ZTE announced today, that it was opening up a beta program for the Android Oreo update that will be coming to the Axon 7 in the very near future. This beta program is open to those in the US, and you do need to be part of the Z-Community, which is ZTE's US forums. ZTE Axon 7 users will be able to sign up for the beta using the link at the bottom of this email. ZTE has not said when exactly the update will begin rolling out, but it should be in the next few days.
With the update to Android Oreo, the ZTE Axon 7 is going to be getting a slew of new updates and features. Included in this update is improved battery life, picture-in-picture mode, Google Play Protect, Notification Dots, Faster boot speed, Android Instant Apps and more. Of course, the two biggest features of Android Oreo is indeed the picture-in-picture mode as well as Autofill. With Picture-in-Picture or PiP mode, users will be able to watch YouTube while they are in other apps (perhaps browsing through Twitter or Facebook). YouTube is one of the few apps that have updated for PiP mode on Android Oreo, of course many more will be coming soon. With Autofill, it'll be easier to login to different apps, especially if you use a password manager like 1Password or Lastpass. As the password manager no longer needs to do an overlay to fill in your login information, it can automatically fill it in.
The ZTE Axon 7 is currently the company's flagship smartphone, and while it is a bit old, it's still a pretty good smartphone from ZTE. The device launched with Android Marshmallow, back in May 2016. It has since been updated to Android Nougat and soon Android Oreo. The device is approaching 2 years old at this point, and it's still getting major updates, which is definitely nice to see, and not something you see out of every smartphone maker right now. With Android Oreo being in a beta program right now, there's no word on when the final version will be rolling out to the ZTE Axon 7, but it should be in the next few months, depending on how many bugs are found during the beta program.