The next version of Android, currently known as, will be officially released as an update in the third quarter of 2018. Currently, some phones compatible with this update are already known.
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The way to release the Android P or Android 9.0 update
Android P has had four previous versions (one for developers and three betas) in preparation for the final arrival of the update.
Google revealed that Android P will have five previous versions (4 betas) before its final release that will arrive in the third quarter of 2018.
The release varies greatly depending on the device, but in recent years the same companies have taken this leadership and this is more or less the order in which some companies have enabled the last two generations of Android (, Nougat and Marshmallow ) for their cell phones, tablets and other devices.
Logically, Google took the lead with Android Oreo to release the update before other manufacturers, but Sony was the one who took the lead this time to release the update before the developer of Android.
After Sony, Nokia (HMD Global), OnePlus and HTC followed in their footsteps, and then Samsung, LG and other companies also made theirs.
This occasion is a little different because for the first time there are already compatible phones with the beta version of Android P and the update could arrive faster than usual due to Project Treble, the modularization of the operating system that would allow updates to arrive faster than before. It is possible that thanks to Treble the beta version is already compatible with cell phones from different manufacturers.
Why Android updates take so much time and do not reach all users at once?
Android is the most popular operating system in the world , and that complicates things a bit.
Just think of the different Android phones that are around the world (they are millions). Not all have the same screen size, the same processor or the same components, and there are often modifications to optimize them for different markets or regions.
This means that each manufacturer has to optimize and make the appropriate modifications so that the operating system works properly in each of the cell phone models.
In addition, it is necessary that the manufacturers of different components update the drivers of these to work properly with Android.
Likewise, working and enabling an update also means time and money, so each manufacturer evaluates this to see if it is really worth releasing the update of the new flavor of Android.
On the other hand, updates may also require approvals from Google and operators, something that delays the process. It is for these and other reasons that not all of us receive each update at the same time.
Smartphones compatible with Android P
Google has already revealed which phones are compatible with Android P on its website, but there are also different manufacturers who have already said which of their cell phones will receive the update.
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Essential Phone
- OnePlus 6
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Oppo R15 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- I live X21 UD
- I live X21
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Confirmed update to Android P by companies:
- Motorola Moto Z3 Play
- Motorola Moto G6
- Motorola Moto G6 Plus
- Motorola Moto G6 Play
- Nokia 8 Sirocco
- Nokia 6
- Nokia 8
- Nokia 7
- Nokia 5
- Nokia 3
- Nokia 3.1
- Nokia 6.1
- Nokia 2.1
- Nokia 1
- HTC U12 Plus
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Editor’s note: We will update this article as we have more information about the update of Android 9.0 (Android P) for different devices, manufacturers and brands.