Why your phone will not get the Android Oreo update?

After Android O revealed by Google, many people have started the countdown to hands on it. Android O comes with a host of new features. It improves the multitasking feature in the phone by enabling the picture-in-picture mode for many apps. It also comes with new notifications system for the lockscreen, performance improvements, more aggressive dozing feature to enable better battery life, and richer emojis. Now that the features are all out there, the only question that remains is - how soon will your phone get the upgrade?

Though it's just a matter of time before it rolls out to most Android phones, however if you use a Google device, you are first in line. Google has already started giving the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL users a taste of the Android Oreo. Those users who were enrolled in the Android beta programme and were already running the 4th beta of the Android O.

But as you soon as you add to the mix devices from other manufacturers, the picture gets complicated. For those, who are not using a recent Nexus phone or a Pixel phone, the Oreo update is not that sweet. There are many more phones like Motorola Moto, Nokia 6 and Galaxy S8 will get the Oreo update but when is a question that phone makers are not yet answered. In case your phone hasn't yet got the Oreo update, here are the reasons -

Phone is not made by Google - Phones other than Pixel and Nexus take more than two months to get updates. If your phone not made by Google then you have to wait for the Oreo update.

Phone doesn't run stock Android - Android is a highly customizable mobile operating system. Many vendor change lots of things on Android for their phones, that's why it takes time to update on newly released Android version. But, the phones that run stock Android usually get the version update.

In the case of Oreo all the recent phones that have been launched with stock Android will get. This means Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and the Nokia 3 will get Android Oreo in the coming days. Also, the recent Moto phones like the Moto Z2 Play, Moto G5, G5 plus, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5 - will get the Oreo because they run a very lightly modified version of Android, which is very close to stock Android.

But if your phone doesn't run on stock Android, chances are that it will not get the Oreo update. And even if it gets because it is a high-end phone like LG G6, Galaxy S8 or HTC U11, the update will come late.

Phone over one year old - For the older phones, the scene is hopeless. If you use a phone that you bought over 6 months ago, chances are that it won't get an update to Oreo unless it is a high-end Moto or a Google Pixel/Nexus phone. If the phone is over one year old, it is almost certain that it will not get Android O, unless it is a Nexus or Pixel phone or a premium device like the Galaxy S7.

Phones made by chinese company like Xiaomi or Huawei - Big manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei could take up to an year to bring Android version updates to their phones. Even then not all of their phones get the update, only a handful of the phones sold by companies like Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and others will get the update to Android Oreo.


Unless you have a Nokia, OnePlus, Moto or Google phone, don't wait for the Android Oreo update on your phone. The update process for Android is broken. It is broken since very beginning. Unfortunately, it is also a process that can't be fixed. Google has trying hard. But there seems to be no solution because the whole Android update process has too many players, pulling in too many directions.