Just some hours ago, we reported information revealing that the upcoming Android 8.0 or Android O will be called the Android Oreo. In the same article, major highlights and features of the new Android 8.0 Oreo operating system were pointed out.
While it is Google’s tradition to determine when details of any upcoming OS be announced, it is not in the company’s power to dictate which devices or set of devices launch or run the OS first. But they can speculate – tell which smartphone brands that could run the Android Oreo OS first; which will most definitely come to pass. I mean, it’s Google. “She knows basically all things”, as some would say.
In the same blog post that announced the Google Android Oreo, Google mentioned the company have commenced testing of the Oreo OS on the Google Pixel smartphones and Nexus 5X/6P.
According to Google’s VP of Product Management, Android and Google Play, Sameer Samat,
We’re pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player.
He also noted that devices enrolled in Google’s Android Beta Program will receive the final version of the Oreo update.
Under the “Coming to a device near you” header, Sameer talked about Google’s collaborative effort with her mobile partners to release the Android Oreo OS their devices. Mobile brands that were mentioned include;
- General Mobile
The above names are smartphone brands that could run the Android Oreo OS first
Still going by the words of Sameer,
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.
In the above quote, we can see Google’s VP carefully playing around the words “Launch” and “Upgrade”.
I believe his aim was to be crystal clear that it is in the hands of all individual smartphone company to either send an OTA update to all previous device that are capable of upgrading to the Oreo 8.0 OS or launch new gadgets (smartphone, tablets etc) that runs the Android Oreo OS out of the box.
It is worthy of note to state that the following smartphone brands; LG, Motorola, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, and OnePlus sent an OTA update to their devices before the end of 2016 following the release of the Android 7.0 Nougat OS around this same time last year (August 22, 2016).
In other news, it should be recalled that HMD Global (Nokia’s parent company and distributor) have, in the past, confirmed that the Nokia 3, Nokia 4 and Nokia 6 smartphones will receive the Android Oreo OS update. The Oreo on the flagship Nokia 8 device is however not confirmed yet but it will most likely get the update.
What’s your view on the list of smartphone brands that could run the Android Oreo OS first on their devices? Is your device company among? Let’s hear you in the comments.