A leaked Android 8 build for Galaxy S8 brings Dolby Atmos to the phone!

A leaked Android 8 build for Galaxy S8 brings Dolby Atmos to the phone!
With recent stirrings in the Samsung Beta Program for Android 8 on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it's become obvious that an official update to the next major Android build is drawing near. Official info from the company now states that the Beta Program will be closed on January 15th. This falls in line with earlier reports, which claimed that Android 8 Oreo will be pushed to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in late January. Also, reports of Oreo hitting Note 8 units have also surfaced today.

An unreleased beta build has now leaked on Reddit and fans were quick to sideload it on their phones. They discovered that their Galaxy S8 devices (the US variant equipped with the Snapdragon 835 processor) now have a Dolby Atmos toggle in settings!

Dolby Atmos is an audio software, which fine-tunes EQ settings and surround emulation for when the user is wearing headphones. As can be seen from one of the screenshots found in the Reddit thread where the leak is discussed, we have 4 presets to choose from — Auto, Movie, Music, and Voice. According to the user who posted that, the software is still a bit buggy. Switching between the four presets makes no difference in sound and the Dolby Atmos feature can't be turned off once it has been toggled on.

So, obviously, the build is still not entirely stable and should only be considered by the adventurous ones that aren't scared of a little software sideloading. For the rest of us — there's an official update right behind the corner!

source: Reddit

Related phones

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



1. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Wow. Another feature that 99.9% of people won't even know it is there and nobody will ever use. Still nice to have though...

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I use pretty expensive earphones so I welcome this !

4. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

I've paid for the feature on Windows 10 so I obviously welcome any ecosystem adding it as a bundled feature.

5. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

"99.9% of people won't even know it is there"??? The feature is built into the Quick Settings from notification panel. A lot should notice it.

11. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

its not there

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Nice! Yet another power user feature stock android wouldn't be getting for 3 or more years later...keep them handy features coming Samsung.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Even cheap lenovo phones have dolby, also stereo speakers.

7. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Dolby atomos in speaker mono lol

9. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

This is for headphones. It's a rather effective method to add spatial sound to headphones. Works surprisingly well. Probably because most people only has two ears.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


8. bradley.block

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

This might be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. There is absolutely no way to play true Atmos sound from a smartphone of any kind. This is just Samsung and Dolby being greedy.

10. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

You can try it for free on the Windows Store. Virtual surround for headphones is arguably 100% as accurate as having headphones with a dozen built-in "surround" drivers, because headphones doesn't come with room-scale tracking and we only have one ear on each side of our head.

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It is not realy the same as X drivers in headphones, it's actually much better in the terms of sound quality and accuracy. It certainly is not as good as real binaural recording, but still for movies and games it's pretty convincing.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

How are they being greedy? They're not adding a payment to the device you already own. They're giving it to owners free. Dumb comment.

12. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

What about Exynos verisons of s8?! It should be common feature right, Irrespective of processor type!

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