Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 units receive Android 8.0 Oreo official update

Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 units receive Android 8.0 Oreo official update
It appears that Samsung is seeding an official version of Android 8.0 Oreo to some Galaxy Note 8 units. At the time of writing, the company hasn't announced anything regarding the rollout, but multiple Reddit users have confirmed that the update has landed on their phones.

By the looks of it, this could be a soak test, meaning that Samsung might be releasing the update on a very small number of devices to see how it holds up before a broader rollout. 

Still, this is a rather surprising turn of events, as the company has an Oreo beta testing program, but it's for the Galaxy S8/S8+ and not for the 6.3-inch phablet. The aforementioned Oreo Beta program is ending on January 15, which is a strong indication that we're not too far off from seeing an official Oreo build land on Samsung's high-end 2017 phones. 


The build number of the new update is R16NW.N950FXXU2CRA1.DM. There aren't any screenshots of the changelog, but one Reddit user was kind enough to post some of the changes they observed. You can check them out below, but keep in mind that the list isn't official:

  • Update to the keyboard
  • Picture in picture support (so far I have noticed it in YouTube and google maps)
  • App specific long press menus from launcher (can no longer put apps to sleep from that menu or open app settings)
  • Secure folder can be set to stay unlocked until the screen goes to sleep
  • Autofill API support (with bio-metrics) for all apps, and browser
  • Colored media notifications
  • Notification categories
  • Customization options for notification badges
  • Keyboard uses gify for gif search support (doesn't work in gboard with stock messaging still)
  • More edge lighting options
  • Ability to ONLY view Samsung cloud items
  • Ability to backup Samsung secure folder in Samsung cloud
  • Bluetooth, high-quality audio codecs
  • Manage passwords of Samsung and third party apps with Samsung pass
  • Android Security patch for January

Related phones

Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Makes the Note8 a more super smartphone! But a lot of this we can already

2. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Running Oreo for a while now on my note 8 sd version. Dope ass phone.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How’s it running for you?

22. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

How much is the size of the update? I have just received an update with a size of 820MB.

3. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

So fast with update that I'm speechless. Thank you samsung.

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Battery problem solved? Lags? Screen?

5. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This is an article about the Note 8, not the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 ;)

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Check your Facebook messenger bro, and shhhhhh...lol.

6. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

that battery problem isnt as big as the media make it and there was never a lag with Nougat anyway. And watch the Note 8 oreo in beta speed test videos on Youtube to see how it out perform devices

11. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Heck, it outperformed his Godphone on Nougat.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You'll have to go to the iPhone forums to ask that.

13. ramdroid

Posts: 132; Member since: May 21, 2016

are u 12 ?

17. droidguy86

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Let me know when Apple is done replacing your battery after slowing down your phone.

19. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

faster than usual, good for sammy

7. JoshuaDK1984

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 01, 2017

I hope for a camera update. Both my own and the three I tried in a store takes pictures that are less stunning then those of my old S6 Edge+ And everybody says MP isn't important, so it can't be because the S6 had 16 mp.

8. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

"Ability to backup Samsung secure folder in Samsung cloud" I'm sure I have this ability on my S8 with nougat

12. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You did. I've done it.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can’t wait till it hits the At&t version.

18. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

You and me both Did you do the Gear S3 Frontier update through ATT yet? I did mine last week and it's been rock solid so far

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes and it's great.

20. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

don't worry, there will be problems so don't expect it this month

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