Android Oreo update – Could surprise smartphone BEAT Samsung and OnePlus to next release

Android Oreo

Android Oreo 8.0 first launch back in August last year, but many Samsung and OnePlus fans are still waiting for the big update to launch on their devices.

Android Oreo 8.0 includes a slew of new features, including support for picture-in-picture video playback, Bluetooth 5.0 and wide colour gamuts.

The latest version of Google’s popular mobile OS also introduced notification dots on app icons and new battery-saving optimisations.

The big update is available right now on Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices, and it has also rolled out to some devices from HTC.

It launched last November on the OnePlus 3 and 3T, but the final version is not available on the newer OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T models just yet.

Samsung are still yet to release Android Oreo for the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8, with the big update currently in beta testing.

And while plenty of Android smartphone fans are still waiting for an Oreo update, it looks like one phone could be getting a release soon.

Nokia have given an update saying the release of Android Oreo for the Nokia 6 is “well on track”.

The Nokia 6 launched in the UK last June, but first went on sale in China in January 2017.

Fans are gearing up for the release of the revamped Nokia 6, with pre-orders open right now in China.

And as the release date draws near, Juho Sarvikas – Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, has given an update on one upcoming Android Oreo 8.0 update.

On Saturday he tweeted: “We are starting today Oreo Beta Labs roll out for #Nokia6 in India.

“I understand that some of you may have been waiting for this. Remember that Beta Labs is a test platform and commercial release is well on track.

“Please jump in and give us your feedback!!!”

The comments raise hopes for an Android Oreo release for Nokia 6 devices around the world soon.

The revamped Nokia 6 will start shipping on Wednesday in China.

And it’s been reported that as soon as users boot it up they will be able to install an Android Oreo update, according to NokiaPowerUser.

The new Nokia 6 ships with Android Nougat, and the Oreo update is available in China as soon as users boot the device for the first time.

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Nokia 6 could be one of the phones getting Android Oreo next

There is no explanation so far from HMD Global why the Nokia 6 did not ship with Android Oreo already installed.

But it’s possible the Oreo update was not ready for the Chinese markets before the device was shipped to distributors in the region.

The revamped Nokia 6 boasts a Snapdragon 630 processor and has 4GB of RAM.

It has a 5.5inch HD screen, 32GB of storage expandable thanks to a MicroSD slot, a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing camera.

The news comes as Samsung fans have been left hoping an Android Oreo release for their devices is just around the corner.

The hopes were raised after a Reddit user last week posted a picture of a Note 8 running Android Oreo.

It’s believed to be a test of the stable version with a wider rollout expected soon.

While Samsung Galaxy S8 fans have been left hoping they will be receiving an Android Oreo update imminently, with the beta programme ending on January 15.

It’s been rumoured that this will be followed up with an Android Oreo 8.0 update for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus before the end of the month.