Nokia goes Android 8.0 Oreo: Upgrade confirmed for all new smartphone models

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Even HMD Global’s recently launched budget Nokia 3 is due to be moving to Android 8.0 Oreo.


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Finnish Nokia mobile maker HMD Global says it will upgrade all its new Nokia smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo — even its budget Nokia 3.

The forthcoming Oreo update for the Nokia 3 through to its flagship Nokia 8 was confirmed in a tweet by HMD Global’s chief product officer, Juho Sarvikas.

Sarvikas emphasized that the Nokia 3, which has a MediaTek chip, will get the update since there were delays to it receiving Android 7.1.1. All other Nokia devices run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips.

He didn’t reveal when Android Oreo would be rolled out on Nokia devices, but given that Nokia runs on pure Android it’s likely to be sooner than some other handsets with more customizations.

Google announced Android Oreo on August 21 but so far it’s only been available for Pixel and Nexus devices in the Android beta program. Pixel devices should receive it “soon” Google said at the announcement.

Historically, it’s taken several months for handset makers to roll out the first updates, but in many cases devices don’t get an update at all, leading to Android’s fragmentation problem. Google’s Android Oreo Project Treble aims to help device makers deliver security and version updates faster.

HMD has previously promised it would deliver swift monthly security updates and version updates.

The company was among the list of handset makers that Google said would “launch or update devices to Android 8.0 Oreo” by the end of the year. Others included Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung, Sharp and Sony.

Sony also announced last week which of its existing Xperia handsets will be getting Android 8.0. These include the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia Touch and Xperia XA1 Plus.

Sony plans to launch the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia ZX1 Compact with Android Oreo.

HTC last month announced Android Oreo would be coming in the fourth quarter to its U11. The U Ultra and 10 will also get it eventually.

Previous and related coverage

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Unofficial Android 8.0 Oreo Experimental Build Arrives on the OnePlus One

The OnePlus One will always be remembered as controversy’s love child; the device that pushed OnePlus into the headlines for quite a few reasons and not all of them were positive either. But despite all the questionable tactics of the past, there is no denying that the One was a legendary device. Because of its fairly open hardware, its $299 starting price in 2014 and some beastly specifications that punched above the price at the time, the OnePlus One quickly became an enthusiast’s choice when looking for a device with great value.

It’s Settled: The OnePlus One has Stood the Test of Time

Just as we have predicted time and time again, the OnePlus One continues to be a flashaholic’s best friend multiple years later, and has received its first builds of unofficial AOSP based on Android 8.0 Oreo. This experimental build comes to us courtesy of XDA Senior Member  and team, and offers users of the aged device a chance to try out the latest Android version available right now.

The working feature list for the ROM includes key functionality like WiFi, Bluetooth, RIL, audio and video playback, NFC and more. But because of its early and experimental nature, a few key aspects like the camera and camcorder are disabled while others like the graphics and 3D rendering are considered a work-in-progress. There’s also an issue with AOSP and its support for hardware navigation keys, because of which both the on-screen navigation bar and the hardware keys are enabled.

The ROM is fairly stable for an early build, but many would agree that it is not exactly something one would recommend using as a daily driver on the OnePlus One/bacon in its current state. That however, does not take away from the fact that you can enjoy the sweetest Android dessert right now on the flagship killer of 2014.


Do you still use the OnePlus One as your daily driver? Have you tried out Android Oreo on your OnePlus One? Let us know in the comments below!

Unofficial AOSP Oreo Builds for the OnePlus One

Sony intros Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact that come with Android 8.0 Oreo preloaded

IFA 2017 has already brought with it some new smartphones, and thanks to Sony, we’ve got some more new hardware in the pipeline.

Sony today introduced three new Xperia smartphones: the Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, and Xperia XA1 Plus. We’ll start with the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact.

The Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact share several specs, including a 19-megapixel rear camera. Sony is touting this camera heavily, talking up its super slow motion 960fps video capture and Predictive Capture, the latter of which automatically starts buffering images when it sense action or a smile, before you press the shutter button. The rear cameras on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact also offer 4K video capture, SteadyShot stabilization, and more.

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Sony Xperia XZ1

Also of note is that both the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact feature IP68 water and dust resistance and high-resolution audio features like Stereo Speaker S-Fore Surround Sound and Stereo Recording. Both phones also come preloaded with Android 8.0, making them some of the first non-Pixel, non-Nexus Android phones to run Oreo.

Rounding out the shared features of these two Xperia XZ1 phones is the Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, microSD slot, USB Type-C, and a 2,700mAh battery. Both phones will include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, too, except in the U.S. where that fingerprint reader will be absent.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

As for the differences between the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, the XZ1 features a 5.2-inch 1920×1080 display while the XZ1 Compact has a 4.6-inch HD screen. The XZ1 also comes with more built-in storage than the XZ1 Compact (64GB vs 32GB), and the XZ1 Compact has an 18-megapixel front-facing camera with wide angle lens while the XZ1 has a 13-megapixel front camera with wide angle lens.

The unlocked Sony Xperia XZ1 will begin rolling out around the globe in September, and as noted by The Verge, it’ll hit the U.S. on September 19th for $699.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. The unlocked Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact will arrive in the U.S. a bit later, hitting on October 4th for $599.99. Also of note is that the Xperia XZ1 Compact will include support for T-Mobile US VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

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Sony Xperia XA1 Plus

Also revealed today is the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus. This handset runs Android Nougat — Sony has already confirmed that it’ll be updated to Oreo — on a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display. It’s powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor that’s paired with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3,430mAh battery.

One of the highlight features of the Xperia XA1 Plus is its 23-megapixel rear camera, which boasts a 0.6-second Quick Launch and Capture feature to help you get that important shot. It’s also got a 23mm wide angle lens and HDR for photos and videos. The XA1 Plus is also packing an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with its own 23mm wide angle lens and HDR for photos support.

The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus will begin rolling out this fall.

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Motorola Confirms Android Oreo For The Moto G5S, G5S Plus

Earlier today Motorola launched the new Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus in India, and interestingly enough the duo’s release in the region was accompanied by an official confirmation that Google’s latest mobile OS version, Android Oreo, is planned to arrive on both smartphones at a later date. As of yet, no exact launch time frames have been revealed for the two devices which run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

Android 8.0 Oreo was released earlier this month when it made its way onto the Google Pixel smartphone series. Its availability will continue to expand and many original equipment manufacturers are currently working on bringing the latest mobile OS versions to their most popular smartphones. Motorola is one of them and the company seems to be eager to provide Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus owners with Android Oreo in the future, according to a recent official tweet from Motorola India. Motorola is well-known for its near-stock approach toward Android, which in turn often allows the company to prepare software updates at a faster pace compared to other OEMs who rely on heavier proprietary mobile software suites. As for what new features can be expected from Android Oreo once it lands on the Moto G5S series, some of the more notable additions include a Picture-in-Picture mode which allows a second application to run in a resizable thumbnail on top of a different full-screen app, pushing the concept of multi-window mode to a new level. Another useful addition comes in the form of Notification Dots which give users the option to glimpse at app notifications directly from the app’s shortcut, and of course, the latest OS version promises better performance and improved security, as well as many other functionalities.

Spec-wise, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus carry full HD display panels which are of the 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch variety. The former makes use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and 3GB of RAM, whereas the latter is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset and can be acquired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. In India, the smaller variant costs approximately $219, whereas the larger model starts at around $250.

Android Oreo users are already experiencing Bluetooth issues

Android 8.0 Oreo is fresh out of the oven, but it has already run into Bluetooth issues as the online buzz by those who have made the upgrade vent their frustrations. If you’re one of the many looking for a solution or fix after updating to Android 8.0 Oreo, you’re in the right place.

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Android Oreo Bluetooth problems

Right now, there is no immediate fix for Bluetooth connectivity issues, as Google is still looking into the situation and collecting as much information as possible in order to pinpoint the problem. Anyone who has run into Bluetooth issues after updating to Android 8.0 Oreo has been asked to provide relevant information, including the car/vehicle year, make and model, headphone model and brand, Bluetooth speaker and brand, with the corresponding issues or symptoms, of course.

From some of the replies, we know that the 2017 Toyota Tacoma will not display media content properly on the vehicle’s display after updating to Android Oreo. Other issues include music playback stopping after an attempt to fast forward. On a 2014 BMW i3, phone, music and navigation via Bluetooth did not work after the OTA update, despite being paired to the mobile device.

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It is not such a sweet start for Android 8.0 Oreo after all with its Bluetooth issues. / © AndroidPIT

Another common issue that users who have updated to Android Oreo reported is missing Spotify song information that no longer shows itself. While that is not so serious and is more of an annoyance, it is still something that should be fixed since it worked perfectly well in Android Nougat.

While we understand that no particular software release is ever completely free from bugs or flaws, many people have already brought up the issue of Bluetooth connectivity problems when the Oreo beta program kicked off. I found it rather surprising that it is still going through such problems with the official release of Android Oreo. Bluetooth had always faltered on the Android platform compared to iOS, so hopefully, the folks at Google will be able to offer a fix; sooner rather than later.

Are you one of those who has seen your Bluetooth connection go bust after upgrading to Android 8.0 Oreo? Let us know what’s happening in the comments.

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Android 8.0 Oreo news, update: BlackBerry KEYone to receive latest Android version after Google Pixel and Nexus

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The Android 8. Oreo update rolled out before this week, giving a lot more attributes and fixes for Android products. When the most recent Android OS edition is not nevertheless accessible for all products, it is presently confirmed that the non-Google machine BlackBerry KEYone will get this OS edition quickly. There is however no actual launch date of the most recent Android update, but KEYone is among the the very first styles to receive the update following Google Pixel and Nexus.

BlackBerry KEYone is currently running in Android 7. Nougat OS, and the approaching Oreo update will carry new remarkable attributes to its users. According to Phone Arena, despite the fact that there are no described problems among the KEYone users who operate on Nougat edition, the Android 8. update will be a unforgettable one for them as it will carry the most important Android giving nevertheless.

One particular of the attributes to appear ahead to is the “app limit” which maximizes the users’ handle around their device’s track record executions these types of as internet connectivity and storage. There is also the Autofill characteristic that will keep in mind the user’s modern log-n specifics in unique applications.

Photograph-in-Photograph, a new Android characteristic introduced by Oreo, will allow for users to stream films inside of a moveable box less than the display screen. KEYone users can also get pleasure from the Immediate applications by Oreo extremely quickly, which lets people to log into programs right away with no possessing to set up them. For more robust safety, Android 8. Oreo highlights the Google Participate in Secure to scan almost 50 billion programs for each working day to make sure that no malware can infiltrate the machine.

CrackBerry confirmed that the BlackBerry KEYone will aid the Android 8. Oreo quickly, but there is however no unique date on the firmware version’s start. For now, KEYone users should be individual as Google prioritizes the launch of the Oreo update in Google products these types of as Pixel and Nexus. Even so, the waiting around time for Oreo is not envisioned to acquire too very long as BlackBerry does not have that numerous current Android products when compared to Samsung, HTC and LG, Ubergizmo stated. 

How to see the Boot Count of your Android Nougat or Android Oreo Device

We love statistics. Even mundane or largely useless statistics can be immensely interesting to people. With adb, or root and a terminal application, it’s possible to view the boot count of your phone which is how many times you’ve started your device! Obviously, this counter is only logged since your phone has been last factory reset. This data is stored in the settings database, so wiping your data in a factory reset means this boot counter is lost. If following the root method below, you will need Magisk or SuperSU. The value that is read, “BOOT_COUNT”, was only added in SDK24, or Android Nougat, so any devices on Android Nougat or Android Oreo will have this counter. Those on Android Marshmallow or lower cannot use this tutorial, as the string does not exist.

It’s not like you’re really missing out on much, though.


See your Boot Count on any Android 7.0+ Device (No Root)

Firstly, follow this tutorial to set up adb on your device. It has everything you need to get it up and running for Windows, Mac or Linux! Once you’ve got all of that setup, you’ll need to run the following two commands via adb. You can check if your device is connected as well with “adb devices”. The image on the right shows you how it should look.

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settings get global boot_count

That should then give you back an integer value, which is how many times your device has booted.

See your Boot Count on any Android 7.0+ Device (Root)

You need root for this one, so type the following commands in Termux (or any terminal application). The image on the right shows you how it should look.

su

Accept the prompt to grant superuser access.

settings get global boot_count

And that’s all!


With Android Nougat, the string “BOOT_COUNT” was added. This is a string which records the boot count of your device. As mentioned above, this string is wiped if you factory reset. If you care about this minor boot statistic, I suggest not wiping your /data partition. But you probably don’t really care. Maybe.

What’s your boot count? Let us know below!

Android TV: Android Oreo Is Here, This Is What You Get

So it finally happened this week. The final and consumer-ready version of Android O has now arrived and with a name. Android O is now officially Android Oreo. While this is exciting for the Android world, it is probably a little less exciting for those who are part of the Android TV community. First and foremost, Android TV device makers do not seem to be that great at pushing out updates. So when a particular user of a particular device, will actually get to use Android Oreo, is anyone’s guess. Although, if you do own the original Nexus Player, and in spite of this device being three years old now, you can be running Android Oreo right now. The update should roll out to all Nexus Players as an OTA in the coming days and weeks, while those who would prefer not to wait can push the update manually to their device by using this method. Those who are part of the developer preview program, should have already gotten the update.

So what’s is on offer with Oreo? To be honest, not much more than what was already known. Due to the developer previews rolling out over the last few months, the features on offer with the official version of Oreo is much the same as what was on offer when it was just Android O. Although there are some minor improvements and most notably in terms of support for the new interface.

Channels

This is the big thing with Android Oreo on Android TV. Apps are a thing of the past now and while you still might install an app, once it is installed it becomes a ‘channel.’ During the preview stage, support for Channels was pretty limited and in reality, it still is. Besides the stock Google apps (YouTube, Play Movies, Music, etc), there are very few apps that can take advantage of Channels at the moment. Although HBO GO (and NOW) does.

Interestingly, in spite of being the hero app in the Android O hero teaser images, Netflix support for Channels still seems to be largely absent. This will likely change soon enough, but right now Netflix does not support the Channels feature.

Another announced feature which has yet to materialize is any meaningful way is the video preview feature. This is where the user can highlight one of the thumbnails listed under a Channel and have the thumbnail play a preview video. In the latest version of Oreo, this is still not a usable feature. Although one nice touch is that as you pass through different thumbnails under a Channel listing, the background does change color. Not quite the same, but something.

Other Apps

One of the big criticisms of the new interface was that by giving users more granular access to Channels, access to apps in general was becoming less. That is, you have less apps now appearing in-view on the leanback launcher. Requiring the user to have to click through to the apps menu to see a greater number of the apps they have on their system. This is still the case, although Google has made it a little easier to access the apps quickly, and most importantly – from anywhere within the interface. Now all a user has to do is long-press the menu key on the Nexus Player and the apps page loads overlaying the main leanback launcher home screen.

This feature works anywhere on Android TV. So even if you are in an app already, long-pressing the menu key will launch the app page while the content plays in the background. Which does result in a nice and quick way to jump from one app to another. Although, the downside with this feature is that there is now no way to access the ‘recents’ menu. This feature seems to be completely absent from Android Oreo which is disappointing. As there is no quick way to (a) see what apps are running and (b) stop select apps from running in the background. This now has to be done via the Android TV’s settings menu, although even through the settings you cannot really see what is running in the background. It is more of a case of just force closing apps that you know to be open.

Favorites

Favorites is another feature users will want to start using straight away and one which seems to be a little better tuned now. This is the app tab that appears at the top of the home screen and is the only shortcut route to your most used apps. Before, the option to add to this row was very limited forcing the user to the secondary app page to launch certain apps. That seems to be all sorted now as all apps installed on the system do seem to be showing up as compatible with the favorites tab. Which is great new for those who use apps like Sideload Launcher. As now you can set it to the homescreen and be one click closer to opening non-Android TV optimized apps.

Performance

Not all apps are working great at the moment. Something which will likely be fixed in due course. HBO GO being a good example. While this is an app that is able to make use of the Channels functionality on the home screen, it is not one which is working very well. The app launches fine but on most occasions when trying to actually play any content the app crashes and forces a restart. Only to do the same thing again. Likewise, there is a feature where you can manually add titles to the ‘Watch Next’ row (by long-pressing on a thumbnail) although this does not seem to be working either at the moment. The option shows up but it is grayed out for now.

Wrap up

So overall, while the official version is here there is not much in the way of new features to play with. As to be expected, the interface is now much more finely tuned and improved. Although, there does still seem to be some bugs and kinks that will need to be ironed out and especially when it comes to app support for Oreo. It is important to note that much of what Android Oreo is capable of is at the developer level. So while there are some features that have been announced and are not currently showing up (Picture-in-Picture, video preview thumbnails, Channel support, and so on), these do have to be included by the app developers. So once Oreo has been out for a longer period and more apps are optimized to work with Oreo, more of those headline features will start to show up more often, and become more useful. Of course none of this actually matters unless you own a Nexus Player or intend to buy a 2017/18 Android TV device which presumably will come with Oreo pre-installed. With the exception of the NVIDIA SHIELD, it seems unlikely that the rest of the current Android TV options will get Oreo anytime soon.

BlackBerry KEYone Confirmed To Get Android 8.0 Oreo Upgrade

Google has formally exposed its most up-to-date Android 8. Oreo operating process and BlackBerry KEYone homeowners will be among the lucky kinds to get the update as soon as it gets to be available. New Android variations typically roll out to Google’s have Pixel and Nexus traces very first, immediately after which they begin hitting other Android gadgets. It requires a although for some OEMs to validate which of their gadgets will get the software improve, but BlackBerry presently pledged to guidance its most up-to-date machine with Android 8. Oreo. The BlackBerry KEYone is hence established to receive the update, the enterprise verified in a assertion offered to CrackBerry, while no time frame is presently available for when this may possibly occur.

As envisioned, Android 8. Oreo packs a slew of enhancements and new features developed to make improvements to the in general knowledge of the software. The most up-to-date OS variation arrives with new and redesigned emoji, restrictions the history exercise of seldom applied applications, adds Android Fast Apps, enhances protection with Google Participate in Shield, boosts the notifications process, enhances Autofill for easier application logins, facilitates the distribution of Android updates as a result of Undertaking Treble, adds a snoozing selection for notifications, delivers a photo-in-photo method, and debuts Notification Channels, among other points. Android 8. Oreo marks a major improvement more than Android Nougat, aiming to make improvements to almost all aspects of the OS for a faster and smoother knowledge. The BlackBerry KEYone is presently operating Android 7.1 Nougat, the very same software make with which it shipped before this year.

The smartphone produced its debut at Cellular Entire world Congress (MWC) this spring and elevated plenty of fascination, specially thanks to its QWERTY keyboard and long battery lifestyle. The BlackBerry KEYone features a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1,620 x 1,080 pixels and a 3:2 part ratio, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inner storage expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card, USB Sort-C, 12-megapixel principal digital camera, and an 8-megapixel front sensor. The bodily QWERTY keyboard athletics an integrated fingerprint scanner, although its huge 3,505 mAh non-removable battery should really final for much more than 24 hours on a single charge. The BlackBerry KEYone guarantees state-of-the-art efficiency and protection features and its improve to Android 8. Oreo should really get points to the future degree as soon as it rolls out.

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What’s new with Android 8.0?

Android Oreo’s features have already been announced, and we’ve had a chance to try the Developer Preview. So, what’s new? You can expect core improvements which allow for power saving, faster updates and tougher security. There are also some changes on the surface for users, including new round emoji, adaptive icons, notification channels and picture-in-picture. See our rundown of all the new Android Oreo features here:

How to get the final version of Android Oreo

Nexus and Pixel devices

Also known as Android 8.0 or Android O, the newly finalized Android Oreo is here. Of course, as with the Developer Previews, Pixel and Nexus devices get it first. If you’ve got a Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel or Pixel XL, you can get the Android Oreo system images here and flash them on your device. For detailed instructions on how to download and install Android Oreo, check out the article below:

When will I get the Android Oreo update?

As mentioned above, Android Oreo will be available first for Nexus and Pixel devices. For the rest of us, the wait will be a bit longer. Here we are, a year after the release of Android Nougat, and still many devices are waiting for their update to Android 7.0. That means it could be a long time before Android 8.0 Oreo reaches your device, and you don’t want to be kept in the dark while you wait. We’ve got your back. In the following article, we’re keeping tabs on when manufacturers say they’ll be shipping the updates to each of their devices. Luckily, we already have some information from Huawei, OnePlus, Nokia, Asus and other manufacturers.

What do you think of Android Oreo? Let us know in the comments!

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