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Nokia 2 finally picks up Oreo, but your phone might be better off without it

Nokia's been talking about giving the 2017 Nokia 2 Android 8.1 Oreo since 2017, with the first beta landing all the way back in June of last year. Today it has been officially released, though there is a catch. You see, the Nokia 2 on Android Oreo suffers a few performance problems, even with a few Android Go optimizations pulled in for it. The Nokia 2 has a mere 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 212 to power it. Together, that's not really enough oomph for Oreo, so Nokia's making this update optional.

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[Update: New G6 Play release] Motorola releases Oreo kernel source code for Moto G6 Play and E5 Play

Back in April, Motorola introduced six - yes, six - smartphones simultaneously. Three belonged to the Moto G6 line, and the other three were in the Moto E5 family. The company has now published the Oreo source codes for the Moto G6 Play and E5 Play.

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[Update: Now for ZC520TL] Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) gets Android 8.1 Oreo update

Buckle up, Asus lovers and users, the ZenFone series is starting to get its Android 8.1 update and the first lucky device is the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL). The two-year-old phone had already received Nougat 7.0 a year ago and an update to Zen UI 4.0 last December, but Oreo 8.1 is certainly a nicer milestone to cross and a sign of Asus' commitment to updating most of its product line.

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[Update: ZC520KL] ASUS ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL) updated to Android 8.1 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0

We're currently on the fifth generation of ASUS ZenFone devices, but that doesn't mean that previous models have been (entirely) forgotten. The ZenFone 4 Max has just begun receiving its update to Android 8.1 Oreo, which also includes ASUS's ZenUI 5.0 skin. This is a few months behind schedule, but at least it's here now.

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Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for the LG K20 on AT&T


[Update: For real this time] Android 8.1 Oreo rolling out to Moto G5S Plus

Remember the Moto G5S Plus, the strangely-named almost-flagship that debuted about nine months ago? We haven't heard much about it for a while, but according to Motorola's support page, it's now receiving its Android 8.1 Oreo update. That means that it's skipping 8.0 Oreo, which comes as something of a surprise given Lenovorola's update reputation.

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Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out now to the Samsung Galaxy J3 on Verizon

Android updates aren't always guaranteed, especially on lower-end devices, so it's nice when budget phones receive newer versions of the operating system. Case in point, Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out to Samsung's very affordable Galaxy J3 on Verizon.

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International LG V20 variants now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

Slowly but surely, LG is upgrading each variant of the V20 to Android 8.0 Oreo. All of the US carrier versions have already recieved the update, including the models for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Now Oreo is rolling out to the international unlocked (H990DS) and Hong Kong (H990N) variants.

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Verizon releases Android 8.0 Oreo update for the ASUS Zenfone V Live

Asus and Verizon have had an on-and-off deal here in the U.S., both for phones and tablets (the latter of which aren't half bad). One of of those devices, the Zenfone V Live, is getting an update to Oreo starting today. Another one of those better-late-than-never situations, I guess.

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T-Mobile LG V20 is finally receiving its Android 8.0 Oreo update

Lagging behind the other carrier versions (by months, in some cases), T-Mobile is finally pushing out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the LG V20. Better late than never, I guess?

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