Samsung said to be providing Apple with OLED displays for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pros

A photo of an iPad showing a game developed by the Final Fantasy creator. Apple

Samsung is reportedly in talks with Apple to supply the latter with OLED displays. According to The Elec, Apple will feature the displays in its rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro and future iPad Pro models.

The Elec doesn’t have a track record of Apple rumors, so take the report with a big grain of salt. That said, the report claims that Samsung is using a Thin Film Encapsulation (TFE) method of production to create thinner OLED panels. Such a method can lead to thinner versions of the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, though it also offers more space for something like a larger battery.

Samsung currently supplies Apple with OLED displays for the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max.

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If the report is true, the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be the first Apple computer to feature an OLED display. The future iPad Pro models will also be the first in Apple’s series of tablets to make the switch from LCD to OLED.

According to leading Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the machine will launch sometime this year with a new design. Kuo also said Apple will start to mass-produce two new iPad Pro models between Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

NEXT: Report: Apple’s in-house 5G modem over 5 years away, Qualcomm truce only way out

Report: Samsung and Huawei agree to settle their smartphone patent disputes

Huawei P30 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus back (20 of 60)

Samsung and Huawei have reportedly agreed to finally bury the hatchet and settle their years-long dispute over smartphone patents. The Guangdong High People’s Court in southern China mediated the settlement, according to Nikkei.

The terms of the alleged settlement have not been made public, but it’s believed that they include some sort of cross-licensing patent deal. The patents that are part of the supposed deal include those for basic technologies, with no further specifics mentioned.

It’s suggested that Samsung and Huawei are only settling now due to them wanting to pour more resources into the stagnant smartphone market. Even though Huawei now owns a company-record 17 percent of the market, Q1 2019 marked the sixth straight quarter of declining overall smartphone shipments. Meanwhile, Samsung saw a 10 percent decrease in market share year-over-year.

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Whatever the reason for a settlement, Samsung and Huawei are likely happy to be done with patent disputes. The two companies have been in embroiled in a legal war against each other since 2016, when Huawei filed several patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung in the U.S. and China.

In January 2018, a Chinese court ruled in favor of Huawei and ordered Samsung to halt sales of offending products. By then, Samsung counter-sued Huawei with a patent lawsuit of its own. Huawei responded to the counter-suit with lawsuits in two cities in China.

The tit-for-tat filings escalated very quickly in a matter of years, but at least it’s seemingly coming to an end.

NEXT: Huawei would sign ‘we promise not to spy’ pacts with governments

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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How to use Samsung Pay on the Galaxy A70 in India

Samsung Pay Galaxy A70 home page.

Samsung’s flurry of budget-friendly smartphone launches in India continues with the release of the Samsung Galaxy A70. The latest addition to the ever-expanding Galaxy A family is all set to join the extremely competitive premium mid-range segment. However, the Galaxy A70 comes with a flagship-level feature that further separates it from its lower-tier siblings and the pack: Samsung Pay support.

Here’s everything you need to know about using Samsung Pay on the Samsung Galaxy A70!

Samsung Pay features in India

Samsung Pay allows you to pay at most retail stores in India by simply pointing your Samsung smartphone towards a payment terminal, instead of swiping a credit or debit card or sharing your payment information. The service also supports mobile wallets like Paytm and Mobikwik, and enables money transfers using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

Samsung Pay Galaxy A70 card identification

One of the reasons for Samsung Pay’s popularity is because it works with all regular swipe-based card machines that support NFC or MST (magnetic secure transmission). MST sends a magnetic signal from the smartphone to the payment terminal’s card reader to emulate swiping a physical card. Since there’s no hardware or software upgrade required to the payment terminal, Samsung Pay isn’t hindered by the lack of adoption of modern terminals.

Not to be outdone by the numerous e-payment options available in the country, you can also clear mobile, internet, electricity, water, landline, DTH, and other bills using the Samsung Pay app. Samsung is also looking to help you with your personal finance needs, with offers for credit cards and personal loans available, as well as the ability to check your credit score directly through the app.


How to set up Samsung Pay

  • As long as you have an eligible Samsung smartphone, like the Galaxy A70, you will see a Samsung Pay app icon on your home screen or in the app drawer. Tap on the icon to get started.
  • You will need a Samsung account to use the app. If you have one already, simply tap the Sign In button after the introductory video plays and enter your login information. If not, you can create an account on this page. Register with an email address (that will be your Samsung ID) and create a password.
  • You will next have to register a payment authentication method. You can use the in-display fingerprint scanner or set up a PIN. The fingerprint scanner is the first option that shows up, but you can skip it and choose to use a four-digit PIN number instead.
  • You can now begin adding the needed debit and credit card information. You can register up to 10 cards at a time.
  • On the screen that pops up after the authentication method page, tap on Add Card. You can use the in-app camera to auto read the card details or enter the information manually. Follow all the instructions on the screen to complete the card registration process.

Samsung Pay Galaxy A70 home page

How to make payments using Samsung Pay

  • Once you’re done adding your debit and credit card info in the Samsung Pay app, you are ready to start making payments.
  • To launch the Samsung Pay app, all it takes is a simple swipe up from any screen, whether in-app, on the home screen, and even the lock screen.
  • The app will show the cards you have saved. You can swipe left or right to switch between them.
  • Once you select the card, you can authenticate the payment using your fingerprint or by entering the four-digit PIN.
  • Place your phone next to the card machine and your payment should be complete. Keep in mind that you will have to place the phone to the side of a regular machine and above if it’s an NFC-enabled card reader.
  • If the cashier asks for the last four digits of your card number, share the number that appears below your actual card. It is helpfully marked “Last 4 digits for the cashier.”

So that’s everything you need to know about making payments using Samsung Pay on the Samsung Galaxy A70! It’s great to see Samsung finally bringing this incredibly useful feature to the mid-range market, and it will hopefully make its way to the slew of other budget-friendly smartphones that Samsung has introduced in India this year.

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.

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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

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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!

Samsung now offers up to $400 trade-in toward Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e (US only)

Once Samsung launched the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e, the company decreased the maximum amount you could get from a trade-in from $550 to $300. The good news is that Samsung raised the trade-in maximum to $400, though there are some caveats.

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First, the boosted trade-in value is only available if you buy an unlocked Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, or S10e. Don’t fret if you’re a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint customer — you can still get up to $300 off carrier versions when you trade in an eligible device.

Also, only the following smartphones net you the full $400 credit:

Finally, the new trade-in deal is available for a limited time in the U.S. Samsung didn’t say for how long the deal will last for, so you might want to buy the Galaxy S10 sooner than later if you want a higher trade-in offer.

You can pick up the Galaxy S10 at the link below. Note that you can get a free set of Galaxy Buds and a free New Duo Charger if you pick up the 512GB version of the Galaxy S10.

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Apple hit hardest as global smartphone shipments continue to slip

Technology market analyst Canalys reported today that global smartphone shipments decreased from 2018. Apple is the company that was hit hardest by the shrinking market.

According to Canalys, global smartphone shipments fell 6.8 percent in Q1 2019 to 313.9 million. The research firm noted that this is the sixth straight quarter that global smartphone shipments shrank. Interestingly, the top five smartphone manufacturers increased their combined market share from 66.8 percent in Q1 2018 to 72 percent in Q1 2019.

Most companies in the top five felt the shrinking smartphone market. Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi all saw their respective market shares decrease year-over-year, though Samsung and Xiaomi retained their top and fourth spots, respectively.

Global smartphone shipments for Q1 2019 Canalys

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Apple saw the greatest decrease in smartphone shipments — 52.2 million in Q1 2018 versus 40.2 million in Q1 2019. Talking with TechCrunch, Canalys analyst Ben Stanton said this was “the largest single-quarter decline in the history of the iPhone.” According to Stanton, China proved to be a tough market as iPhone shipments decreased in the U.S.

The only companies in the top five that came away unscathed were Huawei and Oppo — the latter saw a modest 6.2 percent increase in smartphone shipments. Huawei came out the winner, seeing a dramatic 50.2 percent increase in smartphone shipments. The sharp uptick allowed Huawei to push Apple out of the number two spot.

Huawei’s trek toward the number one spot won’t be easy, however. Samsung launched its revamped Galaxy A and cost-sensitive M-series smartphones to fend off competitors in the low- to mid-range markets. We also can’t count out Xiaomi and Oppo, which are performing well in India and have an increased presence in Europe.

NEXT: Confirmed: Apple, Qualcomm settlement killed Intel’s 5G modem plans

Renders suggest giant Galaxy View 2 tablet is real, headed to AT&T (Update: Promo video)

Update, April 23, 2019 (5:50 pm ET): Shortly after the renders of the Galaxy View 2 showed up online, AT&T shared a promotional video of the ginormous tablet on its YouTube channel. Although pricing and availability information is not shared in the advertisement, we did get confirmation on a couple of key specs.

After confirming that the tablet will work on its 4G network, AT&T states that the Galaxy View 2 has a 17.3-inch FHD display. Additionally, the oversized “portable” entertainment device has a 12,000mAh battery and includes 64GB of built-in storage with the option to add up to 400GB via a microSD card.

We also learn that the Galaxy View will have access to DirecTV Now within the Samsung TV Mode app, features quad speakers with Dolby Atmos Sound, and has support for AT&T NumberSync. This allows customers to make and receive voice and video calls from the tablet.

Check out the video for yourself to see how comical it looks when people carry around a tablet with such a large display.

Original post, April 23, 2019 (12:14 pm ET): According to a set of newly-leaked renders, via SamMobile, the alleged Samsung Galaxy View 2 is real, huge, and headed to AT&T sometime in the near future.

The Samsung Galaxy View, launched in 2015, is a giant tablet with a ludicrous 18.4-inch display. Since the tablet is about as big as a common fast food tray, it only appealed to a very specific audience.

It appears Samsung is ready to give it another try with the Samsung Galaxy View 2. The new model will supposedly be a little slimmer with a 17.3-inch display. It also will have a built-in kickstand in the form of a hinged back with a different design from the original View. Check it out in the images below:

A leaked render of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy View 2.
A leaked render of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy View 2.
A leaked render of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy View 2.

As you can see from the renders, the back of the tablet prohibits it from laying flat on a desk, which could be seen as a benefit. Since it’s so massive, you probably would very rarely want it to lay flat as you’d primarily use a device of this size for media consumption, typing, or graphic design.

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The large hole on the back is likely to help you pick up the device. Even in a “closed” state, the large hole will be easily gripped for transportation.

You can’t see it in the renders above, but the back of the device appears to have the AT&T logo. This makes sense as the original Galaxy View was an AT&T exclusive, and it appears this one will follow suit. There will likely also be a Wi-Fi model in addition to the 4G LTE connected option.

Not much is known about the Samsung Galaxy View 2 as far as specs are concerned, but it’s a pretty good bet it will come with Android 9 Pie, judging from the lock screen depicted in the renders. We also don’t know anything about pricing, but the original Galaxy View launched for $600 — it’s actually still available for $570 at Amazon, if you’re interested.

NEXT: Here are the best Android tablets

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iFixit has some educated guesses as to why the Galaxy Fold is so fragile

Samsung Galaxy Fold tablet mode on chair

After news broke that early review units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold were easily breaking — and Samsung’s subsequent delay of the device’s worldwide release — many of us were left to wonder why the foldable phone wasn’t holding up.

Even taking into account the problem of reviewers accidentally tearing off a protective layer of plastic covering the interior display, it seems the Fold is very fragile. Although venerable teardown site iFixit never got a Galaxy Fold to take apart, the team has some theories as to why the foldable smartphone is so delicate.

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In a new blog post, Kevin Purdy and other members of the iFixit team examine the known issues that plagued reviewers who did get a chance to use the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The team makes some educated guesses as to what could have caused these problems.

The whole post is definitely worth a read, but here is a quick summary of iFixit’s thoughts:

  • OLED displays are inherently fragile and without a covering of a strong material — such as Gorilla Glass — problems are inevitable.
  • Even the smallest dust particles can cause problems with OLED displays, and the Fold has plenty of areas where dust can easily enter sensitive areas.
  • Although the protective layer fiasco wasn’t totally Samsung’s fault, it does emphasize that tough pressure on a relatively unprotected OLED panel is dangerous.
  • Samsung’s highly-publicized robot folders used to stress test the Galaxy Fold were too methodical, i.e., they didn’t properly account for the variables of human use.
  • The lack of a dedicated crease line down the middle of the foldable display prevents even folding on a consistent basis, putting even more stress on the OLED panel.

Since even the early review units have been returned to Samsung after the announcement of the delayed release for the Galaxy Fold, it might be a while before iFixit can get hands-on with the device and figure out what really went wrong. These hypotheses are as good as we’re going to get for now.

What do you think? Let us know your theories in the comments!

NEXT: Now that the Galaxy Fold is on hold, Samsung should wait for Android Q

Samsung might be working on two more foldable smartphones

Samsung Galaxy Fold half folded on table

According to a report published today through The Bell, Samsung is working on two more foldable smartphones. Called “Type G” and “Type S,” the devices are reported to be two larger variants of the delayed Galaxy Fold.

Starting with the Type G, the device reportedly features an 8-inch display when unfolded and two sides that fold in to form the letter “G.” The Type S reportedly features a larger 13-inch display when unfolded and is somewhat shaped like the letter “S.”

Image of a Samsung foldable device from a patent. USPTO

Samsung filed a patent for the Type S back in November 2018, so we have an idea of what the device might look like in the image above. The report didn’t say when the Type G and S will be released.

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Because this is only a rumor, take all of this with a grain of salt. That said, a report in March also alleged that Samsung is working on two foldable devices — an out-folding device and a clamshell device. The older report claims that Samsung will announce the out-folding device either later this year or early next year.

Unfortunately for Samsung, the company’s facing quality control criticisms over recent Galaxy Fold issues. Samsung officially delayed the Galaxy Fold’s public launch in China and other regions due to the display issues.

Whether these issues will also show up in Samsung’s two other rumored foldable devices is anyone’s guess. That said, Samsung will likely take their time with the two devices in order to avoid any additional public snafus.

NEXT: Samsung delays Galaxy Fold release, new launch date to be announced in the coming weeks