Towards the end of last month, Google released the fourth and final developer preview version of Android O.
At the time, speculations were rife that the OS will start rolling out in early August or somewhere towards the mid of the month. Well, we are already two weeks into the month and still, there are no signs of Android O OTA updates.
The good side of the story is that even if Google doesn’t give us an official release date, it’s always hard to keep hold of such in-demand news. Apparently, word has gotten out claiming that Android O will start rolling out during the week of August 21. In fact, the same report claims that the OS could even start hitting devices on the 21st itself, which is actually next week Monday.
If Google successfully releases the update to Android O as from the said Monday, the OS will beat the record date set by last year’s Android 7.0 Nougat when compared to the OS versions released after 2012’s Android Jelly Bean. This was released on July 9, but ever since, the best the company has managed is August 22, which was last year. As for the likes of Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, they were released on October 31, November 12 and October 5, respectively.
As usual, the update will start rolling out to Google devices. These include the 2016 Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the Pixel C tablet as well as the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. The persons taking part in the beta program will likely be the first to see the OTA notifications on their phones, followed by those not taking part in the beta program. Also, it’s expected that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will receive the update slightly ahead of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, but there’s no guarantee on this.
For those who don’t any of the mentioned Google devices, Android O won’t be available for download at the same time as these devices. If anything, Google will also be releasing the OS to third party OEMs on the same date as when the Google Pixels and Nexus devices will be receiving the OTA updates. Due to the many modifications these third party players add to their phones, the OS cannot be rolled out at the same time as the rest of the Google devices.
Last year, LG, HTC, Motorola and OnePlus were among the companies that managed to release Android Nougat updates to their devices before the end of the year. Whether the story will be the same this year is still unknown, but those using high-end devices from these companies can be hopeful that Android O will be available before the close of 2017.
OnePlus has somehow confirmed this, stating that both the 3 and 3T alongside the new OnePlus 5 will receive Android O before the close of this year. As for the likes of LG G6, Moto Z2 Force, and HTC U11, the story could be the same. Nokia has also been showing some good signs in terms of timely software updates and we expect the Nokia 6 to be among the first devices to receive the treat to Android O.
Last year, Samsung only managed to enroll the Galaxy S7 to its inaugural beta testing program, with the stable version following in January this year. Whether there will be some improvements on this with respect to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 is still unknown, but knowing Samsung, it’s very unlikely.
For those with midrange devices, you’d be raising the bar too high if your expectations are that Android O will be ready for download before this year comes to a conclusion. Instead, you’d be better off with a Q1 2018 release date for most of these devices, including some 2016 flagship phones.
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