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Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Android update: still awaiting Oreo

Update: S8 spotted running Android 8.0 on Geekbench

While Bixby is finally here and security patches continue to arrive, we are still waiting for an Android update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Development is underway, and it appears that the Oreo update is sure to arrive very soon.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Android update status

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Verizon Yes expected

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo update coming soon

Android 8.0 has been out for a month now, and Samsung has already gotten underway with development for its newest S series flagships to be updated. The S8 has just been spotted on Geekbench running the latest version of Android, Android 8.0.0. This means it's being tested and the update should be rolling out to users very soon. Below, you can find out how to check for available updates. Plus, get a sense of the features you can expect from the update in our Oreo overview article.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Android updates

Daydream compatibility software update

Just a few days after its launch, Samsung had already sent out an update to Galaxy S8 owners however it's taken until now for it to finally roll out an update to support Daydream. So if you're the proud owner of a Galaxy S8, sit tight, the update is coming to you and you'll soon be able to have a go at VR gaming. 

Device Quality Agent issue fixed with update

US and Canadian Galaxy S8 users have complained of an error since the latest update for their devices was installed. The problem is an error message saying "DQA keeps stopping," which pops up each minute. DQA refers to Device Quality Agent, which usually runs in the background to monitor WiFi connection quality.

A temporary workaround for this problem is to turn off DQA or WiFi. But, Samsung has very quickly released an update through its Galaxy Apps store to fix the issue permanently. The update comes over the air at less than a megabyte and is labeled as "urgent".

The latest major update from the manufacturer

Samsung just released a 664.21 MB update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Android version is still 7.0 Nougat and Samsung Experience is still in version 8.1. The update changes the firmware version to G950FXXU1AQDD. Among the new features, it offers more stability for new features such as DeX and Bixby, as well as for facial recognition.

Regarding Bixby, it is now no longer possible to remap the dedicated button for the virtual assistant, and two new icons have been added: one to activate the service, and another to activate Bixby Vision.

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After the update (right), you can access Bixby Vision directly from the virtual assistant screen by clicking on the "eye" icon. / © AndroidPIT

Check out the complete list of changes below:

  • Improved device stability and bug fixes;
  • Feature optimizations;
  • Performance improvements.
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The update changes firmware version number. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: how to get the latest version of the operating system

To check if your device already has latest the software update, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 + and scroll to the bottom. Then tap the available option, "Software Update";
  • Step 2: Then tap "Download updates manually" and see if any updates are available. If it exists, download the required files, and then tap "Install";
  • Step 3: This step can take up to twenty minutes, depending on the upgrade. When you are done, you will see a message that the process has been completed successfully.

Remember that you can always choose to have the updates download automatically from the same menu.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Bixby update

Those who signed up for the Bixby Early Access Program in the US should now be able to give Bixby Voice features a test drive. The much anticipated, notably late feature is beginning to roll out. If you're registered as a tester, make sure you have the latest version of Bixby by checking the app's About page, then be sure to update all of the Samsung apps on your phone from the Galaxy Apps store. You may also need to clear the cache of all these apps. Then, open up Bixby and you'll be given a tutorial and prompted to set up Voice.

Using Bixby seems simple, as long as you stick to structured commands. To trigger Bixby, you can hold down the Bixby button while you issue a command or say "Hi Bixby." From there, you can follow the basic voice command structure of "Open [app] and [perform this task]." You'll see Bixby opening the app in question and following multi-step commands from screen-to-screen on its own.

The Verge reports that the experience using Bixby Voice is sluggish. It struggles to answer questions and stumbles through basic tasks like texting. Changing granular settings on your phone is its strong point, but it's nowhere near catching up to Google Assistant or Siri in terms of usability or practicality. Voice recognition seems to have a long way to go.

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments! Enjoy your new Samsung flagship.

Source: Android Central

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  • Software updates for phones can sometimes be good or bad for phones,thats why i always wait to read reviews about the updates before installing them.its the batteries that seem to get damaged or improved with updates,for a large company like Samsung they always seem to trail behind the others when it comes to Software on there products,they should be working more with Google to improve there Android software,but they keep trying with Tizen there own software but nothing seems to advance any further,Samsung should invest more into there Software Department if they want to really compete with it Number challenger Apple


  • John Kerr 2 months ago Link to comment

    Verizon released G955USQU1AQG4 at the end of July with July security patches with Google Daydream and the hide/show navbar feature among other things...


  • I love it how people predicted how great Galaxy 8 was going to be, and now... it actually might deliver. Now, I'm not one of those who predicted it would crush iPhone 8 plus.
    But I certainly respect the end product. Well, as much as "end' is applicable here. looks like we're getting what we've waited for so long.
    I'm in serious anticipation. I want this thing so much I'm obsessively reading everything about it.


  • Hello my galaxy s8 does not have navigation bar on/off switch button option in the navigation bar menu why? I set the phone up 3 days ago and it is g950fxxu1aqed and it says it is the latest firmware no update available? Is there a problem or just do i need to wait the update ?
    Yes there is NO hide unhide setting in my menu right now is this the latest update or latest update still didnt come to my phone ? And when it comes, will it be hide unhide setting ?
    Anyone help please thx


  • Madars G 3 months ago Link to comment

    Software updates is the one of the biggest samsung problem. I dont understand why i still have 7.0 while other flagships has 7.1.1. Samsung wtf are you doing i paid almost £800 for s8 plus


    • The only other flagships with that are the ones like Google's. Samsung has to take into consideration its skin


  • Trouble with Samsung is they rush their new devices out to beat the rest but then users pay the price for devices going wrong!


  • jcolon 4 months ago Link to comment

    i have question hoping u can help me out. i have a Samsung s8 plus and i purchased it a little bit after it released. i have a update for color optimization and am very afraid to install it because this my 2nd s8 plus. when i got my 1st s8 plus i had the same update knowing my phone didn't have any issues to begin with and when i installed it my phone got messed up it started to have the pink hue on my screen so much pink that i had to exchange it for another phone so now i have my replacement but i have that same color optimization update to install and am very afraid to install it. so im wondering when i get another update will it override this one because am so tired of postponing it all the time


  • It's a privilege to be a beta user for 800 dollars ... Congratulations Samsung lol


  • Have my Galaxy S8 plus on pre-order and ordered Thin Fit from Spigen a week ago as they ship internationally. Idea was to receive Spigen case by the time S8 plus arrives. They had two shipping options, DHL with 2 days delivery indication and USPS with no delivery estimation. So I paid $13 for shipping by USPS. After one week tracking stuck and keeps showing the package is in LA, Canada (Canada?!) . So I contacted Spigen for update and reply was that shipping will take 4-7 weeks. You've got it right, 4-7 WEEKS, which is about 2 MONTHS?! And they never even cared to specify this delivery estimation in the website. So the solution they offered me is to wait for a MONTH and if by the end of May its not delivered I should contact them and they will see what they can do. $13 for international shipping with 4-7 weeks delivery? Aliexpress sales cases for $3 including delivery and those delivered within a month internationally and you are informed about estimated delivery time BEFORE you choose shipping method. Spigen charges $13 for delivery and after you pay and item is sent you become to know that delivery is 4-7 WEEKS. I asked Spigen what am I supposed to wrap my Galaxy S8 plus into untill the case may or may arrive in 2 months but they do not really care and keep saying wait till the end of May. I was buying Spigen cases for over 5 years for my phones and am now amazed by their perfect customer service. Any suggestions what I should do?

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