Samsung preparing a Galaxy S8 Oreo beta test program

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Development on Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ has already started, and it looks like we may see the company launch a beta program for the Oreo update soon. We’ve come across newer Oreo firmware versions for both devices: G950FXXE1ZQI7 and G955FXXU1ZQI7. See the letter ‘Z’ in the firmware version? Well, Samsung uses the letter Z for test firmware, and it was also seen on the beta Nougat releases for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge last year.

That’s all the info we have right now, so there’s no telling exactly when the first Galaxy S8 Oreo beta update will hit and what markets it will be made available in. With Oreo, Google has made the necessary changes in the form of Project Treble to help manufacturers release major software updates quicker than was possible before. But, Samsung’s Android skin is among the heaviest out there in terms of features and overall customization, so it remains to be seen if Project Treble will truly be useful as far as Oreo for Samsung devices is concerned. However, given Samsung is now concurrently releasing software updates for its 2017 flagships across many countries, we should see the same happen with Oreo.

Naturally, the Galaxy Note 8 will also be receiving the Oreo update, although the Galaxy S8 is no doubt going to be first in line. We’ll let you know once the Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 begins; if you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out our regularly updated list of Samsung devices that should be getting an update to Android 8.0 Oreo.

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9 days 12 hours ago
MrMariquena

SM-J710MN?

1 month 2 days ago
saadbinsaleem

Please update Samsung galaxy note 5 android O

brendonx
1 month 1 day ago
brendonx

As always Samsung has a 2 major update policy.

Note 5 came with 5.1.1 then went to 6.0 then 7. It won’t receive Android O

woody365
21 days 11 hours ago
woody365

Samsung used to only update the firmwares on the last 2 flagships but that’s changed recently so you never know.

stmarco911
1 month 2 days ago
stmarco911

can anyone join the beta programm?

brendonx
1 month 1 day ago
brendonx

When Samsung opens up the beta programme it’ll probably be first come first served on the handsets they choose (most likely S8/S8+)

ozanyalcn45
1 month 1 day ago
ozanyalcn45

not yet

prakashshewani
1 month 2 days ago
prakashshewani

Why don’t they let A series users also try Oreo’s beta program.

brendonx
1 month 2 days ago
brendonx

Because they only beta test on their flagship S range phone. They will get more beta testers this way.

robinh999
1 month 2 days ago
robinh999
of course I dont like iPhones (way overpriced for a phone that looks like it comes from 2014 and mostly iOS that we can’t do /custom anything etc..) but there is one thing (the only one) that 1000% people would agree is their software upgrades; one release date (a day and an hour) and the d day every supported iPhones /ipad of the world get the update at the very same time with the very same os ; I mean the iPhone 5s from 2013 and the iPhone 7 are getting the same iOS 11 with same features (except hardware… Read more »
Admin.
1 month 2 days ago
Admin.

cuz there are only 4 to 5 different ios devices but tons of different android devices and each OEM have to modifiy SKin

robinh999
1 month 2 days ago
robinh999

yes thats why I have said it won’t ever be like that on android, and iOS have a huge advantage for this reason

PJaya
1 month 2 days ago
PJaya

I feel sad with Note series for Samsung
Launching Note when new android is release
So Note still using last year OS
After some month upgrade to new android
Already consider 1 major upgrade
Normally Samsung just received 2 major Android upgrade

S series launching Q1 or Q2
So not using old android.

o0MHJ0o
1 month 1 day ago
o0MHJ0o

Don’t know why you got down voted when that is a very valid point. the Note line should launch with the Android version of that year! because as you say; in a couple of months it will upgrade and be considered 1 of 2 major android updates; where the S series has had the “latest” version for most of its life. So two major updates go further from launch.

LeifS
1 month 2 days ago
LeifS

I hope they’ll keep the same pace as before, especially after seeing once again that Googles major update is full of bugs. So far Samsung did a pretty good job at avoiding massive bugs with their updates so I’m glad they don’t rush major updates. An early beta would be nice, but the public OTA should take as much time as needed to deliver a stable update that’s actually a real improvement and not a pain in the b… for their customer who rely on their phone.

wpbogdan
1 month 2 days ago
wpbogdan

“Naturally, the Galaxy Note 8 will also be receiving the Oreo update, although the Galaxy S8 is no doubt going to be first in line.”
isn’t it gonna be more fair for Note8 to get it first, followed by S8?

ohiole
1 month 2 days ago
ohiole

Why exactly would it be fair in that order?

sriram231092
1 month 2 days ago
sriram231092

Note series will have some additional software like S-Pen which can take more time compared to S series. So I guess S series will receive the updates prior to the note series.

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