Report: Apple and HTC might be over-estimating their phone battery stats

  • In its tests, Which? found that Apple and HTC over-estimated their claims of talk time for their phones.
  • Compared to Apple’s claims, Which? found results to be between 18 and 51 percent lower.
  • Which? didn’t share much of its testing methodology.

With battery life arguably one of the most important features in a smartphone, we hope that manufacturers tell the truth when it comes to their battery claims. However, Consumers’ Association brand name Which? found that Apple and HTC may have overestimated their battery claims.

Starting with Apple, Which? reportedly tested nine iPhone models and found that all nine models fell short of Apple’s publicized battery estimates. For example, Which? found that the iPhone XR lasted for 16 hours and 52 minutes of talk time. Apple claims that the iPhone XR lasts “up to 25 hours” of talk time.

As for HTC, the company claims an average talk time of 20.5 hours for its smartphones. However, Which? found the average to be 19.6 hours in its tests.

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It wasn’t all bad, as Which? found that Nokia, Samsung, and Sony actually under-estimated their phones’ talk time. Which? specifically mentioned the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, which reportedly delivered 25 hours and 52 minutes of talk time. That’s a nine-hour difference from the 17 hours of talk time that Sony claims for the phone.

That said, Which? didn’t share how it achieved these results. The brand claims that it fully charged independently-purchased phones and then made continuous calls. Which? didn’t provide other testing parameters, such as whether the calls were made on Wi-Fi or cellular, whether the phones only had stock apps or also had other installed apps, whether software versions changed anything, and how many tests it conducted per device.

It’s also a bit strange to see the Xperia Z5 Compact tested since Sony launched the phone in 2015. Also, Which? didn’t provide a full list of tested phones in its press release.

When Which? reached out to Apple for comment, the latter had the following to say:

We rigorously test our products and stand behind our battery life claims. With tight integration between hardware and software, iPhone is engineered to intelligently manager power usage to maximize battery life. Our testing methodology reflects that intelligence.

Which? haven’t shared their methodology with us so we can’t compare their results to ours. We share our methodology for testing which we publish in detail here https://www.apple.com/iphone/battery.html.

HTC also responded and issued the following statement:

At HTC we diligently test all aspects of product performances. Differences in setup and testing environments may result in some variation to stated talk time figures.

Android Authority reached out to Apple for comment and received the same response as Which? received, as posted above. You can go here to learn how Android Authority tests a phone’s battery life.

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Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker: May 3, 2019

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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!

Right when we’re talking about Android Q, here’s HTC with its Android Pie plans

HTC Sense

With the first Android Q developer preview supposedly dropping any day now, it’s easy to forget HTC is still lagging when it comes to its Android 9 Pie rollout. HTC finally provided a status update on Twitter for device owners, though they won’t like what they read.

According to HTC, it’s still working on the Pie update for the HTC U11, U11 Plus, and U12 Plus. HTC also mentioned that the update will rollout to the aforementioned smartphones starting Q2 2019, though phones purchased through carriers are at the mercy of those carriers.

The newer phones will likely get prioritized, so U11 owners might be waiting longer than U11 Plus and U12 Plus owners. That said, HTC smartphone owners have been waiting a long time anyway for Pie to hit their devices.

Editor’s Pick

HTC originally announced the Pie rollout back in August 2018, when Google officially released the update’s final version. Since then, only the Android One edition of the U11 Life received the update. What hurts is that HTC launched the U11 Life in 2017 and pushed out Pie to that phone first, even though the U12 Plus is much newer and the company’s current flagship.

What also hurts is that the HTC Sense version of the U11 Life won’t get Pie, even though the hardware is the exact same as the Android One version.

It seems like HTC isn’t taking software updates as seriously as it did before, and why would it? The company experienced a rough 2018, with 2019 shaping up to be an extension of prior struggles. Slow software updates are not a death knell by any means — hey, Samsung — but it doesn’t help when those updates come (or don’t come) from a company like HTC.

HTC might return to India, but not in the way you’d expect

Even though HTC ceased smartphone operations in India, that doesn’t mean the company still won’t have a presence in the country. Citing three senior industry executives, The Economic Times reported that HTC might license its brand out to smartphone makers in India.

According to the report, HTC wants to license its brand out for smartphones, tablets, and mobile accessories. To make that happen, HTC is reportedly in advanced talks with Micromax, Lava, and Karbonn. One of the senior industry executives alleged that Lava and Karbonn will team up to offer a joint bid for HTC’s brand license.

By licensing its brand, HTC would get a royalty from whichever Indian smartphone maker wins the bid. We don’t know if HTC would get a large royalty sum at the outset or a royalty every time a device and accessory are sold in India.

Editor’s Pick

Regardless of how HTC would get its royalty, licensing its brand is not a surefire way to regain relevance in India. Currently, the Indian smartphone market is dominated by the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo.

According to Counterpoint, the four aforementioned companies accounted for 64 percent of the Indian smartphone market. That’s compared to just five percent market share for Micromax, with Lava and Karbonn thrown in the “Others” category that accounted for 31 percent.

When reached for a statement, HTC told The Economic Times that it’s looking for strategic options for India and “will have more to announce at a later date.” Android Authority reached out to HTC for a comment on the report and will update this article if we get a response.

HTC in 2019: Last chance saloon

HTC in 2019: HTC U12 Plus

Remember those awful Robert Downey Jr.-starring ads HTC spent millions on that joked HTC was an acronym for ‘hilariously’ random phrases like “Hipster Troll Car wash?”

I know, I tried to forget too.

After yet another rough year of layoffs, free-falling sales numbers, and a further drift into obscurity in the smartphone market, HTC in 2018 could quite easily have stood for “Hard Times Continued.”

2018 marked the tenth anniversary of the first ever Android smartphone — the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 — but unfortunately for HTC, there was very little else worth celebrating.

Let’s review HTC’s 2018 and look ahead to see we can expect from the fallen Android giant in 2019.

Another 12 months of turmoil

Rewind back to the start of 2018 and HTC found itself in a bit of a transitional phase. Fresh off an atrocious 12 months where revenues plummeted to a 13-year low, the firm received a much-needed injection of cash after selling its “Powered by HTC” R&D division to Google for $1.1 billion.

Despite the reduced workforce and talent pool, Google’s money meant HTC had the time and funds to design and develop new phones to try to turn its fortunes around. Unfortunately, fortune wasn’t ready to turn in HTC’s favor.

A fresh round of layoffs hit the company’s North American wing in February as part of a restructuring plan to bring together the smartphone and VR teams. This was followed by a much wider cull in July when 1,500 employees were cut at HTC’s HQ in Taiwan.

Read more: Here are the best HTC phones you can buy right now

The latter represented a whopping 22 percent of the company’s global workforce and was justified by HTC as being an essential move to ensure “more effective and flexible resource management going forward.”

Some of HTC’s most high profile figureheads also abandoned their stations. Smartphone president Chialin Chang departed in February after a six year tenure, while Mo Versi — a.k.a. the HTC updates guy — exited in March.

The overall picture gets even bleaker when you delve into HTC’s 2018 financials.

HTC’s final revenue figures for 2018 will make for dire reading.

HTC registered its lowest revenue total in 13 years at NTD 62.12 billion ($2.1 billion) in 2017. As of Q3 2018, the company’s overall revenue for the year sat at a paltry NTD 19.6 billion (~$636 million).

Save for an incredibly unlikely miraculous turnaround in Q4, HTC’s final revenue figures for 2018 will make for some dire reading when they are eventually released to investors and the public in the coming weeks.

Amidst all of the speculation surrounding HTC’s uncertain future, rumors that the brand was considering pulling of out India completely, and getting slapped by U.K. advertising standards over a “misleading” ad, the phones that HTC actually released in 2018 more or less got lost in the wider discourse.

On the flagship front, HTC eschewed recent tradition and released the HTC U12 Plus — a follow-up to the U11 series that didn’t enjoy a non-Plus version, instead adopting the moniker due to its large size and top-tier specs.

Yet despite its all-round impressive performance and gorgeous Liquid Surface design, the HTC U12 Plus was a hard phone for many to recommend.

In our HTC U12 Plus review, Jimmy Westenberg bemoaned HTC’s neglected software suite, its innovative-yet-awkward pressure sensitive buttons, the higher price tag compared to the U11, and the lack of any tangible reason to recommend the phone over rival devices from Samsung, Google, or even LG.

HTC in 2019: HTC U12 Life

The U12 series was later bolstered by the arrival of the U12 Life — a capable mid-ranger with a severe identity crisis that seemed to echo its creator’s own lack of direction.

Aside from three entries in the affordable Desire 12 series, HTC’s only other notable contribution to the Android market in 2018 was the company’s first blockchain phone, the HTC Exodus 1, which went up for pre-order exclusively in bitcoin or ethereum tokens in late October.

With the value of major cryptocurrencies dropping throughout the year, it’s hard to imagine that HTC’s ultra-niche blockchain phone will have delivered the kind of sales numbers the company desperately needs.

New horizons

HTC in 2019: HTC Vive

Without that $1.1 billion windfall from Google, there’s every chance HTC’s smartphone division (and perhaps even the company as a whole) wouldn’t have made it to 2019.

HTC said it would invest in virtual reality and Internet of Things technologies at the time of the big-money sale. The latter has yet to really materialize, but HTC’s support of the Vive brand remains resolute.

Related: VR headset buyer’s guide – what are your options?

HTC went on the offensive singling out critics of forecasts showing evidence of the VR market shrinking in a bullish blog post in mid-2018. It also talked up demand for the wireless Vive Pro headset and high interest in China for the enterprise-focused, standalone Vive Focus, which launched worldwide in November.

One encouraging development for HTC’s wider ambitions in both the smartphone and VR sectors is the imminent dawn of 5G.

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The next-generation networks, which are due to start turning on in the U.S. throughout 2019, could potentially shake up the status quo and open up new opportunities for struggling Android OEMs.

Likewise, virtual reality experiences are set to benefit greatly from 5G’s lower latency, increased fidelity, and a potentially lower entry price for consumers and businesses as computational work shifts away from expensive PC hardware toward cloud-based solutions.

Of course, each new investment will eat further into HTC’s coffers and if revenue continues to fall, something will have to give. There’s no doubt that HTC absolutely can’t afford another year of dwindling sales if it wants to remain in the smartphone market long-term.

The beginning of the end, or the start of something new?

HTC in 2019

So, how can HTC save its smartphone business?

Android Authority’s C. Scott Brown has already shared a few ideas that could help stop the slump, but HTC has mostly stuck to the same “strategic investments” line we also heard back in 2012 and 2017.

The only real indication of HTC’s plans for 2019 and beyond came in an interview with HTC president Darren Chen in December. Chen said the company will “continue to extend its high-end U12 Plus lineup in 2019,” which sparked speculation that HTC wouldn’t be released a ‘new’ flagship in the first half of the year.

HTC later clarified this won’t be the case, although I’m left wondering whether it’ll have been better off being true come the end of 2019. A vague commitment to deliver a new flagship and a few mid-range devices doesn’t sound like the drastic rethink HTC could well need to claw back much needed market share.

HTC’s glory years fade further from memory with each passing year.

Perhaps the next elite HTC smartphone will be a Galaxy S10 killer. HTC’s Desire series — including the mega-affordable, entry-level Desire 12s launched in December — could finally become a true contender in the ultra-competitive emergent markets currently dominated by Chinese OEMs. Maybe the Exodus 1 will be the go-to phone for crypto fans all across the world. 2019 could even be the year where virtual reality and Vive enters the mainstream powered by 5G.

All of these things are possible, but the company’s scattershot strategies and limp statements of intent will do little to convince the growing number of doubters inside the smartphone industry, or the buyers whose memories of HTC’s glory years fade further with each passing year.

Ten years ago HTC changed the game with the G1. A decade later it finds itself in the last chance saloon. How the mighty have fallen.


Do you think HTC can right the ship in 2019? Let us know in the comments and be sure to look out for our other posts in this series for the rest of Android’s leading OEMs.