Now that Android P is in alpha form, manufacturers are expected to shift their focus to the next version of Google’s mobile OS. Many Android flagship owners are still without Oreo, which is downright disappointing. So before manufacturers jump on Android P, it would be nice if some companies update their devices to last year’s version to prevent further fragmentation of the OS. The Nextbit Robin buyer is doing just that.
Essential had a change in plans for Android Oreo. The company announced several Android 8.0 beta upgrades for its Essential Phone, but later decided to skip the update for Android 8.1. The first Android 8.1 beta was introduced last week, and now the company has come out with a new way to get it.
Essential released three Android 8.0 Oreo betas for testing on the PH-1 smartphone in the last two months and appeared ready to release the public OTA. However, that all changed two weeks ago when the Andy Rubin company changed course.
Android Oreo is almost ready for the Essential PH-1 smartphone, though there has been a change in events. Midway through the beta program, Essential reached out to its fan base on Twitter to confirm that its Essential Phone will skip Android 8.0 and be updated straight to Android 8.1 Oreo (very latest version).
As we continue to see, Google is pushing “Go” or “Android Go” versions of select apps to Android 8.1 Oreo handsets with low memory. These apps have been streamlined to be lighter, faster versions made for lower end handsets including ones with less RAM.
Owners of the budget-friendly Nokia 2 should rejoice, because the handset will be receiving Android Oreo soon. To be accurate, it will be updated straight to Android 8.1, making it the very first to take this jump. The reason is because the update incorporates better memory-management kind of like what we see with Android Go for handsets that have minimal RAM.
Google previewed Android Go for the first time earlier this year at Google I/O 2017. Now, the search giant has launched Android Oreo ‘Go Edition,’ with Android 8.1 Oreo.
Surprise! Just one week after releasing the second Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview, Google has gone ahead with the public release of the software, as promised back in October. The version is the first maintenance of Android 8.0 (Google’s major overhaul) to roll out publicly, and it’s arriving with Android Oreo ‘Go Edition.’ Here’s everything you need to know about it.