Android Oreo Source Code Uploaded to AOSP by Google
It’s been a big week for the Android community as Google has officially announced the name of its brand new update. Android 8.0 Oreo is something that many people didn’t think they would hear even though a lot of people hoped they would. The system images for Android Oreo are already available so you can download them for your supported Nexus or Pixel device right now and manually flash it to your device. We’ve also noticed that Google has uploaded the Android Oreo source code last night to AOSP as well.
Many of us Android enthusiasts know exactly what that means too. Custom ROMs based on Android Oreo source code will be on the way, at least for those devices that already officially support it such as the Google Nexus or Pixel devices. There are a number of custom ROMs for a plethora of devices out there that are built upon Google’s AOSP code base. When a new update comes out and the source code is released, we generally see some vanilla AOSP builds created for some of our more popular devices here on XDA, though they’re usually quite buggy at first.
We will then see some of the more popular custom ROMs available (such as LineageOS, SlimROMs, Paranoid Android, etc.) merge this code into theirs. However, the amount of time this takes will vary from custom ROM to custom ROM. Some projects have bigger teams than others and this generally results in slower releases for those Android Oreo based custom ROMs. There are also some teams which want to put the new builds through extensive bug testing too and that adds some time onto it as well.
So please, do not hassle or harass your favorite custom ROM maintainers for an ETA on when the new build will come out. They will get to it when they can in some cases it isn’t something we should expect in the first place. These hard working community developers don’t get paid for their work and most have a job, family and other responsibilities they need to take care of first before they can put time toward a custom ROM.
Developers can check out the source code drop at Google’s AOSP repository under the branches Android-8.0.0_r1, Android-8.0.0_r2, Android-8.0.0_r3, and Android-8.0.0_r4. We’ve been digging through the source code since it was dropped and will update our readers on anything interesting that we find. Check out XDA Labs to keep up with all of the latest news!