BlackBerry Oreo update: Expected release date for KEYone and Aurora

BlackBerry Oreo update

With BlackBerry KEYone, the company has offered a solid choice for its fans, something that many of its users have happily subscribed to, too. And there’s also a BlackBerry Aurora device, whose users, like the KEYone friends of theirs, are also waiting for BlackBerry to make an official announcement about Oreo.

Well, because BlackBerry haven’t revealed their Oreo roadmap yet, it’s hard to say what release date they are targeting. But because BlackBerry doesn’t have a very good track record with updates, we’re inclined to believe that the BlackBerry Oreo rollout won’t happen that soon, as we secretly wished for. Let’s check out the list of Android 8.0 supported devices of BlackBerry and their expected 8.0 release date.

BlackBerry Android 8.0 update list

We would not be surprised to see BlackBerry get a place in a list of first three Android OEMs to release the Oreo update. Maybe their use of stock UI helps them, but it’s more so because they care about OS updates.

Here is a list of BlackBerry devices that were launched recently, with their Oreo eligibility status and expected release date.

Device Oreo Update Eligibility Expected Release Date
BlackBerry Aurora Eligible Q1 2018
BlackBerry KEYone Eligible Q1 2018
BlackBerry PRIV Not eligible
BlackBerry DTEK50 Not eligible
BlackBerry DTEK60 Not eligible

We’re sad to report that the PRIV would miss out on the Oreo update, unless BlackBerry surprises us, with in itself is a wild hope.

BlackBerry KEYone Oreo update

Expected release date: Q1 2017

As you may have noticed in the table above, there are only two devices that we expect BlackBerry to roll out Oreo for. Of the two, we believe the KEYone would be the first one, given that it already runs on Android 7.1, and thus is a more updated device that any other BlackBerry.

But when BlackBerry KEYone will get Oreo is anyone guess. Even though we’ve seen BlackBerry roll out security patches consistently, they haven’t been very active in providing updates that involve change Android version.

Which is why we cannot be very hopeful of a quick release of Oreo for KEYone. The Q1 2018 release, and that too, towards the end of it, looks likely.


Android Oreo roadmap of other Android OEMs:

BlackBerry Aurora Oreo update

Expected release date: Q2 2018

The Aurora was launched by BlackBerry with Android 7.0 Nougat OS, and it still runs the exact same version. BlackBerry didn’t think it was necessary to bring the Android 7.1 update — they launched KEYone with this — for Aurora, and that really stinks.

But that doesn’t mean BlackBerry won’t update the Aurora to Android 8.0. After all, Nougat to Oreo could be the only major OS update the Aurora uses would get. And it’s okay for OEMs to skip an update in favor of bigger one to avoid working two times on update, while still delivering on the update that mattered the most.

Given BlackBerry’s record though, expect the BlackBerry Aurora Oreo to roll out only in Q2 2018.

BlackBerry-Oreo-rollout

BlackBerry PRIV Oreo update

Expected release date: Not eligible

BlackBerry is still updating the PRIV with crucial security patches, but that’s all you get now. After all, BlackBerry didn’t just forget the Nougat update for PRIV, as they decidedly kept the latest OS on PRIV to Marshmallow, having launched the device on Lollipop when Marshmallow was already out.

That’s not cool, yes. But we’re a tad glad that BlackBerry is still pushing out crucial security fixes for the device, even though the PRIV stands no chance of Android 8.0 update.

BlackBerry devices not eligible for Oreo

Here’s a list of BlackBerry devices that won’t get 8.0 update:

  • BlackBerry Priv
  • BlackBerry DTEK60
  • BlackBerry DTEK50

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