Now that the latest version of Android, v8.0 Oreo is out and about, users are only waiting to see it roll out on their devices. But that’s a known pain point in the Android world, and updates are not as timely as most people hope for. Though this is not the case for Pixel and Nexus users. While the Pixel 2 duo is promised to come with the Android Oreo, and the existing Pixels have already received the update, it is believed that the Nexus 6P may also receive the update next week.
Android Central quotes a Canadian carrier Rogers, and according to its OS upgrade schedule Android Oreo for the Nexus 6P will be released on September 11. The carrier maintains a list on its official forums, wherein it details when updates to certain devices will arrive, and what features are incorporated into the software upgrades, and it was recently edited to include the Google Nexus 6P, and its upcoming Android Oreo update. Rogers, however, noted that the actual date of roll out may change, as it may have to test the new software due to the changes made to the radio firmware.
“There is also the off chance that this will be a point release and we’ll see Android 8.0.1 for the 6P next week,” wrote Android Central.
If this does turn out to be true, you need to keep a few things in mind before running the update. First of all, it is recommended that your download the update on a stable Wi-Fi network, as the file will likely be close to 1GB in size. Moreover, you must ensure that there is sufficient free space on your device, to temporarily store the software package. Also make sure your smartphone’s battery is charged to 50 percent or more to avoid any hiccups in the installation process. ALSO READ: Pixel Launcher 2.0 now available for other Android smartphones, updated with Oreo features
Furthermore, in order to prevent any loss of data, files and images, you must back-up your device before updating the software. Finally, the rollouts generally takes place in phases, so it may take a few days to reach you. So if you do not receive a notification for the update, you can manually trigger the update process, by going to the “About Phone” section of the device settings, and then tapping the “Check for Updates” option. ALSO READ: Sony lists Xperia smartphones that will get Android 8.0 Oreo update
Android Oreo’s most talked-about features include picture-in-picture mode, which allows users to see and work on two apps at the same time. For example, you could be on a video chat, and check your calendar simultaneously. Another interesting feature is Notification Dots, which are essentially shortcuts to notifications on an app without having to open it. Unread notifications will appear as a dot on which you can tap and see what’s new and swipe them to clear the list. Some other features are adaptive icons, background location limits, downloadable fonts, notification categories and snoozing, Wi-Fi assistant, and more. Android Oreo users will also be allowed to permit installation of apps via APK. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime to receive Android Nougat update in ‘coming weeks’