Some seven months after it was released, Android Oreo is now the required Android version for manufactures who want their new phones certified by Google. The change means that if a manufacture wants to introduce a new phone to the market and wants that phone certified by Google to run Google Mobile Services and access the Play Store, it will have to be on Oreo 8.0 or later. Phones running Android Nougat will no longer be certified.
While we can debate why it took the Mountain View company seven months to require this, it is good news on the whole. Oreo is far more stable and secure than any previous version of Android and it arguably provides one of the best user experiences at the same time.