Official Android 8.0 Oreo update starts rolling out to the Galaxy S8

Official Android 8.0 Oreo update starts rolling out to the Galaxy S8
Samsung has been testing Oreo for the Galaxy S8 in a public beta form since November, and it was scheduled to end it on January 15, so we expected to see the update go live by the end of last month to no avail.

At the time, the Korean tech giant said that it will start distributing the official Oreo update to beta users a day before the start of the general rollout, as a means of appreciation, so to speak. Well, that day may have been yesterday, as many Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta users are reporting to us that their phones are finally getting the official update, and publications from Europe are chiming in with screenshots from Dutch and German beta users, too. 

The update is complete with the Samsung Experience 9.0 interface, its newest UI version that is likely to be on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ out of the box as well, plus the February security patch. Long story short, if you have taken part in the S8 Oreo beta, hit your update buttons, while the rollout should be hitting the general S8 and S8+ public any day now, with US carrier versions soon to follow.

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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)

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45 Comments

1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

This is the reason I won't be getting the S9. I have a cheap old phone(Oneplus 3) and had official Oreo for about 3 months now. This kind of s**t leads me to believe Samsung just cares about selling its phones, not the existing customers.

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Some of you guys just like whining unnecessarily. Samsung pushed the update slower than others because it not close to stock. Secondly, this update surely has features which will be seen in Android P. Those buying Samsung don't like the bland look of stock or near stock UIs.

4. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Well, no one asked them to make a heavy UI. Most people will prefer the software solution of the pixel or Oneplus( closer to stock, and faster updates). It's Samsung's fault for getting into this mess, and making everything so convoluted that it's hard to get out of now.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They are the most successful android vendor. They have a recipe that works and people buy into. I prefer Samsung stable updates to android os updates that are buggy. Vote with your wallet.

42. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Being the "most successful android vendor" has nothing to do with their lag in software updates. Ironing out multiple issues and bugs has everything to do with it however. Their updates haven't always been stable, look back at the screen issues that were among the latest updates that they released.

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you do realize samsung is pretty much 2 versions ahead on all features in stock android

27. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

My taughts too. All the time stock android is copying Samsung in ading different upfates in future developments. What you have now on Oreo and Sammy UI you will have in future android P. And for ones happy with Oneplus near stock android and faster updates please think that on Samsung we enjoy already almost all new features and more from already one year ago.

25. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

wheres the stats? And according to the stats on thos page, most people would consider the Non stock experience. And yeah quality over quantity while we are having this discussion. Look at the terrible buggy updates many company puts out while the Galaxues have quality updates. Since the S7 and up, Samsung has improved a lot with experiences and updates, no lags, no slow downs. And check the updates in beta on Youtube. It's lights out for other devices compared to Galaxies on Oreo.

31. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Most people prefer the Samsung UI over stock. Plenty of research has supported this over the years and the sales back it up too. Don't confuse forum voices or your own n=1 with statistics.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

My Sony Xperia XZ Premium also has non-stock features and actually quite a long list of them; screen calibration tools, eye detection for screen on time, digital noise cancellation and other sound enhancements, non stock phone app, non stock camera app, colourful settings icons etc. And yet it runs on Android 8.0 since around 20th October. The XZ1 has had Oreo even since late September. Sorry, no excuses for Samsung. What drags Samsung down with updates is not the extra feature list but their cosmetic skin which is uglier, slower and more complicated than stock Android. And it's there only in order to lock customers to Samsung ecosystem. Sorry, that's the truth.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's a truth I am willing to accept as I will never use stock Android, personally. If stock was all that was available I will live with the shortfalls of iOS. Also, your quick Sony update to Oreo caused camera issues, battery drain and God issues which were fairly widespread. This is the kind of crap that Samsung users typically don't have to deal with on a later update.

11. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Totally untrue: I never had this publicised issue with the camera and the battery life since Oreo update became so much better. All updates can cause bugs, check iOS 11, but my XZ Premium has never been more bug-free than with Oreo. It pretty much is the perfect update.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It was wide spread enough to be in numerous sources within tech media. Wasnt just one offs. Certainly there are exceptions for whatever reasons as we see on all devices.

13. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

As I said, all updates can have their issues. All, Apple, Samsung, Sony have bugs creeping in with such updates. My point is that I don't buy the excuse that Samsung take their sweet time with updates in order to add unique features or to iron down bugs. Late updates hardly ever guarantee bug-free releases They do it to sell their own skin in an attempt to lock customers to their brand, without any real benefit for the customer.

29. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Stay with Sony if you are pleased. You have zero reasons to convince us that Sony Oreo update is faster and full of benefits. You know that at the end your phone will not improove much becauae of only Google new update software. You have the hardware Sony put in and the software from Google and Sony accordingly to that iteration of hardware. New update of Oreo will give you small benefits from Google part. What I said is Samsung already had this new improvements on your Sony from at least one year ago. It always was the same. Samsung push Google to move in his direction and not vice versa.

19. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

It is false, I oreo solve camera distortion and improve autonomy

30. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And you have to wait for a new software distribution? Think first why they have this bad software from the begining of the phone? Something is wrong there. And you are happy after one year because they solve their release errors. LOL

20. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So true I have NEVER had a issue with a Samsung/AT&T update. I buy my phone for the phone, not for updates. If I get new feature later great.

32. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And the bugs reported are paramount. In fact, the list was worse than what I saw reported on the S8 beta feedback platform the past 3 beta versions. I prefer the way Samsung handled it through beta, instead of calling a beta rollout a final release...

38. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

" which is uglier, slower and more complicated than stock Android. " Said the large minority in Android land. The majority still prefers it over stock or Sony's.

41. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

riiight...the majority actually said that "they prefer it over stock"...dude, the masses don't even have a clue, they buy it because of the mass marketing campaign from Samsung.

3. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Oh really? Samsung phones have features of Oreo since years ago! I wouldn't be surprised if the S9 will come with some Android P features or even Android Q.

5. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

LOL. That might have held true for older versions of Samsung UI, but not anymore. The important features of Oreo were: 1. Treble. 2. Notification overhaul 3. Vitals 4. Quicker boot times. 5. Google autofill API 6. Smart text selection 7. Native color gamut switching. 8. Bluetooth 5 support. None of these were in Samsung's earlier versions of android. And the Oreo update doesn't even come with a feature it should(Treble). Not to mention that if they already supported these features, it should have taken them less time to port over this version, no?

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Samsung had BT 5.0 out of the box on the s8.

18. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

23. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I can post several links of BT 5 features being tested/ utilized on an s8 in April and May of 2017 if you want.

26. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Dual audio is not BT 5.0 feature. BT 4.1 supports it too.

36. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Well there are other attributes shown on s8 BT5 but do tell which smartphones had dual audio prior?

15. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Have you seen s8 on Oreo beta? I would have pasted a link but don't wanna be banned. Goto YouTube and check out vids yourself

33. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Boasting about how much faster Oneplus was with their Oreo update, failing to mention it didn't support Treble either. No existing phone running older software gets Treble as it would turn quite messy. Only new phones out of the box.

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