The Android 8.0 Oreo beta is finally rolling out to the Essential PH-1

It’s that time of year again. With a new Android version comes the inevitable question: When will my device get the upgrade? As a general rule, if your phone was made in the last two years, there is a good chance you’re in luck — though every manufacturer is different and it depends on which device you own. Before Android 8.0 Oreo broke cover, 7.1.2 Nougat was the latest version of the platform, and it’s still unavailable to a vast majority of phones. But that didn’t stop us from posing the question to all of Android’s major manufacturers. Here is what each had to say.


Alcatel’s track record with Android updates is unfortunately spotty, and at the moment, there’s only one phone we expect to receive Android Oreo: The just-released Idol 5S. The Idol 5S is currently Alcatel’s only product running 7.1.1 Nougat. The company’s lower-priced handsets, the A50, A30 Plus, and A30, all launched with 7.0 Nougat. Alcatel also promised to eventually deliver Nougat to last year’s Idol 4S, which launched with Marshmallow.

We reached out to TCL, the company that owns Alcatel, regarding its update road map. The company had nothing to share at this time, though we’ll update this article as soon as we receive an answer.


Asus has confirmed to Digital Trends that the ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 series will receive Oreo by the second half of 2018. Although the company isn’t the quickest with updates, it did eventually follow through on its promise to bring Nougat to the ZenFone 3 series, so it’ll likely do the same here — just be prepared to wait a while. Part of the delay is likely due to the company adding its ZenUI skin over the operating system, which will reportedly see an upgrade to 4.0 for Oreo.

Asus phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • ZenFone 4
  • ZenFone 4 Pro
  • ZenFone 4 Selfie
  • ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
  • ZenFone 4 Max
  • ZenFone 4 Max Pro
  • ZenFone 3
  • ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • ZenFone 3 Max
  • ZenFone 3 Laser
  • ZenFone 3 Zoom


TCL, which works with Blackberry to manufacture its devices, has confirmed it will update the KeyOne to Oreo. There’s no word on precisely when that might happen, but the version of Nougat on the device is pretty light and faithful to stock Android, so hopefully, the company won’t have to make too many customizations that would delay development. As far as the company’s other phones are concerned, no announcements have been made at this time, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Blackberry phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • KeyOne


Android’s most talked-about startup has only got one phone — the PH-1 — and it launched with version 7.1.1 Nougat. Now, we’ve finally gotten confirmation that it’s getting Android 8.0 Oreo.

If you have an Essential PH-1, you can join the beta program for Android 8,0 Oreo right now by heading to the Essential website. As is the case with any beta program, it’s possible you will run into some bugs, so keep that in mind. Of course, you could also just wait for the full release, which we don’t expect to take long considering how close Essential’s version of Android is to stock Android.


Google’s devices are usually the quickest to receive every new Android version. In keeping with the company’s 18-month support policy, four Google devices will be the first to receive the Oreo update: The Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. In fact, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have already received the update. This will be the final major update for the Nexus line.

Google phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X

HMD Global (Nokia)

HMD Global, the company responsible for producing Nokia’s Android phones, has announced that it will update three of its devices — the Nokia 6, 5, and 3 — to Oreo by the end of 2017. During a Nokia 8 launch event in the Philippines, the company said it would support every Nokia-branded phone in its portfolio for two years from release.

The update could come as soon as October, after the Nokia 8 gets Android O.

HMD Global phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • Nokia 8
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 3


Like its parent company, Huawei, Honor hasn’t made any announcements regarding Oreo. In Honor’s defense, it doesn’t sell many devices in the U.S. — there’s the Honor 6X and Honor 8. The Honor 8 already received an update to Nougat, but there’s no telling whether it will make the jump to Oreo. We’ve reached out for information and will let you know what we hear.


Historically, HTC has been one of the most conscientious original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) where updates are concerned. Although it hasn’t made an announcement yet and hasn’t returned our request for comment, we expect the company to announce a roadmap soon. In the past, it’s gotten Marshmallow and Nougat updates out the door in less than four months — an impressive feat by any measure.

In the case of Oreo, we expect the HTC U11 and U Ultra to lead the way on updates, with the older HTC 10 to follow. We’ll provide a list as soon as we hear official word.


Huawei has yet to confirm which of its phones will receive Oreo and hasn’t responded to our request for comment. We expect to see an update for the Mate 9 and P10, which launched with Nougat, sometime in 2018. But beyond of those two, it’s hard to say what the company’s plans are at this time.

The wait might be drawing to a close, though. In early October, Huawei launched a limited Oreo preview program for Mate 9 owners who don’t mind putting up with a few bugs. It only had 250 slots, though, and they were randomly selected — you had to put your name in the proverbial hat for a chance at the beta.

When the update does launch, it will likely launch in tandem with a new version of Huawei’s user interface, EMUI. We’ll update this as we hear more.


Lenovo’s phones are also set to get an Android 8.0 Oreo update. The company recently updated its Android update schedule to include some phones in the K series, but the company’s schedule says that it won’t happen until June 2018.

Lenovo phones confirmed to receive the update:

  • Lenovo K8
  • Lenovo K8 Note
  • Lenovo K8 Plus


We’re still waiting to hear what LG’s update roadmap looks like. Last year’s LG V20 was one of the first devices to launch with Nougat. Unfortunately the LG V30 didn’t have the same honor this year, but LG has launched an Android 8.0 beta for some users in Korea, so we expect to see a much wider beta release in the near future. The company’s other flagship, the G6 will also certainly receive Oreo down the line; and while the G5, LG’s failed modular phone, is still within LG’s two-year update window, the company hasn’t confirmed that it’ll get it.

We’ve reached out to the company for clarification, and we’ll update this report as soon as we hear more.


While Motorola isn’t quite as timely with its updates as it once was, the company is still pretty transparent about its plans and is one of the better manufacturers regarding new versions of Android.

In September, Motorola announced which of its phones would get an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. It didn’t commit to a timeline but said that device owners could expect new firmware “this fall.”

Not every phone will make the jump, unfortunately. The Moto G4 won’t get Oreo, and neither will the Moto E4. Initially, Motorola refused to commit to updating the Moto G4 Plus — despite promising in the phone’s marketing materials an upgrade to “Android O.”

“It’s our general practice for the Moto G family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O,” a Motorola spokesperson said in a blog post. “But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading Moto GF Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.”

Motorola phones to receive the update:

  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Moto X4
  • Moto G4 Plus
  • Moto G5
  • Moto G5 Plus
  • Moto G5S
  • Moto G5S Plus


OnePlus has said the OnePlus 3 and 3T would receive the next iteration of its own OxygenOS based on Oreo. The recently-released OnePlus 5 is expected to follow suit too. Unfortunately, older devices, like the OnePlus 2 and X, appear to have been left behind.

During a Reddit Ask Me Anything, the company confirmed it plans to release the updates before the end of 2017.

OnePlus phones to receive the update:

  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 3
  • OnePlus 3T


Samsung is finally beginning to embrace Android Oreo. The company has launched a beta program for Samsung Experience 9.0, a version of its UI that’s based on Android 8.0 Oreo. So far, the program is only available on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, but hopefully we’ll see it come to other devices in the near future. Of course, most will want to wait until the update rolls out to consumers — the beta may have a few bugs. To start, the beta is only available in South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom — though more regions will likely be added soon.

There are rumors, according to SamMobile, that indicate no less than 16 devices will eventually receive the update to Android 8.0 Oreo.

Some phones, like the Galaxy S8 series, are a given. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge should also receive the update too, along with a few lesser-known devices like the Galaxy J, A, and C series.

We reached out to Samsung for comment.


Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact both feature Oreo out of the box. They are the first new handsets to do so, but the company is not stopping there. Sony has confirmed it will bring the update to 10 of its previous devices.

The list includes flagships like the Xperia XZ Premium, midrangers like the Xperia X Compact, and lower-end handsets like the Xperia XA1 Ultra. Even the Xperia Touch — an Android-based smart projector — will receive Oreo. Sony says timing and availability will vary by market and network operators.

Xperia XZ Premium owners in some countries can expect to see Android 8.0 Oreo starting October 23.

Sony has stepped up its efforts as of late. The Xperia X Performance was the first of its phones to get Nougat a little over three months after release. The company has become one of Google’s most faithful partners in terms of distributing Android updates as quickly as possible.

We’ll update this report over the coming months as Sony’s rollout progresses.

Sony devices that will receive the update:

  • 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


ZTE hasn’t said which of its phones are getting Oreo, and when we reached out for comment, a spokesperson responded with the following statement:

“We evaluate whether or not a device receives the latest update on a case by case basis. We are very open to looking at bringing Android O to all our of devices, but because of device hardware capabilities and carrier requirements, this will drive how quickly we would be able to commit to whether we can, and the actual timelines of seeing this come on a device.”

ZTE did make good on its promise to keep its devices current during Nougat’s run. It brought version 7.1.1 to the Axon 7 and added support for Daydream VR at the same time. It even ran a program for ZMax Pro users to preview Nougat. It’s been reasonably timely with updates in the past, and hopefully, that will continue with Oreo’s rollout. We expect the Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini to lead the way.

That’s everything we know regarding which phones will receive Android 8.0 Oreo. There are some manufacturers not on this list, and for them, here’s what Google had to say:

“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.”

It’s still early days regarding Oreo, but you can look forward to frequent updates in the coming months. If we missed a phone manufacturer you think should be on the list, let us know!

Update: The Essential PH-1 Android Oreo 8.0 beta is now available.