Galaxy S8 beta testers to get Android Oreo a day earlier, Samsung "doing its best" to release official update

Have you taken part in the Android Oreo beta test program for the Galaxy S8/S8+? If so, Samsung has a little surprise for you. As a token of appreciation, the Korean tech giant will distribute the official Oreo update to beta users one day before the start of the general rollout.

The news comes from a "Beta Notices" notification that was recently sent out to participants. In it, Samsung doesn't give information on when exactly we should see the Android 8-based Samsung Experience 9.0 land on the 2017 flagship pair. Still, the company says that it's "doing its best" to distribute a stable official version of the patch. 

As you might know, Samsung has been testing Oreo for the Galaxy S8 publicly since November 2017. The beta program was scheduled to end on January 15, so most of us expected to see the update go live by the end of last month. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long before the rollout begins.

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 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)



2. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Oreo Beta 7 is finally delivering endurance again for my S8 (the first Nougat official release was great too, that's my benchmark), which makes me hopeful for the official release too. Over 30 hours on one charge with well over 4 hours SOT and still a thick 34% remaining with with Wi-Fi /4G on all the time, BT on 60% of the time and GPS on too.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1421; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

A 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.

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Touchwiz/Samsung experience has always introduced new features which has been added to the core of Android and iOS. In as much as updates need to be delivered faster, SE is a beautiful overlay. Not everybody wants stock or stock like smartphone..

6. Feanor

Posts: 1421; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

My Sony XZ Premium also has non-stock ported features like several sound enhancements and eye tracking display timing and much more, but still Sony Xperia XZ1 was the first commercially available Oreo phone. It's mistake to think that added features delay the release. The useless cosmetic redesign delays the release.

7. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

An Oreo release that should have been called beta instead... My S8 on Oreo beta 1 was more stable than that : In other words, I prefer them to take their time and release something more stable instead.

10. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

"I prefer them to take their time"... this to me is just hilarious because you actually have no choice...especially when Sony and HTC can easily OTA a stable release no problems lol....

12. Marcwand3l

Posts: 461; Member since: May 08, 2017

Android didn't easier to update faster up until Project Treble which will create effects starting with 2018 phones. I think it's more important to deliver a good and stable update than delivering a fast update. Look at the disgrace ios 11. Samsung doing a better job than that is a big plus even if they are a few months late.

8. Tipus

Posts: 908; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Software quality over quantity , that should be every manufacturers priority.

9. Feanor

Posts: 1421; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well, my Xperia XZ Premium has been graced with Oreo since October and it's also bug free. I think if you work with stock Android and you port only some extra features, you have better chances to have a bug free experience rather than rewriting the entire code just to make Android look different, but definitely not better.

11. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

As a token of our appreciation for dealing with all our bugs... that is just sad coming from a huge company like Samsung.

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