Samsung Galaxy A8s gets certified running Android Oreo ahead of debut

Samsung Galaxy A8s gets certified running Android Oreo ahead of debut
Samsung’s Galaxy A-series models don’t usually warrant this much attention but the Galaxy A8s is pretty unique – it will be the first smartphone in the world to have a display hole. And with just under a week until its official debut, the device has been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

As with all Wi-Fi certifications, the listing in question doesn’t exactly reveal much (its main focus is the smartphone’s Wi-Fi capabilities) but it does confirm the presence of Android 8.0 Oreo straight out of the box. This is particularly disappointing considering Android 9 Pie was released way back in August, but it isn’t exactly surprising.

Samsung’s Android 9 Pie update contains various extras that can’t be found in the vanilla version of the software. The company is currently preparing the introduction of its all-new One UI custom overlay. This UI helps keep relevant content on the bottom half of the display at all times, leaving the top half for viewing. Additionally, it has been developed with foldable phone compatibility in mind, which means it will work seamlessly with the upcoming Galaxy F.

The final build of the company’s Android 9 Pie release will arrive in January for the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 series. Samsung is then expected to switch focus to the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 devices. However, at this moment in time, it’s unclear how soon after release the Galaxy A8s will be updated to the latest version of Android.

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13 Comments

1. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Samsung has habit of launching phones with outdated android versions. It will get pie next year maybe in august

2. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Rly Oreo 8.0 no 8.1 or better 9.0 Pie.? :D

12. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I guess the reason why they stick to Oreo cause their new UI (One UI) for 9.0 still on beta stage.

3. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

What's wrong with oreo? It's still 2 yrs ahead of ios 12. Imagine an os that only support audio and video files. Lmao

5. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not a damn thing.

10. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nothing wrong with it, but when the newer and better version has been released for few months now, there is no excuse of releasing a phone with an outdated version of the OS. But I'll tell you why Samsung does this, because they promise only two major updates with these phones, so instead of getting Android 11 eventually, it will get Android 10 at best. This is how Samsung lowkey screws their costumers.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Pie is not final yet so, why release a new phone on something that is not ready. I want something that is ready, not still in the works.

8. Elvis358

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yeah Samsung fanboy excuses!

11. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There is no excuse for this sissy, Android Pie has been released for months now, Sony's recent smartphones are all running on Pie, same as for Huawei's latest flagships, yet you don't have one single Samsung phone that is running on an official build of android 9.0.

13. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Another thing that makes it worse is that Samsung receives an early Beta version of the OS from Google, this can be months before any other Android OEM knows any info about new OS's. So Samsung gets it before everyone else but is always last to implement it.

6. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

A7 2018 triple camera: disappointing A9 2018 quad camera: failure for the price Samsung mobile, make sure you don't screw A8s. You better adapt to the growing chinese products or you will become the next nokia.

7. Elvis358

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

What a joke!!! XD LoL. Fail Samsung!!!

9. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

No more Samsung phone for me, they've become useless

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