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Android 8.1 Oreo is coming to the Razer Phone in April

If you own a Razer Phone, chances are you've been itching to get your hands on Android Oreo. The phone shipped with 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, and Razer's finally broken the silence and announced that Oreo is officially on the way.

On its Twitter account, Razer confirmed that it'll be skipping Android 8.0 and simply updating the Razer Phone to 8.1.

The update will be available for everyone to download in mid to late April, but if you want to get your hands on the new software earlier than that, you can manually download the Developer Preview right now.

The Developer Preview has the Feb. 5 security patch.

Razer hasn't provided a change log or release notes for its 8.1 update quite yet, but we should expect all of the basic Oreo features we've come to love – including picture-in-picture, better restrictions on apps running in the background, notification dots by app icons, and more.

The Developer Preview is said to come with the February 5, 2018, security patch, and assuming this is the same one that ships with the final build, the Razer Phone will be behind on patches by two months.

If you own a Razer Phone, what Oreo feature are you looking forward to the most?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

10 Comments
  • I misread... thought this was about the Razr....#sadface
  • That would have been epic.
  • Never seen one in the wild but good. Most first generation razor products had horrible updates in a timely manner.
  • Because all you ever see in the wild is lemmings and sheep... And It's RAZER.
  • Was considering the Razer Phone but timely updates are one of the many reasons I plan on getting a Pixel 2 XL instead plus I doubt the Razer will get Android P.
  • Awesome choice. I prefer the Razer though... Superior call quality, speakers, display features & battery. And it runs sooo smooth. I just wish the camera was better. Personally, I HATE Android. But Razer made me love my phone.
  • This is good news!
  • Hopefully they don't remove any features that use data like AT&T did to the Note 8.
  • Need it on my lg stylo 3 plus..😁😁
  • Just got Oreo on Note 8 Verizon!!