North American carrier T-Mobile started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy Note 8 right on April Fools’ Day, but it looks like the company didn’t pull a prank on its customers until two days later. If you have a Galaxy Note 8 from T-Mobile and haven’t yet received the Oreo update, that’s because the rollout has been put on hold by the magenta carrier on April 3. T-Mobile hasn’t offered any information on what caused it to pull the update, and the update still hasn’t been released three weeks later, leaving T-Mobile as the only US carrier to not have sent out Oreo to all of its Galaxy Note 8 users.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update on hold
T-Mobile pausing the rollout of a major OS update for a flagship device is yet another instance of these updates having issues that should have been sorted out during the months Samsung took for testing. Now, this particular instance might be the carrier’s fault and not Samsung’s, but it’s disappointing to see how consumers have to wait so long — it’s been eight months since Google first released Android 8.0 Oreo — for major software updates on flagship devices that cost an arm and a leg.
Hopefully, Project Treble will bring the much-needed change it was designed for, and considering how we are already reaping the benefits of Project Treble in the form of smaller update sizes on the Galaxy S9, fingers crossed that major OS updates (like Android P) will arrive much faster on Samsung devices launched with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Have you received the Oreo update on your Galaxy Note 8 on T-Mobile? If yes, have you run into any issues that might suggest why the rollout was paused?