Android O update overview for smartphones and tablets


Android O has been available as an initial Developer Preview version for a few weeks now, which of course begs the question: when will my smartphone or tablet receive the next update to Android O? In this article, we’ll keep you up to date on which manufacturers and devices are getting Android O and when. Nokia has just confirmed that its three new phones will be updated to Android O.

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Which mobile devices will get the Android O update?

Android O on Huawei devices

Huawei is the first manufacturer (after Google) to be working on the next Android update, which is currently only available in a developer version for the Pixel phones and some Nexus devices. The Chinese manufacturer is currently testing Android O on its phablet, the Mate 9. It has released the update to a few testing devices but it is still lacking many features, preventing users from getting the most out of the smartphone – for example, it’s not possible to access the Google Play Store yet.

Mate 9 android o Android O is being tested on the Huawei Mate 9. © XDA developers

However, this development does confirm the brand’s ambition to broadcast updates as quickly as possible. In beginning to test it already, Huawei may be in a position to deploy the final update of Android O to the Mate 9 shortly after the official launch by Google, which is expected to take place at the end of next summer if the Mountain View firm follows the same schedule as in previous years.

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Android O on OnePlus devices

OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau has just confirmed on Twitter that Android O will be made available for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Despite their recent decision to stop producing any more of these smartphones, the manufacturer is still committed to supporting these two popular devices and upgrading them to the next version of Android.

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Android O on Nokia devices

Nokia has just confirmed to TechRadar that the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be upgraded to Android O. The three new Nokia phones announced at MWC will hit the shelves before the end of June with a nearly stock version of Android Nougat, which should make for fast updates. When Android O is released in Q3, probably September or October, the update to Android O should be rolled out shortly thereafter.

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Android O on the Google Nexus and Pixel

The first devices in line to get system updates are, as always, Google’s own devices: the Nexus and Pixel phones. At the moment, because Android O is still under development, the devices listed below will not receive the update over-the-air (OTA). Therefore, to get the update, you’ll have to install it manually.

Google has posted their update plans for the Pixel and Pixel XL on a support page, making their guarantees of two years of Android updates (through October 2018) and three years of security updates (through October 2019) official, so they will certainly receive the update to Android O when it is completed.

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