Android O Name, Release Date, Devices, and How to Download: All you need to know about Android 8 Oreo
Google first teased us with the next iteration of its mobile operating system, Android O, back at I/O 2017 – and now the Android Oreo name is official.
Among other things, Android O is expected to deliver faster, more fluid experiences and improved notifications, but first we want to know what it’s called and when we’ll be able to experience it on our phones and tablets.
We’re expecting to learn more about Android 8, now confirmed as Android Oreo, at Google’s special ‘Eclipse’ event on August 21 (that’s today!) so read on for a complete guide to what’s coming up.
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Android Oreo Release Date: When does Android Oreo come out?
During its I/O keynote, Google said Android O would come in late-summer 2017, which is the same timeframe it gave us last year with ‘N’, eventually known as Android Nougat.
We’ve been predicting the release of a final build by the end of August and – now that the Mountain View-based company has confirmed an August 21 event in New York City – are more confident than ever this is going to be the case.
In other words, the likely release date for Android O is August 21 (that’s today!), after which we’ll know more about which devices it’s coming to to and what it’s called.
Read on for a guide on how to download the Android O beta ahead of time, and what devices it will probably be compatible with.
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Android O Download: How to install Android Oreo today
The official beta for Android O has been available for a while now, with Google sending its Android O Beta Program page live shortly after its I/O 2017 keynote earlier in the year.
Installing it is a dawdle, though it’s still worth noting that early-stage releases may still be extremely buggy.
If you like playing with Google’s latest and greatest features, though, here’s what to do:
1) Before you download Android O, back up all of your data, as installing the beta could wipe your phone
2) Go to Google’s Android O Beta Program page by following this link
3) If you have a Google account, sign in; if you don’t, you may need to sign up to the Beta Program separately
4) Once signed in, Google will detect if you have an eligible device and, if so, prompt you to install the beta. Ensure you’ve got a good Wi-Fi connection and follow Google’s prompts to proceed
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5) That’s it. Future beta updates will arrive OTA. If you’re having problems, check your Wi-Fi connection.
That said, note that after Google’s special ‘Eclipse’ event in New York on August 21, the final version of Android O should be released, so if you haven’t already downloaded the beta, we’d say it’s worth waiting for the stable build to land – this should happen later today, so there’s not long to go.
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Android O Compatible Devices: When will my phone get Android Oreo?
While Android O hasn’t been released just yet, we do have an idea of the devices it will come to first – and they’re the same phones and tablets you could download the Android O developer preview for.
Plus, leaks are giving us a better idea of when the final stable release might start dropping on some of these handsets.
So far, we know that the Android O will come to:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Google Pixel (August release rumoured)
- Google Pixel XL (August released rumoured)
- HTC U11
Notice a theme? Yep, with the exception of the HTC U11, it’s all Google own-brand devices getting access to the final build of Android O later this year.
It follows that the first handset to ship with Android O will almost certainly be the Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone, which we’re expecting to see launch in autumn.
After that, it’s a bit of a minefield as Android manufacturers look to adapt their in-house software touches and skins to Google’s new OS, and timelines for Android O will vary dramatically.
However, based on past experience, we can say that Moto smartphones – which run virtually stock Android – tend to be front of the queue when it comes to third-party hardware.
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