Android: This week Google started rolling out Android Oreo to devices. It’s been available as a public beta for some of the company’s more recent Pixel and Nexus devices since May, but now carrier testing is underway for some of those models, so the official version is likely headed to devices sooner rather than later.
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The first devices that will likely see Oreo are the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Some people are already reporting seeing the update available for their phone, so if you have one of those devices you can see if it’s available by going to the Settings menu, then About Phone, followed by System Updates, and Check for Update. On some phones, you might see System Update under the Settings menu.
If the update is available for your phone, this is where you’ll see it. If it’s available, you can opt to have it download now, or schedule when you’d like it to. While a lot of that can happen in the background, keep in mind you’ll need to restart your phone once the whole process is finished. So if you have an important conference call in 20 minutes, it might be better to wait until you get home to kick things off.
As for when those non-Google devices will get the update, this might take a while. When it comes to Android updates, an update has to get both carrier and manufacturer approval (because both tend to put their own software on devices). That process can take days, but it can also take weeks or months. Keep checking, by following the same instructions I listed above.
A number of different phone manufacturers have committed to either supporting existing models or offering new phone models that support Oreo by the end of the year. Those include:
- General Mobile
- HMD Global (they make Nokia smartphones now)