The Android 8.0 Oreo rollout has begun: Those devices that were enrolled in the beta are now receiving the update to the final version over-the-air.
Google officially launched Android 8.0 Oreo, and unveiled its final branding, at a short virtual event on Monday. At that time, it specified a schedule for getting the release out to existing devices, starting immediately with Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices.
But those devices that were enrolled in the beta—Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, and Nexus Player—were slated for the next drop. And that happened “soon,” as Google promised: The first reports of the final build being delivered OTA happened that same day. And my own Pixel XL, which has been on the beta since the beginning, was offered the update yesterday.
(And unlike with previous updates, this one was very quick. I suspect there were very few changes from the last Developer Preview release.)
Google had also noted that it was working with its partners to deliver Android 8.0 Oreo to existing devices. Given the glacial (and often non-existent) rollout of new Android versions to existing devices, one might expect it to take up to a year or more to be complete. Not that it matters: With smartphone buyers replacing their devices every year or two, Android fragmentation has moved from a complete non-issue to being an urban legend at this point.
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