Verizon starts rolling out Android Oreo to Google Pixel handsets

Verizon is one the first US carriers to roll out the new Android Oreo OTA update. (Source: Verizon)
Verizon is one the first US carriers to roll out the new Android Oreo OTA update. (Source: Verizon)
Contrary to popular notion, Verizon has started to seed the Android Oreo update to Google Pixel phones on its network much before any other major US carrier has initiated the process.

Verizon has started rolling out the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update to Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on its network. Google started to officially rollout the Android Oreo update to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL phones starting August 21. We are getting reports that Verizon and even Sprint has started roll out of Android Oreo to the Pixel and Pixel XL phones on their respective networks. The update version listed on Verizon's support page is OPR6.170623.012 with Android security patch level 2017-08-05. 

Generally, it takes quite a bit of time for carriers to roll out any new OTA OS update. OEMs also take their own sweet time to finalize new software updates long after they are made official. For a change, it is glad to see Verizon being one of the first to seed the update to compatible handsets on its network. To ensure a hassle-free update process, Verizon recommends connecting to a Wi-Fi network or making sure the device has a strong Verizon Wireless connection. The carrier also recommends the battery be fully charged before starting the update process. 

Android Oreo comes with some nifty new features such as Picture-in-Picture, a more user-friendly notification centre, notification badges on app icons, always-on display, instant apps and a lot more under-the-hood performance and security improvements. Those comfortable with manual flashing can also download the Android 8.0 system images for their corresponding handset from the Android Developers website. We'll be sure to keep you posted as and when Android Oreo is available on other carriers and OEMs so watch this space.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-08-30 (Update: 2017-08-30)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.