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Unlocked Galaxy S8 Oreo update release nears as T-Mobile begins tests

The Android 8.0 Oreo beta test program for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ has concluded in every market that it was launched, meaning Samsung has the final code required to roll out the official update ready to go. For those using carrier-locked variants, an update doesn’t hit the air until it goes through the necessary certifications from their carrier, and at least T-Mobile in the US has now begun testing Oreo for the S8 and S8+.

This is another hint that the Oreo update could soon hit unlocked models of the S8 and S8+, and a pretty big one at that, as carriers usually begin testing a major upgrade after development on the base software has been completed by the device manufacturer. Of course, we could just be reading too much into the whole thing, but that’s not hard to do when anticipation for the Oreo update is at an all-time high. Not to mention Samsung had previously said it is trying to release Oreo for the S8 and S8+ by the end of January, even though it later changed its tune to remove mention of an ETA.

Galaxy S8 Oreo update: Which North American carrier will be first?

Coming back to T-Mobile, the carrier has updated its support pages for the two phones to say that Android 8.0 Oreo is under testing. As expected, that’s all the support pages say at the moment, and there is no telling when North American carriers will start updating the S8 and S8+ to Oreo. It also remains to be seen which carrier will be the first to do so. While you’re waiting, don’t forget to check out how you can prepare your phone for Oreo, and also see everything the new version of Android brings to Samsung’s devices.

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mgovro
mgovro

Agree that NOUGAT works just fine but being the owner of T-MOBILE ACTIVE variant, I assume when S8 is spoken of that means the ACTIVE would receive “O” alongside the S8 variant. Any past owners of ACTIVE variants find this to be true or false?

bgpuccia2987
bgpuccia2987

Patience, people, patience. It’s not like Nougat on the S8 sucks or anything. Oreo’s arrival is imminent.

61530041
61530041

few years ago Google was releasing new Android versions in October and Samsung was releasing them before Xmas, hence two months later. Nougat was released in late August and Samsung released it in late January, so five months later. This time with Oreo Samsung is breaking another new record of slowness. All this despite Android getting every time easier to update faster. Samsung Experience overlay is a nonsense that benefits none other than Samsung in order to lock customers to the brand

locarno
locarno

How about dates for 2.3.6 —> 4.x.x update, and from 4 to 5.x.x ?

brendonx
brendonx

No one is locked to Samsung. Everyone can change their phones.

ccc17
ccc17

Oneplus 5 just got today the official oreo update so Samsung does not seem that behind

omar1000ize
omar1000ize

If only samsung had a great software mangment just imagine it being like ios

locarno
locarno

Yes. They have so much money and can’t hire good people.

Aliyetim
Aliyetim

Test Test …. google pixel phones android 8.1 but samsung phones android 7.0

brendonx
brendonx

Both pixel and android are owned by Google so they will always get the latest software first.

Your comment makes no sense really.

vanilajasmine
vanilajasmine

TEST TEST TEST , NEVER RELEASE :)))))))))))))))

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Really, it gives nothing away, as soon as I switched from carrier to unlocked models, carriers started receiving software updates first. it was very frustrating. But, at least being on the beta, I should get it before general release – literally the only reason why I went unlocked this time round was to get on this beta program.