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All you need to know about every 5G phone confirmed so far (Updated December 12)

All you need to know about every 5G phone confirmed so far (Updated December 12)

All you need to know about every 5G phone confirmed so far (Updated December 12)

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“5G is coming.”

We’ve heard it repeated by telecom giants and smartphone OEMs for years now. The fifth-generation network promises lightning fast download speeds, an IoT revolution, and rapid streaming with essentially zero latency, but what good is 5G without 5G phones?

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5G is coming this year, if some carriers are to be believed. But you won’t find a phone able to make use of 5G until at least 2019. Meanwhile, other networks and equipment manufacturers have been …

We’ve put together a list of all the major Android manufacturers that have either teased or confirmed phones with 5G support. We’ll compile all the rumors, speculation, and confirmed news here over the coming months and updating the post as more information emerges.

Who will win the race to the first true 5G phone? Let’s find out.

Google

In typical Google fashion, the search giant is letting others make the big promises, and testing moonshot ideas in the background like delivering high-speed mobile internet via drones.

In theory, the Google Pixel 4 could support 5G, although I wouldn’t hold your breath. Google has been more than happy to skip over the latest tech in the past. The Pixel 3 series missed out on an in-display fingerprint sensor and still packs a single camera lens and just 4GB of RAM.

Google has been more than happy to skip over the latest tech in the past.

If you’re holding out hope for a 5G phone from the Mountain View company, you might want to keep your eyes on Verizon. Google has traditionally partnered with Verizon as the exclusive carrier for the Pixel range, and Verizon is fully aboard the 5G hype train.

Google has already partnered with Verizon to offer “free” Chromecasts for its 5G Home service, which is currently only live in four U.S. cities.

Could a 5G-supported Pixel 4 also launch on Verizon in Q4 2019? The jury’s still out.

HMD Global (Nokia)

Nokia licensee HMD Global was one of the many OEMs listed by Qualcomm as working on devices set for launch “starting in 2019” which all pack the 5G-ready Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

That announcement came back in February and HMD’s logo also popped up on a list of collaborators for Qualcomm’s 5G ready Snapdragon 855 SoC at the silicon giant’s 5G-centric summit in December.

That doesn’t mean we’ll definitely see a 5G Nokia Android phone in 2019, just that the Finnish firm has plans for 5G at some point in the future — potentially far in the future.

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Back in May, HMD Global announced the opening of its “Future Lab” in Shenzhen, China, where it will funnel its investments into next-gen technologies such as 5G, as well as materials research, and AI and imaging.

According to a press release from the Future Lab launch: “HMD believes that as 5G technology matures, the mobile device and services experience will change considerably.”

Basically, a Nokia 5G phone is coming, but HMD’s (quite sensible) strategy is to wait and try to deliver a quality device rather than rushing to be first.

Huawei

There’s no OEM on this list with a larger stake in the success of 5G than Huawei. From the core network hardware to 5G chips, all the way up to the actual phones supporting the network, the Chinese giant is all-in on 5G’s entire infrastructure. As of April this year, Huawei has reportedly spent $600 million on 5G research since 2009.

Despite high-profile setbacks in the U.S., Huawei is pushing forward with 5G solutions in China, Europe, and beyond. However, all that won’t mean much if it doesn’t also have a phone to lead the charge.

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Huawei is incredibly keen on snatching the “first 5G phone” title. Initially, Huawei promised its 5G phone — which many suspected would be the Mate 30 series — would be ready for the second half of 2019, but recently that estimate moved to Q1 2019.

In fact, there’s now speculation Huawei could unveil a foldable 5G phone at Mobile World Congress 2019. Note that I didn’t say prototype either, this is apparently the real deal.

Whether we see this mystery foldable 5G phone at MWC or not, it seems foolish to bet against Huawei being the first OEM with a 5G phone ready for prime time.

Honor

According to Honor CEO George Zhao, Hauwei’s sub-brand could actually be first when Honor launches the world’s first 5G phone next year.

That’s right, Huawei’s claim to the 5G throne could well be snatched by… Huawei. If Honor is first, Huawei will still count it as a win, of course — don’t forget Huawei’s dominance is due in no small part the Honor brand’s success.

Aside from Zhao’s claims, we know absolutely nothing about the phone itself. Could we perhaps see a Magic 2 variant with 5G support?

HTC

The fallen Android king refuses to give up on its mobile business despite several years of catastrophic failure. Like so many other OEMs scrambling for market share, HTC is hoping 5G will shake up the industry. It’s one of the many Qualcomm partners testing the X50 5G modem.

There’s also a good chance HTC’s 5G phone will pair the X50 with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. HTC was among the manufacturers named at Qualcomm’s 5G summit.

HTC’s vested interest in the success of 5G isn’t just based on its mobile business.

HTC also already has a partnership in place with China Mobile for 5G development in the region.

HTC’s vested interest in the success of 5G isn’t just based on its mobile business, however. 5G is also expected to usher in the next evolution of virtual reality and augmented reality technology, with 5G mobile broadband — and the Snapdragon 855’s XR capabilities — enabling VR and AR experiences at a reduced cost with next to no latency.

The Vive is still at the forefront of VR innovation, and the Taiwanese company no doubt hopes the substantial benefits of 5G will lead to mass adoption of VR and, by proxy, its Vive product family.

Maybe it’s finally time for that long-rumored Vive smartphone, only this time with 5G support?

Lenovo

Motorola’s parent company is one more OEM promising to absolutely, 100 percent become the first company to deliver a commercial 5G phone. That’s according to Lenovo‘s vice president Chang Cheng, seemingly unaware, as with every other executive quoted in this article, that only one manufacturer won’t have been talking nonsense this entire time.

Don’t bet on Lenovo being first.

Like so many phones on this list, Lenovo’s first 5G offering will reportedly feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC and X50 modem, but that’s all we know so far.

As for Cheng’s bluster, we’ve all been burned by Lenovo’s promises before, most recently with the bezel-less Z5 concept sketch posted by none other than Cheng himself.

TL;DR: Don’t bet on Lenovo being first.

LG

LG has promised to launch “the first 5G smartphone in America in early 2019” in partnership with U.S. carrier Sprint. The unnamed phone will be the first 5G phone to debut on Sprint’s own 5G network, which is expected to go live in nine U.S. cities in Q1 2019.

If LG is adapting an existing member of its smartphone family, an LG G7 ThinQ successor will be the most likely candidate.

Related: We could see the LG foldable phone at CES in January

A Sprint executive recently let slip LG’s 5G phone will be “distinct” from the rest of the pack and “immediately recognizable” as a 5G device.

What that means exactly is anyone’s guess and considering the many, many different weird and wonderful form factors we’ve seen grace the G series in the past, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see 5G pushed as the G8’s marquee feature.

Motorola

If you ask Motorola, the race to the first 5G phone is already over thanks to the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 and the upcoming 5G Moto Mod.

The snap-on modular attachment is hardly a looker, but the award-winning Snapdragon X50 5G modem-powered mod has already been successfully tested on a commercial 3GPP 5G network.

There’s still no solid release date for the 5G mod, though there’s a good chance it’ll be front and center when Verizon’s 5G mobile network goes live early next year. There’s also no word on price.

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Despite boasting the industry’s first 5G capabilities (via a modular accessory), the Motorola Moto Z3 isn’t really a flagship contender, given it’s $480 price tag. Instead, it’s more of an upper mid-range handset, sharing a …

Whether or not the Moto Z3 qualifies as the first 5G phone is up for debate too. It doesn’t natively support 5G, which may be a semantic dispute for some, but I’m guessing the other OEMs listed here won’t be so willing to accept Motorola’s claim to the 5G throne.

Aside from the Moto Z3, there’s also the next phone in the series, the Moto Z4. The unannounced phone, currently codenamed “Odin,” is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and once again opt for 5G Moto Mod rather than native 5G support.

OnePlus

OnePlus hasn’t been shy about its plans to launch a 5G phone in 2019.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed the company will release a 5G phone next year during the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in October.

CEO Pete Lau then stepped on stage at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon summit two months later and proclaimed that the first 5G phone to hit the market will be made by the Chinese brand.

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OnePlus walked this back a couple of days later citing mistranslation issues, but the firm is still clearly dead set on leading the pack on 5G.

Lau also suggested that all 5G phones are likely to be $200-$300 more expensive than their 4G equivalents.

The fact that every OnePlus phone has featured Qualcomm silicon — not to mention the two appearances at Qualcomm summits — makes it fairly obvious OnePlus will probably look to the increasingly familiar Snapdragon 855/X50 combo to power its 5G phone.

We also know OnePlus’ 5G phone will be announced early in 2019, but it won’t be the OnePlus 7. That leaves us with two alternatives: either OnePlus is waiting for the inevitable OnePlus 7T in late 2019, or it is readying an entirely new phone line for the first time since the OnePlus X.

Related: Android is crying out for another OnePlus X

Oppo

OnePlus’ BBK stablemate is also testing the X50 modem and aiming for the “first 5G phone” mantle.

Oppo recently claimed to be the first manufacturer to successfully connect to a 5G network using a smartphone — in this case using a heavily modified Oppo R15. It even posted a nice photo to prove it.

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Oppo also established the Oppo Research Institute earlier this year, opening several R&D branches in Silicon Valley, Yokohama, Japan, and several Chinese cities to push forward work on new technologies including, you guessed it, 5G.

Oppo is one of the many Chinese OEMs that could benefit greatly from 5G’s global rollout, so expect to see a 5G phone from the Dongguan firm sooner rather than later.

Samsung

If you need proof the smartphone sector is in a sales slump, look no further than the industry leader. Samsung is still far and away the biggest Android OEM, but even the South Korean giant saw sales drop in 2018.

Samsung, like so many other OEMs, is hoping 2019 will change all that, as new technology finally comes to the market. Chief among those technologies is 5G.

Samsung has already revealed its own 5G-ready Exynos modem and is apparently readying a special Samsung Galaxy S10 variant with 5G support for release in Spring 2019.

We’ve heard plenty of rumors out of South Korea that Samsung is going all out for its tenth anniversary Galaxy flagship. The reports suggest Samsung is preparing to unleash four Galaxy S10 models, one of which will support 5G connectivity.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10: All the rumors in one place

Thanks to more recent reports, it now seems clear the 5G model — internally dubbed “Beyond X” — will be an absolute beast of a phone, packing a 6.44-inch display and six cameras (two selfie cameras, four on the rear). That’s in addition to 5G support and most likely the long-rumored in-display fingerprint sensor the company has been testing for years.

There’s also speculation that the 5G Galaxy S10 model will debut at an event in mid-February, which would coincide nicely with Samsung’s usual Mobile World Congress keynote spot. Both Verizon and AT&T are expected to launch the phone.

In fact, Samsung is one of the few OEMs to show off a prototype 5G phone. The device, showcased at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon summit, featured an early look at Samsung’s Infinity-O display and demos showed how it could make video calls with effectively no latency at an extremely high resolution.

AT&T has also let slip that it will launch a second 5G-capable Samsung phone in the second half of 2019, which could well be the Note 10.

As for Samsung’s long-awaited foldable phone, which also looks set for a 2019 launch, there’s a very strong chance it won’t support 5G.

Sony

Aside from a social media snafu where an official Sony Twitter account described the Xperia definitely-not-5G-compatible Xperia XZ3 as a 5G phone, the Japanese giant has been relatively quiet on the 5G front.

Much like LG and HTC, Sony’s mobile division has come under scrutiny for under-delivering in recent years and it likewise sees 5G as a second chance of sorts.

Sony has a massive catalogue of media content across gaming, video, and music, all of which will greatly benefit from 5G.

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida talked up how 5G’s low latency and high bandwidth will be a huge boost to Sony specifically. The company already has a massive catalogue of media content across gaming, video, and music, all of which will undoubtedly benefit from 5G’s lightning fast streaming speeds.

If ever the time was right for Sony to leverage its other (far more profitable) businesses to deliver a phone for media hungry consumers, it’s now. I had a few ideas about a PlayStation Phone if you need any tips, Sony.

As for Sony’s 5G phone itself, there’s no concrete news yet. Sony is on Qualcomm’s X50 and Snapdragon 855 partner lists though.

Vivo

The last of the three BBK companies is already testing 5G with a modified version of the Vivo Nex kitted out with Qualcomm’s X50 modem and a matching Snapdragon SoC.

Vivo Senior Vice President Alex Feng echoed pretty much every other smartphone company executive on 5G’s importance.

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“The 5G era will spark abundant and new possibilities for the smartphone industry,” he said.

Shockingly, Vivo hasn’t promised to deliver the first commercial 5G phone either, merely noting it hopes to bring the first batch to market sometime in 2019.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi recently revealed the almost completely bezel-less, slider-packing Mi Mix 3, confirming a 5G variant of the handset is on the way in Q1 2019. That makes Xiaomi the only OEM on this list to have actually confirmed the exact model of its first 5G phone. Congrats, Xiaomi!

Xiaomi’s Donovan Sung teased 5G connectivity on the then-unannounced Mi Mix 3 in a tweet back in September. We also know Xiaomi is one of the many OEMs working with Qualcomm.

ZTE

After a short-lived U.S. supply ban threatened the company’s very existence in 2018, ZTE is looking to bounce back in 2019 with a 5G phone of its own.

Initially planned for an early 2019 release, the Chinese firm has since pushed that estimate back to “late 2019.” ZTE hasn’t given a reason for the delay, but it’s likely still working on a design that tempers the higher power consumption caused by 5G modem technology.

What about the rest?

Several notable Android OEMs have yet to address the looming dawn of 5G at all.

Online mobile gaming and game streaming look set to benefit massively from 5G (just ask Nvidia), but Razer has yet to make any 5G commitments for any future Razer Phone.

Blackberry licensee TCL also hasn’t addressed the 5G question, nor have Acer or Asus — the latter is partnered with Qualcomm, though.

There’s also an outside chance Essential could see 5G as a way back into the smartphone market, but with the Essential Phone 2 seemingly cancelled it’s something of a long shot.

Which 5G phone are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!

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Galaxy Note 9 continues Samsung trend of disappointing iFixit ratings

Galaxy Note 9 continues Samsung trend of disappointing iFixit ratings

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has received a four out of 10 rating from iFixit for its ease of repair.

The gadget repair outlet criticized the amount of glue used in the Samsung phablet.

iFixit also bemoaned the need to remove the rear panel for all component repairs.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn’t a big upgrade over its predecessor at first glance, and that also seems to be the case when it comes to repairs. Gadget repair website iFixit has conducted its teardown of the new phone, giving it the same score as the 2017 model.

The Galaxy Note 9 scored a dismal four out of 10, matching the Galaxy Note 8. In fact, iFixit’s “final thoughts” box is virtually copy/pasted from its 2017 teardown. That means praise for the phone’s “modular” components (e.g. headphone jack, USB Type-C elements) and the use of standard Phillips screws. But it also means criticism of the “stubborn” glue barriers, and the fact that component repairs require removing the rear glass panel.

Screen repairs are a similarly complex procedure on the Note 9, as you either have to replace the entire chassis or painstakingly separate the “gluey cracked glass.” So if you wanted to use YouTube tutorials to fix your new Note 9, well, good luck.

iFixit

Samsung’s biggest addition this year is arguably the new, Bluetooth-enabled S-Pen, and iFixit notes that it opens up “like a banana.” Unfortunately, there wasn’t a way to open it without actually breaking the casing, but at least there didn’t appear to be much (if anything) in the way of glue.

Otherwise, iFixit also noted a more sensible fingerprint scanner location, and a heat sink with a larger surface area.

How does it stack up?

It’s not the only recent flagship to receive a four out of 10 score though, as the Galaxy S9 Plus, LG G7 and Huawei P20 Pro earned the same score. The Google Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, earned a seven out of 10 rating. Then there’s the Essential Phone, which scored an utterly terrible one out of 10 rating. So while the Note 9 and other big-name devices could definitely be better, it’s far above the dismal Essential Phone score.

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Disappointing repair rating aside, David Imel was pretty happy with the phone in his Galaxy Note 9 review. He praised the phone’s screen, battery life, and improved S-Pen, but felt the Galaxy S9 Plus was a better deal.

“…we’ve already seen S9 Plus deals dip down as far as $559 unlocked, and at almost half the price, you might be better off grabbing the phone with 90 percent of this phone’s functionality for 55 percent of the cost,” David elaborated.

What do you make of iFixit’s rating? How important is ease-of-repair to you?

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What to look for when buying a $100 smartphone

What to look for when buying a $100 smartphone

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It used to be the case that low-end Android smartphones were utterly rubbish experiences, plagued by judder and quickly running out of storage/RAM.

Nowadays, it’s possible to buy a super-cheap device and get a decent experience. Sure, it won’t have much storage space or a decent camera, but it’ll get the job done and will perform better than you’d expect in most situations. So with that in mind, we’re here to tell you what to look for when buying a $100 smartphone.

Performance

You’re unlikely to get octa-core chipsets in this price bracket, with quad-core (Cortex-A53 or ancient Cortex-A7) chipsets being a staple for $100 smartphones. These chipsets will deliver a satisfactory experience for everyday usage, social media, and web browsing, though you can definitely expect slowdown now and again.

If you do find octa-core processors, however, they’ll definitely be packing eight power-sipping Cortex-A53 cores rather than more powerful cores. Either way, you won’t be playing the latest games on these phones, with 2D titles being a safer bet.

In terms of RAM, $100 smartphones usually have between 1GB and 2GB of memory. Ideally, you should go for a phone with at least 2GB, so you can still jump between apps without the phone aggressively killing them.

I’d strongly recommend you get an Android Go phone if you opt for a device with 1GB of RAM — the lightweight nature of the platform means it should cope well with the reduced memory. Stay away from phones with 512MB of RAM, however, unless you don’t mind Instagram reloading your news feed because you dared to check the news and reddit.

Storage

Low-end phones often tend to skimp on storage space, so you generally won’t find 64GB or 32GB of storage here. Even 16GB isn’t necessarily a given.

Nevertheless, we’d recommend you opt for at least 16GB if you can afford it, as photos, videos, app data, and other files will quickly eat up your storage. Alternatively, 8GB of space isn’t necessarily the end of the world, as long as you’re willing to store photos and videos on a microSD card and make use of cloud services such as Google Photos and Google Play Music. Heck, in the case of the latter, 250 songs or so can easily account for 1GB, so don’t go wild with the playlist downloads.

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The operating system accounts for roughly 2GB to 3GB, leaving you with way less than 8GB or 16GB. And with the likes of Facebook, YouTube, Sync for Reddit and other apps ballooning in size as you use them, you’ll need to be diligent about clearing your app cache.

Speaking of storage expansion, the vast majority of $100 phones come with microSD slots, so you aren’t stuck with 8GB or 16GB of storage. Somehow spotted a $100 phone without microSD expansion? Then it’s simply not worth it, pass!

Display

Xiaomi

When it comes to resolution, don’t hold your breath for 1080p displays in this tier. Instead, 480p and 540p screens are staples at this price-point. Phones with 720p screens aren’t unheard of though, as the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A show.

Screen size won’t be an issue in this tier, because you’ll find everything from 4-inch phones to 6-inches and beyond. In other words, those with giant hands will definitely have a few options. Do note that resolution becomes more important as you bump up screen size. That 4-inch display will seem sufficiently sharp at 960 x 540, but a 6-inch screen with the same resolution will undoubtedly look blurry.

AMOLED screens are also uncommon in this category, as they’re usually reserved for more expensive smartphones. So expect to find LCD screens on the vast majority of $100 phones.

TL;DR: 480p and 540p screens will look sharp enough on 4-inch screens and thereabouts, where the pixels are crammed into a small area. But 480p or 540p resolutions will look blurry on 5.5-inch screens and beyond, as the pixels essentially get stretched. If screen clarity is a high priority, then 720p screens are usually the highest resolution for $100 smartphones.

Cameras

Dual camera setups have filtered down to a ton of smartphones in recent years, but they’re still very rare at this price-point. If you do find them, expect the secondary camera to be a VGA-quality or 2MP shooter at best (e.g. Blu Advance A6 2018).

Far more common, however, are single camera setups consisting of 5MP to 13MP shooters. These cameras aren’t going to have the best photo quality compared to pricier handsets, as they usually have cheap, small sensors that aren’t able to gather as much light as pricier sensors.

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These phones are also 99 percent likely to forego optical image stabilization (OIS) due to costs. OIS allows camera shutters to stay open for longer, improving low-light shots and reducing blur in the process. OIS is also a must for video recording, as it can reduce the effects of handshake-induced judder. Still, even without this feature, $100 mobile cameras will get the job done for social media and QR codes. Just expect shaky video and darker, less detailed low-light shots compared to even many mid-range phones.

Switch to the front and you’ll usually find anything between 2MP and 8MP for your selfies. Much like the rear cameras, budget selfie cameras don’t have large sensors, resulting in disappointing photos in anything other than broad daylight. Don’t expect a portrait mode here, either, as that’s usually the domain of more expensive phones.

Battery life

Huawei

Generally speaking, you’ll find that $100 devices offer anywhere between 2,000 and 3,000mAh batteries. And when you combine the lower resolution screens and budget chips with these batteries, they should last for a working day of usage (WhatsApp, music playback, emails).

There are also a few devices going the extra mile, offering 4,000 or even 5,000mAh batteries, such as the Nokia 2. These sizes are the exception rather than the rule but, once you hit the 4,000mAh mark, you’re in two-day battery life territory.

Personally, I’d look at 3,000mAh as a good starting point, especially if you intend to keep the phone for a while and the battery isn’t removable. After all, if your battery is on the small side from day one, it’s only going to get worse due to degradation.

Extra features

Samsung

You get the basics when buying a $100 device, so you can’t expect water/dust resistance, wireless charging, or USB Type-C on these phones. But a few phones offer Bluetooth 5.0, and/or fingerprint sensors, making them stand out even more.

That’s pretty much all you need to know about shopping for $100 smartphones. Are there any other pointers we missed? Let us know via the comments section below!

NEXT: Sony Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact get Android Pie update

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Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed

Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed

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It’s time for another big Android release—and another big review to go along with it. The latest update for the world’s most popular operating system is Android 9 (not 9.0) Pie. While last year’s Android 8.0 Oreo release focused on under-the-hood changes, Android 9 Pie ships a ton of user-facing features and UI changes, making it feel like the “tock” to Oreo’s “tick.”

Android 9 Pie brings Google’s updated Material Design spec (don’t call it “Material Design 2”) to Android OS, and it begins a wave of UI updates that will spread across Google’s entire portfolio. In Android, that means revamped interfaces for the notification panel, Recent Apps, settings, and various bits of system UI. For future smartphone designs (like, say, the Pixel 3), Android 9 includes an experimental gesture navigation system and built-in notch support. There’s also a new screenshot editor, lots of improvements for text selection, and changes to the way rotation works.

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Posted by JohnEllrod on 2018-09-13 22:27:34

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This week in Android: Razer Phone 2 review, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on, and more!

This week in Android: Razer Phone 2 review, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on, and more!

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The end of #Phonepacolypse draws nigh! The Razer Phone 2 came out last week, and our review is in. Is this the premium flagship gaming phone that you’ve been waiting for? Premium? Certainly. Flagship? Questionable. Gaming phone? Yes. Our full review puts the Razer Phone 2 through its paces and comes to the inevitable conclusion. What’s the final verdict? You’ll find out.

Also, we got our first look at Xiaomi’s new slider, the Mi Mix 3. This refresh of the Mi Mix line brings a 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio to the table with no notch. The sliding selfie cam is manually operated but comes with a lot of bonuses as well. We have a full gallery of photos of this new device, and we can’t wait to put it through its paces. But that’s not all for the week.

Google is altering its deal with OEMs. Hopefully Google doesn’t alter it further. We found out Google is insisting on two years of updates and in the EU, Google’s services will cost a princely sum. Night sight on the Pixel 3 is incredible, and speaking of the Pixel 3, things haven’t gone real smoothly so far. Plus we find out what we all have in common when it comes to smartphones, and the answer probably won’t surprise you.

Here are your top stories for the week

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1:50 – Razer Phone 2 review: Going against the grain

Our full review of the Razer Phone 2 is in, and it’s basically what we expected it to be.

11:30 – Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on: The bezel-less slider phone

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is Xiaomi’s latest flagship, packing a 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio and up to 10GB of RAM.

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Google Pixel 3 Night Sight

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Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker: November 23, 2018

Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker: November 23, 2018

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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

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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

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.

October 15, 2018 – Vietnam: According to Get Droid Tips, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy A9 Pro — around three months ahead of schedule. It’s only available in Vietnam for now but should make its way to other markets in the near future.

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.

November 7, 2018 – India: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo along with the November security patch to the Galaxy C7 Pro (SM-C701F) in India.

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.

October 22, 2018 – Vietnam and Russia: Looks like Samsung is speeding things up. According to Get Droid Tips, the tech giant has released the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Galaxy J7 (2016). However, the update is only available in Russia and Vietnam for now.

November 18, 2018 – Europe: Samsung is apparently rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Galaxy J7 (2016) in more markets. According to SamMobile, the update is now available in “some European countries.” Unfortunately, the publication does not mention which ones.

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.

October 12, 2018 – Verizon: The carrier is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the J3 Eclipse and J3 Mission smartphones, which are rebranded variants of the Galaxy J3 (2017).

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/On7 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.

October 21, 2018 – UAE: According to Get Droid Tips, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to Galaxy On7 Prime devices in the United Arab Emirates.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Active

October 25, 2018 – Italy: According to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Galaxy Tab 2 Active. The update is only available in Italy for now but should make its way to other markets soon.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

October 26, 2018 – India: According to SamMobile, the Galaxy J7 Pro has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016)

November 1, 2018 – UAE and South Korea: According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. The update is expected to make its way to other markets soon.

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.

LG K20

October 10, 2018 – AT&T US: The carrier is now rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the LG K20. The update comes in at 1.45GB.

LG K10 (2017)

October 13, 2018 – India: According to Get Droid Tips, LG is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the LG K10 in India.

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

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 (ZC553KL).

November 20, 2018 – International unlocked: Asus has started rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to another ZenFone 3 Max model — ZC520TL.

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 unlocked: 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).

Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL)

October 15, 2018 – International unlocked: The Asus ZenFone 4 Max is now receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo update with the company’s ZenUI 5.0 skin on top.

Asus ZenFone 4 Max Lite (ZC520KL)

October 22, 2018 – International unlocked: After the ZenFone 4 Max, Asus is now also rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update with ZenUI 5.0 on top to the Lite version of the phone.

ZenFone Max Plus M1

November 14, 2018 – International unlocked: According to The Android Soul, Asus is rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the ZenFone Max Plus M1.

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.

October 24, 2018 – Verizon US: The Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Verizon variant of the Moto Z2 Play is now rolling out.

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.

October 16, 2018 – US: According to Android Police, Motorola has started shipping the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Moto G5S Plus devices in the U.S.

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.

October 28, 2018 – Unlocked US: Motorola is rolling out the Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Moto G5 Plus.

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.

October 28, 2018 – Unlocked US: The Moto G5 has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update in the U.S.

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.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

October 31, 2018 – International: Bad news for all you Tab 4 10 Plus owners out there. According to German website Deskmodder, Lenovo will not release the Android Oreo update for the tablet.

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.

October 15, 2018 – International unlocked: The ZTE Axon 7 has finally received the Oreo update, but it’s a mess. Apparently, the only way to install the update is to download it to your microSD card. Making matters worse, you have to delete your Google account from the phone before you install it — learn more here.

November 2, 2018 – International: According to Android Sage, ZTE is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Axon 7 — model number A2017G — via an over-the-air (OTA) update.

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.

Nokia 7

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

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 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.

Xiaomi Redmi 5

October 26, 2018 – International: Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi 5 will get the Oreo update by the end of the year.

November 20, 2018 – India: Xiaomi is rolling out the MIUI 10 update based on Android Oreo to the device in India.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

October 26, 2018 – International: According to Xiaomi, the Redmi 5A will get the Oreo update by the end of the year.

Xiaomi Mi 5X

October 26, 2018 – International: Xiaomi has announced that the Mi 5X will get the Oreo update sometime in this quarter.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

November 19, 2018 – India: Xiaomi is shipping out the MIUI 10 update based on Android Oreo to the Redmi 6 Pro in India.

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!

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Problemas con pantalla de Google Pixel 2 xl

Problemas con pantalla de Google Pixel 2 xl

Problemas con pantalla de Google Pixel 2 xl

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Pantalla de Google Pixel 2 xl está dando problemas con los colores.

Los nuevos terminales más esperados de Google, Google Pixel 2 y Google Pixel 2 xl ya fueron lanzados y al parecer no todo es color de rosa. Segun varios usuarios del terminal han reportado que la pantalla de Google Pixel 2 tiene problema en los colores y el brillo.

¿Qué provocará éste problema en la pantalla de Google Pixel 2 xl?.

Lo que no se sabe bien si es un error de pantalla ó si es un problema de hardware este da un error en la poca luz que emite la pantalla o sea que la pantalla no brilla se queda sin brillo, la verdad es un tanto raro aún no se sabe si es un problema de algunos móviles en específico ó algo general, aunque esperemos que no lo sea.

Simulación de error en pantalla.
¿Qué podríamos hacer con éste asunto de la pantalla de Google Pixel 2 xl?.

Aveces también sucede el caso que son problemas de calibración de la pantalla y con una simple actualización se puede resolver éste dilema, como fue el caso del Samsung Galaxy S 8 y Galaxy S 8+. De ser éste el caso los usuarios del nuevo terminal de Google no tiene porque preocuparse ya que ellos lanzan actualizaciones lo más antes posible para resolver cualquier fallo, si de software se refiere y si no lo es y el problema persiste lo recomendable es ir a la tienda o sucursal de la compañía si esta en la posibilidad claro está.

De ésta forma se le pudiera devolver el dinero ó remplazo por otro equipo sin problemas, éstas son opiniones logicas y especulaciones de lo que podríamos hacer si somos los afectados en éste caso, no tienen ninguna garantia por parte de la compañía pero como todo se resuelve hablando no cuesta investigar.

Posibles causantes de error en pantalla de Google Pixel 2 xl.

Pero como nunca faltan los rumones se anda diciendo por ahí que el causante de éste problema son los paneles que han puesto en la pantalla, paneles LG los que utilizan los Google pixel 2.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on: The bezel-less slider phone (Update: Video!)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on: The bezel-less slider phone (Update: Video!)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on: The bezel-less slider phone (Update: Video!)

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Slider phones are back and I couldn’t be happier. Nothing beats that satisfying snap as the phone clicks back into place. Xiaomi has updated the form factor for 2018 though, with a large bezel-free display, four cameras and premium ceramic build material. This is our Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on.

What strikes you when you see the Mi Mix 3 is its screen. A 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel from Samsung with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 600-nit peak brightness occupies 93.4 percent of the phone. There’s no notch and only the smallest chin beneath the screen, which is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. You can enable an always-on display in the settings and you can adjust the color temperature of the display.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 delivers a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 93.4% screen-to-body ratio and no notch.

Pick up the Mi Mix 3 and the first thing you’ll notice is its weight; it is easily among the heaviest phones I’ve ever used. At 218 grams, it’s 10 percent heavier than either the Vivo Nex (199 grams) or the Galaxy Note 9 (201 grams). The Mi Mix 3 is a little slimmer and shorter than the Note 9, but has a more aggressive curve on the ceramic back panel so it feels a little less “edgy.”

The manual sliding mechanism is the standout feature here, with neodymium magnets used to lock the slider in place when open or closed. As you start to push the display in or out you encounter slight resistance as the magnets interact and then get that nostalgic click as the screen pops into place. It feels great and Xiaomi claims it can withstand 300,000 cycles. Unlike other phones with hidden cameras, the mechanism is fully manual, so no motor is required. This is a much better solution and much less likely to suffer from failure.

The manual slider mechanism uses neodymium magnets to lock the screen in place. It’s cool, nostalgic, and infinitely satisfying.

The default slider action is to launch the front-facing camera, but it can also be customized to answer incoming calls or launch certain apps. The slider sounds can be swapped out too, so adding a lightsaber noise is easy as pie. Speaking of pie, the Mi Mix 3 launches with MIUI 10 and Android 9 Pie out of the box. When the Mi Mix 3 is in landscape mode while gaming, sliding the screen over will reveal an in-game menu to hide notifications, record the screen, or take a screenshot.

The slider isn’t just for fun. Like other bezel-free phones including the Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex, the front-facing camera only pops up when required. If you’re not using the face unlocking sensor or the front-facing camera, the phone can stay in its default state. So it’s only when you want a selfie or need to unlock your phone that you need to slide the screen down to reveal the cameras. The extra layer of security adds some peace of mind.

The front-facing camera only pops up when required and there’s no motor to worry about.

Those front-facing cameras are a 24MP Sony IMX576 with 1.8-micron pixels and f/2.2 aperture lens and a secondary 2MP camera for portrait mode and bokeh effects. The main sensor uses pixel binning in low-light situations to combine light data from four adjacent pixels, dropping the resolution to 6MP and then upscaling the image back to 24MP. AI-supported portrait mode, studio lighting effects, and AI beautify settings round out the selfie options. I noticed some lens flares at the bottom of the frame, presumably from the overhead light bouncing off the edge of the screen section which sits right below the camera lens.

There’s an included case in the Mi Mix 3 box that has a cutaway at the bottom, so you can still slide the screen down with a case on. The USB Type-C cable in the box also has a kind of scalloped sheath so you can charge your Mi Mix 3 and still use the slider (other USB Type-C cables don’t let you do this). There’s a free 10W wireless charger in the box and 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A charging brick (with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0).

The battery is a diminutive 3,200mAh cell, with the slider mechanism to blame for the smaller battery capacity. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ if you want to buy an optional additional charger, as well as the regular Qi standard.

Flipping the phone over, the familiar ceramic build material and camera layout remain intact, with a stylish MIX logo towards the bottom. A capacitive fingerprint scanner provides options if you don’t want to use the face unlocking on the front. The Mi Mix 3 includes NFC for contactless payments.

The bottom edge has twin speaker grilles but only the one on the right is a speaker, the other just conceals a microphone. It gets decently loud and doesn’t sound terrible either, but it’s a far cry from excellent. It goes without saying there’s nowhere to include a headphone jack on a slider phone and I’d do my best to keep the Mi Mix 3 away from water as it’s not IP rated. You’ll find a 3.5mm-to-USB-Type-C adapter included in the box so you can easily use your existing wired headphones.

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The dual cameras on the back are both 12MP sensors. The main sensor is a Sony IMX363 with 1.4-micron pixels and dual pixel autofocus. An f/1.8 aperture lens sits on top with four axis OIS. The secondary sensor is a Samsung S5K3M3+ with 1-micron pixels and a 2x optical f/2.4 aperture lens in front.

Both cameras support various AI modes, but the main Sony sensor is the one handling 960fps slow-motion video (at 1080p or 720p). It’s not true 960fps like you’d find on a Galaxy Note 9 though, as the IMX363 doesn’t have built-in DRAM on which to store such high frame rates before offloading them to the image buffer. The Mi Mix 3 uses frame interpolation to achieve 960fps, meaning it won’t be as high quality as that found on a device with built-in DRAM on the sensor.

Xiaomi made a big deal about the Mi Mix 3’s low-light performance via night mode, posting side-by-side images with the Huawei P20 Pro showing the Mi Mix 3 to be superior. Some of the differences were pretty minimal, and we’d have to put the Mi Mix 3 up against the latest from Huawei, the Mate 20 Pro, to see if Xiaomi has truly outpaced its Chinese competitor in the low-light stakes. I don’t have a Mate 20 Pro with me in Beijing, so you’ll have to wait a little longer for that comparison. The Mi Mix 3 achieves its low-light results via multi-frame noise reduction, AI light metering, and AI image stabilization and calibration.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specs top out at 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with the Snapdragon 845 for ~$720.

The rest of the specs of the Mi Mix 3 are top notch, with the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform with Adreno 630 GPU running the show. There are several variants of the Mi Mix 3: 6GB with 128GB of storage, 8GB with 128GB, 8GB with 256GB and a special limited-edition “Forbidden City Palace Museum” version with 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Prices are as follows: 6GB/128GB 3,299 yuan (~$475); 8GB/128GB 3,599 yuan (~$520); 8GB/256GB 3,999 yuan (~$575); 10GB/256GB special edition 4,999 (~$720). All versions use UFS 2.1 flash memory and LPDDR4x RAM.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Display

6.39-inch AMOLED
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
19.5:9 screen ratio

SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core, up to 2.8Ghz

GPU

Adreno 630

RAM

6GB/8GB/10GB
LPDDR4x

Storage

128GB/256GB
UFS 2.1

Cameras

Rear cameras
Main: 12MP with 1.4 micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, f/1.8 aperture (IMX363)
Secondary: 12MP 2x telephoto with 1.0 micron pixels, f/2.4 aperture (S5K3M3+)
Video: 4K at 60/30fps, 1080p at 960/240/120/60/30fps, 720p at 960/240/120/30fps

Front cameras
Main: 24MP with 1.8 micron “super pixels”, f/2.2 aperture (IMX576)
Secondary: 2MP sensor for depth effects (OV02A10)

Audio

USB Type-C
No headphone jack

Battery

3,200mAh battery
Quick Charge 4+
10 watt wireless charging

IP rating

N/A

Sensors

Rear fingerprint
Hall
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Proximity
Ambient Light
Electronic Compass
Barometer

Network

GSM: B2, B3, B5, B8 CDMA 1X, EVDO: BC0, BC6, BC10
WCDMA: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B8, B9, B10
TDD-LTE: B34, B38, B39, B40, B41(2496-2690)
FDD-LTE: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B13, B17, B18, B19,B20, B25, B26, B28, B29, B30, B66

Connectivity

Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO, MU-MIMO, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.0
AptX/AptX-HD support
NFC
Dual frequency GPS (GPS L1+L5, Galileo E1+E5a, QZSS L1+L5, GLONASS L1, Beidou B1)

SIM

Dual nano-SIM
Dual 4G standby

Software

MIUI 10
Android 9.0 Pie

Dimensions and weight

157.9 x 74.7 x 8.5mm
218g

Colors

Jade Green
Onyx Black
Sapphire Blue

Xiaomi’s voice assistant, Xiao AI, can be accessed via the dedicated assistant button on the left of the phone. It will likely be replaced by Google Assistant on the global version but I couldn’t get this confirmed. 5G support will be coming on the limited edition version but not until next year. As always, take any claims of “5G” with a pinch of salt. You’ll need your carrier to support it at any rate. The Mi Mix 3 thankfully features global bands.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 comes in three colors – onyx black, jade green, and sapphire blue – the most Xiaomi has ever offered at launch. It will be available in China on November 1, with select global markets to follow. There are currently no confirmed launch markets or prices outside China.

What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3? Would you buy one if it comes to your market?

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on: The bezel-less slider phone (Update: Video!) syndicated from barbarawalston.wordpress.com/

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This week in Android: AA Podcast revival, OnePlus 6 camera shootout, and more

This week in Android: AA Podcast revival, OnePlus 6 camera shootout, and more

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You may have only seen headlines about Amazon Prime Day this week, but that wasn’t all that happened. The OnePlus 6 received a pretty great camera update this week, and we compared the new software against the Galaxy S9 Plus, Pixel 2, and iPhone X. You can see the full camera comparison (and giveaway) right here.

We also revived the Android Authority Podcast this week (yes!). New episodes will be released every Friday on iTunes, Pocket Casts, Google Play Music, and anywhere else podcasts are supported.

Oh, and we’re giving away a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus this week, which you can find linked below.

Android stories we handpicked for you

OnePlus 6 camera shootout (and a giveaway!)

We pit the OnePlus 6‘s new camera software against the best camera phones in a blind shootout. Oh, and we’re also giving away a OnePlus 6!

No, your smartphone is not always listening to you

There’s a persistent rumor that our smartphone must be listening to us to serve such accurate ads, but it’s not true.

Google vs the EU: Which side are you on?

The fine the EU just handed Google over alleged Android antitrust issues has left us feeling pretty conflicted.

The Android Authority Podcast is back!

That’s right, folks — the Android Authority Podcast is back yet again, this time with a new (but familiar) lineup! The Android Authority Podcast is available on iTunes, Pocket Casts, Google Play Music, and anywhere else podcasts are supported.

Moto Z3 Play review: The value is still in the Moto Mods

The Moto Z3 Play features a modern design and dual cameras, but it misses the mark in a few key areas. This is the Moto Z3 Play review.

Our best look yet at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Evan Blass has just shared an official press render of the Galaxy Note 9 in a blue and yellow colorway.

2019 flagship features we want to see

From the camera department to AI silicon, here’s what we want to see from 2019’s high-end smartphones.

These phone models have the highest failure rate: Is your device on the list?

Samsung is number one for failure rates, according to the report, but there are a few surprises too.

You wouldn’t buy a blood diamond, but do you own a conflict phone?

Buying a smartphone can be a hard decision, but did you know it can also be an ethical debate of sorts? Enter conflict minerals and why they matter.

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: The start of something beautiful

The very first Chrome OS tablet has its quirks, but might be perfect for the classroom. This is our full Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review.

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This week, one lucky reader will win a brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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Posted by JohnEllrod on 2018-07-22 17:57:28

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Teardown confirms Samsung makes the Google Pixel 3 XL display (Update: LG makes the Pixel 3’s)

Teardown confirms Samsung makes the Google Pixel 3 XL display (Update: LG makes the Pixel 3’s)

Teardown confirms Samsung makes the Google Pixel 3 XL display (Update: LG makes the Pixel 3’s)

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Update, October 17, 2018 (7:02PM EST): The folks at iFixit also completed a teardown of the regular Pixel 3 and found that the display is an LG OLED. That does not seem to be a bad thing this time around, since we found the display to be a great one with no evidence of the blue shift that tainted the Pixel 2 XL.

Still, it is funny that this seems to be the opposite of last year. While the Pixel 2 had a Samsung OLED, the Pixel 2 XL was stuck with a not-good LG OLED.

Original article: Although general consumers still don’t have the recently-unveiled Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL in their hot little hands quite yet, venerable repair site iFixit does. When iFixit gets ahold of a new device, it knows precisely what to do with it: tear it apart.

As such, the Google Pixel XL teardown just went live at iFixit.com, and it seems to confirm quite a few things.

The most notable thing the Google Pixel 3 XL teardown shows is that Samsung appears to have created the device’s display. This is the same display which just swept the DisplayMate review metrics resulting in an A+ grade, which seemingly puts to rest any concerns of the Pixel 3 XL’s display having the problems the Pixel 2 XL’s display had.

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The Google Pixel 2 XL’s display was made by LG, which was also supposed to supply displays for the Apple iPhone XS. However, that device line’s displays were also reportedly produced by Samsung.

With all that in mind, it appears Samsung is still the king of the mobile display world, with little competition coming through.

The rest of the iFixit Google Pixel 3 XL teardown reveals the device will be tricky to repair. The all-glass back of the device (which enables wireless charging) is notoriously difficult to remove without breaking, and the layout of the antenna assemblies and battery get dinged as well for their removal difficulty.

The previously-mentioned Samsung display will be very difficult to remove; in fact, iFixit suggests if you need to replace the display, you’ll have to replace the whole frame of the phone.

iFixit gives the Google Pixel 3 XL an overall repairability score of 4 out of 10, which suggests you should take extra good care of your Pixel 3 when it arrives at your door.

NEXT: We asked, you told us: You won’t be buying the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL

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Posted by JohnEllrod on 2018-10-18 02:01:55

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