to roll out the Oreo update to the V30 in December, but only in South Korea. It’s expected to make its way to the US and other markets soon, likely starting in January.

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.

Unfortunately, LG isn’t as speedy when it comes to the Oreo update for the LG G6. The beta version has already been released in December, but only in China. When will the stable version be available isn’t known at this point. Out best guess is that it could be rolled out this month or in February in South Korea before making its way to the US and Europe a month later.

Best case scenario: 5-7 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/March 2018)

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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:

Sony recently released two new devices that run Android Oreo out of the box — the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact.

The first Sony device to receive the Oreo update is the Xperia XZ Premium, which began rolling out on October 23. Then, on November 26, the company rolled out Oreo to the Xperia XZ, XZs, and X Performance.

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 let’s hope the company’s Nougat performance is more indicative of the new Sony approach to updates.

When will Sony start rolling out Oreo to the other devices listed above? Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we expect the company to get the ball rolling in January or February. One thing to keep in mind here is that Sony isn’t as weighed down by carrier delays as other manufacturers in the US — because none of them seem to want anything to do with Sony.

Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/February 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.

The Moto Z2 Force is the first device to get Oreo. Verizon rolled out the update in December, making it the first US carrier to do so. There’s no word on when other carriers will follow, but we likely won’t have to wait long.

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.

When will the next Moto smartphone get the Oreo update? It should happen in January or February, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/February 2018)

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 revealed that the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10 would receive an update to Android Oreo, and the company has already started rolling out the big update to its flagship phone. The HTC U11 (Taiwan model) received its Android Oreo update on November 15, while the unlocked U11 received its Oreo update on November 27. Following that great news, HTC surprised many of us when it announced the unlocked HTC U11 Life would receive Android 8 on November 30. That’s pretty unheard of for a budget smartphone.

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. 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.

We’re still waiting on word about Oreo updates for the U Ultra and 10. Our best guess is that they should arrive this month or in February.

Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/February 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, the Mate 9 had Nougat on board, and the Huawei Mate 10 comes with 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. However, it looks like the update hasn’t been released yet —but will likely hit the devices in January. Meanwhile, Huawei has said that the Mate 9 will get Oreo within four weeks of the release of the Mate 10, and it delivered on its promise. The update was rolled out to the Mate 9 handsets in China at the beginning of December.

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.

There are still a few Huawei handsets that haven’t received the Oreo update yet, and we expect the first ones to get it sometime this month.

Best case scenario: 5 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January 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.

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, the official update is finally here for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The update began rolling out on November 19.

What about the OnePlus 5? The company started rolling out the update to the device on Christmas Eve.

See also: OnePlus 3/3T and 5/5T will receive Android 8.1, but not Project Treble

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.

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, Essential recently opened up an Oreo beta program on November 15. At the end of December, the second Oreo beta update was released.

When will the stable version start hitting devices? Rubin said that it would be rolling out to the Essential Phone “in the next month or two.” This claim was made mid-September, and the Oreo update still hasn’t been released yet. However, we do expect to see it in January or February at the latest.

Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/February 2018)

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 six smartphones under the name so far. And the good news is, the company seems quite determined to ensure updates are a priority.

The Nokia 8 is the first HMD device to receive the Oreo update. The official Nokia 8 Oreo update began rolling out on November 24. What about the company’s other smartphones? Back in September, HMD said that the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 will receive Android Oreo in 2017, which didn’t happen. But the company did release the Oreo beta updates for the Nokia 4 and 6 in December.

The timeline hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we expect all of Nokia’s smartphones to get upgraded to Oreo in January or February at the latest.

Best case scenario: 5-6 months after Android 8.0 arrived (January/February 2018)


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