The wait is over, and Google has finally announced Android Oreo. Not surprisingly, Google s own Nexus and Pixel devices are among the first to receive the latest Android operating system. In case you’re wondering when devices from other companies will get the latest update, Google has hinted at a possible timeline. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, S22 set to annoy plastic haters in 2022Also Read - Best smartphones for photography under Rs 20,000 to gift for Father's Day
Google says that it has pushed the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to all its partners. It expects its device partners to start rolling out the latest Android OS on their smartphones before the end of this year. The first partner OEM named by Google is Android co-founder Andy Rubin s Essential. The company recently launched its first Essential PH-1 smartphone, which is priced at $699 (approximately Rs 45,000). The bezel-less smartphone is expected to go on sale in select markets in the first week of September. ALSO READ: Edge-to-edge display to modular capabilities: Top 5 features of Andy Rubin s Essential Phone Also Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account owners
HMD Global is also named as one of the partners, which doesn t really come as a big surprise. The new Nokia-branded Android smartphones all run on stock Android, and come with Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box. The Finnish company had also promised that all the Nokia smartphones will be among the first in line to get the latest Android OS updates. DON’T MISS: Nokia 5 Review: The return of an icon, but this time with Android
Samsung too is expected to roll out Android Oreo update on its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. The upcoming Galaxy Note 8 phablet too is expected to get the Android OS update soon after launch. The rest of the partner OEMs mentioned on the Google blog include Huawei, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sharp, Sony, General Mobile and Kyocera.
In the meanwhile, the best way to experience the latest Android 8.0 Oreo would be to enroll in the Android Beta Program. Devices enrolled in the beta program will automatically get the Android Oreo update. Alternatively, you can head over to Android Developer website to manually download the system images for compatible devices. These include Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL.