Android 8 Oreo arrives but not for your phone and probably never will

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Android 8 Oreo arrives but not for your phone and probably never will

On Tuesday Google revealed the final name of the Android 8 aka Android O. This is Oatmeal. Or Octopus, something that Google cleverly hid into the beta version of the Android O. The new version of Android is called Oreo and according to Google it is the sweetest version of its mobile operating system so far.

Well, this sounds tasty. There are a number of unique features that Android Oreo brings to the Android phone. It improves the multitasking feature in the phone by enabling the picture-in-picture mode for many apps. it also comes with new notifications system for the lockscreen, performance improvements, more aggressive dozing feature to enable better battery life, and richer emojis. In other words, even though the Oreo is not a substantial update to the Google Android, it has enough new features to be of great use, that is if your phone gets it.

As I said, it’s tasty. Just like the Nougat before or the Marshmallow that came in 2015. Just like the previous versions of Android, the Android Oreo too will reach the existing smartphones at a leisurely pace. But even then, it will be reaching only a handful of devices.

On Tuesday as it rolled out, Google has already started giving the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL users a taste of the Android Oreo. Those users who were enrolled in the Android beta programme and were already running the 4th beta of the Android O, got it by morning in India, hours after the name Oreo was revealed by Google. It was around 40mb update — just bug fixes and all — considering these people were already running Oreo and once downloaded, it was installed in a jiffy.Â

The Pixel and the Pixel XL users, who are still on Nougat, will be getting the Oreo in the coming days via over the air (OTA) update. Ideally, the phone itself will prompt you telling that an update is available. But in case you want to manually check for the OTA you would be able to do so by going into the settings app and check for the software update. This update has already started hitting the phones although not all users are going to get it at the same time. But chances are that in a week or so, all Pixel and Pixel XL users will be offered the Oreo update.
The Oreo update will also come directly from Google phones like the Nexus 6P, The Nexus 5X and a few other Nexus devices.

So far, so good. But as you soon as you add to the mix devices from other manufacturers, the picture gets complicated. For people who are not using a recent Nexus phone or a Pixel phone, the Oreo update is not that sweet. There are many more phones — Nokia 6 and Galaxy S8 for example — that will get the Oreo update but when is a question that phone makers is clearly answering. Still, just to demystify for you. In case your phone hasn’t yet got the Oreo update, here are the reasons

Your phone is not made by Google: This incidentally is the case for most of the people. Google phones — Pixel and Nexus — are first to get the Android version update. Pixel has already got it. Nexus phones (read Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P) will get it in the coming weeks and definitively within a month.
Your phone doesn’t run stock Android. We have seen this again and again that phones that run stock Android usually get the version update. For example, in the case of Oreo all the recent phones that have been launched with stock Android will get. This means Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and the Nokia 3 will get Android Oreo in the coming days. So will, I think, the recent Moto phones like the Moto Z2 Play. Similarly, OnePlus phones — OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5 — will get the Oreo because they run a very lightly modified version of Android, which is very close to stock Android. But if your phone doesn’t run on stock Android, chances are that it will not get the Oreo update. And even if it gets because it is a high-end phone like LG G6, Galaxy S8 or HTC U11, the update will come late because the companies will modify Oreo before rolling it out for their phones.
Your phone is made by an Indian brand: Well, Indian phone makers are notoriously bad at updating their phones to a new version of Android. If you use a phone from an Indian brand, it will be better for you to not wait for the Android Oreo update.
Your phone is made by chinese company like Xiaomi or Huawei: If Indian phone makers are bad at updating their phones with new versions of Android, the Chinese ones are no better. Even big manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei could take up to an year to bring Android version updates to their phones. Even then not all of their phones get the update, only a handful of the phones sold by companies like Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and others will get the update to Android Oreo.
Your phone is over one year old: Even for new phones, the Android version updates don’t arrive. For the older phones, the scene is hopeless. If you use a phone that you bought over 6 months ago, chances are that it won’t get an update to Oreo unless it is a high-end Moto phone or a Google Pixel/Nexus phone. If the phone is over one year old, it is almost certain that it will not get Android O, unless it is a Nexus or Pixel phone or a premium device like the Galaxy S7. But even in the case of the premium device, the update will arrive very late because companies prioritise their new phones for Android version updates.

To sum it up

Unless you have a Nokia, OnePlus, Moto or Google phone, don’t wait for the Android Oreo update on your phone. The update process for Android is broken. It is broken since very beginning and while earlier it didn’t matter much, now it does. Unfortunately, it is also a process that can’t be fixed. Google has tried. Other companies, especially the big ones like Motorola and Samsung, have tried. But there seems to be no solution because the whole Android update process has too many players, pulling in too many directions.

A handful of other high-end devices — like Galaxy S8 and HTC U11 — too will get the Oreo update but that will still take a month or two before the update comes to users. If you use a phone from a Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi including, or from an Indian company, Micromax including, it will be prudent for you to lower your Oreo update expectations. In fact, don’t wait for it. It may never come. And if that is something you don’t like next time buy a phone from a company that promises timely Android version updates and has a record of coming true on its promises.

Source : Unless you have a Nokia, OnePlus, Moto or Google phone, don’t wait for the Android Oreo update on your phone. The update process for Android is broken. It is broken since very beginning and while earlier it didn’t matter much, now it does. Unfortunately, it is also a process that can’t be fixed. Google has tried. Other companies, especially the big ones like Motorola and Samsung, have tried. But there seems to be no solution because the whole Android update process has too many players, pulling in too many directions.

A handful of other high-end devices — like Galaxy S8 and HTC U11 — too will get the Oreo update but that will still take a month or two before the update comes to users. If you use a phone from a Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi including, or from an Indian company, Micromax including, it will be prudent for you to lower your Oreo update expectations. In fact, don’t wait for it. It may never come. And if that is something you don’t like next time buy a phone from a company that promises timely Android version updates and has a record of coming true on its promises.

Source : http://indiatoday.intoday.in

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