Android 8 Oreo for Galaxy S8: beta program allegedly coming soon for US residents

Samsung is well at work on its Android 8 update for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships and it seems the company might be preparing a US beta program for interested fans. The news comes from a leakster who allegedly got a heads-up email from Samsung.

A quick rundown of how this will reportedly work — there are only 7,500 spots for the entire USA. Participants would have to have a Galaxy S8 that's on T-Mobile or Sprint. Signup is done via the Samsung+ or Samsung Members app and the beta will open up next Tuesday, the 31st of October.

As far as new features go, we expect some goodies like the new notification dots to either replace Samsung's badges or at least give you the option to switch to them, power consumption optimizations, picture-in-picture, and lots of other tiny updates that improve overall device workflow.

We've got no news whether the beta program would expand to other carriers or internationally anytime soon.

Have you got an eligible device? Itching to sign up?

source: Ice Universe

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Good news! About time Samsung ups the ante in timely firmware updates, as long as said firmware is stable and glitch-free, of course.

3. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Keep dreaming. Samsung did the beta program for Nougat around the same time last year saying they would do a full release by December but ended not doing it until March

6. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Last year the beta started in Early-mid November, not October. And it was released in Jan early January not March.

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Oreo isn't coming to these devices before Jan. According to my knowledge the earliest we can expect to start receiving the Oreo update is the end of Jan and the complete roll out by end of March.

4. gamehead unregistered

75 hundred spots and only two retailers? smh Hopefully the two phones get the update soon. I've been eyeing these phones for weeks and not having Oreo was my main gripe.

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Will buying the international model, have an advantage in receiving the update first??

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