Around ten months ago, Android Nougat was officially released, and we have seen the new version of Android 8. Android O is the new sensation in the market. The developer preview of the Android O was released in the midway of March, and on June 8 Google released the third developer preview of Android 8. In the July we are expecting the 4th developer preview. After that, the final version will be launched.
Though there isn’t any confirmation from Google about the launch date, Android O is expected to roll out in the third quarter of 2017. Rumors are strong that the Android O will be Oreo, but there has not been any official confirmation on its final name from the Google. Remember when Android 7 was about to release so many people thought that Android N would be Nutella rather than Nougat? So there could be some surprise name coming for the users.
List of Phones Getting Android 8.0
Android 8 has got a lot of exciting features and modifications over the Android Nougat. We will discuss all those features one by one. We have also compiled a list of phones getting Android 8.0 update. So let’s move on step by step.
What are the new features coming to Android O?
The first question that will come to your mind is its software features when you think about a new Android OS upgrade. There are a lot of core changes and surface changes that give Android O a new look and feel. Some Android O features hide under the hood while some can be seen on the surface.
Power saving Because of background Limits
Google has put a limit on apps running in the background. In Android O, the OS will protect users and preserve battery life. This along with software optimizations helps to get more performance from the phone. Some of the background limits are implicit broadcasts, background-Apps, and location updates. Hence there will be less load on the processor that will ultimately improve the battery life.
Earlier updates thanks to Project Treble
Android O will get a vendor interface thanks to Project Treble. Now Android will be more modular. It will allow Android updates to enroll more quickly and easily. The idea is to speed up the updates from the manufacturers thus making the whole process more streamlined.
Apps and reboots are faster with Android O
Developers have designed Android 8 OS to cut down the device start time and increase the performance of the app. This is evident from various tests done on Android Oreo.
Apps are better!
Now the apps will be safer thanks to the Google Play Protect and tougher enforcement criteria. Google Play Protect is a background service that monitors the app behavior to detect malware and remove it from both the Play Store and your phone. Google has increased pressure on developers to improve stability and performance of the apps.
Wi-Fi Aware also was known as Neighbor Awareness Networking or NAN. This function is provided so that the devices with compatible hardware can transfer data to each other when they are close without any internet connection.
Autofill revolutionizes password and form management
We have already seen autofill in Chrome browser, and Google is bringing it to apps with Android O. This will save a lot of time. The new Autofill API in Android 8 will allow all your passwords to be managed in a central place. It will increase the convenience and security when logging in to apps and be filling out forms.
Better Bluetooth support
Android O supports high-quality Bluetooth audio and codecs such as LDAC. According to Sony LDAC can transfer a large volume of data through Bluetooth at a bit rate more than 990kbps. Hence this will improve the audio quality for devices running with Android O.
Better management of cached data
In Android O every app will have a storage space quota for cached data. When the system needs to free up this storage space, it will first wipe the data that is more than the allocated quota. We are hoping that these thresholds on quota can be changed by the users.
Improved text selection
Copying and pasting will be easier and smarter. Android O will be able to recognize the most commonly typed information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. Moreover, using machine learning, it will select the whole thing automatically instead of just one word.
New round emoji
Android O will get the newer emojis just the ones used on most other platforms like iOS and Whatsapp. The new emojis will be rounded, and the new color combination looks better than its predecessors.
App icons will now adapt themselves to the manufacturer’s UI. Previously, an app icon may appear to be circular in the launcher of one phone and square in another. Google will now offer a standard for adapting application icons to the manufacturer’s UI.
Notification in Android O
Google has changed the way notifications appear in Android O. Now small circles will appear on top of the app if you have unread notifications and long pressing them will give you a preview of the notifications. Google has introduced several notification-channels and notifications dots.
Notification channel is a new category that will give the user a very detailed control over notifications. Users can block or alter the notifications settings by the channel or topic or by the app.
Widgets are easier to integrate
You have to no more dig for the widgets in the alphabetical list. With Android O, You can now long press the icon of the app and select the widget from the available ones.
Search and find app info
The search feature initially introduced in Android 5.0, a.k.a Lollipop. The options were available in the settings menu. Now in Android O, the search gets a new feature. App info can be seen in the search results for installed apps. So, you can quickly access an App info and manage it quicker than ever.
Picture in Picture Mode
With the new picture-in-picture mode, multitasking has got a lot easier. You can now have an app open on play a video in a small window as seen in Youtube app already. This way it provides more flexibility, and several apps will support it soon as soon as Android O started rolling out.
Android O comes with a lot of gesture improvements. Now draw the letter C on the screen to open the contacts menu. We have already seen this feature in Oppo and Vivo phones. Now the Android O has officially got this feature. Though here this feature will work only when the screen is ON.
List of Phones Getting Android 8.0 “Android O” Upgrade
The Google’s Nexus and Pixel smartphones already got the Android O developer preview; these smartphones will also be the first devices to receive the Android O public release. The upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL should be the first devices to run on Android O out of the box. The Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 will not get the Android O update. Below phones will get the Android O update soon after its release.
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Nexus 5X
- Google Nexus 6P
Moto Z Series Phones
Being the flagship series of Motorola, the Moto Z Series will be first in line for latest updates. We don’t have any confirm date, but it is expected that updates will be rolling out in November 2017. Here is the list of the Moto Z series phones that will get the Android O upgrade.
- Moto Z
- Moto Z-Droid
- Moto Z Play
- Moto Z Play Droid
- Moto Z Force Droid ( Verizon exclusive in the USA)
- Moto Z2 (2017)
- Moto Z2 Play (2017)
Moto G Series Phones
Moto G series is one of the most fruitful and affordable smartphone series. Below is the list of Moto G series smartphones. It is expected that Moto G series smartphones will get Android O upgrade in December 2017. The newly launched Moto M will also receive the update.
- Moto G5
- Moto G5 Plus
- Moto G4
- Moto G4 Plus
- Moto G4 Play
Samsung is the Korean giant and one of the world’s top smartphone manufacturer. Historically, Samsung was never a fast adopter of newer OS. Especially when it comes to refreshing their current lineups. But most of its high-end devices will surely get the latest Android O upgrade.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy A7 2017
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
- Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
There are rumors that LG V30 will get Android O out of the box. As in 2016 LG V20 got the Android Nougat out of the box. Below are three LG smartphones that are expected to get the Android O update.
- LG V30
- LG G6
- LG V20
Huawei releases the latest Android updates faster than any other Chinese smartphone manufacturers. It is expected that Huawei will release the new updates for their next smartphones as per several private channels. Only time will tell about the fate of its existing lineup.
- Huawei Mate 9
- Huawei P10
- Huawei P10 Plus
- Huawei Nova
- Honor 6X
- Honor 8
- Honor 5C
Blackberry Android Phones
After Blackberry quitting the Blackberry OS, we have seen a couple of decent smartphones that runs on Android OS. Since the Blackberry is working hard to revive its brand reputation, so it is expected that following Blackberry smartphones will get the Android O upgrade. But the users will have to wait a bit longer.
- Blackberry KEYone
- Blackberry Aurora
- Blackberry DTEK50
- Blackberry DTEK60
At the MWC 2017, Nokia re-entered the mobile phone market by launching three Android-powered smartphones and a feature phone 3310. All these devices come with Android Nougat out of the box.
- Nokia 6
- Nokia 5
- Nokia 3
- Nokia 8
Last year, HTC was one of the first manufacturers to offer the Android 7.0 Nougat for its existing phones. We expect HTC’s history to repeat itself this year as well. A Deja Vu moment for all the HTC Fans out there. We expect HTC to come out with Android O this year. A few HTC phones might get the Android O upgrade are as follows.
- HTC U11
- HTC U Ultra
- HTC U Play
- HTC 10
OnePlus has a very limited marketing budget to reach worldwide customers. Hence they release limited devices, One device per year to be precise. Last year, we saw only two launches. The mighty OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. This year OnePlus five is coming in a couple of weeks. We expect both 3, 3T and 5 to receive the latest Android 8.0 upgrade.
- OnePlus 5
- OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 3T
Xiaomi is slow in providing the Android upgrades. Android O, a.k.a 8.0 a.k.a Oreo will be running on top of Xiaomi’s customized MIUI 9. Though unofficial, below are Xiaomi phones that are expected to get Android O upgrade in the first or second quarter 2018.
- Xiaomi Mi5s Plus
- Xiaomi Mi 5
- Xiaomi Mi 5C
- Xiaomi Mi 4
- Xiaomi Mi 4C
- Xiaomi Mi 4S
- Redmi Note 4
- Redmi Note 3
- Redmi 4
- Redmi 4 Prime
- Xiaomi Mi Mix
- Xiaomi Mi Max
The day Lenovo has entered the smartphone market, it has produced affordable smartphones. Though Motorola owns it, it is slow in getting OS updates. Lenovo phones expected to get the Android O upgrade.
- Lenovo ZUK Z2
- Lenovo ZUK Z1
- Lenovo Vibe P1
- Lenovo Vibe K5/K5 Plus
- Lenovo Vibe X3
- Lenovo K4 Note
- Lenovo K6 Power
We are quite excited about the new edition of Android launching for the phones available in India. Do appreciate that we compiled the list based on official and unofficial sources and some feedbacks that we received on online forums. So yes, some of the phones in the list will tentatively receive the Android O update, and some might not make it. So just to set expectations, please do not treat this list as the official list. Please get the final confirmations from your respective phone manufacturer.
We hope you like our list of phones getting Android 8.0 update. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop us a comment below in the comment section.