- Android Oreo is compatible only with Google Pixel and Nexus for now.
- Android 8.0 update for all other OEMs will come a few months later
- Updating can be done by over-the-air or by using factory images.
Google launched its 8th version of Android, Android Oreo just when the Moon was framing a complete solar eclipse in New York city. This android 8.0 has brought numerous new features and improvements to its predecessor Android Nougat, along. Google has also issued an update of Android Oreo for its compatible devices, Google Pixel and Google Nexus.
This new updated 8.0 version of Android has been packed with amazing new features as limiting and minimising the background activities based on priorities. This also enhances the battery life of the smartphone. The booting time has been minimised and is now exactly the half of the previous version.
Google has introduced a quick auto-fill feature which would help you login to your favorite applications within just fraction of seconds. Along with all these updates, it allows multitasking on the same screen, notification dots for getting notified in a new fashion, Google Play Protect to keep the smartphone safe from harmful apps and is installed with a new set of Emojis.
Now, let’s see what all devices fall under the category of ‘being compatible for Android 8.0 Oreo’. As usual, Google has first made the update ready for its own devices and then would push the update under process for other brand smartphones. So for now, the devices that can be updated to Android Oreo are Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google PIxel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player.
It would take a few months for Google to create updates for other manufacturers because of OEMs having their own UI and customizations. Nokia 3, 5, 6, 8 LG G6, HTC U11, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus are the smartphones which would be able to taste the Oreo after Google’s own smartphone series.
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Updating Google Nexus and Google Pixel to Android 8.0 OTA (over-the-air).
The procedure of updating OS has been made simple by Google from Nougat’s update and seems to walk through the same road this time as well. Sign-in to the Google account present at the Android Beta program page. There would appear an ‘Enroll device’ option then, restart the phone once it is done. The smartphone will now notify you the update and if not, go to Settings > About Phone > System Update > Check Now. Hold on to your internet connection right now, as the update is around 1GB of download which might make you wait for a while.
Updating Google Nexus and Google Pixel to Android 8.0 using factory images.
First, enable phone’s debugging by going to Settings > About Phone > Build Number (tap 8 times) to unlock Developer Options. Now, tap Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging.
Now, download the factory images from the Android Developer website. Download Minimal ADB and Fastboot. For installation, make a new folder on the desktop and paste ZIP file of factory image in it. Hold the folder with ‘shift’ button and click right-click and then click on ‘open command window here. Now, type adb reboot bootloader.
Do update your Google Pixel and Google Nexus to Android Oreo and let us know of your experience with the new superhero Android version, Android 8.0 Oreo.