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Android 8.1 Oreo is rolling out to the Asus ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL)

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Back in April, one of Jordan's complaints about the Asus ZenFone Max Plus M1 was that it shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat. Seven months later, Asus is rectifying that (sort of) with an update to 8.1 Oreo. It's a little frustrating that manufacturers aren't skipping right to Android 9 Pie, but Oreo has a lot of what's good about Pie, and late updates are better than no updates.

If you're sporting a Max Plus M1 and haven't seen the update yet, head to Settings > System > System updates to initiate the upgrade manually.

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Android 8.1 Oreo is rolling out to the Asus ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

App developers must target Android 8.0 or higher starting today (November 1st)

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Google rolls out new security features in every version of Android, but some changes only apply for apps that target newer API levels. Thus, Google announced late last year it was cracking down on apps built for older versions of Android. Today is the big day—developers can no longer upload anything to the Play Store without targeting at least API level 26 (Oreo 8.0).

The new policy is fully in effect today, but it's something developers have dealt with for several months.

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App developers must target Android 8.0 or higher starting today (November 1st) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android platform distribution numbers updated for October, Pie still missing

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Google's official Android distribution numbers give us an insight into which OS versions are still being used, and serve as a visual representation of the platform's fragmentation. The stats have just been updated again for October, and Android 9 Pie is still nowhere to be seen.

The numbers below were gathered over a seven-day period, ending on October 26th (any versions with less than 0.1% usage are not included):

Android version stats, October 2018

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)
2.30.30.2-0.1
4.00.30.30
4.11.11.10
4.21.51.50
4.30.50.4-0.1
4.47.87.6-0.2
5.03.63.5-0.1
5.114.714.4-0.3
6.021.621.3-0.3
7.019.018.1-0.9
7.110.310.1-0.2
8.013.414+0.6
8.15.87.5+1.7

If you'd rather see a visual representation, here's this month's Pie-less pie graph:

Every version older than 8.0 Oreo dropped in usage this past month, with Android Gingerbread back to 0.2% (it was 0.3% in August and September).

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Android platform distribution numbers updated for October, Pie still missing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.0 Oreo is now available on the Verizon Moto Z2 Play

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Last year's Moto Z2 Play was a fine device, considering its relatively low price tag at launch. And now, the Verizon variant is finally getting out of Nougat territory with an update to Android 8.0, bringing with it all the Oreo goodness we've come to expect.

The update started rolling out earlier this week, and ought to be available to everyone by now. It brings with it picture-in-picture support and Android's Autofill API, among other quality of life improvements introduced in Oreo — plus the September Android security patch.

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Android 8.0 Oreo is now available on the Verizon Moto Z2 Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

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.

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[Update: ZC520KL] ASUS ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL) updated to Android 8.1 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Android Oreo continues to make its way to lower-end devices. This time, it's the $120 LG K20 on AT&T. The carrier posted a support update that noted Android 8.1 is available for the phone last week. While it's not the latest and greatest, Oreo carries with it some significant upgrades, like picture-in-picture support for certain video sources — and any news is good news for budget phones.

If you've got a K20 that's not yet on 8.1, head to Settings > General > About phone > Software update to get you some of that Oreo action.

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Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for the LG K20 on AT&T was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

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.

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[Update: For real this time] Android 8.1 Oreo rolling out to Moto G5S Plus was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The ZTE Axon 7 gets Android 8.0 Oreo, with several catches

Monday, October 15th, 2018

After a beta program with bizarrely strict requirements for entry earlier this year, an update to Android 8.0 Oreo is now available for the ZTE Axon 7 — with more than one catch. The update isn't being pushed over the air, but rather has to be installed from an SD card, and it'll wipe your device.

What's more, according to testers on Reddit, the build seems to be the same as the last beta version, which explains why it comes with the Android security patch from July.

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The ZTE Axon 7 gets Android 8.0 Oreo, with several catches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max updated to Android 8.1 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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.

This update carries version number 15.2016.1809.412. There are two release notes, and they don't tell us much:

  • Update OS to Android 8.1.0 Oreo.
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ASUS ZenFone 4 Max updated to Android 8.1 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Asus rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the ZenFone 4 Selfie

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Asus launched the ZenFone 4 Selfie last year, with the highlight feature being its dual 20MP front-facing cameras. The phone initially shipped with Android 7.1, but just like Asus promised a year ago, it's now receiving an update to Android Oreo.

The update has a software version of 15.0400.1809.405, and Asus says it will take about a week to roll out to all users. In addition to everything that Android 8.0 and 8.1 bring (the Selfie skipped 8.0), like adaptive icons and notification channels, the update also has version 5.0 of the ZenUI skin.

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Asus rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the ZenFone 4 Selfie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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