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PSA: Android 8.0 Oreo is next for Galaxy devices on Android 7.0, not 7.1.2

Samsung has pushed the Nougat update to a lot of devices in its Galaxy lineup in recent months, and it’s fair to say that most of the devices that are expected to get Nougat already have the update, even if not in every market or region. As you may have noticed, Samsung is only bringing Android 7.0 to devices rather than 7.1.1/7.1.2, and for those that get the new Samsung Experience user interface, the company is bringing over version 8.1 as seen on the Galaxy S8. Version 8.5 is exclusive to the Galaxy Note 8 and other devices that launched this month, like the Galaxy Tab A, for the time being.

While Android 8.0 Oreo will be the next major update for Samsung devices (see which Galaxy phones and tablets are expected to be upgraded to Oreo in this regularly updated list), a lot of our readers seem to be holding out for the Android 7.1.1/7.1.2 update. We’re guessing that a majority of these readers are those who have moved to Samsung’s “galaxy” from a non-Samsung device, or just folks who aren’t aware of how the company goes about updating its devices when it comes to point Android version upgrades.

Well, we thought we would clear the air for anyone thinking their Nougat-powered Galaxy phone or tablet will be updated to Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2: That isn’t going to happen, and 7.0 is likely to be the last version of Android for any Samsung device not slated to get Android 8.0 Oreo. The same goes for the new Samsung Experience UX. If it hasn’t come to your device with Nougat, it’s possible it will only arrive with Oreo, or not at all (though we’re hopeful on this front).

Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2 for pre-Galaxy Note 8 devices is unlikely

Yes, 7.0 is what your phone or tablet, if it has received an update to Nougat, will be stuck on for the rest of its life. That’s if it isn’t set to get Oreo, which is going to be the case for a slew of devices. But being stuck on 7.0 isn’t exactly a bad thing. Versions 7.1 and 7.1.1 of Nougat have features and changes mostly specific to Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices, and those targeting developers. Samsung has no doubt implemented most of the under-the-hood changes in 7.0 without changing the version number.

Android 7.1.2, meanwhile, is pretty much only for Google and Pixel devices, which is why even the Note 8 doesn’t come with 7.1.2. For some features, such as the ability to long-press on an app shortcut on the home screen and accessing quick functionality, you can take a look at third-party launchers such as Google Now Launcher and Nova Launcher.

If Samsung changes its mind and decides to bring Android 7.1.1 to existing phones, we won’t complain. But it doesn’t look likely at this point, and again, we just thought we would clear this up for anyone expecting to see their Galaxy phone or tablet jump from Android 7.0 to Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2.

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Killery151
Killery151

The version 8.5 of samsung experience is not exclusive to the Galaxy Note 8 and other devices that launched this month my galaxy j510fn (2016) have samsung experience 8.5

taoufiqlak
taoufiqlak

J5 2016 got Android 7.1.1, so is it going to get 8.0 next year ?
And J7 2016 got 7.0, according to your article, it means that it’s the last update for it, right ?

aissben
aissben

C’est pour quand la mise a jour Nougat A7 2017, Algรฉrie

Kinkytestikle
Kinkytestikle

Whensamsungwillupdatesoftwareupdatingwillout ?

hassanalisam
hassanalisam

When S7 software update hit in pakistan?

syamsuddin08
syamsuddin08

sammobile team ,,
I want to ask why Samsung galaxy c7 has not get renewal android nougat, but this type of smartphone is already a year release.thank you

MrMariquena
MrMariquena

Tengo un j7 2016 con samsung experience 8.1,va a actualizar a oreo?

Aliyetim
Aliyetim

A8 2016

Thade780
Thade780

I just hope they’ll push the update to the Tab S2 2016 version.

MrMariquena
MrMariquena

J7 2016?

mweinbach
mweinbach

With the Oreo beta starting on the 25th, probably an official release by the end of the year.

eugenedfourie
eugenedfourie

Hi there – is that the 25th of October? Where do you get this information? And for which device? Note8 or the S8/S8+ devices?

Suxrobbekgalaxy
Suxrobbekgalaxy

Please answer

Suxrobbekgalaxy
Suxrobbekgalaxy

Tell me please in the UAE (XSG) firmware has Russian language?

Bassa1234
Bassa1234

Plz give j7 prime andoid oreo update

saadbinsaleem
saadbinsaleem

Please update Samsung galaxy note 5 android O

Master.Of.Mischief
Master.Of.Mischief

Note 5 won’t be getting Android O.

Troll Hammaren
Troll Hammaren

Haha, samsung always sucks at software updating.

kapilrtn
kapilrtn

Galaxy S7 is flagship phone of Samsung. It received Android Nought on old GRACE UX. Samsung say S7 received Samsung Experience very soon but after read this post it will come with Android Oreo. So wait for 2 years.

ANDROIDE D.M55
ANDROIDE D.M55

Ya estoy arto de esperar que actualices al j5 2016 j510mn

manish sapkota
manish sapkota

First up of all update 6.0.1 TO 7.0
THEN ANOTHER PLEASE CHECK

manish sapkota
manish sapkota

Samsung company not look for J7 MODEL PLEASE CHECK IT.

manish sapkota
manish sapkota

I have not gotten the update Nougat please do somrehings for update please
J710FXXU3AQF6 / J710FXXU3AQF5

James Wii U 3DS
James Wii U 3DS

7.1.1/UX 8.5 is pushed as the only Nougat update for devices that didn’t get it before the N8 was made official.
The Tab A 2015 series is getting 7.1.1 instead of 7.0. The J3 2016 got 7.1.1 instead of 7.0, while the J5/7 got 7.0. Same for Tab E

taoufiqlak
taoufiqlak

I am still waiting for 7.0 for J5 2016, this took so long for 2016 J series.

fcaroll
fcaroll

It would be a pity (as usual) if all the devices that won’t receive Oreo but that got nougat would receive the UX8.5 if it’s really built better than the old touchwiz until 8.1

Tokher
Tokher

Still waiting.

bumblebee1978
bumblebee1978

this news smells advertising…nothing else.. ===> Google Now Launcher and Nova Launcher <==

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Um, why would we as a Samsung site advertise those launchers, especially with just links to the Play Store that doesn’t even get us any money? ๐Ÿ™‚

bumblebee1978
bumblebee1978

then write them when the oreo will be published instead of typing the names of these apps ( ( translating turkish to english – google translating ๐Ÿ™‚ )