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Final version of Android 8.0 Oreo heads to beta program testers; new system images available

Today, following months of speculation, Google finally confirmed that its next major OS update will be known as Android 8.0 Oreo. "After more than a year of development and months of testing by developers and early adopters (thank you!)," Google said, "we're now ready to officially launch Android 8.0 Oreo to the world."

However, Oreo isn't yet rolling out to general users, but Google has taken the first steps towards making that happen, including pushing the sources for 8.0 to the Android Open Source Project.

Google added that those who have been participating in the Android Beta Program "will receive the update to the final version today." The company has also published new Android 8.0 system images on its Android Developer site that can be flashed onto the following devices:

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C
  • Pixel (Telstra, Rogers, TMO, Sprint, USCC, Project Fi)

  • Pixel (other carriers)

  • Pixel XL (Telstra, Rogers, TMO, Sprint, USCC, Project Fi)

  • Pixel XL (other carriers)

This is likely to be the last major Android update that Google officially makes available to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, as the period for guaranteed OS updates for both handsets ends next month - but it's possible that they'll receive a further interim update (e.g. Android 8.1) after that. Google has already committed to keeping both the 5X and 6P updated with security patches until September 2018.

You can find out more about what's in Android 8.0 Oreo here.

Source: Android Developers

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