Android Oreo Already Available For Google’s Nexus And Pixel Devices

As some of us know… Google pulled off one of the best marketing stunts in history on Monday, by taking advantage of the solar eclipse over continental America to announce a cool name for Android O. Android 8.0 is now officially known as Oreo, but as awesome as that may be, the sad fact is that most devices will not get it anytime soon. Unless you own a Pixel- or Nexus-branded gadget, then you’ll have to wait a while longer to get your hands on Oreo.

As a reminder, you can run Android 8.0 right now if you own a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player. Google has download links up for all these devices. Instructions for manually flashing a device to the next available Android update — 8.0 in this case — are available on the Android developer page. That said, if you happen to be among the few Nigerians rocking any of these Google devices, get to your phone’s update setting or the provided link on your software update page and do the needful. You should feel really lucky to be among the first tasting all that Oreo goodness! 

Just so you know, Google introduced Android 8.0 back at I/O 2017 a few months ago, releasing the first Android O betas soon after that. In case you’re not familiar with Android O’s brand new features, you should also check out Google’s Oreo announcement on which goes through all the major additions to Android, both for end users and developers.

Google’s VP of Engineering Dave Burke, who penned the announcement, said that Google worked with various hardware makers, including Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, Motorola, HMD Global (Home of Nokia Android Devices), Samsung, Sharp and Sony on Android Oreo upgrades and new releases. These companies are now expected to launch Oreo devices or upgrade existing ones by the end of the year. So likes of the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 owners are gonna have to chill a little before they can get Oreo.