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Galaxy S8 and Note 8 may be getting Android Pie beta program!

It was a pleasant surprise when Samsung launched the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy Note 9. It marked the first time the company allowed owners of a Galaxy Note flagship to test a new version of Android ahead of the official release. And the company is now working on possibly another such surprise: The Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 may soon be getting an Android Pie beta program as well!

Sounds too good to be true? Well, the presence of test Android Pie builds on Samsung servers for the S8, S8+, and the Note 8 is a solid hint that these devices could indeed get the Pie beta. Software versions G950FXXU4ZSA1, G955FXXU4ZSA1, and N950FXXU5ZSA1 are currently being tested for these devices, and the letter Z in the software version is what tells us that these are beta builds and not just regular test versions. Similar builds for the Galaxy Note 9 were also spotted before Samsung started the Note 9 Pie beta.

The beta program is likely to be launched in markets where the S9 and Note 9 betas were available (including the US, Germany, South Korea, India, and the UK). All we can do now is wait for Samsung to open registrations for the beta program. Since the Android Pie roadmap in some countries says the Galaxy Note 8 will get the update before the Galaxy S8, Note 8 owners may be the first to get the beta as well.

What do you think about Samsung extending the One UI and Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8?

  • Model: SM-G950F
  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12 MP, Dual Pixel F1.7 OIS
  • Model: SM-G955F
  • Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
  • Display: 6.2” (158.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12 MP, Dual Pixel F1.7 OIS
  • Model: SM-N950F
  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
  • Display: 6.3" (160.02mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12 MP, 2x, 1 telephoto F2.4 and 1 wide angle F1.7 OIS

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NicuPit
NicuPit

Other phones get the January update already, and i’m still on november security patch on my S8 . Not fair at all

NicuPit
NicuPit

THE GALAXY S8 IS LEFT BEHIND WITH ALL THE UPDATES,it’s like the A series of Samsung are more important that the flagships or the Note series, meaning all the S series , no matter the year.Allways happens like this with the S series, they should have monthly updates, not twice a month, and the A AND J series, after that to get the updates, not like Samsung does now.

njdan30
njdan30

I’ve been running android 9 with one ui version 1.0 since before Christmas on my unlocked sprint s8 plus, I’m on the second beta release now the 1st blocked my hotspot but now it’s working, only other thing that doesn’t work is Bixby vision and no more ar emoji but everything else OS allot smoother and battery life is like a new phone again. They also removed the extra volume in calls and put a hold call button. Anyways hopefully beta 3 will be out soon. I’m on g955usqudrl7

chandoli21
chandoli21

There has been a comment from the One UI beta manager on Samsung Members in South Korea that the S8 and Note8 will be getting the beta program shortly 🙂 (Note8 in 1 or 2 weeks and S8 a bit later).

namareq
namareq

So my galaxy S8 DUOS SM-G950FD. will i receive a beta or not please? answer me!

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Good news 🙂👍

GNEDI
GNEDI

This is fantastic news. I have been checking since 😂

tailgunner9
tailgunner9

No telling when we will get it on U.S. carrier phones. AT&T always seems the Slowest.

locarno
locarno

Good idea. Curious if they launch it in Poland.

siaho
siaho

From “releasing android 9 in January for s9 and s8 lines” to “s8 beta starting in January”, is not exactly exciting news. 🙂

marrila
marrila

lol the Note 9 Beta hasn’t even been released in the UK yet!
Samsung need to learn from Apple when it comes to communication.
On one hand the Note 9 is there premium device in the UK yet they couldn’t even be bothered to release the Beta for it. Samsung UK has to be the most disorganised, contradicting , division of Samsung.

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

Samsung Canada is the worst! lol

They literally screw everything up, absolutely zero communication and just seem all around incompetent. Samsung Canada is a joke so you’re not alone.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

I think it’s a closed beta

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Why when it’s coming out next month for the Note8?

n0rz
n0rz

It sound really good! But in Romania will not come, unfortunately, but i will wait for ONE UI! Very good news!

donrojo
donrojo

The presence of the beta firmware on the samsung servers does not automatically mean the device will get into the beta program. I own a S9+ device from SEE region which never got into the beta program, but the Z firmware has been on this devices firmware server since November and has been updated regularly every week.

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s very good to see. It’s a pity that Note FE and S7 aren’t included, they’d work fine with One UI, though I’m sure XDA will will release a version and as they’re out of warranty now, it will be no harm to root the device and install it.

oggi21
oggi21

Software doesn’t exist on the servers anymore

fcaroll
fcaroll

This is very good news, it looks like some things are really starting to change for the first time in years. I think it’s a bit sad we have no more news about the noteFE though, it’s not too outdated for taking part to this change (nor are the S7 or other models) :'(

cabbe86
cabbe86

Yes please Sweden…

thibaly
thibaly

Oh yes please ! Waiting this One UI so far !

MarinAndy
MarinAndy

Good idea! I can’t wait for it!

Linkyop
Linkyop

Yes, please.