Google Android 8 Oreo has finally come out of its shell spreading its blazonment to all over the world. Just like the earlier versions of Android, it will take a few weeks or even months before this sweet flavor gains a foothold in the marketplace. However, it doesn’t mean you won’t want to keep abreast of when your device gets Android 8.0 Oreo.
Although a few companies have taken the first step to declare their rollout plans for Android 8.0, there are much more that remain tight-lipped. In case you’re wondering whether or not your smartphone is getting this new Android update, take a look at our curated list of compatible devices. Move a little down to check if yours makes the cut.
Android 8 Oreo
List of Compatible Devices
As usual, the Google Pixel and Nexus smartphones are the first that will be getting the latest version of Android, i.e. Oreo. Compatible devices include Google Pixel, Pixel C tablet, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and the Nexus Player.
Smartphone manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, LG, and Motorola, will also be updating their supported devices with Android 8 Oreo. But it may take some time before the update is rolled out, given that OEMs typically have their own UIs and customizations.
HTC U11, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, LG G6, Nokia 3, 5, 6, and Nokia 8 have been promised to get the Android 8.0 Oreo OS. We hope that the list of compatible devices to eventually increase as manufacturers start estimating their phones for the update cycle.
How to Update Your Pixel and Nexus Device to Android 8 Oreo?
Using Over-the-air Update
With the introduction of Android Nougat last year, Google has simplified the installation process. The new flavor of Android is available to download over-the-air and the procedure is quite simple.
To start off, navigate to the Android Beta program page from your compatible Nexus or Pixel phone and log in with your Google account. In case you own a suitable smartphone, you’ll be provided with the Enroll Device option. Simply tap on it to enroll your device. Once done, restart your smartphone.
By now, you should receive the update notification on your device. If you haven’t already gotten it, navigate to the Settings > About Phone > System Update > Check Now section. The update is around 1GB in size and it may take a while to get downloaded count on your Internet speed.
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Using Factory Images
You can also get Android 8 Oreo on your smartphone using factory images. However, it’s a tiresome process and even a small mistake can brick your device. Make sure that you have a proper backup of your Android device as it may also delete your whole data.
To download Android 8 Oreo, turn on the USB Debugging on your phone. To do so, head over to the Settings > About Phone section. Now, tap several times on Build Number to unlock Developer Options. Under the Settings > Developer Options section, enable USB Debugging.
Next, head over to the Android Developer page and download the factory images, and manually flash them on your Pixel or Nexus phone. If you own a Pixel device, download sailfish-opr6.170623.012-factory-8ada9373.zip file. On the other hand, Nexus 6P owners will need to download the angler-opr6.170623.013-factory-a63b2f21.zip factory image. Rename your factory images’ folder as ‘pixel.zip’ or ‘nexus6p.zip’.
Connect your device to PC via the USB cable. Afterward, open the Command window on your system. Enter the Bootloader mode by typing the following command: adb reboot bootloader. In case your device bootloader is locked, type fastboot flashing unlock and hit the Enter key. Finally, type flash-all and hit Enter. If you followed the above-mentioned steps carefully, the operating system will be installed and your smartphone will now reboot to Android 8 Oreo.