Android Oreo is the name of the current version of Google’s mega-popular mobile operating system that's available now for select devices.
In terms of feature highlights, Oreo focuses primarily on speed and efficiency. For Google's phones updated to Android 8.0, another name for Oreo, boot time is cut nearly in half, and we've seen phones from other manufacturers speeding up, too. Additionally, the operating system update tackles pesky background activity that drains your battery and your data plan.
While it skimps on new visual changes, Oreo packs in some useful design tweaks, like picture-in-picture (PiP) mode for multitasking with the likes of YouTube, Hangouts and others, as well as notification dots that give you a colorful nudge to check out your notifications.
Since Android Oreo 8.1 has launched, there are even more extra features to check out, making the upgrade to Google's latest mobile OS version all the more tempting for those who don't have a supported phone.
AR Stickers, available for Pixel phones, injects even more fun into the stock camera app. Check out our in-depth article to see if and how augmented reality changes the game.
The final tentpole feature introduced in 8.1 for developers is the Visual Core. This Pixel 2-exclusive software and hardware function has been awakened, which works to improve HDR+ to make the already-great photo capabilities of the Pixel 2 even better.
Head to the next page to read more about the best features coming with the Android Oreo update. But first, check out which phones are compatible with the software.
Not seeing your current phone, or the one that's on your wishlist? Don't fret just yet, as Google itself has confirmed that the Oreo update will hit devices from many popular manufacturers soon, including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony.
A surprising number of smartphones now have the Oreo update, but the story is still evolving with flagships like the Essential Phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG G6, LG V30 and more.
When can I download Android Oreo?
If you own a Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X you should already have Oreo, and in fact, you'll be able to update to Android 8.1 now as well.
The latter jump to 8.1 is not a big update, but it's set to improve performance on devices with 1GB of RAM or less as well as adding a new Neural Networks API to accelerate on-device machine intelligence. If you're using a Pixel 2 it should also improve the quality of HDR photography.
Most recently, the OnePlus 5 (details here) and Nokia 8 have received its final build of Android Oreo, and other big-name devices like the Essential Phone and the Samsung Galaxy S8 continue along in their respective Oreo beta periods.
If you don't have one of the above devices the wait for Android Oreo is set to continue. For some phone manufacturers, that could mean a matter of months, while others are much closer.
Companies are typically quiet on this topic until there's good news to deliver, but rest assured that we'll be updating this page with the latest.
Here are the phones confirmed to get the update.
The release date for the Nokia 8 to get Android Oreo has landed, bringing the latest features to Nokia's most premium phone of 2017. Now, the others should follow soon enough.
HTC's 2017 flagship, the HTC U11, now has Android Oreo, that is, if your phone is unlocked. The company has confirmed the HTC 10 and HTC U Ultra will all feature the software at some stage, but exact timings for the update are currently unclear. The recently announced HTC U11 Plus and HTC U11 Life will both feature the new software at launch.
Previously we've seen both the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 updated to Android 8 software, and now the company has confirmed the new version of the software will be rolling out to the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5, the latter of which has now launched.
Concerning the company's back catalog, it's already hard at work bringing things up to speed. You'll see Oreo land on the following devices: Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XZ, Sony Xperia X Compact, Sony Xperia XZ Premium (available now), Sony Xperia XZs, (available now) Sony Xperia XA1, Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra and Sony Xperia XA1 Plus.
Have a Moto phone? The company recently stated that it will start rolling out the update this autumn to the following phones: Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z2 Force, (available now for Verizon and T-Mobile users in the US) Moto Z Play, Moto Z2 Play, Moto G5, Moto G5S, Moto G5 Plus, Moto G5S Plus, Moto X4 and Moto G4 Plus.
Previously, the company had promised to update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo software, but made no mention of that handset - or the Moto G4 - in its announcement. While Moto has done right by changing its tune and adding support for the plus-sized budget G4, it appears that the regular G4, as well as the Moto G4 Play, will sit this one out.
A blog run by Samsung Turkey suggests any products from the company that will be updated will have to wait until early 2018 to see the upgrade land. However, the beta has been released to select users in South Korea, UK and US.
One version of the non-final Oreo reportedly heading to the S8 contains a surprise: Dolby Atmos. We're not sure if it will show up in the final version, but the ability to tweak sound settings in this way would be a cool addition.
LG has a handful of phones that we'd like to see Oreo arrive on sooner than later – most notably, the LG V30. Hanging tight with the rest of 2017's best flagships in terms of design, the phone's lack of Oreo at launch is a thorn in its side. However, the software's beta launch to phones around the world means that it's likely to make a full splash sooner than later.
Of course, we have the LG G6 and maybe even the more affordable LG Q6 that we'd like to see upgraded as well. Both are more than capable of running Oreo and, given that Moto is updating some of its phones that are running on two years old, LG would be wise to issue updates to its latest phones.