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Android 8.0 Oreo Features, Compatible Devices, and Download

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Android 8.0 Oreo is finally out of the oven and the delicious cookie is already being served. In case you are yet to get the update, Google says that many other handsets will get it by the end of the year.

The Android O developer preview promised exciting things and the final product has delivered.

So, what is so special about Oreo? Here are some important facts about the newest favorite cookie:

1. Android 8.0 Oreo New Features

On the surface, Android Oreo reminds us of Android 7.0 Nougat but there are some improvements that set it apart.

The developer preview gave us a glimpse of what to expect but it does not hurt to go through major features one more time.

Other awesome features are:

2. How to Upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo (Install update)

To get the upgrade, sign up for the Android Beta Program.

To do this, head over the Google website, and press “Enroll Device” under a compatible device.

This tells Google that you agree to the terms and conditions and it will direct Google to search for a software upgrade.

You will get an update and once this happens, you will just need to download it.

Updates can take up to 24 hours to arrive after signing up.

3. Android 8.0 Oreo Compatible devices

Currently, the platform is launching to Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or Pixel C but Google promises that the updates will not stop at these handsets.

Google’s other phone ranges namely Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will also get the upgrade. It is, however, bad news for owners of older Nexus phones since they won’t be getting an upgrade.

Whether phones from third party manufacturers will get the upgrade is up to the specific manufacturers. However, all current generation premium handsets will get the upgrade. As to the timeline, that remains unknown.

Premium handsets such as Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G6 and G5, the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3t and HTC’s U11, U11 Ultra, 10 will get the upgrade.

Nokia is trying to woo us so we expect Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 to get the update.

Motorolla’s X, Z, and G will also get the upgrade.

In addition, it is expected that all heavy hitters and some mid-rangers launched next year should come with Android Oreo out of the box or rather accommodate an upgrade.

4.Android 8.0 Oreo Substratum themes

Substratum themes are set to come to Android 8.0 soon. The good news is that rooting or custom ROMs will not be required.

Earlier, Substratum was only available to Android handsets that are rooted, running custom ROMs, or select Samsung Galaxy phones.

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