Lenovo will be terribly behind with the Android 8.0 Oreo update for some of its phones


Lenovo just revealed that it will be updating its K8 series of devices, the K8, K8 Note, and K8 Plus, to Android Oreo. That is definitely good news for the adopters of said phones as it's always refreshing to hear that your device is getting a taste of the latest software advancements of Google, but one little detail is easily making this whole news a rather bittersweet ordeal.

See, according to the information Lenovo has provided, said phones won't receive the latest Android software update until mid-2018. The Lenovo K8 should be receiving it around June 2018, whereas the K8 Note and the K8 Plus users will have to wait until July in the earliest in order to get a bite out of Android 8.0 Oreo. While it's true that the K8, K8 Note, and K8 Plus are no flagships, they are still rather capable mid-rangers that were announced back in August 2017. 

Even worse, they are running nearly stock Android, which makes the slow update schedule rather irrational, and demoralizing even moreso. Another nail in the coffin is the fact that Lenovo is seemingly not working on Android Oreo updates for any other device in its portfolio, or at least hasn't disclosed such plans, which is basically the same.

To put things in perspective, we expect Google to release an early preview of Android 9.0 P sometime in March 2018, followed by an official release of the next OS sometime in August 2018.

Lenovo's slow update schedule becomes even less logical when you take into account the fact that Android Oreo was explicitly designed with fast updates in mind. Thanks to none other than Project Treble, the latest Android features a revamped framework that allows manufacturers to modify the OS without having to meddle with the low-level software that's maintained by the hardware vendor. Put simple, this means that less code needs to be re-written once a new version of Android arrives, which saves tons of time on its own. But Lenovo is having none of that.


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11 Comments

1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Finally an entirely different pig comes out.

5. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

What does a farm animal got to do with the article?

2. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Lenovo is the worst brand when it comes to user support. Their customer care is worst.

6. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The same with oppo and vivo. They almost never update their phones, instead they make new ones for you to buy. Xiaomi and Huawei are better on this regard.

10. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

count xiaomi in that careless customer support. I'm using xiaomi and all their roms are full of bugs. other than flagships no other xiaomi models get android version upgrade or newer android version's features. If you hover over MIUI forum you will see many complaints and unsatisfied customers. Along with record breaking sales they are also making record breaking unsatisfied customers. e.g. redmi note 3 and redmi 3s users left with marshmallow without split screen,PIP they lack basic features like manual camera and double tap to wake.

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I'm still waiting to get Nougat on my Moto X Pure Edition. :-(

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3130; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

8. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

I have tried those steps so many times on my MXPE and I get the same message that my device has the latest software....matter of fact I just tried that last night with no luck.

9. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Oh I've viewed Lenovo's website many times, spoke with customer care, & tapped check for update many, many times. Still nothing. Thinking of manually using the update uploaded online.

7. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Same here, it's a good thing that the MXPE is not my daily driver.

11. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

While every other version of the S7 edge already has nougat, I'm still waiting for it on my injustice edition... It's the worst phone I've ever bought, for the money I paid for it was expecting a top tier device... It stopped reading microSD cards 3 months after purchase. Samsung expected me to pay another $250-$350 for the repair. And after all this time it's stock on Android 6.0.1 a revision from August 2016... Maybe I wasn't supposed to use it, just keep it for show. I'll never buy another "special edition" and I'll keep my distance from Samsung's phones

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