Razer will skip Android 8.0 Oreo and jump straight Android 8.1

Razer announced their first entry into the smartphone market with the impressive Razer Phone, touting some serious hardware and a silky smooth 120hz display. It features a ton of RAM, a huge, responsive screen, expandable storage, and a humongous battery. Outside of the lack of a headphone jack, there wasn’t much to dislike. 

However, the device launched with Android 7.1 Nougat and didn’t have very many software changes. That was a great thing for Android purists, but a few months later and the phone is still sitting on Android 7.1, several versions behind.

Now it turns out that Razer might be skipping Android 8.0 Oreo completely. I know, that sounds terrible, but don’t worry; they’re just going to skip 8.0 to go straight to Android 8.1 Oreo.

Razer’s own site says that a software update should happen by the end of Q1 2018 (which means March) and although it doesn’t specifically say anything about what kind of software update to expect, there are some clues that hint at the upgrade being based on Android 8.1 Oreo, including some commits to AOSP made by Razer’s engineers that reference Android 8.1 instead of Android 8.0.

Android 8.1 Oreo was a pretty minor upgrade over Android 8.0, so this ultimately won’t result in a ton of extra features either way. Hopefully the jump adds in Project Treble and speeds up the Razer Phone’s future software updates.

source: XDA Developers


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.