The Galaxy S8 is getting upgraded to Android 7.1 soon, but don't get too excited (Update)

Update: It seems that no, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ won't actually be getting Android 7.1 any time soon. In a reply to the thread, a Vodafone representative says the ".1" is actually typo, and the original timeline has been edited to reflect that fact. The original article can be read in its unedited form below.

Ever since the Galaxy S8's release, Samsung's been getting a lot of flak for not shipping it with the then-latest version of Android, 7.1.1 Nougat. How dare Samsung deprive users of valuable features, such as... new emoji? Or launcher actions for the Pixel Launcher? And maybe even Gboard GIF support? On second thought, these are both not such big improvements, and also don't really apply to the S8, as Samsung uses its own emoji, keyboard, and launcher on the device.

In any case, the Galaxy S8 and S8 + will be getting the bump to Android 7.1 fairly soon, according to a Vodafone Australia update roadmap showing the update has been submitted for approval. And seemingly to prove our point, the update is listed as Android 7.1.0, not 7.1.1, and is also tagged as a "Stability and Bug Fix" type. Or in other words, don't expect any real new features. 

But don't get us wrong, OS updates are almost always a good thing, and we advise all users of the device upgrade as soon as they're able to. However, when bumping up major version numbers one usually expects some surface changes as well — and from what we're seeing here, there appear to be none present.

Since this is a stability update instead of a feature one, we're expecting it to make its way around the rest of the world fairly quickly (though updates are never a sure thing with carriers). But there's still some time before it actually gets pushed out to end users, so don't expect to see the new OS version immediately (especially if you live outside of Australia).

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI



14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If you want 7.1 buy the Note 8. They'll stall the update longer than they can so you'll buy the next best thing over the previous.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Lags problems solved?

16. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Long ago..

12. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

This is a perfect example of why Android versions are meaningless to devices with skins. They don't really do anything and never did. So why do the isheep care so much when it comes to their pissing matches where they never have enough urine?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the Note 8 will launch with 7.1. 21 more days.

6. gynorm

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

I heard 7.1 on the S8 will improve battery life quite a bit. Isn't this the case? if so then it's a pretty big deal

7. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Hard to imagine when I already easily get 7 hours SoT with everything (GPS high accuracy, Bluetooth linked to Gear Fit, NFC, etc etc) turned on.

1. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

"OS updates are almost always a good thing." Yeah, except iOS 9.

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

iOS 9 didn't have a great launch but the worst update hands down was Lollipop when it first came out. It had so many issues on so many devices it was crazy

4. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Agreed. Lollipop was a disaster.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It was nowhere near as bad as IOS9. IOS9 required 12 updates. 4 of which were full firmware revisions and the rest were incremental updates. Lollipop yes effected a bunch of Android phones, but all of them combined all run one OS and it was less of them than all the iPhone effected by iOS 9. So no you are all wrong. Lollipop only required a 2 updates to deal with its issues. None of its issues were carried over to 6.0 iOS 9 keep creating more issues with each fix. The main issue with Lollipop happened with the initial update. After than it was fine after 2 fixes. IOS 9 got progressively worse with each update and many of those issues were carried over into iOS10, which has already had 3 incremental updates. You guys are simply Android haters who never have real info in trying your best to make Android seem worse than iOS. Its not. Even if my Samsung phone NEVER gets an update, it will still have way less issues than any iPhone. This has been proven. All one had to do is see the version listings of Android and iOS on Wikipedia. They are listed in full detail. It lists what the update was for and how many revisions. Apple has had more updates and fixes for things they broke vs all Android versions combined. So no,;all you lying hypocritical haters are wrong.

9. mikehunta727 unregistered

"android hater" I have owned more Android devices than you have and have much more experience with a multitude of Android devices over the past near decade. Lollipop was the worst update to Android hands down launch wise, it caused so many issues to many devices and also Nexus devices, some apps couldnt even launch, massive RAM leak in early versions of Lollipop that wreaked havoc on many phones and took months to get fixed for many people, etc There is no real comparison here, iOS 9 did had a rough launch for sure, but they were able to fix the issues much faster for people vs on Android's side More updates doesn't mean to"keep fixing things" Many iOS updates are really simply like monthly security patches on Android and only just fix vulnerabilities and exploits but instead of Android moving on up to 7.1.3 after a security update, it stays on the same OS version unlike on iOS they update version number even after just a simple security patch No one is lying here or in denial but you, Lollipop launch was a DISASTER, esepcially for Nexus devices at launch, no comparison here, it was the worst mobile OS update launch in history

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

"none of the issues carried over into Marshmallow" Lol are you serious with this nearly delusional statement? Where have you been the past 2 years? Marshmallow still had a ton of Lollipop bugs carried over including the RAM leak that never got fully patched until a few updates into M XDA and others were all over the Lollipop/M launch a while back, but someone like you just probably reads Sammobile only so I get that you don't know this or understand this. But it still doesn't change the fact that Lollipop truly was the worst launch in history No one here is saying at all iOS or Android is better or worse than each other lol. Stop being so insecure , I clearly, specifically was talking about the launch of iOS 9 Vs Lollipop's launch, nothing at all to do with iOS or Android being better than one and another, it's just simply reviewing the past and what went down in our history

11. 99999

Posts: 142; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

Really my old Z2 performs better than Marshmallow, because when I updated to 6.1 had battery drain and Ram issues. Nothing wrong with lollipop except it had security issues which I didn't give rats about, because I don't store CC details on my phone. When I updated my S8+ receiving 2 updates bixby wasn't removable and had battery drain. I rooted and went back to the original Rom , it was way much better. It's just you techies that crave and desperately seeking for updates, I don't ever never will update my phones. It's flawless, so why update and make the phone laggy. I also have my HtcM7 which came with KK444, after receiving 5 updates the phone is a POS LAGS, it was smooth and fast when it was on KK444, after lollipop 5 the phone was a jnk.

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

Updates' are actually factually, empirically quite important, there is nothing you can say that would say otherwise. I don't "desperately" seek updates, because it should be a standard that timely updates get delivered, any otherwise is just nearly unacceptable and really is unexcuseable by a manufacture/OEM

3. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Except Lollipop.

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