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Why Google bans ad blockers, but is actually fine with ad-blocking browsers

Category : Ads , Features

Ad blockers are nothing new. They’ve existed as web browser extensions for many years and a few Android apps even do it across the OS. However, there’s an interesting little conundrum. The Play Store allows web browsers with ad-block, but not system-wide ad blockers. It seems hypocritical at first — both types of apps block ads — but there is a difference.
Let’s take a look.
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The difference is key
Let’s start with the fundamental difference between web browsers with ad blocking and ad blockers as a whole. A web browser with ad block only blocks advertising within its own app. A proper ad-block app only blocks advertising in other apps. That’s a small, but extremely important difference.
Apps that disrupt, damage, or otherwise mess with how other apps work are strictly prohibited in the Google Play Store. You can find the relevant rule here. If you read down to the bullet list on that link, the very first rule specifically uses ad blockers as an example. This same ruling also bans apps like Lucky Patcher and other hack tools that give you freemium game purchases for free:
We don’t allow apps that interfere with, disrupt, damage, or access in an unauthorized manner the user’s device, other devices or computers, servers, networks, application programming interfaces (APIs), or services, including but not limited to other apps on the device, any Google service, or an authorized carrier’s network.
Tons of apps and games use ads to generate most of their revenue. In an interview with Android Authority, the developers of Alto’s Adventure theorized that the average person on Android would rather watch an ad than pay for anything. Those developers earn 99 percent of their revenue from ads and a paltry one percent from in-app purchases. If ad block, Lucky Patcher, and other similar tools existed on mobile like they do on the web, that ratio would be vastly different and earnings vastly lower. Even the developer of Flappy Bird made $50,000 per day solely on advertisements.
Even if the user was never going to tap the ad, impressions — when someone just views an ad — still generate a good deal of money for developers (read more about how ad impressions work here).
It’s understandable why the rule is in place. When developers get paid, Google also gets paid. Ad blockers and apps like Lucky Patcher mess with the revenue streams of both. A rule against such behavior makes perfect sense. This rule also prevents a lot of other bad behavior like bypassing the system power management, abusive API usage, and apps that circumvent security protections. This rule also affects a lot of root user apps, which is rather unfortunate.
The rule that bans ad blockers is the same rule that bans Lucky Patcher and similar apps.

Google controls ads on Google Play
Google seems to care about the ad experience on Android. There is a whole section in the Developer Policy Center specifically for advertising. The company bans the following types of ads and behaviors:

Deceptive Ad Placement: Developers cannot make ads that act as part of the app’s UI. If an app has a button that looks like it does something within the app, but just opens an ad up instead, the Play Store will ban the app.
Lock Screen Monetization: Apps can’t use the lock screen for ad placement unless it’s a lock screen app. Alto’s Adventure can’t show ads on your lock screen, but something like Hi Locker can.
Disruptive Ads: Developers cannot use full page (also known as interstitial) ads with no clear way to dismiss the ad.
Interference with Apps, Device Functionality, and so on: Advertisements cannot affect device functionality, other apps, or basically anything else. Ads must be in the app that provides them. This is basically the same rule preventing ad blockers in the first place, but for advertising. Ad-blockers can’t affect how other apps work and neither can advertisements. At least it’s fair.
Inappropriate Ads: Advertising that doesn’t follow a strict ethical code are banned. For instance, you can’t put dating website ads in a kid’s game.
Android Advertising ID rules: There are also a bunch of rules when using the Android Advertising ID. You can read all of those here.

These rules don’t get rid of all of the annoying ads — you still get full page video ads with sound — but they limit the worst offenders. On the internet there are no such rules for advertisers.
If you see or know of an app breaking one of these rules, fill out this form and report them.

Let’s go back to web browsers with ad-block
Google could put a blanket ban on ad blocking in all of its forms, but there really isn’t any reason to. Google isn’t actually against ad blocking, it’s against apps on Android affecting how other apps on Android work. It’s more of a security issue than an ethical one. Even Google Chrome has ad blocking.
There are a bunch of other potential reasons why web browsers get to stay and native ad blockers have to go. The App Store also allows web browsers with ad block and Apple’s Safari has ad and tracker blocking for better privacy. You can, of course, get desktop level browser ad blocking on Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Thus, even Google’s biggest competitor allows web browsers with ad blockers. It would be silly for Google to be the odd man out, to so to speak.
We don’t really think that’s why any of that is the case, though. All the evidence points to ad blockers affecting how other apps work. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that Google cares one way or another about the actual practice of ad blocking.

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As long as Google prevents apps from messing with one another, ad blockers will continue to be banned from the Play Store. It’s fine to be mad about. Again, we’re not defending or criticizing the behavior. We just wanted to know why.
Sound off in the comments if you want to talk about it further!


What is 5G, and what can we expect from it?

Category : 5G , Features

The world’s first 5G networks switch on this year, promising faster data speeds and lower latency to consumers. In addition, 5G opens up avenues to new industrial applications and is a critical element to build widely connected “smart cities.” 5G is the next step to provide better networking in our increasingly technological world.
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Around the world, companies and governments are ironing out the finer points of how to bring 5G mobile communication to the masses. If you’ve been wondering what is 5G, this is the current state of the industry and what to expect.
What is 5G? It’s all in the details
5G, just like 4G technology, is an evolving standard, which is planned for and created by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU’s IMT-2020 preparations and 3GPP Release 15 specification lay the foundations for early 5G technology and rollouts.
The specification outlines 5G technology required to build these futuristic networks. High-frequency mmWave base stations, sub-6GHz WiFi-esque small and medium cells, beamforming, and massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) are just some of the more common technologies talked about. But there are also major changes to data encoding and infrastructure network slicing that are seldom talked about. These are all new technological introductions compared to today’s 4G LTE networks.
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The 5G standard is split into two key parts – Non-Standalone (NSA) and New Radio (NR). Today’s first 5G networks will be based on NSA, and are planned to eventually transition over to SA once that part of the specification is finalized in the coming years. Complicating the situation further, U.S. carrier Verizon has its own version of 5G to accelerate its rollout. However, Verizon plans to adopt the mainstream 5G later.
5G networks are built from a wide range of technologies
5G technology explained
The most commonly talked 5G technology is mmWave, but carriers will also be utilizing new spectrum in the sub-6GHz WiFi region, low bands below 1GHz, and existing 4G LTE bands too. There is currently lots of unused high-frequency spectrum, known as millimeter wave. The higher the frequency the more bandwidth is available, but the trade-off is that this technology has a shorter range than lower frequencies used in 4G LTE.
The overall idea is to greatly increase the amount of spectrum available by combining the pros and cons of all these different frequencies. Combining more spectrum with carrier aggregation (sending data over multiple pieces of spectrum) allows for more bandwidth and much faster speeds for consumers.
5G greatly increases the amount of spectrum used to send and receive data.
Here’s a breakdown of the key 5G technology terms that you need to know.

mmWave – very high frequency between 17 and 100GHz and high bandwidth for fast data. Most carriers are targeting use in the 18-24GHz range. Reasonably short-range technology that will be used in densely populated areas.
Sub-6GHz – operates in WiFi-like frequencies between 3 and 6GHz. Can be deployed in small cell hubs for indoor use or more powerful outdoor base stations to cover medium range much like existing 4G LTE. Most 5G spectrum will be found here.
Low-band – very low frequencies below 800MHz. Covers very long distances and is omnidirectional to provide blanket backbone coverage.
Beamforming – used in mmWave and sub-6GHz base stations to direct waveforms towards consumer devices, such as bouncing waves off buildings. A key technology in overcoming the range and direction limitations of high-frequency waveforms.
Massive MIMO – multiple antennas on base stations serve multiple end-user devices at once. Designed to make high-frequency networks much more efficient and can be combined with beamforming.

Although lots of carriers like to talk up fancy advancements in mmWave technology, 5G networks will actually be a combination of everything. The various technologies can be thought of in three tiers, which Huawei explains neatly in many of its papers.
Low bands that can be repurposed from radio and TV make up the “coverage layer” at sub 2GHz. This provides wide-area and deep indoor coverage and forms the backbone of the network. There’s the “Super Data Layer” made up of high-frequency spectrum known as mmWave that suits areas requiring extremely high data rates or population coverage. Then the “coverage and capacity layer” sits between 2 and 6 GHz, which offers a good balance between both.
In a nutshell, 5G allows consumers to connect to and leverage the benefits of this wide range of spectrum for faster, and more reliable coverage.

5G Non-standalone vs standalone
The key to understanding the differences between 5G NSA and SA lies in the network backend. The first 5G networks based on the NSA standard use existing 4G LTE infrastructure to handle the Control Plane. The Control Plane handles the signal traffic, managing how user devices connect to base stations, checking subscriptions, etc. Meanwhile, the data plane is what you and I actually use to send and receive data.
In a sense, 5G NSA can be thought of as just having an extra fast data pipe attached to existing 4G LTE infrastructure. The adoption of the 5G Standalone (SA) specification sees the control plane transition over to the 5G Core and marks much bigger changes for the way that networks operate.
TVS 5G Standalone implements the 5G Core and Control Plane.
In addition to introducing the Control Plane over 5G radio technologies, Standalone supports more flexible Network Slicing and subcarrier encoding.
Network Slicing is a form of virtual networking architecture enabling greater flexibility to partition, share, and link parts of the back-end network together. This will allow network operators to offer more flexible traffic, applications, and services to their customers. This idea is seen as key to realizing ideas such as autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
The changes to subcarriers are a little harder to explain. Technologies encompassed by this include scalable OFDM and sub-carrier spacing, windowed OFDM, flexible numerology, and scalable Transmission Time Intervals. Put simply, frames that carry data can be bigger and faster when higher throughput at high efficiency is required. Alternatively, these frames can be made smaller in order to achieve much lower latency for real-time applications.
The first 5G networks will be based on the non-standalone specification, before bigger changes with the full standalone specification after 2021.
Network slicing can already be done with 4G networks, but 5G aims to improve on the range of flexibility and standardize support. The yet to be finalized 5G Standalone (SA) specification (3GPP Release 16) will divulge more detail on the back-end technologies which will power next-gen networks.
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What does 5G mean for consumers?
More important than the question “what is 5G”, is how it will actually affect consumers. Bottom-line, if you have a need for speed, 5G will help open up new doors.
IMT-2020 5G radio base stations will have to offer at least 20Gbps download and 10Gbps upload speeds to consumers. This refers to a shared link, so actual speeds will be lower. The specification states individual users should see a minimum download speed of 100Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps. Some of you might be lucky enough to see these speeds on your LTE-Advanced network already, but this will become a baseline level for all consumers on 5G networks.
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5G base stations will have to cover stationary users all the way up to vehicles traveling up to 500km/h (310~ miles), so your data connection hopefully won’t drop out on the train in the future. Fifth generation networks should offer consumers a maximum latency of just 4ms. There’s mention of a 1ms latency for ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) too. For comparison, my 4G LTE connection in London has a questionable 82ms latency, while the U.S. average is around 61 ms.
5G also wants to enable simultaneous connectivity to thousands of low power internet of things (IoT) devices and support device-to-device (D2D) connectivity for low latency connections between nearby devices.
5G vs 4G – key differences
Compared to 4G LTE, 5G networks will be consistently faster. Minimum user rate speeds increase from just 10Mbps to 100Mbps, a 10x increase. Latency is set to fall by a similar amount, from 10ms to just 1ms when compared to LTE-Advanced. The big increase in bandwidth also means that 5G will be able to handle up to one million devices per square kilometer, another 10 fold increase over LTE-A, all with a 10x boost to network energy efficiency.

 5G New Radio
(Release 15)LTE-Advanced Pro
(Release 13 & 14)LTE-Advanced
(Release 10 to 12)

User Data Rate> 10 Gbps> 3 Gbps> 1 Gbps

Latency> 1ms> 2ms~10 ms

Frequency SupportUp to 40 GHzUp to 6 GHzUp to 6 GHz

Channel BandwidthUp to 500 MHzUp to 20 MHzUp to 20 MHz

Max carriers16 (LTE + NR)325

Max Bandwidth1000 MHz640 MHz100 MHz

MIMO antennas64 to 256328

Spectrum SharingmmWave & NR
Dual Connectivity
NR-based LAA+
NR MulteFire
LTE-ULAA / eLAA
LWA
MulteFire
CBRS / LSA
LTE-ULTE-U (Rel. 12)

As we have covered previously, the range of networking technologies greatly increases too. LTE has undergone many improvements over the years. From the introduction of 256QAM and carrier aggregation with LTE-A to support for wider use of unlicensed spectrum through LAA, LWA, and Multefire with LTE-A Pro. This is why today’s 4G network is much faster than those built during the initial rollout all those years ago.
5G advances another step further, mandating the use of 256QAM and improving carrier aggregation technology to support more flexible carrier bands across unlicensed spectrum, sub-6GHz, and mmWave frequencies. The image below from Arm all the way back in 2016 explains this core difference rather succinctly.

5G networks around the world
The world is gearing up for the launch of 5G, both network operators and device manufacturers. As with the adoption of 4G LTE networks, 5G will be a staged process and some countries will launch their networks well ahead of others.
Mid-2019 is the date to keep an eye on, as both 5G smartphones and networks will be available to the first wave of consumers. However, deployment is not expected to ramp up on a more global scale until 2020 and 2021. Even by 2023, it’s anticipated that just 50 percent of consumers will have a 5G smartphone and network connection.
U.S. 5G rollout
The U.S. will be the first country to flick on its 5G networks across a number of carriers and in a decent selection of cities in the first half of 2019. U.S. carriers have been some of the biggest advocates of millimeter wave technology. Verizon is already the first with consumer 5G via its fixed wireless access service, but Sprint and T-Mobile are close behind with rollouts planned for mid-2019.  We’re actually waiting for 5G smartphones to arrive so that consumers can start using these networks on the go.
However, one of the country’s carriers has already been caught out playing fast and loose with the 5G term. AT&T’s “5G Evolution” is not a 5G network in any sense of the word, it’s simply an evolution of today’s LTE-Advanced networks.
If you want to keep up with all the latest deployment details as each U.S. carrier carries out their 5G rollout, check out the links below.

T-Mobile 5G
AT&T 5G
Sprint 5G
Verizon 5G

Europe trails the leaders
Europe is trailing behind the U.S. and the continent’s first 5G networks aren’t expected to switch on until late 2019 at the earliest. Although wider deployments aren’t scheduled until 2020 or later.
The UK is likely to be first with 5G available in major cities. EE is planning to launch its service in 16 cities this year. Meanwhile, O2, Vodafone, and Three still look set for a 2020 5G launch date. On the continent, operators have brought forward some of their plans, but major players Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefonica have only committed to a 2020 launch timeframe.
Part of this delay is that the European telecommunications ministers only unveiled their 5G roadmap for the block at the end of 2017.
Technical harmonization across spectrum bands isn’t scheduled to begin until 2019, with low-frequency 700MHz assignment scheduled for 2020 and availability expected even later in 2022.
Ambitious Asia
Japan and South Korea have been leading infrastructure tests throughout the 5G development cycle and will be right up there with the U.S. when they deploy.
In South Korea, major carriers are expecting commercial 5G deployment in the first half, if not the first quarter of 2019. A nationwide rollout is expected to be complete by 2022. In Japan, the 2020 Olympics are the next target for 5G millimeter wave trials in dense urban areas, and an agreement between Nokia and NTT DoCoMo will see commercial services begin later that year.
China is quickly becoming a major 5G player, tipped to accelerate past its Asian rivals and compete with the U.S. for deployment time. The country is home to major telecom infrastructure companies like Huawei and ZTE, which will provide equipment to carriers around the world. China has also invested $180 billion into mainland infrastructure, four times Japan’s investment. China Mobile is trialing its services in major cities this year and plans a full commercial launch in 2020.

What about 5G smartphones?
There currently aren’t any smartphones built for 5G networks on the market. Unless you count the 5G Moto Mod available for Motorola’s Moto Z3. Still, a number of smartphone manufacturers are talking up 5G smartphone releases for 2019. Most of which will likely appear around the halfway point of the year.
There currently aren’t any smartphone processor chips with integrated 5G modems inside them. Instead, phone manufacturers have to pair up existing processors with external 5G modems, along with the required radio antenna modules. So we shouldn’t expect the first 5G phones to be any more powerful than their 4G LTE rivals. In fact, they may require bigger batteries to cope with the extra 5G power drain.
The first Samsung 5G smartphone is likely to be a dedicated variant of the Galaxy S10. The expected release date is presumed to be Spring 2019. Likewise, Huawei is expected to have its first 5G phone ready for the second half of 2019, but recently that estimate moved to Q1 2019. OnePluswill  launch a 5G phone in 2019. And of course a number of other major manufacturers, including LG, HTC, and Oppo, are all confirmed to be working with Qualcomm’s X50 modem for upcoming phones.

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5G frequency bands
Just like with 4G, networks and smartphones will support different frequency bands for data transfer. In addition to the existing LTE bands, 5G New Radio standardizes a number of new ones for upcoming networks. 5G is split into two ranges, the first for frequencies between 400MHz and 6GHz. Range 2 accounts for mmWave bands between 24 and 53GHz.

5G BandUplink FrequencyDownlink FrequencyBandwidthChannel BandwidthsType

n11920 -1989 MHz2110 – 2170 MHz60 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n21850 – 1910 MHz1930 – 1990 MHz60 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n31710 – 1785 MHz1805 – 1880 MHz75 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 MHzFDD

n5824 – 849 MHz869 – 894 MHz25 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n72500 – 2670 MHz2620 – 2690 MHz70 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n8880 – 915 MHz925 – 960 MHz35 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n20832 – 862 MHz791 – 821 MHz30 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n28703 – 748 MHz758 – 803 MHz45 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n661710 – 1780 MHz2110 – 2200 MHz90 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 40 MHzFDD

n701695 – 1710 MHz1995 – 2020 MHz15/25 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 25 MHzFDD

n71663 – 698 MHz617 – 652 MHz35 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n741427 – 1470 MHz1475 – 1518 MHz43 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n382570 – 2620 MHz2570 – 2620 MHz50 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzTDD

n412469 – 2690 MHz2496 – 2690 MHz194 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n501431 – 1517 MHz1432 – 1517 MHz85 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80 MHzTDD

n511427 – 1432 MHz1427 – 1432 MHz5 MHz5 MHzTDD

n773300 – 4200 MHz3300 – 4200 MHz900 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n783300 – 3800 MHz3300 – 3800 MHz500 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n794400 – 5000 MHz4400 – 5000 MHz600 MHz40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n75-1432 – 1517 MHz85 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSDL

n76-1427 – 1432 MHz5 MHz5 MHzSDL

n801710 – 1785 MHz-75 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 MHzSUL

n81880 – 915 MHz-35 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n82832 – 862 MHz-30 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n83703 – 748 MHz-45 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n841920 – 1980 MHz-60 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n25726.5 – 29.5 GHz26.5 – 29.5 GHz3 GHz50, 100, 200, 400 MHzTDD

n25824.250 – 27.5 GHz24.250 – 27.5 GHz3.250 GHz50, 100, 200, 400 MHzTDD

n26037 – 40 GHz37 – 40 GHz3 GHz50, 100, 200, 400 MHzTDD

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Android Power Rankings: The best Android brands, ranked

Category : Features

We are now at the start of 2019 after 2018’s bumper year for Android brands. Great flagship devices fighting for overall number one status included the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and the Google Pixel 3 to name just a few.
At the flagship level, but with just a few less features were the likes of the OnePlus 6 and 6T, both given a serious shake by the new Pocophone F1. And, at the so-bleeding-edge-it-hurts were the likes of the Vivo Nex and the Oppo Find X, with competing innovations in offering full-screen devices. Even as the year came to a close, we saw Honor and Samsung battled it out to be the first smartphone with the punch hole display instead of the notch. A great year, indeed.
But what’s the lay of the land in terms of overall brand success, value, competitiveness, service, style, and importance? Which brand is on top, and which has fallen back?
Introducing Android Power Rankings
The best Android brands, ranked.
What are power rankings?
First, a refresher or introduction to power rankings. Power rankings are, of course, mostly from the world of sports. Systems to rank teams in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA have been around for decades and are part of the fun of a long season. Teams go up and down depending on the strength the team has shown, which mostly comes down to wins and losses. But close losses against top teams can boost a low team, and scrappy, ugly wins for top teams over lower ranked teams might hurt their ranking in close races. It’s a chance to assess the entire league or division, and of course, the fans won’t always agree with whatever system is in place.
How does it work?
How do you power-ranking Android brands, when everything from new devices to an unexpected update with hot new features can change rankings? Is it about proven success, or can a new upstart immediately rank well? Is it about new growth or sustaining a brand without necessarily growing? Is it about having options at every price point, or doing one phone very, very well? Well, it’s all of those.
I’ve decided each ranking subjectively, but took into account metrics such as sales, strength of reviews of devices, our very recent Best of Android results, plus recent poll results around top phones and new brands.
Here’s my Android power rankings for the start of 2019 — one man’s opinion only. I’ll aim to do this at least a few times a year… as long as you promise to argue nice! Let’s get into it.
Android Power Rankings
1. Samsung

Samsung is on top. The King is alive and continue to rule, even as the hyenas and the jackals snap away. While the challengers are coming and may have even had arguably better years across all devices, the Galaxy Note 9 still won phone of the year as best of the best of Android and is the MVP. With One UI rolling out, foldable displays just over the horizon, and new devices with punch hole displays and quad-cameras, Samsung is leading. Oh, and don’t forget the Galaxy S10 coming in less than a month.
Ultimately, here’s why Samsung wins for me. Consider two phones: same size, same specs, same price, but one is branded Samsung, one is Huawei. Which do you go for? Samsung, still, every time.
2. Huawei

Huawei keeps pulling out the stops in its flagship range and its mid-range value phones. Huawei also has Honor on its side to keep pushing budget flagships, challenger phones, gaming devices, and more. But zero U.S. presence really holds Huawei back, and that pressure may grow during 2019. The Mate 20 Pro was a valiant runner-up behind the Note 9 and showed Huawei has the lead at the moment with the Kirin 980 chipset in terms of performance – just. Huawei is pretty much the only top player showing massive growth – 35 percent in 2018. Will the next Android Power Rankings see it beat Samsung, just like Huawei promised it would do in terms of market share?
3. OnePlus

This is a very high mark for OnePlus, but 2018 was almost a complete success and the brand is massively desirable. The OnePlus 6 started as one of the best phones of the year, and the 6T kept up the momentum. The OnePlus 6T, however, became a divisive release, missing a headphone jack and trading it for a slightly slow in-display fingerprint sensor. The 6T McLaren addition added some premium vibes. Sales were strong, partnerships in the US are growing, but prices keep trending upwards too. The brand is definitely boosted by a strong software release cycle and timely updates. OnePlus 7, a separate 5G device, a TV, and more, await.
4. Xiaomi

The race for third place is close. I debated if Xiaomi is first next-best or second-next best after Samsung and Huawei. Xiaomi’s a massive player in China, India, and growing strongly in Europe. The Mi Mix series offers flagship performance, the Redmi sub-brand (which is still very much Xiaomi) dominates budget devices, while the big brand keeps experimenting with sub-brands and new contenders as well. The Apple of China probably isn’t as true as Xiaomi might like, but the brand is boosted by its jack-of-all-trades offerings as well, with the UK storefront looking surprisingly good. A far bigger presence than OnePlus, but I’d 100% rather have a OnePlus device over a Xiaomi device, for now.
5. Google

The Google Pixel range isn’t yet inside the top four. The Google Pixel range is the benchmark for photography, despite DxOMark’s fumbles in its ranking. But the Google Pixel 3 wasn’t enough to elevate the brand to a proper main player – the phone was expensive, not widely available, and honestly all those leaks made it feel a bit… cheap? Pixel is a great home for Google’s best and brightest software and features, but neither the Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3 XL really stood out other than for the camera and perhaps Google Duplex. Will the rumored Pixel 3 Lite change this?
Still, Google is well ahead of the rest below here and with all those former HTC engineers, is cooking its own hardware for real in 2019.
6. LG

LG’s G7 was one of the better flagships this year, although it wasn’t amazing in any one area. The V40 also showed innovation, but LG is fighting an uphill battle for attention against Huawei, Samsung, and others. Never bad, never amazing. Stumbles like announcing an LG G7 One running Android One, and then not announcing pricing for weeks (if not months) might tell us someone, somewhere, jumped the gun. Slow software updates remain a problem. LG is one of the great brands in electronics across all facets of electronics, but in smartphones, can’t figure out how to beat the best. One positive for us, if not LG, is that these devices can often be had for a bargain price just a few months after release. As we asked last week: will life be good in 2019? Let’s hope the rumored foldable phone is a winner.
7. Nokia

Nokia is firmly back. It has continued to produce a steady stream of quality budget wares, with the Nokia 7 Plus and 7.1 being two standouts. The Nokia 8 Sirocco was the first attempt to produce the premium flagship Nokia needs, but it was overpriced and had just as many things to dislike as anyone could like about it. Nokia needs a solid performer that everyone wants if it truly wants to climb up the ranks. Solid performer, very likely selling more than LG, and unlikely to fall from here unless 2019 is a shocker.
8. Oppo

The Oppo Find X was one of the more innovative designs of the year and brought Oppo a big uptick in brand recognition after it proved to be more of a gimmick. The company’s VOOC Super Charge tech was rather slick too. But the company has definitely been overshadowed by its own stablemates in OnePlus, while a competitor like Pocophone came from fierce rival Xiaomi without fighting back directly. Solid, with faint glimpses of spectacular.
9. Sony

The OLED-screened Sony Xperia XZ3 won numerous IFA awards and showed Sony is still a major player. Before that, the Sony Xperia XZ2 whiffed a bit for being pricey and not having a camera that lived up to the Sony name. Mid-rangers from Sony didn’t always go to plan either – the XA2 series was out of step with the latest trends. But the XZ3 was such a return to form, plus Sony’s solid wider brand and heartland of fans means that it holds onto a top-ten spot. The rumor is Sony might even bring back the headphone jack. Who knew manufacturers really might be listening?
10. HTC

Poor HTC. Everyone knows HTC isn’t the force it once was. It tried in 2018 but it couldn’t really make a mark. The HTC U12 Plus was and remains a genuine flagship, but had an eye-watering price that did it no favors at all. It also suffered from mistakes like middling battery life, slow software updates, no headphone jack, and couldn’t tick every box its rivals could for features. The return of the headphone jack in the mid-range HTC U12 Life was very welcome. Unfortunately, the device sits in a world where far more competitive alternatives exist, and being a HTC device alone doesn’t trigger an automatic buy. Top ten for now but in 2019 too?
11. Lenovo / Motorola

Lenovo keep promising intriguing smartphones but haven’t yet delivered a must-have device. Motorola, bundled in here, seems to be drifting in the wind more than making claims for an almighty comeback. The Moto G6 was a definite budget winner at least. Still trying with Moto Mods, including a 5G mod, for some reason. Here’s hoping the Moto G7 is a winner. As for Lenovo, it’s trying to have the first Snapdragon 855 device in 2019, but what Lenovo says and what Lenovo does aren’t always the same. I am genuinely excited to see this new foldable display Moto RAZR-like device.
12. Vivo

The Vivo Nex was one of the hits of 2018, and a sign of things to come in terms of innovations that enable full-screen displays. I played with the little pop-up camera in person, and came away far more impressed than I thought. The V11 and V11 Pro were decent mid-rangers, while the Vivo X21 had the world’s first in-display fingerprint sensor. The dual-display Vivo Nex 2 offered more leading innovation. But Vivo’s not quite mainstream, and its software is just awful, or at least not designed for a Western audience. A real bleeding-edge brand, but a powerhouse it isn’t. Yet.
13. Pocophone

The Pocophone F1 was really a standout and worthy of the title Rookie of the Year (ROTY) for 2018. It had all the sharpness of Xiaomi manufacturing and supply chain genius, all at a superbly value-packed price. It sold like hot cakes and garnered huge interest for a new device, but crucially wasn’t available globally. A big start to life in 2018, and the F2 with Snapdragon 855 will be hotly anticipated. If you perhaps think this is a rather low position, it’s because of a couple of reasons. Pocophone is very closely tied to Xiaomi, and it’s super new and hasn’t proven itself over longer term. The F1 also didn’t come with important little things like full Widevine DRM for watching HD video, or the requisite cellular bands to fit all places at all times. Still, who can argue at the price, even if your aunt can’t call you in the USA on Verizon? Impressive ROTY, but watch out for a second-season slump.
14. BlackBerry

The Blackberry KeyONE was definitely a smartphone with a keyboard. The Blackberry Key2 was a smartphone with a keyboard that you might even buy, if the shouting YouTubers (you know who they are) didn’t talk you out of it. Then the Key2 LE saw an interesting debut, trying to go low-fi and become more attractive to people who might want a physical keyboard, not spend a lot of money, and even feel like it’s for them. These are deliberately more executive-targeted devices and probably a little too niche to be near the top 10. Backed by solid software which is definitely not always the case below the top eight.
15. Asus

Between the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Pro M2, and Zenfone 5Z, Asus made value for money a key theme in 2018, with the 5Z a genuine affordable flagship. The former device in particular was a big winner in the Indian market. The ROG phone caught the eye of gamers too and had a wide release which is encouraging. Asus has talked about 2019 being a focusing on mobile gaming, so stay tuned for how that shakes out this year.
16. Razer

The Razer Phone 2 achieved some great improvements over Razer’s first phone but competition is fierce. Encouraging signs for a really established brand in the gaming scene, and at least the 120Hz refresh display gave gamers something genuinely unique for the money, but not anywhere near the bigger guns. This rank feels low, but at the same time, do you own a Razer Phone?
17. Realme

Realme sprung up as Oppo’s solution to the Redmi juggernaut in India. The Realme 1 and Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro  all came to play in 2018 and immediately gave the budget range something to think about. The reviews didn’t rave about these new devices but Realme did spring into the top three or so in sales in India by late 2018. That’s all it had to do last year. Too low-end for more mainstream consumers, singularly focused on one country for now, but that might change in time. If so, it could be upwards from here.
18. ZTE

ZTE ranks near enough to last after the decapitation attempt and late-rescinding from the U.S. government. ZTE will be back and isn’t likely to be down this far in 2019, but for now, one of the bigger players in recent years is resetting and refocusing.
19. Essential

Questionable even in existence, Essential had one good phone in 2017 that’s now a bargain. But it didn’t sell enough, and its camera took more than 12 months to get up to speed. The 2018 cupboard was bare without a new phone and with founder Andy Rubin in hot water. Essential ended up buying an email app, for some reason. What’s next for Essential in 2019? Retirement?
20. Red

The Red Hydrogen One was sort of the anti-Pocophone F1. It generated plenty of interest in its hyped new-fangled display, but then it all collapsed as the Hydrogen One turned out to be lots of outdated bits cobbled together, a trick display with no real purpose, and oh yes, ridiculously expensive to cap it off.
Ranked lower than Essential, because not releasing a phone in 2018 is better than coming to the table with this. Sorry Red. Change our minds this year.

So, how’s the top 20 looking to you? Questions, queries, concerns? Let’s take it to the comments. We’ll be back with updated rankings in a few months time!


LG V40 ThinQ international giveaway!

It’s time for the Sunday giveaway! Like every week, we’re giving away another a brand new Android phone to one lucky Android Authority reader.
A big congratulations to the winner of last week’s Samsung Galaxy Note 9 giveaway, Mauricio M. from Ecuador!
This week we’re giving away a brand new LG V40 ThinQ, courtesy of the AA Deals Store!
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The LG V40 ThinQ is one feature-packed smartphone.
The star of the show is the V40’s triple rear-camera setup, featuring one standard lens, one ultra wide-angle lens, and one telephoto lens. You can choose to take a photo with one of these lenses, or use all three at the same time if you want to choose the best one after the fact. The cameras may not be Galaxy Note 9 level, but they are good.
The V40 is also a phone for audiophiles. It comes with the same Boombox feature that launched with the LG G7, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and Quad DAC.
Rounding out the feature set is support for wireless charging, an IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating, and support for Quick Charge 4.0. Basically I’m saying this is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink phone.
To learn more about the LG V40 ThinQ, head to our related coverage below:

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Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker: October 12, 2018

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.
Google has been working to reduce fragmentation and ensure that more devices receive the latest Android version in a timely fashion. It’s still a work in progress though; the Android 8.0 Oreo update is still far from widespread, as the Android version distribution figures show.
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.
Android 9 Pie is here! Check out our Android Pie update tracker
What’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo? We have all the features here
Android Wear update tracker

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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.

Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel
Google Pixel C
Nexus 6P
Nexus 5X
Nexus Player (Android 8.0 only)

The following devices have received updates to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but will not receive updates to Android 8.0:

Nexus 6
Nexus 9 LTE
Nexus 9 WiFi

Samsung Oreo update
The following Samsung devices are confirmed to receive the Oreo update in the coming months:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

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Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus Oreo build leaked with Dolby Atmos support

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
On February 8, 2018, Honor announced that it will roll out the stable versions of the Oreo updates for the Honor 7X and Honor 8 Pro in Q2 2018 (April-June). A beta program would be launched in the meantime. The company also said the Honor 8 would not be updated to Oreo.
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

December 4, 2017 – International unlocked: Screenshot confirms Android Oreo is coming soon to ZenFone 3
January 30, 2018 – International unlocked: As promised, ASUS is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the 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 (ZC553KL)

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.

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: 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).

Motorola Oreo update
The following Motorola devices have been officially confirmed to get Android Oreo:

Moto Z2 Force – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon
Moto Z2 Play – Verizon, unlocked
Moto Z Force – Verizon
Moto Z – Verizon, unlocked
Moto Z Play – Verizon, unlocked
Moto G5S Plus – unlocked
Moto G5 Plus – unlocked
Moto G5 – unlocked
Moto G4 Plus – unlocked (added on September 18)

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

June 18, 2018 – Verizon US: Verizon rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and the May Android security patches.

Moto Z Force Droid

June 18, 2018 – Verizon US: Verizon rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and the May Android security patches.

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

January 24, 2018 – Brazil unlocked: Motorola has started soak testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the Moto Z2 Play in Brazil.
May 4, 2018 – India: Lenovo has reportedly pushed the Oreo update to users in India.

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.

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.

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.

Lenovo Oreo update
If you own the Lenovo K8, K8 Plus, or K8 Note, we have some good as well as bad news. The good news is Lenovo has revealed on its website that all three devices will get updated to Android Oreo.
The bad news, however, is that you’ll have to wait for quite some time before the update hits your device. The Lenovo K8 is expected to get it in June 2018, while the other two models should be updated to the latest version of the OS a month later.
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.

Sony Oreo update
Sony confirmed that the following devices will be updated to Android 8 Oreo:

Xperia X
Xperia X Performance
Xperia XZ
Xperia X Compact
Xperia XZ Premium
Xperia XZs
Xperia XA1
Xperia XA1 Ultra
Xperia Touch
Xperia XA1 Plus

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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.

Essential Oreo update
Essential Phone

November 15, 2017 – Unlocked: You can now download the first beta build that updates the Essential Phone OS to Android 8.0 Oreo.
December 20, 2017 – Unlocked: The second Oreo beta adds features like picture-in-picture, smart text selection, and more.
January 17, 2018 – Unlocked: Essential Phone Oreo beta 3 now available, includes Spectre and Meltdown patches.
January 31, 2018 – Unlocked: Essential ditches 8.0 Oreo release, but gives news on 8.1 beta
February 15, 2018 – Unlocked: Essential has released Android 8.1 Oreo beta for the Essential Phone.
March 13, 2018 – Unlocked: Android 8.1 Oreo is rolling out in a stable build to Essential Phones right now.
April 10, 2018 – Sprint: Android 8.1 Oreo for the Sprint variant is now available.

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.

Nokia 3

January 29, 2018 – International unlocked: Nokia 3 Oreo beta “right around the corner,” according to the company’s Chief Product Officer.
April 11, 2018 – International unlocked: Nokia’s Chief Product Officer announced that Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to the 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.
October 4, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global says the Nokia 8 will get Android Pie by the end of 2018.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

October 4, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global says the Nokia 8 Sirocco will get Android Pie by the end of 2018.

Nokia 7

January 15, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global begins stable Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7.

Nokia 7 Plus

September 28, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global rolls out Android Pie to the Nokia 7 Plus.

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 6.1

October 5, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global to roll out Pie for the Nokia 6.1 in November.

Nokia 6.1 Plus

October 5, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global to roll out Pie for the Nokia 6.1 Plus in November.

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.

Vivo Oreo update
On February 13, Vivo has put up a list of smartphones belonging to the X series slated to get updated to Android Oreo. The list of smartphones includes the X20, X20 Plus, XPlay 6, X9, X9 Plus, X9S, and X9S Plus. According to the post, the Vivo X20 is destined to receive the update in April 2018, but there is no such information about the rest of the crop.

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.

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.

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

March 29, 2018: Razer released a preview build for the Razer Phone based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
April 16, 2018: Razer begins rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo for the Razer Phone worldwide.

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

January 2, 2018 – OmniROM’s Android 8.1 Oreo builds go on a weekly update schedule.

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!