Android Wear devices to get Oreo update starting today

James Marshall
December 7, 2017

Qualcomm has announced support for the Go edition of Android Oreo. This simplifies a lot of the Android certification work that device makers need to go through and it's part of the reason why profit margins can be so slim for new startups. Now, over two months after that, it has been announced the Oreo update will start rolling out to Android Wear devices today onwards. We don't yet know exactly when each device will be updating, but at least if you've got an Android Wear watch, at least you now know that Oreo is starting to make its way to smartwatches and that you should keep an eye out for your update.

Originally announced at Google I/O 2017 annual developer conference, this OS is a toned down version of the latest Android Oreo OS which is now present in high-end devices.

Additionally, Android Go would also feature the recently launched Datally app that helps people to access all the data saver options under a single hood.

The company will also gradually roll out a suite of its popular "lightweight" apps that will include Google Go, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go, Google Assistant Go, Files Go, Gboard, Chrome and Google Play Store. Android 8.1 Oreo brings optimizations, bug fixes, and security patches. The MT6739, MT 6737, and MT6580 processors, among others, will have broad support packages available to run Android Oreo Go edition.

You can download the factory images here or opt for OTA manual update images instead. It is aimed at smartphones with 1GB or less memory.

Meant to be the software equivalent of Android One's original hardware promise, Google's Android Go is supposed to deliver a lean and optimized version of Android for devices with 512 MB to 1 GB of ...

Low-end smartphones running Android Oreo Go will also come with Google's "data saver" feature turned on by default.

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