Android Distribution January 2018: Oreo barely moves the needle as Nougat marches on

It’s that time of the month again, where we see just how fragmented the world of Android actually is according to Google’s distribution figures. In January, Oreo is still struggling to gain traction while it seems Nougat is almost ready to overtake Marshmallow in the rankings.  When compared to December’s distribution figures, we can see the following […]


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Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details

Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo update is available now or coming soon for multiple devices, including those in the Honor line. And while Google’s latest software arrived in mid-2017, Huawei has only just recently released a few phones with Android 8.0 out of the box. For everyone else though, the update is a work in progress. Here’s what you need to know about Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo updates.

While manufacturers are still busy working on the original Android 8.0 Oreo release, Google just unleashed Android 8.1 for Pixel and Nexus devices. In the coming weeks and months, the Android O upgrade will arrive for devices from popular Android manufacturers like Huawei, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.

Read: What’s New in Android Oreo

Huawei’s latest devices like the Mate 10 Pro already have Oreo, but other older devices don’t, at least not yet. And while the company hasn’t confirmed a list of devices yet, they are working hard on Huawei and Honor Oreo updates. Including a new beta for the Huawei P10 and others. Here’s what you need to know about any and all Oreo upgrades.

As expected, popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will see an update to Android 8.0 soon. Of course, if they didn’t launch with the new software out of the box. We’ve seen a lot of movement from Huawei, Sony, LG, and even Samsung. Multiple companies have beta tests well under way, or near completion. This means within the first few months of 2018 tons of devices will get the new software.

That said, you’re here to learn about Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo software updates. We have a large list of devices we believe will get it, and some that won’t. We’ll continuously update this list as more information becomes available, or Huawei sends out more updates and betas.

Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Updates

As we’ve seen in prior years, Huawei is pretty quick to software updates. And while many were hoping for a December arrival, that isn’t the case. That said, expect updates to start within the first few months of 2018. Why the delay? Well, that’s because Huawei has a heavily customized and user-friendly EMUI skin over stock Android. This adds a lot of extra features or controls, but at the expense of slower software updates.

Before we get into what’s new with Android 8.0 Oreo or EMUI 8, here’s a list of devices we believe will see an upgrade to Oreo within the first half of 2018. As more updates arrive, this list may expand and grow. Keep in mind that there are several versions of some of these phones, so we won’t list them all.

  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei P9 models
  • Honor C and Honor 6C Pro
  • Honor 9
  • Huawei Honor P8 Lite
  • Huawei GR3, NOVA 2
  • Honor 8 and 8 Plus
  • and more

Again, this list is in no particular order and some might be missing. Additionally, devices like the new Huawei Mate 10 already have Oreo. As announcements get made by Huawei, we’ll confirm the details here.

In closing, we also want to list a few that won’t get an update to Oreo. Again, we’re not 100% sure on the entire list, but a lot of phones won’t get Oreo updates. Like the Honor 5, Huawei Y3, Honor 7, Mate 8 (maybe), and Huawei Y3, Y5, Y6, and Y7, to name a few. Most of these phones aren’t available in the US either, so keep that in mind.

Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Update Release Dates & Details

So when will your Huawei phone get an update to Android 8.0 Oreo? Well, that’s a hard question to answer. Android manufacturers are slow to make announcements, keep details close to their vest, and rarely share exact dates. That’s because they change and evolve as new bugs get found or fixed.

While we’ve seen announcements from SonyMotorolaHTC, Samsung, and others, Huawei is staying mum on details.

However, the international Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are getting the Android 8.0 Oreo beta right now, at least in select regions. This is a good sign. It means that the company has worked hard behind the scenes, and updates are nearing completion.

Things are subject to change, but with betas rolling out now, we expect official updates for select phones before the end of January, or within the first few weeks of February. We’ll update as we learn more.

What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

There are lots of new Android O features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. Huawei smartphone owners will enjoy faster speeds, longer battery life, picture-in-picture mode, smart text selection, improved notifications, and autofill framework for your trickiest of passwords. In addition to everything else in Oreo.

The bundled notifications are easier to manage, and picture-in-picture mode is a welcomed new feature as well. Here’s a bigger list of the many new features of Android 8.0 Oreo.

Here is a detailed list explaining some of the many new features. Basically, expect a faster experience with dynamic icons, smarter notifications and all kinds of small tweaks. Additionally, expect software improvements, bug fixes specific to each Huawei device, and other changes along with the upgrade to Oreo. A lot of the changes are behind the scenes but will make a big impact on our smartphones and tablets. Then, EMUI will address problems and add several features from Huawei themselves. Features specific to your phone, or for something it has to offer.

We’re excited to see how Huawei integrates some of the best Oreo features into its devices or changes them to fit their needs.

Final Thoughts & What’s Next

In closing, just know that the update to Android 8.0 Oreo for a slew of Huawei smartphones and tablets is coming soon. Most likely all the flagship phones and popular budget devices will get it first, then some of Huawei’s lower-end devices will follow later. We could see a few for tablets, and eventually other devices later in 2018.

While Huawei and Honor are two different groups, they’re both working hard to deliver the best features and latest software to your device. Again, we’re expecting a lot of announcements and movement in the next few weeks. As we learn more and see updates rollout or betas conclude, we’ll share the information right here.

Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Pixel & Nexus January Android Oreo Update: What to Know

Pixel & Nexus January Android Oreo Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Kicking off the new year Google just released a new January Android Oreo update for PixelPixel 2 and Nexus devices. This brings your device up to date with Google’s latest security patches, bug fixes, and new features. Here’s what to know and which devices are getting updates first.

A little earlier than previous months the January Android 8.1 Oreo update is now available. Google is keeping good on its promise to release security patches each month.

Read: Everything That’s New in Android Oreo

This January Android 8.1 update is available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the Pixel C Tablet. This is an important update that could affect your device and its performance. Look for it starting January 3rd, and keep reading for information about a potential problem with the update.

Every month Google updates all of its devices. These updates deliver the latest security patches, bug fixes, and occasionally new features. January’s release adds key security patches, fixes drivers for Bluetooth, WiFi, touchscreen responsiveness and a few other things.

Nexus & Pixel December Android Oreo Update Details

Starting Wednesday, January 3rd, multiple devices should see this update. Google made the announcement on the 2nd, but updates aren’t rolling out yet. This is a free software update for all eligible devices and comes right from Google or those with a Pixel on Verizon. This is a small, fast and painless update that should only take a few minutes to complete. We’ve seen these take 24-48 hours to arrive in some cases, so keep that in mind.

Typically these updates have between 20-30 changes mostly in the form of security patches, but occasionally other bugs or glitches are also fixed. Sometimes, Google slips in new features like for the aging Nexus 5. The January release made a change to improve the stability and performance of devices after installing an OTA update.

This means you likely won’t see anything new, or notice any major changes, but it’s still an important update we recommend everyone download and install. Especially because this is the first security patch after the December Android 8.1 Oreo update.

January Oreo Update Fixes & Patches

In November, Google issued a slew of fixes for Bluetooth to all of Android. Meaning the update wasn’t just for Nexus and Pixel users. However, we’re not seeing anything similar in the January release. It’s mainly to patch bugs or exploits and keep up with the latest security standards. We aren’t seeing device-specific changes.

That said, this release has the full patch notes for Android and a separate list of changes for Nexus and Pixel devices. We’re seeing a total of 20 entries for Android, with only four listed as Critical or High. Then, roughly 50+ for Nexus and Pixel devices with nothing listed as critical. Basically, this is a small security update and nothing more.

In closing, we did notice an entry for Bluetooth, WiFi, Touchscreen drivers, the kernel, and general device stability. Meaning we’re expecting some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL bug fixes in the January upgrade.

When Will It Arrive?

For most users, this is an important update. Not only because it patches important security holes, but for potential bug fixes. Google confirmed the January Oreo update will start rolling out on the 3rd. This is via an over the air software update, or manual installation using the factory images.

Read: 15 Common Pixel 2 XL Problems & How to Fix Them

Some users manually installed the update with factory images, but are experiencing some od device slow-down. Just reboot your phone, and everything should be fine after.

That said, typically these monthly updates hit devices within a few hours of the announcement. With Google’s blog post on the 2nd, users will start getting updates on January 3rd, and throughout the week.

Those with a Verizon Pixel or Pixel 2 should see the update this week also. To get started head to Settings > About Phone > and check for updates.

Other Details

All said and done, expect an update on your Nexus or Pixel device within the next few days. You won’t notice anything new, but the phone will be more secure and better prepared for the future. Again, this update is only on Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets. Which means those with a Samsung, HTC, Motorola or other devices will have to wait for updates from that specific manufacturer. Most users are still waiting for Android 8.0 from their respective manufacturers, like Samsung.

If you manually install this update, make sure you download the right factory images from Google’s site. Some phones have two versions available. No matter what version of Android Oreo you are on if you’re having problems we have a few tips. Those experiencing issues should check out this post for more help. Stay tuned for more details and drop a comment below with any questions or concerns about the January Nexus and Pixel Android Oreo update.

Pixel & Nexus January Android Oreo Update: What to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.