Three UK review: Everything you need to know (May 2019)

Three is technically the U.K.’s second-youngest network — formed in 2003 — but many consider it to be the youngest, since industry leader EE was formed from the ashes of T-Mobile and Orange. Three’s age matches its status and its name: other networks boast vast amounts of capacity at all levels of the spectrum, but Three only offers 3G and 4G services.

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Despite being the smallest in the market, Three is owned by one of the world’s largest multinational conglomerates, CK Hutchison, and it’s this backing which is allowing it to shake up the market.

In this Three network review, we’ll analyze the network including its coverage, plans and what lies ahead for the U.K. carrier.

Network technology

Three’s network currently uses the following frequencies:

Frequency Protocol Class
2100MHz UMTS / HSDPA / HSPA+ / DC-HSPA+ 3G
800MHz LTE 4G
1500MHz LTE 4G
1800MHz LTE 4G
2100MHz LTE 4G

Three’s U.K. network has always been data-focused, with the network prioritizing the data-capable 3G standard ahead of the voice-centric GSM 2G standard. Other networks offer 2G services as a backup plan, but Three only offers 3G and 4G services. The carrier covers over 98 percent of the population with 3G, and over 99 percent with 4G.

4G LTE

Three was the last mobile network to offer 4G LTE in the U.K.. It didn’t switch its 4G network on until December 2013 and it then only covered four major cities. It wasn’t until late 2014 that the carrier’s coverage reached another 450 locations. Today, Three offers the lowest level of population coverage out of the big four carriers, but its 97 percent overall coverage is still comprehensive.

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Its 4G network was originally planned to operate in the 800MHz spectrum, but Three was also granted license by the regulator in 2012 to operate in part of the 1800MHz obtained through the creation of EE. Although limited in capacity, the 800MHz support means Three’s indoor and long distance 4G coverage holds up well.

While its rival networks all introduced 4G services at a premium to customers before almost dropping 3G contracts in their entirety, Three chose to tease its delayed network with a campaign offering LTE to all customers at no extra premium. The carrier’s early All You Can Eat data proposition drew in millions of customers looking for unlimited data.

4G is standard across all the U.K.’s networks these days, but Three still offers some compelling deals for the data hungry consumer.

Three 5G plans

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Three will launch its 5G network in the second half of 2019. This puts the network at the back of the pack for its 5G rollout, though all networks are starting slowly to begin with.

The carrier also hasn’t detailed its broader rollout plans. Aside from a couple of vague commitments to stock 5G devices such as the HTC 5G Hub and Huawei Mate X, Three has yet to confirm launch cities, phones, prices, or packages.

Three coverage checker

You can check to see if Three has the best mobile network coverage for you using the Three coverage checker.

VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling

Three supports Wi-Fi Calling on selected Apple, Samsung, LG, Google, Motorola, Alcatel, ZTE, Razer, Sony, and Huawei/Honor phones.

4G Calling (VoLTE) is offered by Three under the moniker “4G Super-Voice.” Selected Samsung, Apple, LG, Huawei, Sony, Lenovo, Microsoft, Razer, Motorola, and ZTE phones are supported.

MVNOs

Three leases its network to 11 mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the U.K.. The most notable of the bunch is iD Mobile — an MVNO network offered by the mobile retail giant Carphone Warehouse.


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Pay Monthly Handsets

Three’s Pay Monthly handset (PAYM) plans offer a range of inclusive allowances, up to unlimited minutes and data. However, the actual plans and prices available depends on which handset you go for.

All of Three’s PAYM contracts come with unlimited texts and most come with unlimited calls. All contracts will tie you in to a 24 month contract for your new handset. Packages on leading flagships can start from as little as 1GB of data per month. At the most expensive end, you’ll also find unlimited data packages, complete with no caps on tethering (personal hotspot).

The only caveat with some of the less expensive packages is not including the Go Binge perk (more on that below) which only kicks-in on any plans over 4GB.

Overall, Three may not offer the bells and whistles that other networks do but what it does do is offer benefits and features its customers actually use. From no worries about going over data allowances to roaming abroad for free, the U.K.’s smallest network offers one of the best no-nonsense packages on the market.

Phone brands

Three stocks a wide range of phones from a variety of manufacturers on Pay Monthly. Below is the full list of the major brands:

  • Samsung
  • Huawei
  • Apple
  • Google
  • OnePlus
  • Honor
  • Xiaomi
  • Razer
  • Alcatel
  • ZTE

Three is also one of the few carriers to offer premium phones on Pay as you go and these are all unlocked as standard.

Pay Monthly SIM Only

Like every network, Three also offers SIM Only packages for customers who prefer to buy their phones and contracts separately. Three offers four different plans on either 1 month, 12 month, or 24 month contract terms with data ranging from 4GB to unlimited data. The 24 month plans represent some of the best value SIM Only packages from any U.K. network.

Here’s the current range of available Three SIMO plans:

Minutes Texts Monthly data 24-month price 12-month price 1-month price
Unlimited Unlimited 4GB + Go Roam & Hotspot £10.00/m £12.00/m £16.00/m
Unlimited Unlimited 12GB + Go Binge, Go Roam & Hotspot £13.00/m £15.00/m £19.00/m
Unlimited Unlimited 30GB + Go Binge, Go Roam & Hotspot £18.00/m £20.00/m £24.00/m
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited + Go Binge, Go Roam & Hotspot £20.00/m £22.00/m £26.00/m

Pay as You Go Plans

Like many networks, Three splits its Pay as you go (PAYG) offerings into packs, with different amounts of minutes, texts, and data each month. To simplify its offering and make things easier for customers, Three’s 3-2-1 package offers easy to understand call charges for customers who go over their allowances or choose not to use a pack.

3-2-1 is Three’s way of not overcharging customers and the carrier has a big point: if a single minute costs a fraction of a penny, why do some networks charge 40 pence per minute on PAYG? 3-2-1 means you’ll pay just 3p per minute, 2p per text and 1p per MB of data if you go over your allowances or don’t have an active pack.

Compared to the competition, 3-2-1 is vastly cheaper and it’s a great reason to buy a Three PAYG plan, especially if you use your handset infrequently. Considering even PAYG customers get access to 4G without charge and your PAYG credit never expires, the case to choose Three on PAYG is certainly strong.

Those who want PAYG bundles can buy an add-on pack with set allowances. This offers up to unlimited data, however, you don’t get the Go Binge perk and other useful add-ons will cost you extra.

Here’s the current range of available Three PAYG plans:

Pack Cost Minutes Texts Data Duration
£10 Unlimited Unlimited 2GB 30 days
£15 Unlimited Unlimited 5GB 30 days
£20 Unlimited Unlimited 12GB 30 days
£27.50 Unlimited Unlimited 36GB 30 days
£35 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 30 days
£90 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 90 days

Three Perks

Go Binge

Go Binge is an initiative that allows users to stream from Netflix, Apple Music, Deezer, Snapchat, and other services without eating into their data allowance. This is available on all contract plans with 12GB of data and above.

Go Roam

Previously known as Feel at Home, Go Roam allows customers to use their call, text, and data allowance in over 70 destinations around the world at no extra cost. You can find a full list of the countries in the scheme here.

Three app

The Three app lets users view bills, PAYG allowances, check upgrade eligibility, and chat with Three’s customer service via live chat.

Mobile broadband

O2 offers a range of mobile broadband products like USB dongles, Mobile Wi-Fi routers, and data only SIMs. Here are the data-only SIM plans at the time of writing:

Data 24-month cost 12-month cost 30-day cost
1GB n/a £7.50 n/a
2GB £7 £8 £10
5GB £10 £11 £15
10GB £13 £14 n/a
15GB £16 £17 £20
20GB £13 £20 £23
40GB £22 £23 £30

Three’s main mobile broadband products are the Huawei AI Cube and Three HomeFi smart hotspots which connect up to 64 and 32 devices, respectively. These are intended as home broadband alternatives and offer unlimited data tariffs from as low as £22 a month.

Tablets, accessories, and smart home

Three stocks various tablets on contract and Pay as you go deals. This includes high end tablets from Samsung and Apple as well as more budget tablets from Alcatel and Huawei.

Three also has a dedicated store for accessories which sells cases, headphones, screen protectors, chargers, action cameras, and smart speakers.

Broadband, landline phones, and quad-play

Unlike a number of its rivals, Three does not offer any quad-play services to its customers, nor has it mentioned any current plans to offer quad-play services in the near future.

The closest Three has come to offering home internet packages is the aforementioned HomeFi or Huawei AI Cube, both of which run on Three’s 4G network, rather than traditional telephone or fiber lines.

Three HomeFi


Final thoughts

Three’s network has certainly undergone major transformations and improvements over the past few years. At first the company had the worst coverage in the U.K. but that’s changed drastically over the years. Things would have changed even further had the company been allowed to go through with its buyout of O2, but the sale was blocked by the European Commission in mid-2016.

From unlimited data and Go Binge, to Go Roam for free international allowances, Three offers a lot to its customers and almost always undercuts the opposition on pricing. Its network has also become more reliable over the years, and while the company still falls behind O2 and EE in customer service surveys (but ahead of Vodafone), customer satisfaction has been consistently on the up for years.

In short, if you want data and don’t want to break the bank, go to Three!


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Android quiz: True or false?

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Getting started with Spotify in India


Spotify finally launched its music streaming service in India in February 2019, after numerous stops and starts and despite a legal battle with Warner Music Group that rages on even today (more on this later). Indian audiences were certainly clamoring for the globally popular app, given that Spotify in India surpassed a million installs in less than a week. If you’re yet to make the jump, or consider if you even should, here’s everything you need to know about Spotify in India!


Getting started with Spotify in India

Creating an account

You can download the Android app from the Google Play Store. Spotify is also available on iOS, on Windows (also via the Microsoft Store), and on the web. You can sign up for free with an email address or log in with Facebook. Using the Facebook option makes it much easier to share your Spotify playlists, what you’re listening to, and other recommendations with friends and family.

Of course, you can control exactly what and how much information you want to share, if any. If you want to avoid it completely though, signing up with an email address may be the better way to go. With the email address signup, you will need to verify the account. Providing your date of birth, gender and adding a profile name completes the account creation process.

Adding your music preferences

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Once your account is set up, you’ll be able to select the languages you prefer – this includes English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujurati, Kannada, and Bengali. This might seem like a lot, but competitors like JioSaavn and Wynk Music add another five regional languages to their portfolios, so Spotify India has some catching up to do here.

You now get to select your favorite artists. There’s a minimum of three, but the more you select, the more well-rounded the daily mix playlists will be right off the bat. Tapping on the name of a singer brings up more options (like music directors or female singers they’ve worked with). This was actually a really fun thing to do, bringing up old favorites that I wouldn’t have thought off right away. You can also find artists based on genre.

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After selecting at least three artists, the Spotify app homepage opens. Based on your previous selections, at least one “Daily Mix” will automatically be created for you. Scrolling further down will show more album recommendations, trending songs, editors’ picks, new releases, and a whole lot more. If you’re hoping to get listening right away, Spotify has more than got it covered.

The settings menu

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Tap on the gear icon at the top right corner of the home page to go into the settings menu. You can disable or enable a data saver mode, add a crossfade, allow explicit content, normalize the volume, set audio quality, update your language choices, set your social media preferences, and a whole lot more. There are a bunch of settings here that will let you cater the app experience to exactly how you like it.


Curating your music and podcasts

Adding songs, playlists, and podcasts to Your Library

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As great as it is to have random, but well put together playlists created for you, you’ll still want to create your own to get the most out of the music streaming service. To find specific songs, artists, or podcasts, hop on over to the Search tab at the bottom of the app page. Just start typing a name, and what you’re looking for should pop up in the search results.

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If you aren’t particular, you can also go through a variety of recommended playlists based on genre,  language, era, mood, and even the season. If you like a specific playlist, or even a few songs from one, you can add them to your library by tapping on the heart icon next to the name of the song or the playlist.

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The same goes for podcasts as well. You can search for a specific podcast or scroll down in the search page to podcast section. You’ll have a lot of podcast recommendations based on a variety of categories or you can just look through the top charts. Once again, if there’s one you like, you can save it to the library by tapping on the heart icon at the top right corner of the page.

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If you are listening to a Spotify-created playlist and like what’s on, you can also save the entire playlist or add specific songs to your favorites by tapping on the heart icon. On the flip side, if you don’t like a particular song, you can tap on the stop sign (next to the heart icon) to hide the song. Tapping on the three vertical dots icon gives you even more options, including adding the song to a playlist, adding it to queue, viewing artist information, and sharing the song.

Your Library

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Your Library is where you’ll find the playlists and albums you’ve like and your favorite artists. Any songs you’ve liked will be in the “Liked Songs” playlist. Switch to the Podcasts tab to find your favorite shows, recent episodes, and downloads. Yes, while you’ll need the premium subscription to download and listen to music offline, there’s no such restriction with podcasts, which is fantastic.

Of course, you don’t have to leave it all up to Spotify and you can create your own playlists. First, give the playlist a name. Then tap on the large “Add Songs” button to get started. Spotify contributes here as well with long lists of suggestions that are curated from your favorites and recent listening habits. You can also search for a specific song or go the “Songs you liked” section to add them. Tap on the plus/add icon. You’ll now find your newly created playlist in the library.

Listening on other devices

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You have your playlists ready and podcasts queued, but what if you don’t want to listen to them on your phone? The good news is that Spotify isn’t restricted to one device and you can use the mobile app as a remote to control music playback on another platform. When listening to a song, you’ll notice a small display and speaker icon at the bottom left of the screen. This opens the “Connect to a device” page that will let you control any music playing on your computer or TV, or through a Wi-Fi speaker. Tap on an option and follow the on-screen instructions.


The Spotify India catalog

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Spotify is considered one of the best music streaming services across the globe, in part due to the incredible catalog it has to offer. Unfortunately, Spotify’s launch in India was far from smooth because of an ongoing legal battle with Warner Music Group. English music from a long list of global superstars is sadly not available on Spotify India at the moment and this will only end when the issue with the licensing deal has been resolved.

Want to listen to Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, or Coldplay or the host of other artists who signed with WMG? You’re better off holding on to another music streaming service for now.

Spotify’s trouble with licensing deals doesn’t end with WMG. The company has also been forced to remove over 120,000 Hindi and regional language songs because of an agreement not being reached with SaReGaMa India Ltd, a major record label in India.

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It’s not all gloom and doom though. There are still quite a few licensing deals that Spotify has managed to get with Indian and international record labels, so the catalog is far from a barren wasteland. One of Spotify’s strongest suits has been its recommendations, and it remains a great way to discover new artists and previously unheard songs. Of course, there’s a lot of popular music available as well.

There’s even some music that I haven’t been able to find on any other Spotify competing apps, like a 2006 Karsh Kale album that I was only able to find on Spotify and YouTube Music.

The best part for me is the availability of podcasts on the app. Granted, I’ve never thought it was a big deal to switch between my music streaming and podcast apps. It’s still nice to have everything in one place though. I also can’t attest to how complete Spotify’s podcast catalog is here, but I found everything that I listen to.


Spotify Free vs Spotify Premium

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The free version of Spotify in India is far less restricted than it is in the U.S., the U.K, and others. For example, while the mobile app only lets you use Shuffle Play in other markets, that isn’t the case here. You also don’t have to worry about track skipping limits, not being able to play any track or create custom playlists. In fact, you have full access to the complete catalog that is available in India on the mobile app with the free tier.

There are ads to deal with of course, but having a 30-second ad play after every six songs and the occasional popup that asks you to subscribe to the premium service isn’t intrusive or annoying by any means.

That said, there’s still enough of an advantage to going premium or there wouldn’t be any point to having the option. For starters, ads go away completely. Audio quality also gets a boost to 320kbps from the standard 160kbps (high quality) and 96kbps (normal quality). Streaming with higher quality audio will require more data, but it isn’t as much of a data hog as you’d think, and data caps aren’t as much of a concern anymore.

Spotify Premium prices fall in line with the subscription rates of competing music streaming services in India for the most part. It may seem a touch more expensive than some, but that’s because services like JioSaavn have drastically cut their prices as a response to the arrival of Spotify and YouTube Music this year. Spotify also offers various prepaid plans that come with long-term discounts and you also get to take advantage of a 30-day free trial.

Spotify prices in India

  • 119 rupees (~$1.70) per month subscription with a 30-day free trial.
  • Prepaid plans
    • 13 rupees (~$0.20) for 1 day.
    • 39 rupees (~$0.60) for 1 week.
    • 129 rupees (~$1.85) for 1 month.
    • 389 rupees (~$5.55) for 3 months.
    • 719 rupees (~$10.25) for 6 months.
    • 1,189 rupees (~$17) for 1 year.
  • Students will receive a 50% discount on all available plans.

The discounts given with the long-term are definitely worth taking advantage of. The annual plan works out to 99 rupees (~$1.40) per month and is cheaper than the monthly subscription. You will also need a valid credit card to opt for the monthly subscription, while you can use debit cards, Paytm, and UPI to pre-pay.


Spotify in India – does it deliver?

Spotify has unfortunately been off to a shaky start in a market that isn’t short of competition and things haven’t really gotten that much better. It may have the download numbers, but that’s likely because of the initial wave of excitement that surrounded the launch. Of course, people aren’t blocked from using more than one music streaming service either.

Spotify enjoys a certain global brand recognition that very few products or companies do. However, the competition is extremely stiff in India and Spotify is quite late to the party. JioSaavn slashed its prices by around 70%, the premium Wynk music subscription is free for Airtel (one of India’s largest networks) users, and Amazon Prime Music is included with a Prime subscription.

An apt comparison for Spotify would be YouTube Music that also recently launched in India. The subscriptions are similarly priced. However, the regular YouTube app was already the most popular “music streaming” app in the country. Easier access to just music and more features will only help YouTube Music. All competing apps also have better catalogs, at least for the moment.

I know I’m making things sound far direr than they actually are. Licensing deals will be done (hopefully). Spotify will react to the price gouging (probably). Some free subscription deals with network carriers can happen (maybe). The apps are refined, the catalog will get better, and there’s one thing that Spotify has that no other Indian music streaming service does – podcasts.

Have you signed up to Spotify in India? Why? Why not?

Android 9 Pie update tracker: When will your phone get it? (Updated May 7)

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Google announced Android 9.0 Pie on August 6, 2018, and began rolling it out to Pixel phones the same day. These include the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

But what about other devices? Which ones have already received Android Pie and which ones are expected to get it in the near future? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Android 9.0 Pie update schedule, along with how to install Android Pie updates and much more.

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Key Android Pie update features

We have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 9 Pie review. We’d suggest checking out that article to see what’s new in Android Pie, what new features it brings, all the design tweaks, and more.

  • Gesture navigation
  • Redesigned app overview screen
  • New look for quick settings
  • Optional dark/light themes
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Adaptive Brightness
  • Adaptive Battery
  • App Actions and Slices
  • Improved notifications
  • Improved Do Not Disturb mode

Android Go Pie edition

A week after the official launch of Android 9.0 Pie, Google announced the Pie version of Android Go. The company claims it’s even smaller, faster, and more secure than the Oreo version. The OS will free up even more space on smartphones, as shown in the image below:

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The Pie version of Android Go also offers faster boot times, security features like verified boot, and a dashboard for tracking data consumption.

Android Pie factory images and OTA files

Android Pie factory images and OTA files are available on Google’s website. You can also download them via the links below. If you need help sideloading the update manually, check out our handy how to install Android Pie article.

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What about other Android manufacturers?

This year, the Android Pie rollout was a bit different from other major OS releases. Thanks to Google’s efforts with Project Treble, seven other phone makers — Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Essential — were able to enroll their smartphones in the Android Beta program alongside Pixels. A lot of these companies have already released Android Pie for a few of their phones.

You’ll find an overview of the devices that have (or will) receive Android Pie below. We’re constantly updating this post as new updates are launched, so make sure you visit it frequently to stay up to date with all the latest.

Essential Pie update

August 6, 2018 — Essential has always been extremely fast at issuing Android updates, and this release is no different. Minutes after Google announced Pie, Essential already started rolling out the update to the Essential Phone. Some of us actually received the update on our Essential Phones quicker than our Pixels. Not bad!

August 13, 2018 — Essential has announced via Twitter that the Android Pie update has been released for Sprint customers.

August 27, 2018 — The company took to Twitter to announce that the Android Pie update started rolling out to Telus variants of the Essential Phone.

OnePlus Pie update

August 6, 2018 — The company said in a statement that it looks forward to bringing Android Pie to the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 3, but stopped short of offering any details:

OnePlus is driven by the idea of giving people the best possible hardware and software experience and that’s why we’ve been excited about Android P for some time now, having worked closely with the Android Beta Program. We’re looking forward to bringing Android P to OnePlus 6, as well as updating OnePlus 5/5T, and OnePlus 3/3T, ensuring OnePlus users all over the world can continue to enjoy new features.

August 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, unofficial AOSP ports of the latest Android version are already available for some OnePlus devices. These include the OnePlus 3 and 3T, as well as the older OnePlus X and OnePlus 2.

September 3, 2018 — The company has released the Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6, which brings Android 9.0 Pie to the device. To try it out, click here to read instructions and get links to download the software. But before you do, keep in mind that as this is a beta update, some things — including Google Pay — won’t work properly. And if you don’t like the software and want to go back to the stable Oreo version of Android, you’ll have to wipe your OnePlus 6 and then reinstall the OS — which means you’ll lose all the data that’s not backed up.

September 7, 2018 — The manufacturer has released the Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 6. The update brings Wi-Fi stability improvements, optimized background power consumption control, optimized multitasking UI, and more — see the entire changelog here.

September 15, 2018 — OnePlus has released the Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 6. The update adds the ability to launch Google Assistant or any other third-party assistant by pressing and holding the power button for 0.5 seconds. It also adds new functionality to Parallel Apps: the feature now supports Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber, and OLA. Additionally, the beta update brings with it stability fixes for the fingerprint sensor, face unlock, and ambient display.

September 21, 2018 — OnePlus has released the stable version of the Android 9.0 Pie update for the OnePlus 6. It’s a staged rollout, which means the update will be available for a limited number of users at first and will make its way to all OnePlus 6 device over the next few weeks. The rollout isn’t based on regions — the update is instead randomly shipped out to a limited number of handsets.

October 16, 2018 — The stable version of Android 9.0 Pie is now rolling out to OnePlus 6 devices in the U.K. The update weighs about 1.5GB.

October 14, 2018 — Pete Lau, one of the founders of OnePlus, revealed on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo that the upcoming OnePlus 6T will launch with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box. However, the OnePlus 6T’s software will be different from the current version of Pie on the OnePlus 6. It will have some new gestures as well as “a whole new UI, ”according to the OxygenOS development team.

Pete Lau also mentioned that while the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and 5T will still receive Android 9.0 Pie, the update is taking longer than expected. Unfortunately, he didn’t share specific details on when it will be available.

November 14, 2018 — OnePlus is rolling out the Android Pie beta for the OnePlus 5 and 5T to some users in China. The update is expected to make its way to more markets soon, although there’s no word on when exactly that may happen.

November 23, 2018 — OnePlus has announced on its forum that the Android Pie Open Beta for the OnePlus 5 and 5T is “almost out.” That means it should be released soon, although a specific date was not mentioned.

December 12, 2018 — The beta version of Android Pie is now available for the OnePlus 5 and 5T. If you’re already part of the Open Beta program, you should receive the update over-the-air shortly. Otherwise, you’ll have to flash the new build yourself.

December 25, 2018 — The stable version of Android 9.0 Pie has started rolling out to the OnePlus 5 and 5T. The update includes a new UI, new navigation gestures (only on the OnePlus 5T), gaming mode 3.0, a new Do Not Disturb mode, integrated Google Lens in the camera app, and the December 2018 security patches, among other things.

February 28, 2019 — We have some good and bad news for OnePlus 3/3T owners. The good news is that, according to a OnePlus community manager, the Android Pie update for the phones is still coming. The bad news is that there’s no word on when it will be released.

April 5, 2019 — OnePlus has launched the first Android Pie beta update for the OnePlus 3/3T in China. There’s no word on when the beta will be available in other countries or when the stable version of the update will be released.

April 17, 2019 — Android 9 Pie is now available as a Community Beta build for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Those on the latest Open Beta version can download the appropriate file and update their devices through Recovery Update, while those on the latest stable version can download the file and either go through Local or Recovery Update — learn more here.

Oppo Pie update

August 6, 2018 — Oppo reached out to Android Authority to say that it does not yet have a target release date for Android Pie.

Vivo Pie update

August 8, 2018 — Vivo told Android Authority that it plans to release Android Pie in Q4 2018:

Designing for consumers’ needs continues to be Vivo’s top priority. Upgrading to the latest Android Pie operating system to deliver better mobile experience is therefore an area Vivo is working on bringing to consumers as soon as possible. Consumers can expect this update to come out in Q4 this year. We will keep you updated once we have more details to share.

December 24, 2018 — Vivo has kicked off the Android Pie closed beta program for fours of its smartphones: the X21, X21 UD, Nex A, and Nex S. However, the program is only available in China for now. There’s no word on when the stable versions of the updates will be released, but we do expect to see them sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

March 26, 2019 — The Vivo Nex S Pie update is rolling out in Asia.

April 22, 2019 — According to The Mobile Indian, the Vivo V11 Pro is now receiving Android Pie in India. The update comes in at around 3.1GB.

Sony Pie update

August 16, 2018 — Sony published a blog post detailing the nine devices in its roster that will get Android 9.0 Pie. They are:

The update process will kick off in November for the XZ devices and then start in early 2019 for the XA2 line.

October 12, 2018 — Sony is rolling out the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie to the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The update comes in just over 1GB in size and includes the latest October 2018 security patch. Also arriving in U.K.

October 18, 2018 — Sony has revealed detailed info regarding its Android Pie update schedule. The company said the XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact will get the update sooner than expected — the rollout will begin on October 26 as opposed to in November. The other handsets will get the update as per original schedule. Sony will begin to roll out the update for the XZ2 Premium from November 7, while the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus will get the update from March 4 next year.

November 10, 2018 — According to Xperia Blog, Sony is rolling out Android Pie to the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact. The update includes the October security patch and is only available in select markets for now.

HTC Pie update

August 10, 2018 — HTC took to Twitter to announce that it’s bringing Android Pie to four of its smartphones: U12 Plus, U11 Plus, U11, and the Android One variant of the U11 Life. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the updates will be available. HTC said this will be announced in “due course.”

November 29, 2018 — HTC has started rolling out the Pie update to the Android One variant of the HTC U11 Life. This is the first HTC device to get the latest version of the OS. Flagships like the HTC U12 Plus are still running Oreo with no date set for a Pie upgrade.

March 11, 2019 — HTC took to Twitter to announce its Android Pie roadmap. The company says it will start rolling out the latest version of Android to the HTC U11, U11 Plus, and U12 Plus starting in Q2. A specific date was not revealed.

Huawei/Honor Pie update

August 9, 2018 — Huawei revealed on Weibo that it’s conducting internal testing of the Android 9.0 Pie update for the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20, Honor 10, and Honor V10.

August 21, 2018 — A Huawei South Africa spokesperson told MyBroadband that the manufacturer will release its EMUI 9.0 skin based on Android Pie at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which kicks off August 31. The spokesperson also said the company will roll out Android Pie to the Huawei P20 series in September, followed by the Mate series shortly after. We expect loads of other Huawei devices to get the update as well, although the company didn’t mention which ones and when.

September 1, 2018 — Huawei announced EMUI 9.0 at IFA, which is based on Android Pie. It also kicked off its beta program, allowing users of select Huawei devices to try out the software before it is officially released. These devices include:

To sign up for the program, go to Huawei’s Friendly User Test page, download the Huawei Beta app, go to Personal > Join project, select the EMUI 9 beta program, and tap “Sign Up.” Keep in mind that Huawei may choose to limit the number of users it accepts in the program — learn more here.

September 30, 2018 — Huawei is rolling out the beta Android Pie update based on EMUI 9.0 to the Mate 10 Pro.

October 2, 2018 — Get Droid Tips reports that Huawei has released the beta Android Pie update for the Honor View 10. However, the update is only available to users in Europe for now.

November 6, 2018 — The company has announced it will roll out EMUI 9.0, based on Android Pie, to nine Huawei and Honor devices starting November 10. The phones that will get the update are:

  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Honor 10
  • Honor View 10
  • Honor Play

However, Huawei has yet to confirm in which regions the update will be released first. We’ve reached out to the company regarding this and will update this post when we get a response.

December 3, 2018 — Huawei is apparently rolling out EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie to the P20 and P20 Pro, but only in China (via BGR). The update is expected to go global soon, probably before the end of the year.

December 18, 2018 — Huawei took to Twitter to announce it will start rolling out Android Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top to a slew of devices in the next few days — globally. These include:

  • Huawei Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro/Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20/P20 Pro/P20 Lite
  • Honor Play
  • Honor 10
  • Honor View 10

The list of supported devices may grow over time. Devices like the Honor 8X, Huawei Mate 20 Lite, Honor 8C, and similarly-new Huawei and Honor devices are also expected to get Android Pie somewhere down the line.

January 11, 2019 — Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9 on top is now shipping out to the Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor Play in India.

January 17, 2019 — Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top is now rolling out to the Honor View 10 in the U.S.

January 29, 2019 — Rogers revealed via its Android Pie roadmap that it will roll out the latest version of Android to the Huawei P20/P20 Pro sometime between January 16 and February 18.

March 1, 2019 — The U.S. variant of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is now receiving Android Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top.

March 11, 2019 — As reported by Gadgets360, Honor has revealed it will start rolling out Android Pie to the Honor 8X on March 18 in India.

March 25, 2019 — Honor 8X Pie update spotted in Macedonia, more regions should be on the way.

March 26, 2019 — Honor is rolling out Android Pie for the Huawei P10, according to user reports from Android Police.

March 28, 2019 — Honor is now finally shipping out Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top to the Honor 8X in India. The update comes in at a little over 3GB.

April 14, 2019 — According to Digit, the Honor 8 Pro is now receiving Android Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top in India.

Motorola Pie update

August 15, 2018 — Motorola revealed which devices would receive the Android Pie update. Starting this fall, Android Pie will make its way to these phones:

It’s worth noting that the Moto E5 lineup isn’t on that list (despite being announced only months ago), and the entire Moto G5 lineup isn’t on the list either.

November 16, 2018 — Good news for all you Motorola One Power owners in India. The company is rolling out the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie to the device.

November 16, 2018 — According to a user on the XDA-Developers forum, the Motorola One has received Android 9.0 Pie in Mexico. The update is expected to be released in other markets soon.

November 28, 2018 — The Motorola One is now receiving the Android Pie update globally. As usual, this is a staged rollout, which means it might take a week or so for the update to make its way to every device.

November 28, 2018 — As reported by XDA-Developers, the Moto X4 has been bumped up to Android Pie in Brazil. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

December 12, 2018 — Motorola is rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Moto X4 in the U.S. It’s a phased rollout, but the update is said to make its way to all phones by January 10, 2019.

December 19, 2018 — XDA-Developers reports that Motorola has kicked off an Android Pie soak test for the Moto G6 and G6 Plus in Brazil. The Moto G6’s beta build was leaked online, so you can download it and try it out if that’s your thing.

December 31, 2018 — Motorola is now rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Moto G6 Plus devices in India. The update should make its way to other markets soon.

January 7, 2019 — Motorola has announced that Android 9.0 Pie is now available for the Moto X4 devices in India.

January 23, 2019 — Motorola has announced the Android Pie update for the Moto Z3. The update brings all the tasty Pie feature to the device including Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, and gesture navigation. Additionally, it also enables support for the upcoming 5G Moto Mod, which is slated for an early 2019 launch on Verizon’s network.

February 9, 2019 — Android Pie is rolling out to the Moto Z3 Play in the U.S. The update should make its way to other markets soon.

February 13, 2019 — According to AndroidPit, Motorola is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the Moto G6, G6 Play, and Z3 Play in Brazil.

March 19, 2019 — According to Tizen Help, Motorola is rolling out Android Pie to the Moto G6 in India. The update comes in at around 1.4GB.

April 3, 2019 — Three months after Motorola announced Android 9.0 Pie for the Moto Z3, Verizon is finally rolling it out to the device. The update enables support for the 5G Moto Mod and includes the March 2019 security patch.

April 18, 2019 — Motorola is rolling out Android Pie to Moto G6 Play devices in the U.S. The update also has the April 2019 security patch on board.

Nokia Pie update

August 21, 2018 — HMD Global promised back in May that all Android-running Nokia phones will be updated to Android Pie. Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas now shared more details on the topic, confirming at a New Dehli event that the Nokia 7 Plus will be the first of its devices to be updated to Android 9.0 this September. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Nokia 7 Plus was part of the Android P beta scheme.

August 31, 2018 — Responding to a user on Twitter, HMD Global executive Juho Sarvikas said that a camera-related update with “new experiences” is coming to the Nokia 8 with Android Pie. The update will also bring ARCore to the device. Unfortunately, Sarvikas didn’t mention when the update will be available.

September 12, 2018 — The Nokia 7 Plus has received another beta Android Pie update. The changes in the latest version appear to be minimal. The update apparently brings the September security patch, a non-removable “At a Glance” widget on the home screen, data arrows inside the Wi-Fi icon in the status bar, and support for the aptX Bluetooth codec to the device. The stable version of Pie is expected to hit the device sometime this month.

September 28, 2018 — Nokia has released the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie for the Nokia 7 Plus. The update comes in at around 1.4GB.

October 4, 2018 — The recently announced Nokia 7.1 will get the Android 9.0 Pie update by the end of November. HMD Global has also confirmed to Android Authority that it plans on rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus in the same month, followed by the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco by the end of 2018.

October 9, 2018 — Juho Sarvikas, Nokia’s CPO, took to Twitter to announce that the beta version of Android 9.0 Pie is available for the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

October 11, 2018 — Looks like Nokia plans on speeding things up a bit. The company shared more detailed info on its Pie update schedule (via Android Central), saying that the Nokia 7.1, 6.1 Plus, and 6.1 will get the stable version of Android Pie before the end of October. The previous plan was to release the update sometime in November. The Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco will follow soon after, with the stable version of the OS expected to roll out to the devices in November.

October 30, 2018 — Android 9.0 Pie has started rolling out to the Nokia 6.1, making it the second Nokia device to get the stable version of the OS.

October 31, 2018 — Only a day after upgrading Nokia 6.1 to Android 9.0 Pie, the company started rolling out the update to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The next devices in line to get the latest version of Android are the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco.

November 27, 2018 — Nokia’s CPO Juho Sarvikas has announced on Twitter that Android Pie is now rolling out to the Nokia 7.1. He also said it’s a staged rollout, with some markets getting the update sooner than others.

November 30, 2018 — The Android Pie update for the Nokia 8 has been delayed for a couple of days. The original plan was to release it by the end of November. The news was announced by Nokia’s CPO Juho Sarvikas on Twitter, who said there are a “few issues to address” before the update can go live.

December 11, 2018 — Android Pie beta is now available for the Nokia 8. The stable version should be released soon, although a specific date was not announced.

December 19, 2018 — The stable version of Android Pie is now available for the Nokia 8. However, some users note that the update is lacking features like Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, and App Actions. There’s no word on when these will be added to the device.

Nokia’s CPO Juho Sarvikas said the next phone in line to get the update is the Nokia 8 Sirocco. He didn’t mention when we can expect to see it, though.

December 27, 2018 — Nokia has kicked off the Android 9.0 Pie rollout for the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The update comes in at around 1.2GB and includes new system navigation functionality, Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and “predictive application actions” — which sounds like a fancy name for Android Pie’s App Actions feature.

January 9, 2019 — It’s finally here: Android 9.0 Pie is now rolling out to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The update includes the December 2018 security patches and brings all the standard Pie goodies including Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery, and App Actions to the device.

January 23, 2019 — Nokia has shared its Android Pie update roadmap. The company said the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.1 Plus will begin receiving Android 9.0 Pie “in the next few days.” The original 2017 Nokia 6 is scheduled for its Pie release a week or two later.

The Nokia 5.1, 3.1, and 2.1 will follow and should get the update by the end of this quarter (March 31). The Nokia 1 and Nokia 3 will be the last handsets to get Android Pie, sometime in early Q2.

January 24, 2019 — As promised, Nokia has released the Android Pie update for the Nokia 5 (2017).

February 20, 2019 — Nokia has started rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 8 in India.

February 20, 2019 — The two-year-old Nokia 6 (2017) is now getting the Android 9.0 Pie update.

February 21, 2019 — Juho Sarvikas announced on Twitter that the Android 9.0 Pie update is now available for the Nokia 2.1.

February 26, 2019 — Nokia has started rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 3.1 Plus.

March 14, 2019 — HMD Global announced on Twitter that Android 9 Pie is rolling out now to the budget Nokia 3.1 smartphone.

March 20, 2019 — HMD Global is now rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 5.1.

Xiaomi Pie update

September 12, 2018 — MIUI 10 Open Beta firmware based on Android Pie is available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Xiaomi Mi 8. The Mi Mix 2S beta can be flashed using recovery or fastboot methods, while the Mi 8 firmware (via XDA-Developers) is currently only available via recovery — so you’ll need to unlock your phone’s bootloader to install it using TWRP. You can find the download links for both ROMs in our dedicated post at the link.

October 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top is now available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

October 26, 2018 — Xiaomi has revealed the phones that will soon receive the Pie update. These include the Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition (known as the Pro model outside China), the Mi 8 SE, and the Mi Max 3, all of which are expected to get the latest version of Android by the end of the year.

October 30, 2018 — Xiaomi has apparently released a closed beta build of Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top for the Pocophone F1 (via XDA-Developers). The open beta is expected to be released by the end of November, while the stable version of the OS should start hitting devices before the year comes to an end.

November 10, 2018 — Xiaomi has released the beta version of Android Pie for the Mi A2 smartphone, which is part of the Android One family — you can download it here. There’s no word on when exactly the stable version will be available.

November 16, 2018 — That was fast. Only six days after it released the beta Android Pie update for the Mi A2, Xiaomi started rolling out the stable version of the OS to the smartphone.

November 18, 2018 — As expected, Xiaomi has released the open beta version of Android Pie for the Pocophone F1. The software comes with the company’s MIUI 10 skin on top — check out how to install it by reading our dedicated post.

November 27, 2018 — According to users on Google+ and the XDA-Developers forum, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has received the Android Pie update.

December 5, 2018 — According to a Google+ user, Xiaomi is rolling out the Android Pie beta update to the Mi A1 smartphone. If true, it’s possible that the stable rollout will begin by the end of the year, or very early 2019 at the latest.

December 5, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the Mi 8 smartphone.

December 10, 2018 — Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top to the Pocophone F1. The update comes with the November security patch.

December 10, 2018 — According to multiple reports, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the Mi A1 smartphone — less than a week after the beta version was released.

December 13, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, the global version of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is now getting the Android Pie beta update.

December 21, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, the MIUI 10 Global ROM based on Android Pie is now available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. You can download it here.

December 20, 2018 — Xiaomi is pushing another Android 9.0 Pie build to the Mi A1 phones. The stable version released on December 10 apparently caused quite a few issues regarding LTE connectivity for some users, and this update should hopefully fix that. However, some Reddit users are already complaining about missing LTE bands, while others report receiving the update with no issues.

February 20, 2019 — Owners of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 6 Pro can sign up to test the beta version of Android Pie on their device. Slots are limited — find out everything you need to know here.

February 22, 2019 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie to the Mi Max 3 and Mi 8 Lite in China.

March 10, 2019 — XDA-Developers reports that Xiaomi is rolling out MIUI 10 based on Android Pie to Mi Max 3 devices globally.

March 18, 2019 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie to the global variants of the Mi 8 Lite.

May 6, 2019 — According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top to the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The update comes in at around 1.7GB.

Samsung Pie update

October 20, 2018 — Thanks to a teaser the company posted in the Samsung+ app (via Pocketnow), we have a better idea on when the Android Pie update will be available for devices such as the Galaxy S9. The teaser revealed that the latest version of the OS will start rolling out “early next year.” Unfortunately, a more specific time frame was not given.

November 6, 2018 — Samsung has confirmed it will reveal the Android Pie beta software at its developer conference, which starts tomorrow (November 7) and ends a day later. The company is likely to launch the beta program for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus users shortly after.

November 8, 2018 — Samsung will kick off the beta program for the newest iteration of its Android skin called One UI — based on Android Pie — this November in the U.S., Germany, and Korea, followed by more countries in Europe and Asia in the future. The stable version of the software is expected to roll out to the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 in January.

November 9, 2018 — Samsung has confirmed to Android Authority that its new One UI Android skin — based on Android Pie — will also come to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8. These three devices are expected to get the update shortly after it hits the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9, which is expected to happen in January.

November 15, 2018 — It’s official! Samsung has kicked off the One UI beta program for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners. The program is currently available in the U.S., South Korea, and potentially a few other countries. You can check out how to sign up at the link.

November 28, 2018 — Samsung has apparently opened up Android Pie beta registrations for the Galaxy Note 9 in the U.S. through the Samsung+ app. However, the company then quickly pulled them. There’s no word on why, but there’s a chance the Pie beta registration notification in the app appeared by mistake — learn more here.

December 4, 2018 — Samsung has informed Android Authority that Android 9 Pie One UI beta registrations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are now open via the Samsung+ app. However, they are only available for the unlocked variant of the device (SM-N960U1). Registrations are limited, so you’ll have to hurry up if you want to join the beta program.

December 11, 2018 — Samsung is pushing out a new update to all Samsung Galaxy Note 9 owners beta testing Android 9 Pie. The update has the December 2018 security patch on board along with bug fixes related to things like Night Mode and Samsung Pass — learn more here.

December 24, 2018 — Samsung decided to speed things up and is now rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The update is currently available in Germany, but it should make its way to other markets soon. It comes in at around 1.7GB.

December 24, 2018 — Samsung has updated the Members app with its Android 9 Pie update roadmap, revealing which devices will get the latest version of the OS and when. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will receive Android 9 Pie in January 2019. Even though the update is rolling out to the phones starting today, the carrier variants might not see it for another month. The next phone on the list is the Galaxy Note 9, which looks to receive the Android 9 Pie update in February 2019. It will be followed by the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8, all of which will get bumped up to Android 9 Pie — along with One UI — in March 2019.

The update roadmap also reveals that the Android 9 Pie rollout is expected to go from April 2019 with Samsung’s Galaxy A7, A8, A8 Plus, and A9 (2018) through October 2019 with the Galaxy Tab A 10.5. A slew of devices will also get the update between April and October, such as the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy A8 Star — learn more here.

January 2, 2019 — Samsung has already changed its Android Pie update roadmap, but it’s not all bad news. Some devices, like the Galaxy Note 9 and Note 8, are now expected to get the update even sooner. There are also a few new devices on the list including the Galaxy J7 Neo and Galaxy J8.

However, some Samsung phones — like the Galaxy A8 (2018 model) — were removed from the list, which means they aren’t expected to get the Pie update anymore. You can check out the entire list below:

  • Galaxy Note 9 (January 2019)
  • Galaxy S9 (January 2019)
  • Galaxy S9+ (January 2019)
  • Galaxy Note 8 (February 2019)
  • Galaxy S8 (March 2019)
  • Galaxy S8+ (March 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A6 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A6+ (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A7 2018 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A8 Star (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A8+ 2018 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy A9 2018 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J2 (2018) (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J2 Core (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J4 (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J6+ (April 2019)
  • Galaxy On7 (2018) (April 2019)
  • Galaxy J4+ (May 2019)
  • Galaxy J6 (May 2019)
  • Galaxy J8 (May 2019)
  • Galaxy J7 2017 (July 2019)
  • Galaxy J7 Duo (July 2019)
  • Galaxy J7 Neo (July 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 (August 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 2017 (October 2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (October 2019)

January 4, 2019 — Samsung is rolling out the stable version of Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9. The update has been released Germany for the Exynos chipset variant, but there’s a chance it’s being deployed in other regions as well.

January 12, 2019 — After rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy S9 series in Germany back in December, Samsung is now shipping out the update in Malaysia as well. The latest version of the OS should make its way to all Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets globally by the end of the month.

January 12, 2019 — After Germany, the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie for the Galaxy Note 9 is now also available in the UAE, according to SamMobile. The update is expected to make its way to all Note 9 devices globally by the end of the month.

January 14, 2019 — The Android Pie update for the Galaxy Note 9 may be delayed. The update started rolling out in Germany two weeks ago and in the UAE a couple of days ago, suggesting this was the start of its major rollout. However, this may not be the case, as Samsung’s Turkish portal Guncelmiyiz indicates the update will instead roll out from February 1. Initially, it was expected that all Note 9 devices globally will get Pie by the end of January. Nothing has been confirmed yet, so things can still go either way.

January 15, 2019 — The beta version of Android 9 Pie is now available for the Galaxy Note 8. To try it out, open the Samsung Members app and accept the invitation for the beta program. Once you are in, you’ll receive the update that’s around 1.8GB in size.

January 16, 2019 — According to The Mobile Indian, Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 in India.

January 16, 2019 — According to SamMobile, registrations for the One UI beta program (based on Android Pie) are now open for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in India and possibly a few other countries including South Korea and the U.K. You can sign up via the Samsung Members app.

January 18, 2019 — The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified the Galaxy A7, A8, and A9 (2018) for Android 9 Pie, which means all three of Samsung’s 2018 mid-range offerings are one step closer to the latest Android platform update. However, these devices will not get the One UI overlay, as that will only make its way to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Note 8, S9 and S9 Plus, and Note 9.

January 24, 2019 — Samsung is now rolling out the second Android Pie beta update to the Galaxy Note 8. It comes in at around 700MB and addresses a number of issues including the camera app crashing when using slow motion or super slow motion. However, some bugs from the first beta have not been fixed with this update — learn more here.

January 25, 2019 — The Samsung support U.K. Twitter channel has confirmed the company is now rolling out Android Pie to the S9 and S9 Plus in the U.K. The update is landing on SIM-free models but should arrive to carrier-branded devices in the near future.

January 25, 2019 — Owners of an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 in the U.S. can now sign up for the Android 9 Pie beta. To do so, open the Samsung+ app on your device, find and tap the Android 9 Pie beta notification, and follow on-screen instructions.

January 28, 2019 — Android Pie is now rolling out to the unlocked variants of the Galaxy Note 9 in the U.K. The update comes in at 1.6GB.

January 29, 2019 — Rogers revealed its Android Pie road map, which shows that the carrier will roll out the latest version of Android to the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9/S9 Plus on February 4 and February 11. Additionally, multiple users on Reddit (via SamMobile) reported that the Galaxy S9 on Xfinity Mobile has received its Pie update. This is the first carrier-locked U.S. model to receive the update.

January 31, 2019 — AT&T-branded Galaxy Note 9s are apparently now receiving the Android 9 Pie update, which comes in at around 1.8GB.

January 31, 2019 — Both Verizon and Sprint have started rolling out Android Pie with Samsung’s new One UI skin on top to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

February 4, 2019 — Sprint has started shipping out Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9. The update comes in at around 1.9GB.

February 7, 2019 — Samsung is now rolling out the third Android Pie beta to the Galaxy Note 8. The update comes in at around 680MB and has the February security patch on board. It addresses a number of bugs like the fingerprint sensor not working with Samsung Pay and the Air Command icon not showing up when you remove the S Pen — learn more here.

February 7, 2019 — According to MobileSyrup, Android Pie with One UI on top is rolling out to Galaxy Note 9 devices in Canada. The update has been released by most carriers including Rogers, Fido, and Telus.

February 7, 2019 — Most Canadian carriers are rolling out the Android Pie update to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, according to MobileSyrup.

February 10, 2019 — T-Mobile has started rolling out Android Pie to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The update is around 2GB in size and includes support for the RCS 1.0 universal profile, putting the S9 and S9 Plus among the few handsets to embrace the new messaging standard.

However, the carrier then quickly pulled the update, likely due to some last minute bugs. There’s no word on when the rollout will resume, but we probably won’t have to wait long.

February 12, 2019 — Samsung is now rolling out the fourth beta update to the Galaxy Note 8. It comes in at around 580MB and addresses a few issues, with the biggest one related to editing hotspot names.

February 15, 2019 — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners are finally receiving a sweet slice of Pie. The stable update is being rolled out in Bulgaria, Slovakia, and India. It should make its way to other markets soon.

February 18, 2019 — It looks like Android Pie is rolling out to the unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in the U.S. The update has been spotted on Reddit, at PhoneArena, and via a tip from one of our readers. It brings the new One UI skin to the devices and includes the January 2019 security patches.

February 20, 2019 — According to a thread on Reddit, the stable version of Android 9 Pie is rolling out to the Galaxy S8 in a few European countries — Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. The update comes in at around 1.6GB and is expected to be released in plenty of other countries soon.

February 25, 2019 — After being rolled out in a number of European countries, Android Pie with One UI is now hitting Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices in India.

March 1, 2019 — T-Mobile has started rolling out Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9.

March 8, 2019 — According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the mid-range Galaxy A8 Plus (2018). However, the update is limited to Russia for now.

March 12, 2019 — Verizon has finally started rolling out Android Pie with One UI on top to the Galaxy Note 9. The update has the February 2019 security patch on board.

March 12, 2019 — The unlocked variants of the Galaxy Note 9 are now receiving Android Pie in the U.S., according to PhoneArena. The update comes in at around 1.7GB.

March 13, 2019 — The Galaxy A9 (2018) is getting the Android Pie update, but only in Poland for now, as reported by SamMobile.

March 14, 2019 — SamMobile reports that Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy A7 (2018) in Russia. The update should be released in other markets soon.

March 22, 2019 — The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus is receiving Android Pie and the March 2019 security patches, according to XDA.

March 25, 2019 — Samsung has rolled out Android Pie to the Galaxy Note 7 FE (the non-overheating Galaxy Note 7).

March 26, 2019 — Sprint is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 (via Android Police).

March 29, 2019 — AT&T and T-Mobile are rolling out Android Pie with One UI to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. AT&T has also rolled out the Pie update to the Note 8, and we can expect the T-Mobile update to arrive any day now.

April 3, 2019 — Verizon is rolling Android Pie with One UI to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 starting tomorrow, April 4. The update also includes the March 2019 security patch for all three phones.

April 5, 2019 — According to PhoneArena, T-Mobile has joined in on the fun and started rolling out Android Pie to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

April 9, 2019 — Android 9.0 Pie is rolling out to the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 in the U.S. The update brings along the usual Android 9 Pie upgrades along with the new One UI from Samsung and the March 2019 Android security patch.

April 9, 2019 — According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy J8 in Russia. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

April 11, 2019 — SamMobile reports that the Galaxy J6 is now receiving Android Pie in Italy. The update is expected to reach other markets soon.

April 11, 2019 — Samsung is rolling out Android Pie to the LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab S4, but only in France for now, according to SamMobile. We expect the update to be released in other markets soon.

April 18, 2019 — After Italy, Samsung has now started rolling out Android Pie to the Galaxy J6 in India as well, as reported by SamMobile. The update comes with the company’s One UI skin on board.

April 24, 2019 — Great news for Galaxy Tab S4 owners in the U.S. According to Android Police, the Wi-Fi variant of the tablet (model SM-T830) is now receiving Android Pie with One UI on top. Additionally, both Verizon and AT&T are rolling out the latest version of Android to their LTE variants of the Galaxy Tab S4.

April 25, 2019 — According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is receiving Android Pie in India. The update comes in at around 1.2GB and includes Samsung’s new One UI.

April 27, 2019 — SamMobile reports that Samsung is rolling out Android Pie with One UI to the Galaxy J4, J4 Plus, and J6 Plus in various markets. The Galaxy J4 Plus is being updated in Panama, while the Plus model is getting Pie in Vietnam, Thailand, and Ukraine. The Galaxy J6 Plus is receiving the update in Germany, Iraq, and India.

May 1, 2019 — According to SamMobile, both T-Mobile and Sprint have released the Android Pie update for the Galaxy Tab S4.

LG Pie update

November 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, LG has released the Android 9.0 Pie update for the G7 One in Canada. The update could also be available in a number of other countries — or will be soon.

November 20, 2018 — LG has kicked off the Android Pie preview program for the G7 ThinQ, but only in South Korea. The company didn’t share any details about an international release for the program or when the stable version of the OS will be available.

December 30, 2018 — LG has revealed its update roadmap for the first quarter of 2019 (January – March). The company plans to roll out the latest version of Android to the G7 ThinQ in that time frame, while the V40 ThinQ is only expected to get a performance update. That means the V40 likely won’t get Android Pie before Q2 2019.

January 18, 2019 — LG is rolling out Android Pie to the G7 ThinQ, but only in South Korea for now. The update should hit all G7 ThinQ devices globally by the end of Q1 (March) at the latest.

Additionally, LG revealed when we can expect to see Pie on its other devices. Here’s the list:

  • LG G7 ThinQ — Q1 2019 (ends March 31)
  • LG V35 ThinQ — Q1 2019 (ends March 31)
  • LG V40 ThinQ — Q2 2019 (ends June 30)
  • LG V30S ThinQ — Q2 2019 (ends June 30)
  • LG V30 — Q2 2019 (ends June 30)
  • LG G6 — Q3 2019 (ends September 30)
  • LG V20 — Q3 2019 (ends September 30)
  • LG Q8 — Q3 2019 (ends September 30)
  • LG Q9 — Q4 2019 (ends December 31)
  • LG X5 — Q4 2019 (ends December 31)

April 23, 2019 — According to My LG Phones, LG is rolling out Android Pie to the V35 ThinQ, but only in South Korea for now. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

Asus Pie update

November 20, 2018 — Asus has announced that it will roll out Android Pie to the Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL) at the end of January 2019.

December 9, 2018 — According to an Asus customer service representative, Android 9 Pie for the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is expected to be released by the end of February 2019.

December 18, 2018 — The Android Pie update for the Asus Zenfone 5 is now available (via XDA-Developers). You can download it from the company’s website.

December 27, 2018 — It looks like Asus has decided to speed things up. The company is apparently rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Asus Zenfone 5Z, but only in Taiwan. We expect the update to be released globally by the end of January 2019, as originally planned.

January 3, 2019 — Asus has started rolling out the Android Pie update to the Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL) over-the-air.

January 28, 2019 — Good news for Zenfone 5Z owners is India: Asus is rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the device in the country. We expect the update to make its way to other markets soon.

January 30, 2019 — As promised, Asus is now rolling out Android Pie to the Zenfone 5Z globally. The update will be pushed out in batches, so it may take some time before it reaches your device.

January 4, 2019 — Asus has kicked off the Android Pie beta program for the Zenfone Max Pro M2. You can learn more about it here.

February 27, 2019 — Asus has revealed a list of phones that will be upgraded to Android Pie. However, the company did not share a time frame for each device. You can check out the entire list of phones below, some of which have already received the Pie update.

  • Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL)
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL)
  • Zenfone 4 Max (ZC520KL)
  • Zenfone Live (ZB553KL)
  • Zenfone 4 Max (ZB520KL)
  • Zenfone Max Plus (M1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB570TL)
  • Zenfone 5Q (ZC600KL)
  • Zenfone Live (L1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZA550KZ / ZA551KL)
  • Zenfone Max Pro (ZB602KL)
  • Zenfone Max Pro (ZB601KL)
  • Zenfone Max (M1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB555KL / ZB556KL)
  • Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL)
  • Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL)
  • ROG Phone (ZS600KL)
  • Zenfone Max Pro (M2) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB631KL/ ZB630KL)
  • Zenfone Max (M2) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB633KL / ZB632KL)

February 28, 2019 — Asus India has announced that it’s kicking off the Android Pie beta program for the Zenfone Max Pro M1. You can sign up here.

March 18, 2019 — Asus has posted a video on Facebook, apologizing to users for missing the promised Android Pie release window for the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Zenfone Max Pro M2, and Zenfone Max M2. The company now promises these three phones will get the update by April 15 at the latest.

April 11, 2019 — As promised, Asus is rolling out Android Pie to the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Zenfone Max M2, and Zenfone Max Pro M2 in India.

Nubia Pie update

November 30, 2018 — Unfortunately, the company has announced that the Nubia Z17 will not be upgraded to Android Pie. Nubia will instead focus its efforts on other devices in its lineup.

BLU Pie update

January 10, 2019 — BLU has kicked off its Android Pie beta program for the Vivo XI+. Owners of the device can sign up on the company’s website to try out the software before it’s officially rolled out.

Razer Pie update

February 19, 2019 — Razer has revealed the Android Pie update roadmap for its gaming-centered Razer Phone 2. On February 27, the latest version of Android will start rolling out to the unlocked variants of the device. Most carriers will start shipping out the update on March 13 with the exception of AT&T, which will release it on April 4.

To see how the beta version of Android Pie performs on the Razer Phone 2, check out our hands-on post at the link.

Looking back at the Android P beta rollout

Android 9 Pie review app overview recent apps

Google released the first Android P developer preview on March 7, 2018. Following that alpha release, Google revealed the first Android P beta build (developer preview 2) at Google I/O 2018 on May 8, also announcing other non-Pixel devices would be compatible with the Android P beta.

The third Android P preview (beta 2) released June 6, 2018. This build featured the final APIs and official SDK. Following that, the fourth Android P preview launched on July 2, 2018. It included the latest Android security patches as well as some bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Google released the fifth Android P developer preview (beta 4) on July 25. This release candidate build includes final APIs and system behaviors. Google released the final, public version of Android 9.0 Pie on August 6.

You can see an overview of what each build featured:

The Android P beta was available for the following devices:

Additionally, Nokia brought the Android P update (beta) to three of its other phones: the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco, though only in China.


Android 9.0 Pie recent news:

That’s everything we know about the Android 9.0 Pie update so far. Did we miss anything? Sound off in the comments!

The ultimate guide to replacing your smartphone battery

Is your smartphone battery running out in just a couple of hours? If you find yourself reaching for the charger multiple times a day, it might be time to replace your battery. Even with the days of removable batteries behind us, there are still are a lot of options. In this guide we will show you how and how much it costs to install a new battery on your phone.

If you’ve owned your smartphone for more than two years, you might have noticed its battery life is just not the same. The lifespan of a battery is typically defined by how many charge cycles it will last. A charge cycle is a period where a battery’s whole capacity is used, then it is charged back to full (companies like Apple define it as using 50 percent, then charging it back to full, then using 50 percent again). After 500 charge cycles, most lithium-ion batteries’ performance starts to degrade, regardless of how you use the device. It is one of the main reasons you should consider cell phone battery replacement on an aging device.

Common signs you need to replace your smartphone battery

google pixel 3 battery details

Of course, the most obvious sign you might need a cell phone battery replacement is drastically reduced battery life. If your phone barely makes it past the 10-hour mark, and you don’t do anything too intensive like streaming or playing games, consider replacement.

Random shut offs are also a common symptom. If your smartphone turns off at 30 percent or even 50 percent, the health of your battery has likely deteriorated significantly. Boot loops are also a common sign. If you have an older smartphone that restarts constantly after hitting a certain battery threshold, this is usually due to an aging lithium-ion battery.

The easiest way to recognize the source of the issue is to note when the problem occurs. If you have a newer device and it boot loops after an update or when closing apps, it is most likely a software issue.

accubattery

If your case is not that extreme, you still might want to check your battery’s health. We recommend using AccuBattery. It compares the design capacity of your battery to its estimated current capacity, showing you how much has been lost overtime. Just charge your phone after installing it and the app will do the rest.

AccuBattery also offers plenty of other features such as measuring charging speed, how much power apps use, how long your device will last on standby, and much more. If the capacity results are not great, it might be time for a battery replacement. The good news is you can do this even if you have a smartphone with a non-removable battery!

How to replace your smartphone battery

The days of easy to replace batteries are mostly over now.

Replacing your smartphone battery used to be as easy as turning off your phone, removing the old battery, and putting the new one in. If your smartphone still has a removable battery, that’s all you need to do.

Most current Android smartphones come with non-removable batteries, so the task has gotten more difficult. It’s by no means impossible, but it’s no small feat either.

If you want to go the DIY route, you will have to take your smartphone apart, detaching the screen and other parts before getting to the battery. Since most parts are glued together, you would also have to remove and then reapply adhesive. Do not attempt this if you do not have the right tools. The basic ones you need are a suction handle, flat opening tool, tweezers, heat gun to melt adhesive, and a screwdriver. Replacement adhesive is also a must.

Don’t use just any tools lying around in your house — you can damage your phone.

(iFixit)Replacing a battery requires a bit more work than it once did.

Unfortunately, buying an official battery from an OEM is almost impossible, so we advise you stick to proven battery retailers with good ratings for repair kits and batteries, like iFixit. They also provide detailed battery replacement guides on their website.

If you already have the necessary tools and have found the appropriate tutorial for your smartphone model, it’s important to first have your battery below 25 percent. Charged lithium-ion batteries can catch fire or explode if accidentally punctured. If your battery is swollen when you open your device, you shouldn’t proceed with the replacement, especially if you are inexperienced. Take the phone to an authorized repair shop instead.

Even if that’s not the case, you have to be careful. Take the Samsung Galaxy S7 for example. Battery replacement can be quite difficult thanks to plenty of adhesive, all of which will need to be reapplied. You will also have to disconnect and reconnect the loudspeaker assembly. If you are not careful when doing so, you might need to take your phone apart once again to reconnect it. Other phones require you to disconnect even more parts. DIY battery replacements also usually void waterproofing.

So, if you feel like you don’t have the patience or skill, it’s best to take or mail your smartphone to an authorized service center. For most manufacturers battery replacement costs under $100 out of warranty, and the process takes around five to seven business days when you mail in your cell phone.

Here are links for popular Android manufacturers (and Apple) that will point you to the nearest authorized service center or give you instructions how to mail in your device for a battery replacement:

Google

Samsung

HTC

  • You will need to email or live chat with HTC support, who can then point you to authorized centers or assist you in mailing your phone. You can do so here.

LG

Motorola

Sony

Nokia

Apple

  • Walk in and make an appointment at any Apple Store
  • Mail in.

When is battery replacement not worth it?

If you’ve grown attached to your smartphone and just can’t stand current devices, it makes sense to try to prolong its lifespan, but whether replacing the battery is worth can depend. If you have an older flagship device you would like to continue using for a while, it can be a good investment. If you have a lower-end device, the price and hassle might outweigh the benefits. Most battery replacements at authorized service centers are relatively cheap, but so are new budget phones with updated specs and software.

The Moto G Play, for example, costs only $199. This is why the better and more convenient option for some is to simply buy a new smartphone, but at the end of the day it’s down to personal preference.

Cell phone battery replacement is not nearly as easy as it used to be, but hopefully now you know there’s hope for your expensive flagship even after years of use.

What is your opinion on smartphone batteries nowadays? Have you attempted a DIY battery replacement before? Share your experiences with us in the comment

Getting started with Samsung SmartThings

Your smart home journey can begin with something as simple as buying a few smart bulbs and changing the ambiance of a room, and go to a point where you can control everything in your house without physically interacting with anything. Choosing between hundreds of products and figuring out the right ecosystem can quickly get very confusing. Samsung hopes to alleviate that confusion by providing a singular point of control for all your smart home products with Samsung SmartThings. Here’s everything you need to know!


What is Samsung SmartThings?

Samsung SmartThings is actually a broad, all-encompassing brand name that covers both hardware and software. The biggest selling point of the SmartThings system is Samsung’s attempt to provide a single, unified point of control for all your smart home devices. It does so with not only its own devices, but by supporting an impressive number of third-party products that can all be managed with the SmartThings app. Samsung also makes it very easy to sort through and find the best smart devices for you.


Best Samsung SmartThings devices

Samsung has quite a few devices on offer that come under the SmartThings brand, but the biggest selling point of SmartThings is its compatibility with a slew of third-party products. Apart from ensuring that you won’t get locked into a single ecosystem, this wide compatibility also means that you won’t have a hard time trying to find devices that suit your needs. 

There are over 350 products currently listed as “Works with SmartThings.” These include everything from smart lights and switches, security cameras, doorbells, outlets, door locks, thermostats, and speakers, to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, water valve controls, vents, garage doors, irrigation systems, and so much more. There are way too many really good options to list them all, but here are some of our favorites.

Samsung SmartThings Hub and SmartThing Wi-Fi

samsung smartthings wi-fi hub

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is now in its third iteration, and serves as the foundation of the smart home system that you’re building. This is also the one device that is essential for you to build a Samsung SmartThings system. It connects wirelessly to all your smart home devices and lets you monitor and control them using a single app. The Hub needs an active internet connection to work.

Of course, if you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of a separate hub and Wi-Fi router, Samsung has you covered with the aptly named Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi. This is an AC1300 mesh Wi-Fi router that doubles as a hub. A single router provides coverage for a 1,500 sq. ft. area, but you can add more for larger homes.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub will set you back $67.99 while a single SmartThings Wi-Fi router is priced at $117.99. You can also pick up a three-pack of Wi-Fi routers for $249.94.

See also: The best smart hubs you can buy


Best Samsung SmartThings sensors

Samsung SmartThings multipurpose sensor

Samsung SmartThings multipurpose sensor

There are a few different types of Samsung SmartThings Sensors that Samsung has available to help you get started on your home automation journey.

The Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is an all-in-one sensor that can detect vibration, orientation, tilt, temperature, and when something opens and closes. You can place it on doors, drawers, windows, cabinets, and more. The fact that it senses vibration allows the sensor to differentiate between when a door is being opened and if there is a knock on the door. You can set up alerts for all these activities, and anything else you can come up with.

The use of the Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor is self-explanatory. You can set it up to receive alerts if there is any unexpected movement in your house or in a particular room. Keep children out of off-limit areas, and of course, make sure that nothing untoward is happening when no one is supposed to be at home. You can also connect it to smart lights to have them turn on or off when there is any movement.


Philips Hue smart bulbs

philips hue wite bulbs

The Philips Hue is probably the best choice for anyone looking to get into the smart lighting game. A hub is required, but that’s what the Samsung SmartThings hub is for. The wide variety of lights that Philips has on offer can all be controlled by the SmartThings app. If you have a smart speaker, these bulbs can also be controlled using the Google Home and Amazon Echo devices.

When looking at buying options, you don’t need to get a starter kit, as the Hue Bridge won’t be required. A pack of four white bulbs will set you back $40.99, but if you’re looking to add some color to your life, a single premium smart bulb (with 16 million colors) is priced at $37.

Ecobee4 thermostat

ecobee4 thermostat

If you’re a fan of the Amazon Echo, you’ll be happy to learn the Ecobee4 has Alexa built in for easy integration into your smart home. More importantly, in this case, it is compatible with Samsung Smart Things. Included with the thermostat is a room sensor (and you can buy more) that lets you check and prioritize which rooms need heating or cooling. You can control everything with the SmartThings app even if you aren’t at home. The Ecobee4 thermostat is priced at $198.99.

Schlage Connect Doorlock

schlage smart doorlock

Better home security is one of the best reasons to invest in smart home products, and the Schlage Connect doorlock is a great place to start. You can lock or unlock the door remotely using a smartphone and the SmartThings app. You can also set who can or cannot use that door by providing access codes that can be entered via the touchscreen. The Schlage Connect doorlock is priced at $199.99.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

ring video doorbell pro

Along with a smart lock, another way to bolster your smart home security is with a video doorbell. Leading the way is the Ringe Video Doorbell Pro. It lets you see, hear, and talk to anyone who shows up at your door by using your smartphone, tablet, or even a smart TV. It supports up to 1080p video and provides crystal-clear video at night as well. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is priced at $249.

Arlo Pro 2 wireless security cameras

Netgear Arlo Pro

The final product that should help cover most of your home security needs is the Arlo Pro 2 camera. These wireless cameras are designed to work both inside and outside your house and feature night vision and two-way audio that will let you scare off intruders. You can watch live video streams remotely and also access up to three days of recordings. Two Arlo Pro 2 cameras are priced at $349.99, but you can take advantage of significant discounts with larger multi-camera bundles.

Amazon Echo

You may have noticed that a lot of the smart devices mentioned above offer voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant. While Google is doing a great job to catch up with Amazon, the number of Alexa-supported devices is incredible, and includes everything mentioned so far. It’s not the best speaker in the world in terms of sound, but it will get the job done. If you’re looking to get some type of voice control with your SmartThings system, getting the Amazon Echo is a great way to go about it. 


Getting started with Samsung SmartThings

The SmartThings app



Samsung introduced the SmartThings app last year, that consolidates over 40 of Samsung’s various smart home and smart device apps into one. Apart from controlling your SmartThings products, the new app also lets you manage other devices like Smart TVs, smart refrigerators, smart washers, and every other smart product that Samsung currently offers. 

The SmartThings app has improved a lot since it was first released and is a lot more capable now. If you’re new to the SmartThings world, I’d recommend getting acquainted with the new app from the start. However, if you’ve been using SmartThings for a while, you probably have everything set up with the SmartThings Classic app already. It’s completely okay to continue using the older app in this case. In fact, the Classic app still has a few features that haven’t made it over to the new app yet. 

For the guides below, we’ll be taking a closer look at the new SmartThings app first. Once you download the app from the Google Play Store, you will have to sign in with a Samsung account. If you have a Samsung smartphone, smart TV, or other smart devices from the company, you should have an account already. If not, all you need is an email address and a password to create one. 

Setting up the Samsung SmartThings Hub



  • Connect the Hub to the Wi-Fi router using the ethernet cable that is provided. If you get the new 3rd generation hub, you can also wirelessly connect to the router. This step won’t be necessary if you get the SmartThings Wi-Fi. 
  • Launch the app and tap on the large plus icon (Add device button) to get started. You will see a list of compatible Samsung devices and another section that houses third-party brands. 
  • In the Samsung section, tap on “Wi-Fi/Hub.” 
  • A list of hubs will pop up. Tap on your device type and follow the on-screen instructions. 

Adding a device



  • Plug in and turn on the smart devices that you want to connect to the SmartThings hub. 
  • Launch the app and tap on the large plus icon (Add device button). 
  • You can tap on the “Auto detect” button to let the app quickly find compatible devices. Keep in mind though that this doesn’t always work as expected. Until the app gets the required software improvements, the manual route may be the better way to go. 
  • On the devices page, find the brand of your product and tap on it. For example, to connect the Ring video doorbell, tap on “Ring,” then tap on “Doorbell,” and follow the on-screen instructions. 
  • Rinse and repeat for all the smart products you want to add. 

Setting up voice control

  • Amazon Alexa — Samsung SmartThings is fully compatible with Alexa and is the reason we recommend getting an Echo device for voice control. All you have to do is go to Alexa’s Skills store, search for SmartThings, and enable it. Then go to the Smart Home screen in the Alexa app and tap on Discover, which will show you all the devices that can be controlled using Alexa. 
  • Google Assistant — You can use the Google Assistant via your smartphone or Google Home. In the Google Home app, go to Home Control -> Devices, tap on the plus sign at the bottom right and tap on SmartThings. Log in to your Samsung account and tap on Authorize. 

Setting up Scenes and Automation



  • Launch the app and open the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines icon on the left side). Tap on the relevant section and follow the on-screen instructions. 
  • Scenes — Scenes lets you set up multiple devices to function together with a simple tap on your phone or a voice command. For instance, you can set up a scene where all the lights and your smart TV turn on in the living room. 
  • Automation — Automation takes the concept of scenes one step further. This lets you create “if this then that” scenarios. So, with a motion sensor on a bedroom door, you can have the lights turn on automatically in the room every time the door is open. You can set up conditions based on time, device status, user location, and more. 

Setting up SmartApps (SmartThings Classic app)



  • Launch the SmartThings Classic app. You will need to sign in with your Samsung account if you haven’t done so already. 
  • Navigation to the Automation tab to access Routines (the same as Automation in the new app) and SmartApps.  
  • SmartApps — Routines can be difficult and confusing to set up if you’re a beginner. This is where SmartApps prove to be a big help. These are common tasks that the smart devices are capable of that you can enable with a tap. A great example is “Ready for Rain,” that warns you if doors and windows are open in case there is poor weather on the way.
  • Assuming you have the right sensors, there are numerous SmartApps options created by SmartThings as well as third-party developers. Go to the SmartApps section, find the devices you have, and you’ll be able to find all the SmartApps that are available for it. 

Is Samsung SmartThings for me?

Unfortunately, SmartThings isn’t for everybody. Samsung has done a great job with trying to simplify the setup process so that everyone can do it. However, some amount of technical knowhow is recommended, especially when (not if) you have to troubleshoot problems. As great as the final result is – having multiple devices perform various functions at the touch of a button – setting everything up can be a long and tedious process. The SmartThings app isn’t perfect either, and there are quite a few bugs and glitches that need to be fixed. 

However, smart homes appear to be the next big thing, at least in the technology bubble that we live in. Samsung SmartThings certainly has a leg up in this space, courtesy of the incredible support that is available for third-party smart devices. If “smart everything” really is the future, SmartThings is offering up a great way to get there. 

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2019 photography showdown: Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Google Pixel 3

It’s tough to go wrong with a flagship smartphone camera these days, but if you’re after the crème de la crème, just a handful of names stand out. The Google Pixel 3 and its machine learning-enhanced camera continues to be the tech enthusiasts goto handset for consistently great pictures. Likewise, recent Huawei handsets have built a solid photography reputation for the company, The new P30 Pro takes low light and zoom capabilities another step further. Samsung also scores consistently well in all photography tests and the Galaxy S10 remains a great shout if you love taking pictures.

But which one is the best? That’s what we’re here to find out with today’s comprehensive shootout. We’re going to look at everything from landscape and macro shots, to HDR, low light, and zoom capabilities. Images have been compressed and cropped in the article for the sake of bandwidth, but you can find uncompressed images in this Google Drive folder. I hope your bandwidth is ready for all these pictures.

Detail, exposure, and color

Huawei P30 Pro camera sample of a street and houses
Google Pixel 3 camera sample of a street and houses
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera sample of a street and houses

This first picture gives a good overview of how these cameras handle a scene with a range of details and colors. At 10MP, 12MP, and 12MP respectively and minimal noise in this scene, all three cameras offer a very similar level of detail. None of them present any major issues with post-processing, such as oversharpening, or exposure either.

The biggest difference here is color saturation and white balance. The Huawei P30 Pro takes on a slightly warmer tint with more natural, subdued colors on this overcast day. The Pixel 3 has a more neutral white balance but boosts colors such that the clouds take on a blue hue. Nice looking but not strictly true to the scene. The Samsung Galaxy S10 offers a similar white balance and a small boost to color that’s closest to how the scene actually looks.

Huawei P30 Pro camera sample of a post box
Google Pixel 3 camera sample of a post box
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera sample of a post box

Roles reverse in this second snap. Here the Huawei P30 Pro has the better color and white balance accuracy. Although it verges on overexposing the window. The Galaxy S10 attempts to make the colors pop a little too much, erasing subtle highlights and details from the post box and over-pinkening the brickwork. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 is a tad darker than its rivals, reducing the pop of the shadow.

Huawei P30 Pro camera sample flower close up
Google Pixel 3 camera sample flower close up
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera sample flower close up

This indoor flower example highlights this trend further. The P30 Pro is notably more exposed, compensating for darkness on the left by blowing out the light on the right. The result is a slightly over brightened subject. The Pixel 3 is the polar opposite, darkening the flowers too much in an attempt to keep the highlights in check. The Galaxy S10 wins in terms of exposure and color vibrancy. The flowers are perfectly exposed and the phone’s auto-HDR effect (which doesn’t seem to switch off regardless of the toggle) balances out the dark and bright backgrounds perfectly. You can even see the blue of the sky.

Huawei P30 Pro painting camera sample
Google Pixel 3 painting camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 painting camera sample

Let’s return the focus to colors for a moment. Again the P30 Pro is subtly warmer than the other two. I quite like the look, but it’s not entirely accurate. The Pixel 3 ramps up the colors, particularly the yellows, and darkens the blacks a little too far. It pops, but isn’t very accurate. The Galaxy S10 again clocks in the more balanced color presentation.

As expected, all three of these cameras produce excellent pictures in good lighting.

This last general comparison shows off the wide-angle lenses on the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10. The Pixel 3 lacks this shooting option. The S10 has a wider lens to fit more in the scene and again its colors pop more than the P30. However, the P30 boosts the highlights to produce a more textured look on the grass and trees. Both are pretty good but suffer from a lack of detail and blurring at the edges of the lens.

Samsung Galaxy S10 wide angle Huawei P30 Pro wide angle Samsung Galaxy S10 wide angle

Huawei P30 Pro wide angle

Generally speaking, the Huawei P30 Pro produces a warmer white balance and more subdued colors. The handset also prefers a slightly brighter exposure than its rivals. The Pixel 3 is almost the opposite, often producing darker looking pictures with a lot more color saturation. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is somewhere in between, although occasionally boosts colors even more than the Pixel 3.

All three are clearly very capable shooters, but there are key differences between their main sensors and image processing algorithms.

High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a helpful tool for balancing exposure in tough shooting environments. These often include scenes with a bright light source behind the subject or low light scenes with a single light source. Good HDR improves over and underexposure when compared to regular photographs.

This shot below might not look tricky because all the results are surprisingly good. But without HDR on, the foreground cactus looks completely black or the window becomes blown out.

Huawei P30 Pro cactus HDR camera sample
Google Pixel 3 cactus HDR camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 cactus HDR sample photo

The Huawei P30 Pro provides a good all-round HDR look. The background overexposure is kept to a minimum, while the foreground is lit up enough to ensure that all the small details are discernable. Galaxy S10 is even better in this regard, further reducing the overexposure in the clouds while maintaining foreground balance.

The Pixel 3 is a little different. The background is more overexposed than its competitors and the foreground a little darker. However, the phone has done a better job than the other two at enhancing the details and lighting between the cactus spines and the body. The color of the plant pot is also more pronounced. Perhaps the best way to describe this is that the Pixel 3’s HDR is more subject-focused, while the other two are frame focused. Unfortunately, the Pixel 3 takes longer to snap HDR shots than its rivals.

Low-light performance

Low-light performance and HDR often go hand in hand, as is the case when shooting in low light with the Google Pixel 3. The phone takes a few seconds to gather multiple exposures and stitch them together for a brighter, less noisy picture. Although as you can see in the example below, the result is still rather noisy, a little dark, and color saturation is dialed up a notch too far.

Huawei P30 Pro low light camera sample
Google Pixel 3 low light camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 low light camera sample

The Samsung Galaxy S10 produces a similarly passable result, but there are clear issues. The image is still a little noisy, the phone struggles to focus in the dark, and the colors are a little washed out. The obvious winner in this example is the Huawei P30 Pro. The enhanced low-light capabilities of its new SuperSpectrum sensor produces results that are low in noise and offer well-balanced colors and dynamic range. The focus is also spot-on, likely thanks to the time-of-flight sensor.

In this next example, we turn the lights off and switch to the phones’ various Night Mode options. Put bluntly, the Samsung Galaxy S10’s night mode is not in the same league as the technology offered by Huawei and Google. It’s overly noisy and focusing took too many retries to count. Samsung’s implementation is fine in better lighting conditions, but it can’t handle ultra-dark environments as well as its competitors.

The Galaxy S10’s low light capabilities fall well short of other flagships.

Huawei P30 Pro Night Mode camera sample
Google Pixel 3 Night Mode camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 Night Mode camera sample

The Google Pixel 3 does a phenomenal job by comparison, capturing plenty of detail and color. If there’s one drawback it’s that the result is still too dark and noisy in the shadows. Furthermore, the white balance is a bit too cool.

There isn’t a huge amount of difference between toggling Night mode on and off with the P30 Pro, that’s just how good the new sensor is in ultra-low light. Although using it captures a bit more light and reduces the red tint to the color balance. Huawei’s Night mode captures even more light than Google’s, resulting in very low noise. However, detail capture isn’t perfect and the image is a tad little too yellow. You can fix this in post-processing for a great result, but it’s a shame Huawei can’t get this right out of the box.

Zooming in

With a 5x telescopic lens dedicated to zooming, the specs heavily suggest that the Huawei P30 Pro is going to come out on top in any zoom test. However, the Samsung Galaxy S10 offers a 2x telephoto lens and Google touts its own Super Res Zoom technology too. So let’s find out just what level of decent zoom quality is achievable on each handset.

Our first example is a picture of text in a book taken in so-so lighting conditions. At 2x, the Huawei P30 Pro’s Hybrid Zoom technology makes out the text well enough but produces a somewhat soft result. By contrast, the Pixel 3’s zoom algorithm dials up the sharpening filter, which introduces artifacts in the book edge. The text is legible, but the image isn’t pretty. The Samsung Galaxy S10 provides by far the greatest clarity and sharpness at 2x. There’s a little bit of noise in the darker areas, but it’s hands-down the winner.

Huawei P30 Pro 2x zoom crop camera sample
Google Pixel 3 2x zoom crop camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 book 2x crop sample photo Huawei P30 Pro 3x crop sample photo
Google Pixel 3 3x crop sample photo
Samsung Galaxy S10 shed 3x crop sample photo

The Pixel 3 begins to deteriorate at a 3x zoom. White balance has shifted well into the reds in the above example and the denoise and sharpening algorithms produce a muddy painted look. Overall, detail capture is very poor even in great light. The Galaxy S10 and P30 Pro are vastly superior and a tough to tell apart. The P30 Pro pulls slightly ahead on texture detail, as seen in the wood around the window and the branches on the roof. This is due to the phone pulling data from its 5x zoom camera and stitching that together with the main sensor’s Hybrid Zoom.

Huawei P30 Pro 5x zoom crop camera sample
Google Pixel 3 5x zoom crop camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 5x zoom crop camera sample

The Huawei P30 Pro pulls far ahead at 5x, where the periscope camera kicks in. Details, white balance, and exposure are all exceptional. The Galaxy S10 holds up OK at 5X, although we can clearly see blurring and lack of details at this long range. I don’t even think I need to mention the Google Pixel 3’s capabilities at 5x. They’re simply non-existent.

In summary, the Galaxy S10 is best when zooming to just 2x. Beyond 2x, the Huawei P30 Pro is the clear winner and it’s lead greatly increases as you up the zoom factor. I should also mention that the P30 Pro’s 40MP main camera produces better results than its 10MP zoom at 2x. It’s often worth shooting in this mode if you intend to crop in.

The Galaxy S10 offers a decent zoom, but Huawei’s 5x periscope camera takes the crown.

Bokeh blur (portrait mode)

Bokeh blur, or portrait mode, has become a staple of the smartphone photography experience. These three handsets offer unique ways to calculate the necessary depth map and edge information to add in software bokeh. The Huawei P30 Pro offers a dedicated time-of-flight (TOF) sensor that physically measures distance using infrared light. Meanwhile, Google relies on a combination of multiple-image, object/face detection, and sharpness to gather data from normal photos.

Huawei P30 Pro bokeh blur camera sample
Google Pixel 3 bokeh blur camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 bokeh blur camera sample

With solid objects, all three cameras do a pretty decent job at detecting edges. The quality of the blur is nice on all the handsets too. Although Google’s is perhaps overly strong and dramatic, with a very sharp cutoff between the foreground and background. This produces some harsh edges and a few errors along the wooden table edge and at the back of the skull.

The P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 do a better job at gradually blending in and out of focus, as we can see small amounts of bokeh creep in at the foreground edges. Their results are certainly more realistic. However, both do seem to encounter an error at the top of the skull.

Huawei P30 Pro glass bokeh camera sample
Google Pixel 3 glass bokeh camera sample
Samsung Galaxy S10 glass bokeh camera sample

Edge detection errors are more pronounced in this second shot due to the transparent glass. This type of issue persists with hair in portraits too. Note that the Huawei P30 Pro blurs the foreground on the upper left side of the bulb. Likewise, the Pixel 3 struggles near the top of the bulb and we can see sharp edges along the sides as well. The Galaxy S10 is excellent around the bulb but seems to have confused the background picture frame with the foreground. Sadly, all three cameras have clear detection issues, although you often have to pixel peep to find them.

Despite Google’s good level of detection, you can’t go back and change the focal point or adjust the amount of blur once you’ve hit the shutter. Both Huawei and Samsung allow for this, and also offer a range of additional effects. Huawei’s bokeh is the most pleasing to look at, as its strength realistically increases further into the background. The P30 Pro’s ToF sensor also detects edges much more consistently and at greater shooting distance than the Pixel 3 and Galaxy S10.

Backs of the Huawei P30 Pro, Google Pixel 3, and Samsung Galaxy S10

The verdict

Clearly, all three of these flagship smartphones are very capable shooters. I don’t have any major qualms about the image quality provided by any of these smartphones, although each still has its own distinct set of pros and cons.

The Google Pixel 3 aims for consistency and simplicity. Quickly point and shoot and you’re guaranteed a decent, if not always excellent picture virtually every time in nearly any shooting environment. There’s minimal messing about with settings and lens toggles, and if you need a small zoom, bokeh, or to shoot in low light, the Pixel 3 can handle it. The trade-off is a lack of flexibility compared to its multi-camera rivals.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is more capable in terms of zoom and wide-angle shots than the Pixel 3, yet still clearly offers a phone-optimized camera experience. The handset also has probably the best HDR implementation out of any phone I’ve used so far. Color saturation can sometimes be overdone, but this isn’t a bad thing if the picture’s destination is social media. The phone’s tradeoff is that the S10’s low light capabilities are notably behind the curve.

Pick the Pixel 3 for consistency, the P30 Pro for flexibility, or the S10 for something in between.

This leaves us with the Huawei P30 Pro – by far the most flexible shooter out of the three. It offers superior zoom, low light, wide-angle, bokeh, and even a high-resolution shooting option that we haven’t touched on here. Better still, the oversharpening and heavy post-processing from last year’s P20 Pro is a thing of the past. The only drawback is that its white balance regularly shifts too warm and it can tend towards overexposure in well-lit scenes. But this isn’t a problem if you plan to edit most of your pictures.

In summary, pick the Google Pixel 3 if you’re after a consistent, simple smartphone camera. The Galaxy S10 is excellent if you want a bit more flexibility without an overload of options. Finally, the Huawei P30 Pro is simply fantastic if you’re an adventurous photographer happy to line-up the perfect shot and make the odd crop or adjustment in post.

Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker: May 3, 2019

Xiaomi Mi A2 Android Oreo

Welcome to our Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker. Following its public release in August 2017, Oreo is steadily finding its way to more and more Android smartphones.

You’re probably wondering “When will my phone get Oreo?” This tracker will help with that question. We’re collecting all the information we can find on the rollout of Android 8, including past OTAs and upcoming releases.

Without further ado, here’s what we know so far about the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Android 9 Pie is here! Check out our Android Pie update tracker

What’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo? We have all the features here

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Before we start

As with older versions, the update to Android 8.0 Oreo has been released by Google, but many factors influence its actual availability. First and foremost, your manufacturer and carrier (in case you own a carrier version) control when your phone will get Oreo. Other factors are your specific model, your location in the world, and whether you bought the device unlocked or through a carrier.

Just because your specific phone or tablet is not on the list, it doesn’t mean it won’t get the Oreo update. The opposite is also true. We make efforts to collect accurate information for all manufacturers, but mistakes happen – if you spot one, let us know.


Key Android 8 Oreo update features

We have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 8.0 Oreo review. Check it out to see what’s new in Oreo, including design changes, under-the-hood tweaks, and new features. Below we have our video overview of Oreo and a quick list of key features you should know.

  • Redesigned settings menu
  • Persistent notifications
  • Adaptive icons
  • Snooze notifications
  • Notification channels
  • Notification dots
  • Wi-Fi Assistant
  • Picture-in-picture mode
  • Background execution limits
  • Vitals
  • Autofill API
  • Project Treble
  • High performance Bluetooth audio
  • Android Instant Apps


Google 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.

On December 5, Google started rolling the Android 8.1 Oreo update, bringing a handful of optimizations.

The following devices are officially receiving Android 8.1 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:


Samsung Oreo update

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus

  • November 2, 2017 – International: Samsung kicks off the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • November 10, 2017 – International: Samsung is rolling out the second Oreo beta firmware starting in the UK.
  • November 15, 2017 – United States: Second beta pulled in US due to major network bug.
  • November 23, 2017 – International: Samsung is rolling out the third Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • December 14, 2017 – International: Samsung rolls out fourth Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • January 19, 2018 – International: PSA: Smart Switch wiping data on Galaxy S8, S8 Plus for Oreo beta users.
  • January 25, 2018 – US: Samsung has revealed that the Android 8.0 Oreo beta testing program for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will end on Friday, Jan. 26 in the US.
  • February 2, 2018 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile is now testing Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus—the last step before the update’s full deployment.
  • March 1, 2018 – International: Here’s the changelog for the Galaxy S8 Oreo update
  • March 12, 2018 – Canada Unlocked: Samsung Canada revealed it would start rolling out the Oreo update from March 19, 2018.
  • March 16, 2018 – UK: The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the U.K. are now receiving their Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
  • March 16, 2018 – Verizon US: Verizon is rolling out Oreo to its Galaxy S8 devices.
  • March 19, 2018 – Sprint, T-Mobile US: Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices on Sprint and T-Mobile are now receiving their Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
  • March 20, 2018 – Canada: Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users in Canada are also now receiving the Oreo update on Bell, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Rogers, Telus, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile.
  • March 20, 2018 – AT&T US: AT&T is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy S8.
  • March 21, 2018 – AT&T US: According to one Android Authority reader, AT&T is now rolling out Android Oreo to the Galaxy S8 Plus.
  • April 4, 2018 – Unlocked US: Android Oreo is rolling out to unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices in the US.
  • April 13, 2018 – China: The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus got bumped up to Android 8.0 Oreo in China.
  • May 15, 2018 – U.S. Cellular: The carrier starts rolling out the Oreo update to the Galaxy S8 duo.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

  • March 29, 2018 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile users can update to Oreo by checking for updates in Android settings, or by downloading directly from Samsung using instructions provided here.
  • April 2, 2018 – AT&T and T-Mobile US: Android 8.0 Oreo started rolling out to AT&T and T-Mobile units of the Galaxy S8 Active.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • March 12, 2018 – Canada unlocked: Samsung Canada revealed it would start rolling out the Oreo update from March 18, 2018.
  • March 16, 2018 – France unlocked: Users in the European country began reporting signs of the Oreo update earlier today.
  • March 27, 2018 – AT&T US: Users are reporting in droves that the OTA Oreo update has appeared on their devices.
  • March 30, 2018 – Sprint and Verizon US: Oreo is now available for Sprint and Verizon users in the US.
  • April 1, 2018 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile became the last major US carrier to roll out Oreo to its Note 8 subscribers.
  • April 3, 2018 – T-Mobile US: Spotted by Android Police, it looks like T-Mobile halted the Oreo update for its Galaxy Note 8 subscribers and has not yet restarted its OTA rollout.
  • April 3, 2018 – Unlocked US: According to multiple user reports on Reddit, Android Oreo is rolling out to unlocked Galaxy Note 8 units in the U.S.
  • April 13, 2018 – Unlocked UK: Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to unlocked Galaxy Note 8 units in the U.K.
  • May 13, 2018 – T-Mobile US: The carrier apparently fixed the issues that caused it to halt the first update and started rolling out Android Oreo to Note 8 devices again.

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition

  • April 27, 2018 – South Korean Variants: SamMobile reported that Android 8.0 Oreo is pushing now to South Korean carrier handsets. Global variants likely to follow.

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge

  • March 12, 2018 – Canada unlocked: According to Samsung Canada, Oreo will start hitting the S7 from “this summer.”
  • April 23, 2018 – Turkey: According to Guncelmiyiz, which is a website run by Samsung Turkey, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will get the Oreo update on May 18.
  • May 1, 2018 – UK: Samsung is rolling out the Android Oreo update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the UK. The update is hitting unlocked and carrier-branded handsets (specifically, Vodafone UK).
  • May 16, 2018 – Global: Samsung halted the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Oreo update in a few markets where it was released so far. The company announced that the update was causing bootloops in “a limited number of cases,” so it “temporarily stopped the rollout of the update.” Samsung gave no indication as to when the update might start again.
  • May 18, 2018 – Global: Samsung has restarted its Oreo rollout for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, which was pulled on May 16.
  • May 25, 2018 – Korea: Samsung has pushed the 8.0 Oreo update to users in its homeland of South Korea.
  • May 31, 2018 – Europe: Samsung has reportedly pushed Oreo to S7/S7 Edge owners in Nordic countries as well as Germany, Belgium, and Spain.
  • June 6, 2018 – Verizon US: Android 8.0 Oreo is on its way to S7/S7 Edge owners on Verizon, along with the April 2018 security update.
  • June 7, 2018 – Verizon US: Verizon pulled the Oreo update for some reason and covered it up as if it never happened. There’s no word if the carrier will reverse course and ship Oreo to the Galaxy S7 devices in the future or if the update is doomed.
  • June 8, 2018 – India: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units in India start getting Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • June 8, 2018 – AT&T US: A Redditor posted screenshots of their Samsung Galaxy S7 receiving an Oreo OTA.
  • June 9, 2018 – AT&T US: The carrier starts rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • June 11, 2018 – Rogers/Fido Canada: Rogers and Fido have released the Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 duo.
  • June 12, 2018 – Verizon US: It’s finally happening — Verizon Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners have started receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
  • June 19, 2018 – Sprint US: According to a Redditor and users on Sprint’s community forum, the carrier is rolling out the Oreo update to the Galaxy S7 devices.
  • June 28, 2018 – International dual-SIM: Samsung rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S7 Duos (SM-G930O).
  • June 29, 2018 – T-Mobile US: Android 8.0 Oreo start rolling out to T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • July 21, 2018 – U.S. Cellular: The carrier has started rolling out Android Oreo to the Galaxy S7 duo.
  • July 24, 2018 – Unlocked US: Samsung is rolling out the Oreo update to the unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in the U.S.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

  • June 19, 2018 – AT&T US: AT&T is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S7 Active. The 1.5GB update, which comes in at build number R16NW.G891AUCU3CRE7, also brings the April 1, 2018 Android security patch.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

  • April 18, 2018 – Russia: Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out to the Galaxy A5 (2017) in Russia. More countries are expected to follow soon.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

  • April 24, 2018 – Russia: Samsung is rolling out the Oreo update to the Galaxy A3 (2017) in Russia.
  • May 17, 2018 – DACH region: Samsung has released the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy A3 (2017) devices in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland). According to SamMobile, the update isn’t being rolled out over-the-air, which means you have to install it manually.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

  • April 25, 2018 – Vietnam: The Android 8.0 Oreo update along with Samsung Experience 9.0 is rolling out to the Galaxy A7 (2017), but only in Vietnam. More countries are expected to follow soon.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

  • May 15, 2018 – UK: Samsung is rolling out the Oreo update to the Galaxy Tab S3 devices in the UK.
  • May 31, 2018 – US: Android 8.0 Oreo update rolling out to Tab S3 devices in the US with Samsung Experience 9.0. The update includes new home screen, an updated SmartThings app, and more.
  • June 2, 2018 – Verizon: The Verizon variant of the Galaxy Tab S3 is getting the Oreo update.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)

  • June 7, 2018 – International: The Galaxy A8 (2016) has been listed on Wi-Fi Alliance’s website with Android 8.0 Oreo on board. This means there’s a chance Samsung will roll out Oreo to the device in the near future, although there’s no word on when that may happen.
  • September 19, 2018 – UAE: According to Get Droid Tips, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy A8 (2016) devices in the United Arab Emirates.

Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro

  • July 5, 2018 – China: Samsung released the beta Oreo update in China for the Galaxy C5 Pro. The stable version should start rolling out shortly after the beta test ends, but there’s no word on exactly when that may happen.
  • August 28, 2018 – China: According to The Android Soul, Samsung is rolling out the Oreo update in China to the Galaxy C5 Pro (model SM-C5018).

Samsung Galaxy A8/A8 Plus (2018)

  • July 6, 2018 – Russia: Samsung is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy A8 series (2018) in Russia. The update should make its way to other countries soon.
  • July 15, 2018: According to SamMobile, the Oreo update for the Galaxy A8 is now also available in the Netherlands, Poland, the UAE, and Switzerland. The Galaxy A8 Plus, on the other hand, got updated in India and the UAE.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Neo

  • August 7, 2018 – International: According to Samsung’s recently revealed Android Oreo update roadmap, the Galaxy J7 Neo will get the update sometime in December.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017)

  • August 7, 2018 – International: According to Samsung’s Android Oreo update roadmap that was recently revealed, the Galaxy Tab A (2017) tablet will get the update in January next year.
  • October 2, 2018 – Russia and Vietnam: According to GetDroidTips, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) in Russia and Vietnam. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2016)

  • August 7, 2018 – International: Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) will get the Oreo update in January 2019.
  • October 15, 2018 – Vietnam: According to Get Droid Tips, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy A9 Pro — around three months ahead of schedule. It’s only available in Vietnam for now but should make its way to other markets in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro

  • August 7, 2018 – International: The Galaxy C7 Pro is scheduled to receive Android Oreo in January 2019, according to Samsung’s recently revealed Oreo update roadmap.
  • November 7, 2018 – India: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo along with the November security patch to the Galaxy C7 Pro (SM-C701F) in India.

Samsung Galaxy C7

  • August 28, 2018 – China: According to The Android Soul, Samsung has released the Oreo update in China for the Galaxy C7 (model SM-C7000).

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

  • August 2, 2018 – China unlocked: Samsung starts rolling out the Oreo update to the unlocked variants of the Galaxy C9 Pro, but only in China.
  • August 7, 2018 – International: According to Samsung, the Galaxy C9 Pro will get the Oreo update sometime in January next year.
  • August 14, 2018 – China Mobile: According to SamMobile, the China Mobile variants of the Galaxy C9 Pro are getting the Oreo update.

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018)

  • August 7, 2018 – International: Based on Samsung’s Android Oreo update roadmap, the Galaxy J2 (2018) will get the update in January 2019.

Samsung Galaxy On5 (2016)

  • August 7, 2018 – International: According to Samsung’s recently revealed Android Oreo update roadmap, the Galaxy On5 (2016) will get the update sometime in January next year.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

  • July 4, 2018 – Turkey: According to the software updates page on Samsung’s Turkish portal, the Android Oreo update will start rolling out to the Galaxy J7 (2017) on September 28 in Turkey. There’s a chance these updates might arrive in other regions a little earlier, though.
  • August 7, 2018 – International: The Galaxy J7 (2017) is scheduled to receive Android Oreo in January 2018, according to Samsung’s recently revealed Oreo update roadmap.
  • August 28, 2018 – AT&T US: According to one of our readers, AT&T has rolled out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Galaxy J7 (2017) devices.

Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016)

  • August 7, 2018 – International: According to Samsung’s Android Oreo update roadmap that was recently revealed, the Galaxy On7 (2016) will get the update in January next year.

Samsung Galaxy On7 (2018)

  • August 7, 2018 – International: Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy On7 (2018) will get the Oreo update in January 2019.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

  • August 7, 2018 – International: According to Samsung, the Galaxy J7 Max will get the Oreo update sometime in February next year.
  • January 14, 2019 – International: According to The Android Soul, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Galaxy J7 Max. It’s a staged rollout as usual, meaning it can take up to a few weeks for the update to reach all devices.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

  • August 7, 2018 – International: Based on Samsung’s Android Oreo update roadmap, the Galaxy J7 (2016) will get the update in March 2019.
  • October 22, 2018 – Vietnam and Russia: Looks like Samsung is speeding things up. According to Get Droid Tips, the tech giant has released the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Galaxy J7 (2016). However, the update is only available in Russia and Vietnam for now.
  • November 18, 2018 – Europe: Samsung is apparently rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Galaxy J7 (2016) in more markets. According to SamMobile, the update is now available in “some European countries.” Unfortunately, the publication does not mention which ones.
  • November 23, 2018 – Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and UAE: After being released in Europe less than a week ago, the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy J7 (2016) is now making its way to even more countries. According to The Android Soul, it’s being rolled out in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Arab Emirates.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

  • July 4, 2018 – Turkey: According to the software updates page on Samsung’s Turkish portal, the Android Oreo update will start rolling out to the Galaxy J5 (2017) on September 28 in Turkey. There’s a chance these updates might arrive in other regions a little earlier, though.
  • August 24, 2018 – Poland: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Galaxy J5 (2017) in Poland. We expect the update to be released in other countries soon.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

  • September 9, 2018 – UAE: According to The Android Soul, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy J5 Prime devices in the United Arab Emirates. The update should make its way to other countries soon.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Core/J7 Nxt

  • September 4, 2018 – Asia: According to Get Droid Tips, Samsung started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Galaxy J7 Core, which is known as the Galaxy J7 Nxt in some markets. The update has been released in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Thailand and is expected to make its way to other regions soon.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4

  • September 11, 2018 – Asia: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Xcover 4 in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

  • September 17, 2018 – Unlocked US: Multiple U.S. carrier variants of the Galaxy J3 (2017) with Android 8.0 Oreo on board have been certified by Wi-Fi Alliance. This means the Oreo update for the device should be released in the U.S. soon — within a month or so.
  • October 12, 2018 – Verizon: The carrier is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the J3 Eclipse and J3 Mission smartphones, which are rebranded variants of the Galaxy J3 (2017).

Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro

  • September 22, 2018 – South America: According to Get Droid Tips, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Galaxy J5 Pro in Bolivia, Peru, and Panama.

Samsung Galaxy J7 V (2016)

  • September 28, 2018 – US: According to one of our readers, the Samsung Galaxy J7 V (2016) has received the Android Oreo update.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime/On7 Prime

  • October 1, 2018 – India: According to The Android Soul, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy J7 Prime devices in India.
  • October 21, 2018 – UAE: According to Get Droid Tips, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to Galaxy On7 Prime devices in the United Arab Emirates.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Active

  • October 25, 2018 – Italy: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Galaxy Tab 2 Active. The update is only available in Italy for now but should make its way to other markets soon.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

  • October 26, 2018 – India: According to SamMobile, the Galaxy J7 Pro has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016)

  • November 1, 2018 – UAE and South Korea: According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.
  • December 10, 2018 – US: According to Reddit users, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now receiving the Android Oreo update in the U.S.

Samsung Galaxy On Max

  • January 24, 2019 – India: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Galaxy On Max in India.

Samsung Galaxy C5

  • February 2, 2019 – Hong Kong: According to Get Droid Tips, Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to Galaxy C5 devices in Hong Kong.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Plus


LG Oreo update

LG V30

  • November 28, 2017 – South Korea: The Oreo beta is officially rolling out to registered V30 and V30 Plus users in South Korea.
  • December 26, 2017 – South Korea: LG V30 gets Android Oreo update in South Korea.
  • March 12, 2018 – Verizon US: LG V30 users on Verizon report receiving Android Oreo update.
  • March 21, 2018 – Sprint US: Sprint has now joined Verizon in rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to LG V30 users in the US.
  • March 28, 2018 – AT&T US: Multiple users on Reddit have reported that AT&T has rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo to the LG V30.
  • April 17, 2018 – T-Mobile US: The Oreo update for T-Mobile variants of the LG V30 has been delayed. The carrier apparently opted to do so after LG “made a booboo”. The update is now expected to be released in about two weeks.
  • May 8, 2018 – T-Mobile US: The Oreo update for the T-Mobile V30 variant is now rolling out.
  • May 12, 2018 – T-Mobile US: The carrier confirmed that the Oreo update for the V30/V30+ has been paused due to multiple bug reports. No word on when it will become available again.
  • May 30, 2018 – T-Mobile US: Oreo rollout for T-Mobile V30 resumed.
  • June 11, 2018 – India: In an email sent to one of our readers who then shared it with us, LG said the Oreo update for the V30 Plus has been delayed due to testing issues. There’s no word on when the update will be released.
  • July 14, 2018 – India: LG is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the V30 Plus devices in India.

Read more: LG V30 update tracker

LG V20

  • July 24, 2018 – International: South Korean variants (F800L, F800K, and F800S) started to receive Oreo. American variants will likely follow soon after.
  • July 31, 2018 – Sprint US: The carrier starts rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the LG V20.
  • August 2, 2018 – Canada: Replying to a user on Twitter, LG Canada said the Oreo update for the V20 will be available from August 8.
  • August 23, 2018 – AT&T US: The carrier has released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the LG V20.
  • September 17, 2018 – Verizon US: The carrier is rolling out Android Oreo to the LG V20. The update also brings the August Android security patch to the device.
  • September 28, 2018 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the LG V20.
  • October 11, 2018 – International unlocked: According to Android Police, LG is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the international variant of the LG V20 (H990DS).

LG G6

  • January 22, 2018 – International: According to LG’s software support website, G6 owners will receive the Oreo update by the end of Q2 2018 (June).
  • April 27, 2018: LG announced that the G6 will begin to receive Oreo 8.0 from April 30. The update will also bring the same AI features to the device that were first introduced on the LG V30S ThinQ.
  • May 21, 2018 – Verizon US: The Verizon-branded variant of the LG G6 receives the update to Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • May 30, 2018 – Sprint US: The Oreo 8.0 update has been pushed to LG G6 owners on the Sprint network.
  • June 6, 2018 – Unlocked US: Android 8.0 Oreo finally lands on the unlocked variant of the LG G6.
  • June 6, 2018 – AT&T US: Android 8.0 Oreo is finally available on the AT&T variant of the LG G6.
  • June 29, 2018 – T-Mobile US: The carrier starts rolling out the Oreo update to the LG G6.
  • July 9, 2018 – U.S. Cellular: According to one of our readers, U.S. Cellular has released the Android Oreo update for the LG G6.

LG Q6

  • July 6, 2018 – South Korea: LG is rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Q6 handsets in its home county. The update is expected to be released in other regions in the near future.
  • August 21, 2018 – Europe: According to My LG Phone, the Android 8.1 Oreo update is rolling out to the European variant of the LG Q6 (LGM700N).
  • September 11, 2018 – India: According to one of our readers, the Android Oreo update is now rolling out to the LG Q6 devices in India.

LG G5

  • August 30, 2018 – South Korea: According to XDA-Developers forum users, LG has released the Android Oreo update for the LG G5 in South Korea.
  • September 7, 2018 – Rogers Canada: According to the carrier’s OS upgrade schedule, the Android 8.0 Oreo update will start rolling out to the LG G5 on September 12.
  • September 22, 2018 – Verizon US: The carrier is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the LG G5 devices.
  • September 25, 2018 – T-Mobile US: Android 8.0 Oreo is available for the T-Mobile variant of the LG G5.
  • October 4, 2018 – International unlocked: According to an XDA forum member, the international version of the LG G5 (model number H850) has received the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
  • April 4, 2019 – India: According to Get Droid Tips, the Indian variant of the LG G5 is now receiving the Oreo update.

LG K20

  • October 10, 2018 – AT&T US: The carrier is now rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the LG K20. The update comes in at 1.45GB.

LG K10 (2017)


Huawei Oreo update

Huawei P10/P10 Plus

  • January 8, 2018 – Europe: Huawei has launched the Android Oreo beta program for the P10 and P10 Plus in Europe.
  • March 15, 2018 – International unlocked: Huawei rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update for P10 and P10 Plus.

Huawei Mate 9

  • October 10, 2017 – International unlocked: Huawei has launched the Android Oreo beta program for the Mate 9.
  • December 6, 2017 – China: Owners of certain Chinese Mate 9 variants can manually upgrade to EMUI 8.0 by requesting it via the Huawei Mobile Services app
  • January 31, 2018 – US Unlocked: Android Oreo update rolling out to the Huawei Mate 9 in the US.

Huawei Mate SE

  • May 14, 2018 – Canada: The budget-friendly Huawei Mate SE is getting the Oreo update, starting in Canada. Other countries are expected to follow soon.

Huawei P10 Lite

  • May 5, 2018 – International unlocked: Huawei has reportedly opened sign-ups for an Oreo beta on the mid-range P10 Lite.
  • June 27, 2018 – Germany: Users in Germany are reporting (via Huawei blog) that Oreo is hitting their P10 Lite devices. The update might already be available in other markets — or will be soon.

Huawei P9 series

  • June 18, 2018 – International: The Huawei P9 series will not be upgraded to Android Oreo. This was confirmed by one of the company’s representatives (via Android Headlines) in an email sent to a customer.

Huawei Mate 10 Lite

  • June 27, 2018 – Germany: The Mate 10 Lite starts getting Oreo in Germany (via Huawei blog). The update may already be available in other markets as well — or will be soon.

Huawei Mate 8

  • September 25, 2018 – Unlocked US: According to one of our readers, the Huawei Mate 8 has received the Android Oreo update in the U.S. Thanks for the tip, Jonathan!

Honor Oreo update

Honor 7X

  • March 1, 2018 – Europe Beta: The Honor 7X EMUI 8.0 (Oreo) beta is now live in Europe.
  • March 15, 2018 – Europe Beta: Honor has started informing FUT (Friendly User Test) members that the Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 trial will begin rolling out today to the Honor 7X.
  • April 12, 2018 – China: Chinese-language publication MyDrivers reports that the Honor 7X update will start rolling out in May.
  • April 30, 2018 – US: Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 update begins rolling out in the U.S. with Face Unlock and support for two simultaneous Bluetooth connections.
  • May 28, 2018 – India: The Honor 7X has reportedly received Android 8.0 in India via an OTA update.

Honor 6X

  • September 6, 2017 – India: Honor announced that the Honor 6X and Honor 8 Pro will be upgraded to the latest version of Android.

Honor 8 Pro

  • September 6, 2017 – India: Honor announced that the Honor 6X and Honor 8 Pro will be upgraded to the latest version of Android.
  • February 1, 2018 – UK: Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 update rollout begins for Honor 9 and Honor 8 Pro in the UK.
  • February 11, 2018 – India: Honor 8 Pro units in India are being seeded the EMUI 8.0 update with Android 8 Oreo.

Honor 8

  • May 3, 2018 – China: Despite initial rumors, it looks like the Honor 8 will get Oreo after all. A build for the Chinese variants of the device is apparently already available for download, with other markets likely getting it soon. An exact date is not known.
  • September 12, 2018 – India, Germany, and France: According to a few Twitter users, the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Honor 8 has been released in India, Germany, and France. We expect it to make its way to other markets soon.

Honor 9

  • February 1, 2018 – UK: Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 update rollout begins for Honor 9 and Honor 8 Pro in the UK.

HTC Oreo update

HTC U Ultra

  • March 9, 2018 – India Unlocked: Oreo is reportedly rolling out to HTC U Ultra users in India.
  • April 17, 2018 – DACH region: HTC is rolling out the Android Oreo update to the U Ultra devices in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).

HTC U11

  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: The steady rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo continues. This time it’s the HTC U11’s turn, as Android’s flagship OS has begun rolling out in Taiwan via an OTA update.
  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: HTC is now rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the unlocked U11.
  • January 10, 2018 – EMEA: HTC rolling out Oreo update to U11 smartphones in EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
  • January 22, 2018 – Sprint US: HTC’s Mo Versi says the Android Oreo rollout for the HTC U11 with Sprint should begin today.

HTC U11 Life

  • November 30, 2017 – International unlocked: US unlocked U11 Life is now said to be receiving Oreo.
  • December 18, 2017 – T-Mobile US: The T-Mobile HTC U11 Life is getting Android 8.0 Oreo.

HTC 10

  • Dedicated HTC 10 update tracker
  • February 11, 2018 – Sprint US: Mo Versi says the Sprint Oreo rollout for the HTC 10 is coming February 12 and the update is spotted in the wild soon after.
  • February 26, 2018 – Unlocked: User reports suggest the unlocked version of the HTC 10 is also getting the Oreo update.
  • April 12, 2018 – Verizon US: Verizon has announced that Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to the HTC 10.

OnePlus Oreo update

OnePlus 3/3T

  • September 7, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus rumored to run Oreo close beta for the OnePlus 3.
  • October 14, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus introduced in open beta Android 8 Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
  • November 19, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus 3 and 3T now receiving OxygenOS 5.0 and Android Oreo OTA.

OnePlus 5/5T

  • November 17, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus revealed the Oreo beta program for OnePlus 5 will start in November, final rollout due “early 2018”.
  • November 26, 2017 – International unlocked: First OxygenOS Open Beta with Android Oreo arrives for OnePlus 5.
  • December 15, 2017 – International unlocked: Second OxygenOS Open Beta with Android Oreo now available for OnePlus 5.
  • December 24, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus kicks of the Oreo update for the OnePlus 5.
  • December 27, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus 5T is getting Android Oreo Open Beta.
  • January 2, 2018 – International unlocked: OnePlus suspends the Oreo rollout due to a bug.
  • January 11, 2018 – International unlocked: OnePlus resumed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the OnePlus 5.
  • March 12, 2018 – International unlocked: OnePlus 5/5T beta testers can now get their hands on Android 8.1-based OxygenOS.
  • April 16, 2018 – International unlocked: OnePlus rolls out stable Android 8.1 Oreo for OnePlus 5/5T.

Asus Oreo update

Asus ZenFone 4 Pro

  • March 12, 2018 – International unlocked: An Asus forum moderator reported that Android 8.0 has hit the ZenFone 4 Pro.

Asus ZenFone 4

  • December 10, 2017 – International unlocked: According to an Asus forum moderator, the ZenFone 4 would get Oreo by the end of December.
  • December 29, 2017 – International unlocked: The Asus ZenFone 4 has received the Oreo update, according to a report.

Asus ZenFone 3

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL)

  • May 15, 2018 – International unlocked: The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) starts getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL)

  • May 17, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8.0 Oreo starts shipping out to Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL).

Asus ZenFone 3 Max

  • July 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update along with ZenUI 5.0 to the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL).
  • November 20, 2018 – International unlocked: Asus has started rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to another ZenFone 3 Max model — ZC520TL.

Asus ZenFone V Live

  • October 2, 2018 – Verizon US: The carrier is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Asus ZenFone V Live.

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

  • October 11, 2018 – International unlocked: Asus is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update with ZenUI 5.0 on board to the ZenFone 4 Selfie (models ZD553KL and ZB553KL).

Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL)

  • October 15, 2018 – International unlocked: The Asus ZenFone 4 Max is now receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo update with the company’s ZenUI 5.0 skin on top.

Asus ZenFone 4 Max Lite (ZC520KL)

  • October 22, 2018 – International unlocked: After the ZenFone 4 Max, Asus is now also rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update with ZenUI 5.0 on top to the Lite version of the phone.

ZenFone Max Plus M1

  • November 14, 2018 – International unlocked: According to The Android Soul, Asus is rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the ZenFone Max Plus M1.

ZenFone 3 Ultra

  • December 31, 2018 – International unlocked: The Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra with Android 8.1 Oreo has been listed on Wi-Fi Alliance’s website, which means the phone is expected to get the Oreo update soon.

Motorola Oreo update

Moto Z

  • March 23, 2018 – Brazil: Android 8.0 Oreo starts rolling out to the Moto Z, but only in Brazil.
  • May 21, 2018 – U.S. Unlocked: Motorola rolled out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to all unlocked U.S. variants.

Moto Z Droid

Moto Z Force Droid

Moto Z Play

  • April 18, 2018 – India: Android 8.0 Oreo spotted on Indian variants of the Moto Z Play.
  • May 25, 2018 – U.S. Unlocked: Android Oreo has reportedly hit the Moto Z Play in the U.S. as well.
  • July 3, 2018 – Verizon US: The carrier starts rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Moto Z Play.

Moto Z2

  • November 22, 2017 – Brazil: Android Oreo soak test to begin soon for Moto Z and Z2 Force in Brazil.

Moto Z2 Force

  • November 22, 2017 – Brazil: Android Oreo soak test to begin soon for Moto Z and Z2 Force in Brazil.
  • December 22, 2017 – Verizon US: Verizon rolls out stable Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and December Android security patches.
  • January 2, 2018, T-Mobile US: The carrier rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and December Android security patches.
  • February 23, 2018 – AT&T US: The carrier rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and January Android security patches.
  • February 22, 2018 – Sprint US: Oreo now available for Sprint Moto Z2 Force units.

Moto Z2 Play

Moto X4

  • January 24, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8 Oreo now available for Moto X4.
  • March 16, 2018 – US: Android 8.1 Oreo heading to US variants of Android One Moto X4.
  • June 19, 2018 – US: Android 8.1 Oreo updates now available for unlocked and Amazon Prime Exclusive versions of Moto X4

Moto G5S Plus

  • June 14, 2018 – Brazil: Motorola is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Moto G5S Plus devices in Brazil. The update is being shipped out as part of a soak test to users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network. It’s expected to be released globally soon.
  • June 15, 2018 – India: Motorola is rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Moto G5S Plus devices in India. The update is part of a soak test and available to users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network.
  • September 3, 2018 – Brazil: Motorola has released the stable Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Moto G5S Plus in Brazil.
  • September 25, 2018 – India: According to XDA-Developers, the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Moto G5S Plus has been released in India.
  • October 16, 2018 – US: According to Android Police, Motorola has started shipping the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Moto G5S Plus devices in the U.S.

Moto G5 Plus

  • July 27, 2018 – Brazil: Motorola is shipping out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Moto G5 Plus devices in Brazil as part of a soak test. The update is only available to users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network.
  • July 30, 2018 – India: The Android 8.1 Oreo update is being rolled out in India as part of a soak test. It’s only available to Moto G5 Plus users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network.
  • September 7, 2018 – Brazil and India: Motorola is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Moto G5 Plus devices in Brazil and India. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.
  • October 28, 2018 – Unlocked US: Motorola is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Moto G5 Plus.

Moto G5

  • July 31, 2018 – Brazil: Following the Moto G5 Plus, the Moto G5 has now also received the Android 8.1 Oreo update as part of a soak test in Brazil. The update is only available to users enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network.
  • September 7, 2018 – Mexico: Motorola has released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto G5 in Mexico.
  • September 24, 2018 – India: According to XDA-Developers, Motorola is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Moto G5 devices in India.
  • October 28, 2018 – Unlocked US: The Moto G5 has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in the U.S.

Moto G4/G4 Plus

  • November 25, 2018 – International: According to XDA-Developers, the Android 8.1 Oreo soak test has begun for the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. This means the stable version of the software should be released soon.
  • January 8, 2019 – India: Motorola is now apparently testing Android 8.1 Oreo on the Moto G4 Plus in India. The update is being shipped out over-the-air (OTA) and comes in at around 900MB.
  • February 12, 2019 — International: It’s finally here! 16 months after confirming the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the handset, the company is now rolling it out to the Moto G4 Plus.
  • March 4, 2019 — Brazil: According to 9to5Google, Android 8.1 Oreo is finally rolling out to Moto G4 devices, but only in Brazil for now. The update is expected to be released in other markets soon.

Lenovo Oreo update

Lenovo K8 Note

  • May 3, 2018 – International unlocked: Lenovo announces the Oreo update for the K8 Note, along with the February 2018 security update. A report on May 3 adds that the update was being pushed out already.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

  • October 31, 2018 – International: Bad news for all you Tab 4 10 Plus owners out there. According to German website Deskmodder, Lenovo will not release the Android Oreo update for the tablet.

Sony Oreo update

Sony Xperia XZ/XZs

  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs owners reported that the Oreo update has started to roll out.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • October 23, 2017 – International unlocked: Sony Xperia XZ Premium is now receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Sony Xperia X Performance

  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to the Xperia X Performance.

Sony Xperia X

  • February 5, 2018 – International unlocked: Sony rolls out the Android 8.0 Nougat update to the Xperia X (F5122).

Sony Xperia X Compact

  • February 5, 2018 – International unlocked: Sony rolls out the Android 8.0 Nougat update to the Xperia X Compact (F5321).

Sony Xperia XA1/XA1 Plus

  • March 17, 2018 – International unlocked: Sony has started rolling out Android Oreo to the Xperia XA1 family.

ZTE Oreo update

ZTE Axon 7

  • December 19, 2017 – International unlocked: ZTE has confirmed that Android 8.0 Oreo will come to the Axon 7.
  • December 27, 2017 – International unlocked: ZTE Germany announced in a public forum that the Axon 7 will receive the Android Oreo update in April 2018 with Stock+ UI.
  • January 22, 2018 – US: Stock Android-like Axon 7 Oreo update now in testing in the US.
  • February 14, 2018 – US: ZTE has announced an Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Axon 7 users in the US.
  • October 15, 2018 – International unlocked: The ZTE Axon 7 has finally received the Oreo update, but it’s a mess. Apparently, the only way to install the update is to download it to your microSD card. Making matters worse, you have to delete your Google account from the phone before you install it — learn more here.
  • November 2, 2018 – International: According to Android Sage, ZTE is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Axon 7 — model number A2017G — via an over-the-air (OTA) update.

Essential Oreo update

Essential Phone


Nvidia Oreo update

Nvidia announced that its Android tablets, the Shield Tablet and Shield Tablet K1, will not be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. Got a Shield TV? Then you might be in luck…

  • May 24, 2018 – International: Nvidia pushed out the Android Oreo update to Shield TV users, packaged with Nvidia’s Android TV skin.
  • May 31, 2018 – International: The company has temporarily pulled the Oreo update for the Shield TV due to software issues.
  • June 27, 2018 – International: Nvidia pushed a new Oreo update to Shield TV devices, for good this time.

Nokia Oreo update

Nokia 2

  • December 29, 2017 – International unlocked: The Nokia 2 has been confirmed to get Android Oreo.
  • January 29, 2018 – International unlocked: Nokia 2 will be upgraded straight to Android 8.1, according to the company’s Chief Product Officer.
  • May 29, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD reportedly confirms that the Nokia 2 will receive Android 8.1 Oreo in June.
  • June 19, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD announced that Android 8.1 Oreo beta is now available for the Nokia 2.
  • January 25, 2019 – International unlocked: The Nokia 2 is expected to get the Android Oreo update soon. However, there are a few things you have to be aware of. Juho Sarvikas took to Twitter and announced that since the phone only has 1GB of RAM, Android Oreo won’t run quite as smoothly on it as Android Nougat. That’s why Nokia will give users a choice: they can either stay on Nougat to enjoy faster performance or upgrade to Oreo to get the latest features. The company will set up a dedicated web page soon for those wanting to upgrade.
  • February 20, 2019 – International unlocked: The stable Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Nokia 2 is now available. To get it, you have to visit Nokia’s website and sign up. But please note that you may experience performance issues since the phone only has 1GB of RAM. Also, the update is not available in quite a few countries, all of which are listed here.
  • March 6, 2019 — International unlocked: HMD Global is rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Nokia 2 via Android Police.

Nokia 3

Nokia 3.1

  • September 14, 2018 – India: According to a Twitter user, the Nokia 3.1 has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in India.

Nokia 8

  • October 25, 2017 – International unlocked: Nokia announced a beta program for Android Oreo running on Nokia 8.
  • November 24, 2017 – International unlocked: HMD Global is now rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for Nokia 8.
  • January 23, 2018 – International unlocked: The Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Nokia 8 is now available in beta.
  • February 14, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8.1 Oreo is now rolling out for the Nokia 8.

Nokia 7

  • January 15, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global begins stable Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7.

Nokia 6 (2018)

  • December 19, 2017 – International unlocked: HMD Global has extended its Android Oreo beta program to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.
  • January 15, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global begins stable Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7

Nokia 6

  • January 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8.0 Oreo update rolling out for Nokia 6 and Nokia 5.
  • March 29, 2018 – India: Android 8.1 Oreo released for the Indian versions of the Nokia 6.

Nokia 5

  • December 19, 2017 – International unlocked: HMD Global has extended its Android Oreo beta program to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.
  • January 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8.0 Oreo update rolling out for Nokia 6 and Nokia 5.
  • March 29, 2018 – India, Tunisia, Indonesia: Nokia 5 gets upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo.

Xiaomi Oreo update

Xiaomi Mi A1

  • December 30, 2017 – International unlocked: Xiaomi is closing out 2017 by updating its Mi A1 handset to Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • January 11, 2018 – International unlocked: Xiaomi announced it would temporarily halt the Oreo update for the Mi A1 due to bugs.
  • January 16, 2018 – International unlocked: The Oreo update has reportedly been resumed.
  • January 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Xiaomi Mi A1 users report battery, fingerprint sensor issues after Oreo update.
  • June 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Xiaomi has released the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Mi A1 but quickly pulled it because of a few bugs.
  • July 16, 2018 – International unlocked: The issues have apparently been fixed, as Xiaomi has started rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Mi A1 devices again.

Xiaomi Mi 6

  • February 27, 2018 – International: Xiaomi Mi 6 devices start getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Xiaomi Mi 5

  • March 2, 2018 – International: Xiaomi has released the Android Oreo beta update for the Mi 5 smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

  • July 20, 2018 – International: Xiaomi has announced that the Mi 5s will get Oreo in early November. The delay is apparently caused by issues with the fingerprint module — learn more here.
  • December 18, 2018 – International: XDA-Developers reports that Xiaomi is rolling out the stable version of Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 10 on top to the Mi 5s.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

  • March 3, 2018 – International: Xiaomi has released a beta Android Oreo update for the Mi Note 2.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

  • March 5, 2018 – International: Xiaomi is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to Mi Mix 2 devices.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

  • May 22, 2018 – International: Xiaomi released the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Redmi Note 5 Pro, but quickly pulled it according to XDA-Developers.
  • May 25, 2018 – International: The update is back on and now rolling out to Redmi Note 5 Pro devices.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

  • August 28, 2018 – International: According to XDA-Developers, Xiaomi has released the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Redmi Note 5.

Xiaomi Mi Box

  • June 25, 2018 – International: According to users on Reddit and Xiaomi’s forum, the Android Oreo update is rolling out to Mi Box devices across the globe.

Xiaomi Redmi 5

  • October 26, 2018 – International: Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi 5 will get the Oreo update by the end of the year.
  • November 30, 2018 – International: Xiaomi is apparently rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo beta update to the Redmi 5. The update comes with EMUI 10 on top. There’s no word on when the stable version will be released.
  • December 24, 2018 – International: The stable version of Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10 on top is now rolling out to the Xiaomi Redmi 5. The update comes in at 1.3GB.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

  • October 26, 2018 – International: According to Xiaomi, the Redmi 5A will get the Oreo update by the end of the year.
  • November 30, 2018 – International: The Android 8.1 Oreo beta update with MIUI 10 on top is apparently being rolled out to the Xiaomi Redmi 5A. There are no details on when the stable version will be available.
  • December 15, 2018 – International: It’s finally here — the stable version of Android Oreo with MIUI 10 on top is rolling out to the Xiaomi Redmi 5A devices.

Xiaomi Mi 5X

  • October 26, 2018 – International: Xiaomi has announced that the Mi 5X will get the Oreo update sometime in this quarter.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro


BlackBerry Oreo update

BlackBerry KeyOne

  • June 28, 2018 – Rogers Canada: KeyOne users in Canada will have to wait a little longer to get the Oreo update. The carrier has changed the release date on its update schedule chart from June 28 to July 5.
  • July 12, 2018 – International: BlackBerry announced an Android Oreo beta program for the KEYone. The program is invite-only, although you can create an account and hope to gain entry.
  • August 11, 2018 – Rogers Canada: The carrier has pushed back the release date of the Oreo update again, this time to August 13.
  • August 15, 2018 – Canada: The Android Oreo update is finally rolling out to the BlackBerry KeyOne in Canada. It’s available for both unlocked and carrier versions of the device.
  • September 7, 2018 – Sprint US: Bad news for KeyOne owners on Sprint. According to a Sprint Community Manager, the phone won’t be upgraded to Android Oreo.
  • September 13, 2018 — India: According to CrackBerry, the Android 8.1 Oreo update is rolling out to the BlackBerry KeyOne in India.
  • September 26, 2018 – Unlocked UK: According to CrackBerry, the Android Oreo update for the BlackBerry KeyOne has been released in the U.K.

BlackBerry Motion

  • August 16, 2018 – Canada: Better late than never: BlackBerry is now rolling out Oreo to the BlackBerry Motion in Canada.

Razer Oreo update

Razer Phone


Other Oreo updates

Lineage OS

  • February 26, 2018 – New LineageOS, based on Android 8.1, now available for the first devices as nightly builds

OmniROM


That’s the wrap-up of our Android 8 Oreo tracker. We tried to catch all major devices, but if we missed something, just let us know!

What does the Apple H1 chip mean for audio? Do Android users have an alternative?

New AirPods 2 on comic book.

The market for true wireless earbuds is gradually picking up steam and figuring out which one to buy is becoming a bigger challenge. Apple’s AirPods stand out from the crowd, not always for the best reasons, but the company excels at branding, as we know. So much so that fans will happily talk about Apple processor capabilities, including the little chips tucked into its headphones, such as the Apple W1 and newer H1 model.

The Apple H1 chip is found inside the second generation Apple AirPods, touting a range of improvements in the ever-growing true wireless headphone market. While you might not want to buy into the Apple ecosystem and question their bang for buck, the convenience of Apple’s pairing system is hard to ignore.

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What does the Apple H1 do?

Let’s back up a second and consider what exactly the Apple H1 chip does. It’s not a processor in the smartphone or PC sense, it’s not running a complex operating system or powering a display. No, the H1 is a streamlined chip designed for just a few tasks. Apple keeps the innards of its chip a secret, but we do know that it includes a modem for handling Bluetooth connectivity, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for decoding the compressed audio stream, and a co-processor (possibly a second DSP) for handling sensor information.

A highly optimized processor can make significant battery savings over a more generic design. As a result, the Apple H1 boasts some battery life improvements over the W1. Talk time reaches up to 3 hours rather than just 2, and up to 5 hours of audio playback. There’s new support for voice-activated Siri commands (in addition to a double-tap), and Bluetooth 5.0 support, up from 4.2. Bluetooth 5.0 support isn’t meaningful for headphones quality, as audio codec profiles still utilize lower transfer rates. Although Bluetooth 5.0 does allow for audio streaming to multiple devices at once. Bluetooth 5 is primarily aimed at lower power consumption, and could be more important should the chip end up in other wireless devices.

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On the plus side, latency is 30 percent lower between the H1 and W1. This is good news for mobile gamers. Apple also promises that connection times when switching devices is now twice as fast. So you can hop between your Apple Watch or iPad faster than ever before. The chip’s sensor support also means that it can detect which AirPod is in your ear, so it only uses the microphone you’re actually wearing when making calls.

That’s all very smart, but the Apple H1 doesn’t support everything that serious audio users may desire. AAC is the only audio codec on board. There’s no third-party proprietary aptX or LDAC, which offer superior quality on Android handsets. So that’s a big “no” to higher resolution audio and minimal compression. There’s also no active noise cancellation (ANC) support that we know of, meaning poor isolation from outside noises. If you’re after these features, you’ll want to look at other chips and headsets.

Some of the H1’s best features, such as a strong connection and fast pairing, aren’t available to Android users.

new AirPods (2019) and Samsung Galaxy Buds adjacent to one another on a table.

Alternative chips and products

If you’re keen to steer clear of the Apple ecosystem or fancy some different headphones, there are plenty of decent AirPods 2019 alternatives out there. Many also feature chips that offer similar or even superior levels of technology. The Apple H1 is certainly not the only game in town.

Broadcom BCM43014

Broadcom is a big name in the wireless communications business and has its own range of true wireless audio chips. The BCM43014 powers the Samsung Galaxy Buds, which were announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 series this year.

The BCM43014 is also a Bluetooth 5 chip, for what that’s worth, complete with an audio DSP and sensor hub technology for touch, IR, and proximity sensors. The chip supports fast scan and connection options to improve pairing speed. There’s no ANC with the Galaxy Buds, but the BCM43014 mentions the integration of advanced acoustic algorithms that reduce background noise, which could be available to other units.

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The Galaxy Buds support SBC, AAC, and Samsung’s in-house Scalable Audio & Speech Codec. The programmable nature of the microcontroller CPU suggests that other codecs could be implemented on this hardware, but it’s not clear if there are other requirements here and implementation would be product-dependent.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds certainly fit the bill as an AirPod 2019 competitor. There are many design and feature similarities between the two, although Samsung is lacking the always-on voice commands. The BCM43014 is a little more general purpose than Apple’s H1, but it’s comparable with what Apple is doing in terms of quality and features.

Qualcomm QCC and CSR series

Qualcomm is the big name in Android smartphone chips and has its own range of wireless audio SoCs too. In this observer’s option, this is where to look for some of the industry’s most cutting-edge audio features. The list includes high-quality codec support in the form of aptX and optional LDAC, feedforward and feedback Hybrid ANC, and ultra-low power consumption.

Much of Qualcomm’s audio efforts are spun out of its acquisition of aptX from CSR back in 2010, before buying the entire company in 2015. Qualcomm sells a wide range of audio chips under the CSR naming scheme, which you’ll find inside Bluetooth headphones, speakers, and dongles. Features include AAC, aptX, and LDAC codec support, noise cancellation, and voice detection.

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The latest audio chip models in the lineup fall under the QCC branding. The QCC5100 is the flagship tier, offering aptX, HD, and low latency Adaptive codec support, along with Hybrid ANC, True Wireless Stereo Plus capabilities, and voice-activated Assistant controls. The dual-core DSP can be used for audio and sensor applications. This range is also incorporated into the Qualcomm eXtension program, which helps developers implement optional third-party audio technologies, from custom tuning algorithms to Sony’s LDAC codec. In terms of audio quality, low latency potential, and features, the QCC5100 goes well beyond the Apple H1.

The QCC300X series is the more affordable option. This series does away with noise canceling, only works with aptX classic, and isn’t in the eXtension program. Likewise, voice controls are out, and there’s just a single-core DSP unit which limits the processing available for sensors.

Unfortunately, Qualcomm’s QCC range of products has not appeared in many true wireless headphones to date. According to sources who have spoken with us, Qualcomm’s technology is more expensive than its rivals and some potential partners aren’t aware of its true wireless product portfolio. Bad news for those hoping that Qualcomm could haul the Android Bluetooth ecosystem out of its messy position.

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Other mentions

For earbud manufacturers, there is a range of other options on the market too. Microchip, Nordic Semiconductor, RealTek, MediaTek, and others offer SoCs for wireless audio products. However, many are not as optimized for earbuds like the H1.

Most of these products, including the MediaTek MT2533 and Microchip IS2064, support SBC and AAC by default, but not more advanced codecs. LDAC is an option in some specific products, such as the IS2064GM-0L3. A few SoCs also include echo and noise suppression technologies, Bluetooth 5 for lower power consumption, and support for true wireless earbuds as well. However, this varies a lot between SoCs and few are offering quite the comprehensive level of features as Apple and Qualcomm.

The Under Armour True Flash by JBL true wireless workout earbuds on a black surface with a grip strength trainer in the top left corner.

There’s a diverse ecosystem of chips out there

Bluetooth audio SoCs are seldom talked about, partly because headphone product actually ends up determining which features are implemented anyway. The Apple H1 is designed with Apple’s specific vision of Bluetooth earbuds in mind. That’s great in some ways, as it has produced a power-efficient design with a pretty comprehensive list of features. However, the best features are reserved for those who buy into Apple’s broader product ecosystem and it doesn’t support everything that high-end audio consumers may want.

Outside of Apple’s ecosystem, there is a huge range of available products, each sporting different capabilities and price point targets. In terms of packing in everything consumers may want, such as noise cancellation, voice commands, and high-quality codecs, Qualcomm has a very competitive range of products. Although the company perhaps can’t compete on price as well as Apple can with its in-house design team, which appears to be hampering adoption.

The bottom line is that there are definitely competitive SoCs to the Apple H1 out there for Android users. However, very few companies talk about the chip powering their headphones, instead preferring to focus on the end-user features.

NEXT: Android’s Bluetooth latency needs a major overhaul

On the MicroTAC’s 30th anniversary, Motorola dishes on folding phone craze

Thirty years before the arrival of folding phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, flip phones broke new ground in the form of the Motorola MicroTAC 9800X. Widely regarded as the first flip phone, the MicroTAC ushered in a new era of mobility with its flip design and portable size.

As a new wave of advanced folding phones begin to reach the market, including a potential brand new RAZR from Motorola, it’s worth appreciating how form factors have played a role in shaping progress.

Motorola MicroTAC 9800X

If you watch any movie from the mid- to late-80s, you’ll note that cellular phones of the time had one common characteristic: they were nearly all wired into cars. This is why they were often called carphones. These analog devices were huge, required massive batteries, and were only portable in the sense that they went where the car went.

Motorola MicroTAC flip phone

In April 1989, Motorola debuted the MicroTAC 9800x (the “TAC” stood for Total Area Coverage). The phone stood out for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it introduced a flip design, wherein the mouthpiece was embedded in a plastic flap. The flap protected the number pad when closed and ensured the microphone was positioned nearer the owner’s mouth when open. The flip design was far more compact when compared to brick- or bar-style phones. In fact, the phone was supposedly designed to fit into a shirt pocket.

By modern standards, the MicroTAC is positively prehistoric.

“Small” in 1989 meant the phone measured about nine inches long when open, and it weighed three-quarters of a pound (302g). Today’s phones often measure about six inches long and weigh around 175g.

By modern standards, the MicroTAC is positively prehistoric. It had an eight-character monochrome LED display, 12-button number pad with associated function keys, and an internal phone book. It cost between $2,500 and $3,500 and the battery barely lasted at all. Motorola made the phone for years, with a number of variants making small improvements to the design over time.

Motorola’s main competitor, Nokia, mostly eschewed the idea of folding phones and stuck with bar-style devices. Motorola continued to churn out MicroTAC models until 1997, though the 1996-era StarTAC largely replaced it.

Motorola StarTAC

The StarTAC was another bombshell phone. Similar to the MicroTAC with a folding design, the StarTAC was significantly smaller and lighter (88g). The StarTAC is considered to be the first clamshell phone, meaning the two halves of the folding design were of approximately the same size. Some people thought it looked like a Star Trek Communicator.

Motorola StarTAC clamshell phone

In addition to the clamshell design, the StarTAC was among the first phones to be able to receive SMS text messages, and one of the first to include a vibrate alert. Owners could opt for a lithium-ion battery, which was rare at the time. The Motorola StarTAC cost $1,000.

The MicroTAC and StarTAC eventually led Motorola to its most iconic device.

With its more affordable price tag, the StarTAC was also one of the first cellular phones to truly resonate with consumers. Motorola sold about 60 million of them. Considering the low market saturation in the late 90s, 60 million is quite a significant number.

Developing the MicroTAC and StarTAC eventually led Motorola to its most iconic device.

Motorola RAZR

Motorola swung for the fences with the Motorola RAZR and hit it out of the park. The phone was an update to the MicroTAC and StarTAC line in basic conception, but pushed boundaries even further.

Motorola RAZR clamshell phone

“We knew from learnings about StarTAC that we had to deliver a device that would hold up to everyday life, something that you could always depend on, and at the same time be something that you wanted to share and show off,” said Motorola to Android Authority.

What the MicroTAC started, surely the RAZR finished.

The RAZR, which was announced in July 2004 and went on sale later that year, was slimmer than any other device at the time. It also boasted a fresh, futuristic design. It was smaller (3.9 inches tall) and lighter (99g) than many competing models. Though the $600 price point caused many to balk, Motorola went on to sell more than 130 million of the original V3 variant.

Motorola believed “there should be no compromise for the user, big screen, large keyboard, and great battery life, all in something that was unbelievably small and compact. At its core, RAZR was able to blend aspects that were clearly Motorola and make it look futuristic at the same time. We were able to put people’s notion of what the future would be into their hand.”

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The rest, as they say, is history. What the MicroTAC started, surely the RAZR finished. The original RAZR ended production in 2007, after the debut of the original Apple iPhone. It wasn’t too long before Apple’s device upended the industry and largely ended the popularity of flip, folding, and clamshell phones as we knew them.

Full circle

Once the iPhone made its mark, originality in phone design declined. Nearly the entire market consolidated around the slab-style phone — which is why the last six months has been fascinating to watch unfold, literally.

Samsung Galaxy Fold half folded on table

Clamshells of the late 90s and early aughts featured small-ish screens on one half, and a number pad with controls on the other half. Samsung and Huawei have introduced phones this year that have folding screens. The Galaxy Fold opens up like a book to reveal a large screen within, while the Huawei Mate X unfolds more like a pamphlet. These devices take advantage of the latest in screen technology, but, as evidenced by the Galaxy Fold, the tech may not be ready just yet.

What’s important here, however, is the innovation. Just like the MicroTAC did 30 years ago, the Galaxy Fold and Mate X represent an exciting paradigm shift.

“The foldable technology being shown and envisioned today is extremely exciting,” noted Motorola. “Beyond just being very cool tech, the innovation behind the new form factor allows manufacturers to design phones in entirely new ways, which will lead to new ways of using smartphones most can’t even imagine today.”

Samsung suffered a setback, however, when early review units began to fail. The company recalled the devices and delayed the launch while it investigates. Huawei hasn’t delayed the launch of its foldable phone, at least not yet.

Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone Hands On display

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Does Motorola have a foldable phone up its sleeve? Motorola played it cool. “At Motorola we pride ourselves on innovation,” said the company to Android Authority. “We keep a close pulse on the latest technology and constantly look at ways we can best innovate for our consumers.”

Speaking of pulses, Motorola’s leaked (though definitely not confirmed) folding RAZR reboot is a wonder to behold (if the renders are legit), and just might have quickened the heart beats of phone fans the world over.