Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) start getting Android 8.0 Oreo

Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) start getting Android 8.0 Oreo
Along with the Galaxy A6/A6+ (2018), the Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018) are the latest mid-range smartphones launched by Samsung. However, while the former models come with Android 8.0 Oreo on board, the latter run Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Even though they've been released on the market just a few months from each other, the Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018) still ship with Android Nougat. The good news is these two mid-range smartphones will not remain stuck on Nougat for too long now.

New reports confirm Samsung has already kicked off the rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo for Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018), and although the update is only available in some countries, we believe it won't be long before it goes global.

As far as the changes go, the update adds support for VoLTE on both SIM slots and the July security patch. There's no mention of Dolby Atmos support though, probably because it's only available for use over wired and Bluetooth audio.

For the time being, Samsung Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018) can be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. If you live in one of these countries, you should be able to download the update using Samsung's Smart Switch app.



source: SamMobile

Related phones

Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6621; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Should've came with Android 8.1 out of the box, but Samsung will count this as the 1st major update so that they stop updating this device after Android P. Another dick move by Samsung.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 595; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

8.1 was released in December. The A8/A8+ were released in January, just a month later. We all know software is finalized more than a month before distribution so what you're asking for is definitely aggressive. That being said, they probably should have had 8.0 out of the box & not 6 months later.

4. maherk

Posts: 6621; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Then shouldn't they have at least updated it to 8.1 instead of 8.0?

5. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 595; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

For sure. I agree with that. It should have had 8.0 out of the box, so it should be getting 8.1 right now. But considering the fact that no Samsung phones are rocking 8.1 yet, that might be a little too much to ask from their from their (seemingly) lazy or at least slow software division. Still though, Samsung generally releases very polished & stable software updates. I guess I'll take that over speedy updates that are glitchy.

6. maherk

Posts: 6621; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't believe they're slow or lazy by accident, that's what I always hated about Samsung. Sure they almost always take their time to deliver stable updates, but they also always and deliberately release updates later than usual to force people to upgrade, and they leave key features exclusive to their latest offerings. For example, why should an S6 owner in 2016 feel inferior to a J Series phone owner in terms of software features? How can a budget phone that was released months after the S6 has the AOD and their less than 1 year old flagship not have it? Then comes the regional updates, they would release an update in one country, then wait another 6 months if not more to release it somewhere else.

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 595; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I can't argue with that. I've often thought it myself.

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1471; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I agree with you on this. Even after having Amo-LED screen my A5(2016) doesn't has AOD support vs 2018/17 Jseries has it. It has no f*king BlueLight filter mode vs Jseries has it. Skin feels outdated, icons mismatches, no slide up to app drawer or no slide down to nav bar gestures. Samsung should atleast try to make skin similar. More than Apple I think it's the Samsung now who is like "Move On" thing. Btw which phone are you using?

3. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 332; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

That's always been my issue with the a series. Being launched before the s flagship means it's relagated to previous years android software, so you only get one fresh new upgrade and one out of date upgrade.

8. svknet

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

When in India? BTW never read about dual-VoLTE! Too good to be true!!!

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