Vivo Oreo update: All news about Android 8.0 OTA

vivo Oreo update release date

Vivo can produce really good phones, with a software that’s more solid that you’d hope for. But, there is something that Vivo clearly doesn’t like: Software updates. Err, some correction, actually not the whole of software update stuff, as they do provide you bug fixes from time to time — it’s just that they don’t seem to think it’s a nice idea to provide their users Android OS version update.

Look at any phone they have released in last two years, whether that be a premium one from them, or a mid- to low-budget one — they device hasn’t received a bump in Android version from the one it was released on.

They could launch the device in 2017 with Android 6.0 on-board — for perspective, know that Android 7.0 was released by Google in October 2016 — and would still not update it to Android 7.0 no matter what.

And the same company would seem it fitting to release some phones with Android 7.0 — heck, they even have phone with Android 7.1.1 and Android 7.1.2 pre-installed, of course with full integrated custom skin of theirs, the FunTouch OS, but they won’t release these upgraded builds to devices with Android 6.0 or Android 7.0.

If it’s confusing, then that’s because it is. No explanation really! Actually, there’s is a good explanation.


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But jump into real world scenario, and you do find some really practical and believable reasons behind Vivo opting for such an software update policy. For one, not-so-techy users seriously do not want updates. Mainly updates that changes things — and Android version updates (that we just love) are all about changing things.

The majority of users in countries where Vivo has huge presence or wants to grow its market, do not want updates that change the way phone used to work. And they aren’t wrong — in any gathering I go to where people know about my Android thing, I find myself mostly surrounded by people wanting to know how to disable software update notification because they don’t want it, or how to roll back to previous software because the phone was better before update.

I think Vivo completes understand that most people do not want their devices changed after an update, hence they are intentionally staying away from preparing and pushing out major updates for their phones, flagship or not.

Personally, I think they have got it right. If you want regular updates with new features and stuff, buy a phone from OEM that believes in it — you can look at OnePlus 5, which is a phone from Vivo’s sister concern, the OnePlus. yes, there is a company called BBK Electronics in China, that owns Vivo, OnePlus, and one more smartphone name you have heard of, Oppo.

It’s not uncommon between Chinese OEMs to take a hard stance on software updates. For example, even though Xiaomi kind-of has a weekly update program, but they won’t release more than one Android version upgrade version for their latest devices.

Of course, you also have Huawei that does only one major Android OS update, which is why our Huawei Oreo rollout roadmap doesn’t feature a ton of devices under the Android 8.0 supported list, but really, this is in stark contrast to what non-Chinese OEMs like Motorola, Samsung, Motorola and LG do, and is expected of them. They do give you two major updates on not only their premium devices, but also some more. For example, the Verizon Galaxy Tab E Nougat update is now rolling out, which is incredible given that the tablet was launched with Android 5.1.1, and was updated to Marshmallow last year.

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Vivo Android 8.0 update list

Give the above, which gives you a solid view of what Vivo thinks about software update, it’s fair enough to say that we do not expect any devices in Vivo’s current lineup to receive Android Oreo. That, of course, is subject to any surprise that Vivo can throw at us — like announcing the Oreo update for its Vivo V7 Plus, or X 20, or even X9 handsets.

The only way you could get Android 8.0 on Vivo phones is by buying the phone that comes pre-installed with Oreo, and right now, as on October 9, there is no such handset. That’s said, there software on Android 7.0 (or 7.1.1/7.1.2) is already solid and stable, which means you cannot factor Oreo as the deciding factor in buying, or not buying, a Vivo phone.

Having used Vivo V7 Plus for the past few weeks, I can attest to the phone performing super fast on their FunTouch OS 3.2 build, which runs atop Android 7.1.2 on this particular smartphone.

So, there is no device on the list of Vivo smartphones which would be receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Vivo V7+ Oreo update

Expected release date: Not expected

We have not seen Vivo update any of its devices in the past two years to newer version of Android OS. That doesn’t mean they don’t care about software updates, rather, they do, and their software is pretty solid too, but do not expect your device’s Android version to change no matter how many times you receive OTA update on your device.

We think Vivo V7 Plus would stay on Android 7.1.2, the OS they were launched with. Of courses, unless Vivo specifically reveals their plans to bring Oreo on V7+, for good.

Vivo X20 Oreo update

Expected release date: Not expected

Even though Vivo released the V7+ with Android 7.1.2, they are still using the Android 7.1.1 for X20, and the coming really soon X20 Plus. The difference of 0.0.1 isn’t much — but it teels a lot about Vivo and their software update scene.

Once they have a finished product in hand, powered by a particular Android OS version, that OS version also remains the latest it would run on for the rest of it life even after the devices hits the market. Even if they have a newer Android OS version ready with their custom skin. No dice!

We expect both of X20 and X20 Plus to stay on Android 7.1.1. No Oreo update until Vivo gives us a hint of that.

Vivo V5s Oreo update

Expected release date: Not expected

Launched with Android 6.0 only even when Android 7.0 Nougat was like 9 months old — so that is indeed lame! — the V5S plus doesn’t seem to be in Vivo’s plans for Oreo. Of course, none of the devices in its current lineup are, but being not treated to Nougat, we do not expect Vivo to surprise us with V5S Oreo rollout plans.

Same applied for other variants of this device, which includes Vivo V5, V5 Plus and V5 Lite.

Vivo X9, X9 Plus, X9s and X9s Plus Oreo update

Expected release date: Not expected

Vivo launched the X9 and X9 Plus in last quarter of 2016, and refreshed them with their S editions, the X9s and X9s Plus in second quarter of 2017, also refreshing the Android OS version from 6.0.1 to 7.1.

Nevertheless, whether on Android 7.1 or 6.0.1, the Android 8.0 update is not expected on any of the X9 handsets.

Vivo X7 and X7 Plus Oreo update

Expected release date: Not expected

Launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop, still on 5.1, not upgraded to 6.0 or 7.0, the Vivo X7 and X7 Plus are clearly not in contention for the Android Oreo update.

Vivo Y69 Oreo update

Expected release date: Not expected

One of the latest devices from the company, the Vivo Y69 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Seems even when they had updated Android OS version with them all ready — 7.1.1 on X20, and 7.1.2 on V7+ — they didn’t think they must hand it to Y69 users too.

No wonder why they would think they should update Y69 to Oreo, especially when even their most costly devices are not set for the 8.0 OTA.

Vivo devices not eligible for Oreo

Here’s a list of Vivo devices that won’t get Oreo 8.0 OTA.

  • Vivo V1
  • Vivo V1 Max
  • Vivo V3
  • Vivo V3Max
  • Vivo V5
  • Vivo V5 Lite
  • Vivo V5 Plus
  • Vivo V5s
  • Vivo V7+
  • Vivo X20
  • Vivo X20 Plus
  • Vivo X3S
  • Vivo X5
  • Vivo X5Max
  • Vivo X5Max Platinum Edition
  • Vivo X5 Max+
  • Vivo X5Pro
  • Vivo X6
  • Vivo X6 Plus
  • Vivo X6S
  • Vivo X6S Plus
  • Vivo X7
  • Vivo X7 Plus
  • Vivo X9
  • Vivo X9 Plus
  • Vivo X9s
  • Vivo X9s Plus
  • Vivo Xplay5
  • Vivo Xplay 5 Elite
  • Vivo Xplay 6
  • Vivo Xshot
  • Vivo Y11
  • Vivo Y15
  • Vivo Y15S
  • Vivo Y22
  • Vivo Y25
  • Vivo Y27
  • Vivo Y28
  • Vivo Y31
  • Vivo Y35
  • Vivo Y37
  • Vivo Y51
  • Vivo Y53
  • Vivo Y55s
  • Vivo Y67
  • Vivo Y69

Weird, isn’t it? That Vivo really doesn’t like upgrading the Android version of their devices. Although, as we discussed above, it’s not as bad as it may look. And Vivo is actually really to their customers, and giving them what they want.

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Kapil still loves his Galaxy S2 i9100! No, really. And Galaxy Nexus! Need we say more what kind of guy he is? And he's also a die-hard Liverpool FC fan. Email: kapil@theandroidsoul.com

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