Razer has announced that its Razer Phone will receive Android 8.1 by April. Owners who are enthusiastic about the new software can try this out through the developer preview available on the manufacturer's site. ( Razer )
The Razer phones, which were originally shipped with the Android Nougat, are reported to jump directly to Android 8.1
The company has obviously drawn some criticisms It decided to launch its first flagship smartphone with an older firmware version. Most users expected the handset to be equipped with the latest operating system due to their high-end hardware.
However, the owners will be glad that the device will soon update its Android 7.1.1 nougat software The latest version offered by Google
A little taste of what's in store
The great thing about the announcement is that users do not have to wait long for the availability of the new software. Just like Andy Rubin's Essential Phone, the company decided to skip what's in between and switch directly to the latest version of the software.
As an added bonus, a developer preview for the new software is now available to all users, albeit with a few caveats. As the name suggests, owners can expect errors that could impact performance.
If the user has problems or wants to return to the original firmware in the meantime, a link to the official release image is also available. Preview builds watches with a speed of 1.6 GB and requires an unlocked bootloader for installation.
In addition, installing the pre-release build will erase all existing data on the handset. Users are advised to back up their information before downloading and flashing the device's firmware. Sorry, an OTA update option is not available
Preparing for Oreo
Users of Razer Phone who want to try the developer preview should be aware that it will be needed after the release of Android 8.1 Oreo next month will bring their software back to the original Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It should allow them to download the new software via OTA, which is usually available for smartphones on official firmware.
Because the pre-release software requires the bootloader to be unlocked, there is a real risk that users who do not follow the steps properly could damage the smartphone.
The manufacturer expressly declares that this should be done at the risk of the owner. This means that any problems caused by the process are not covered by the phone's warranty.
In addition, users with carrier-locked units, as well as those of UK network operator 3, could experience problems with their VoLTE service, improving email and Wi-Fi call capabilities. Preinstalled applications from network operators are removed as soon as the system has been colored in the preview build.
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