Everybody suspected it, and Google finally confirmed on Monday night that Android 8.0 would indeed be named after the Oreo biscuit. The search giant then posted a list of its partners that would have Oreo flavored hardware before the end of 2017. One name that was originally missing from the list was BlackBerry, although the company has since confirmed that its KEYone handset will receive some Oreo goodness.
The full list of partners that have committed to either launching new hardware or more likely, updating existing hardware to Android 8.0 Oreo includes the usual suspects such as Samsung, Sony, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sharp, Kyocera, and General Mobile. There’s also a couple of new brands on the list such as Essential, a brand new manufacturer that recently launched the Essential Phone, as well as HMD Global (Nokia) that recently announced the Nokia 8.
While BlackBerry has announced to CrackBerry that it will be updating the KEYone to Oreo, the Canadian company hasn’t given a timeframe on when the software update will become available. Still, it’s great news for KEYone owners, the confirmation should have eased the update anxiety that always occurs when Google pushes out a new version of Android. Because BlackBerry isn’t present on Google’s list, it’s likely that the KEYone will only get updated to Oreo in 2018, as opposed to before the end of this year.
If you own a BlackBerry KEYone, how long a time period do you think is reasonable to wait for the Oreo update?