It's been a while since Samsung launched the beta testing program of Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and now the rollout has begun in Europe. After arriving in Germany, Oreo for the Samsung flagships will come to different regions soon, but it's possible that some users in the United States could have to wait longer.
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S8 and S8+ were released with Android 7.0 Nougat and Samsung Experience in Version 8.1. Though they skipped a Nougat version, many users will be pleased that the popular flagships will not wait much longer for the final version of Oreo, which has begun rolling out via OTA
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Android OS Updates
|Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.1.1||Android Oreo|
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Yes||No||Yes|
|Samsung Galaxy S8+||Yes||No||Yes|
Well, it's about time. The official Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ is rolling out, starting with devices in Germany. Naturally, the beta testers are the first in line to receive the update, but other users still on Nougat are expected to follow suit within 24 hours.
Samsung has taken almost two weeks to roll out the final version of Oreo after the end of beta testing. The Android update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ weighs in at 487 MB and comes with the latest February 2018 security patch and the new version (9.0) of the Samsung Experience UX. The rollout today started with firmware version G955XXU1CRAP for the Galaxy S8+ in Germany, but of course the update will continue to expand to different regions in the coming days, starting with the beta testers in each market.
The new firmware has also been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, but there's a caveat: the list of certified models by the Wi-Fi Alliance (a nonprofit that certifies Wi-Fi products) doesn't include some of the ones from the US.
Over at the website of The Wi-Fi Alliance, we can see that several models of the Samsung Galaxy S8 have passed through its process. These models include SM-G950F, SM-G955F, SM-G950FD, SM-G955FD, SM-G950N, SM-G955N, SM-G950X, SM-G955X, SM-G950XN, SM-G955XN, SM-G950XC.
The model numbers correspond to the European, Asian (India and Singapore), Korean, and Global versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. This is all in line with earlier news that led us to expect an official update by the end of January.
From the looks of it stateside users, especially those that have carrier-issued devices, will have to wait a little longer to get that delicious Android cookie.
Some impatient owners of the US variant of the Galaxy S8 (with the Snapdragon 835 processor) have resorted to sideloading an unreleased beta build leaked on Reddit and discovered an interesting tidbit—their devices now have a Dolby Atmos toggle in the settings!
Dolby Atmos is audio software for fine-tuning EQ settings and surround emulation for headphone use. According to the Reddit thread where the leak is discussed, there are 4 presets to choose from — Auto, Movie, Music, and Voice. The poster notes, however, that the software still has bugs. Switching between the four presets makes no difference in sound and the Dolby Atmos feature can't be turned off once it has been toggled on. Still, it's an interesting teaser for what's to come.
We hope that thanks to Android Oreo and Project Treble Samsung will be able to provide faster and more timely updates in the future, since apparently S8 owners will only receive the final version of Oreo shortly before the release of Galaxy S9. And what about the proud owners of the Galaxy Note 8? Some users have reported that their Note 8 has received a test version of Oreo, but we don't know when the big boy will get an official update yet.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+: how to check for a new update
To check for a new software update on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+:
- Open the Settings.
- Click on Software Updates.
- Select Download Updates Manually and wait a few seconds. If a new package is present, proceed with the download and install it.
Are you curious to discover Oreo's new features on the Galaxy S8?