Razer Phone receives Android 8.1 Oreo update and goes on sale at Best Buy

We’ve waited a little while for the promised Android 8.1 Oreo update to begin rolling out to the Razer Phone, with the manufacturer having initially promised to provide the new firmware by the end of March after the official beta program came to an end. Razer missed its self-made deadline by a couple of weeks, but the Oreo 8.1 update is finally available for the gaming-centric smartphone that sports a 120Hz display. 

Having eschewed Android 8.0 Oreo in favor of 8.1, the update includes OS-specific features such as battery levels for paired Bluetooth devices and new emoji. In general terms, the update will upgrade the Nova Launcher, bring a cleaner visual design, and also includes under-the-hood improvements, system improvements, and various bugfixes.

Razer says that the Oreo 8.1 update will take around 10 days to reach every handset, although there is a factory image available to download and manually install on Razer’s Developer Portal.

Coincidentally, the Razer Phone is now available online from Best Buy, with the retailer’s physical stores set to follow suit soon. It’s also still available to buy from Microsoft and naturally, from Amazon. Remember, it isn’t long until August, where it thought that the Razer Phone 2 may launch along-side Project Linda.

Source: Razer (Twitter)

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).