The state of Android Oreo updates today - the champions, the losers, and the mediocres
But the search giant and its smartphone-making partners simply have no excuse for the horrible state of Android Oreo updates. Fragmentation has been a problem for many years, so why did it take so long for Project Treble to materialize and for non-Google devices to become involved in an official beta program setting the stage for a new OS version release?
Also unacceptable is the huge gap between iOS 11 and Android Oreo adoption numbers. A whopping 81 percent of the world’s “iDevices” were already running the former operating system on May 31, according to official App Store measurements, whereas just 12.1 percent of devices visiting Google’s Play Store in the 7-day period ending on July 23 came powered by Android 8.0 or 8.1.
Worse yet, the 2015-released Marshmallow is still a close second in this latest distribution chart, behind the slightly newer Nougat dessert, and narrowly ahead of the even older Lollipop flavor. That’s bad, and everyone from Google to Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, and Nokia should feel bad. Well, maybe not everyone. At the very least, some companies should feel worse than others for crucially contributing to the fragmentation plague.
Let’s name and shame a few of the laziest Android smartphone vendors out there, as well as praise those who’ve done a better than average job in providing Oreo updates for devices running older OS iterations out the box.
Verdict: champion (duh)
Ultimately, all kinks were ironed out, and Samsung also brought many other handsets up to date, including the Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018), A3, A5, and A7 (2017), and of course, the Galaxy Note 8. But rollouts have been sluggish, with certain markets clearly favored over others, and worst of all, many respectable mid-rangers, like the Galaxy J3, J5, and J7 (2017), kept waiting and waiting.
Okay, maybe that’s not the only reason behind Nokia’s resurgence, but it would be naive to think the popularity of modest devices like the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 has nothing to do with their modern software. The Nokia 2 is the lone black spot on an otherwise flawless track record, but even that 1GB RAM-packing lightweight has been treated to an 8.1 Oreo beta.
On the bright side, the Honor 7X earned its Oreo stripes relatively early... for a budget-friendly mid-ranger. Still, Huawei will have to do better if it wants to become the mobile world’s number one manufacturer.
LG, HTC, and Motorola
HTC did a slightly better job, with the U11 updated before 2017 ended (at least in some markets), and the U11 Life, HTC 10, and U Ultra also added to the Oreo-powered list fairly quickly. But a lot of 2016 phones have been left behind, and 2017’s U Play was never even bumped up to Nougat.
As for Moto-branded devices, we still can’t believe it took the non-Android One X4 variant until June to adopt those sweet Oreo treats. And yes, the G5 and G5 Plus are still stuck with Nougat.
Sony and Asus
Meanwhile, Asus pulled off relatively timely updates for a long list of ZenFone 3 variants, including a few not-so-powerful and not-too-expensive devices. Too bad software support is not everything.
Verdict: still underdogs
Verdict: what the actual F?!
Verdict: you have much to learn, grasshopper