If you own a Moto Z or Galaxy S7 smartphone on Verizon, I give you full credit for holding your breath on Android Oreo. Unlike some other carriers in the US who rolled out the update for these devices many months ago, Verizon is yet to do so and has told owners of these devices many times that the update is coming. After a long wait, the update is almost ready and will release “in a few weeks.”
Those who own a flagship smartphone on Verizon have had to wait a long time for big Android system releases. For Android Oreo, Verizon has struggled to get the updates out to models manufactured by Samsung and Motorola. However, get ready for some relief as Verizon has confirmed the update for Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Moto Z DROID, and Moto Z Play DROID.
We now know that some version of Oreo, most presumably 8.0 and unfortunately not the newer 8.1 release, will begin hitting these phones “in a few weeks.” That is, if Verizon stays true to its word. It would have been nice to get a date, but this is better clarification than we’ve had and a lot of consumers own one of these two mobiles.
Verizon might also push the same upgrade for other phones and/or tablets at or near the same time. This would be a good idea since attention is steering toward the next version from Google in Android P, which is already available in developer preview and getting closer toward its official release. We were beginning to have doubts that any of these phones would ever see Oreo, but now all we have to do is stay patient. When the update begins its roll out, we’ll post in our Droid Updated Weekly Series, so be sure to hit that up and stay tuned for future editions.