With the Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo update underway, we’re getting questions from Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active users. In this guide, we’ll try and answer some of the biggest Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 8.0 Oreo update questions.
Samsung’s first two Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo updates are live. Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8, users in select regions are currently receiving the official version of Oreo and the company’s brand new Samsung Experience 9.0 UI.
This is good news for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 users, but there are still some lingering questions about the company’s official Galaxy Android Oreo release and many of those questions are coming from Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users.
Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy S6 Active owners want to know if they’ll get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, when said could update could arrive, and what will happen if the Galaxy S6 doesn’t get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo this year.
Samsung is mostly silent about its plans for devices outside of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 (officially at least) so our goal here is to provide as much clarity as we possibly can as we push deeper into Samsung’s Oreo roll out.
Galaxy S6 Android 7.1.1 Update
If you’re expecting Samsung to roll out an Android 7.1.1 update to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy S6 Active in 2018, don’t hold your breath.
Samsung is rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates to select Galaxy devices. However, these devices all jumped from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and not Android 7.0 to Android 7.1.1.
At this point, you can expect most Android 7.0 Nougat powered devices to remain on Android 7.0 as Samsung works to deliver Android Oreo.
While this might frustrate you, remember that most of the changes from Google’s Android 7.1.1 update are baked into Samsung’s version of Android 7.0.
Don’t Expect a Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Beta
Samsung trotted out a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta to the regular model and the Plus model, but that doesn’t mean it’ll come to other Samsung devices.
The company tends to reserve its betas for flagship devices and not devices that are more than two years old. Don’t expect one for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy S6 Active.
Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Update
The million dollar question: Will the Galaxy S6 get Android Oreo?
Samsung still isn’t saying much about its plans for Android Oreo (beyond updates for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8) so we can’t tell you anything with one hundred percent certainty. That said, we can tell you a little bit about Samsung’s history.
The company typically keeps its Galaxy devices upgraded with major Android software updates for two years before killing off support. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge started on Android Lollipop and they’ve been upgraded to Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat.
The Galaxy S6 turned two in 2017 (they turn three in April) which means there’s a very good chance it’ll stay put on Android Nougat. After all, Samsung Turkey and Samsung Canada both left the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge off lists outlining upcoming Android Oreo updates.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge also have disappeared from Samsung’s list of quarterly and monthly security updates. This all but confirms bad news for those of you holding out hope for Oreo. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy S6 Active remain on the lists.
There’s also a chance Samsung decides to push a third major update to the Galaxy S6 series.
The list from Weibo includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active while the list from XDA-Developers, which is based on data pulled from the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update, doesn’t.
According to multiple Samsung customer service reps, the Galaxy S6 will be getting Android Oreo. The information comes from threads on Reddit and XDA-Forums where posters state they were told that the company is currently working on a Galaxy S6 Android Oreo update behind the scenes.
One customer rep went as far as to say the Galaxy S6 Android 8.0 Oreo update is set to arrive sometime in January or February. That obviously didn’t happen.
The news is exciting, but customer service representatives have been known to push bogus information to those asking questions over the phone and online. Take this information with an immense grain of salt.
If Samsung does update the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active with Android Oreo it will inch the company’s software support closer to Apple’s support for the iPhone. Apple typically keeps iPhones updated for four years before kicking them to the curb.
At this point though, Galaxy S6 users shouldn’t be holding their breath.
Galaxy S6 Oreo Release Date
If Samsung decides to release Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S6, and that’s a huge if, it probably won’t release the software in early 2018.
With the Galaxy S8 Oreo and Galaxy Note 8 just starting to pickup speed, and updates for newer devices like the Galaxy S7 still weeks out, we’re likely months away from a roll out. If there is one.
According to Samsung Turkey, the Galaxy S7 Oreo update will start rolling out in April (Samsung Canada says it’ll push the updates this spring). It’ll be followed by updates for the Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A3 (2017) in May.
Samsung Canada’s also confirmed Oreo also support for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy Tab S3. Samsung’s Canadian-arm says those updates will start arriving in the spring and summer.
Its also confirmed Android Oreo support for the Galaxy Xcover4, Galaxy A8, Galaxy J3 Prime, Tab A8 and Tab A10.1. Those updates will arrive later in 2018.
Android Oreo probably won’t be the next update you get on your Galaxy S6. Samsung is rolling out a April security update and we expect some Galaxy S6 models to get the patch in the near future.
If the Samsung declines to offer Android 8.0 Oreo, software support for the Galaxy S6 won’t end. Samsung and its carrier partners will likely keep the Galaxy S6 line of devices upgraded with bug fixes. They’ll likely be infrequent so you won’t be able to count on Samsung or your carrier for help.
You should also be able to root your Samsung Galaxy S6 and get at least some of the features from Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update.
The Galaxy S6 community is still very active and will remain active as we push through 2018. If you aren’t familiar with rooting and installing ROMs, now would be a great time to get familiar with the process.
It might be the only way to get Android Oreo on board your device.
Install Android Oreo for Improved Security
If you store sensitive data on your Galaxy S7, and we assume most of you do, you'll probably want to install the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
The first wave of Galaxy S7 Oreo updates bring Samsung's batch of April patches. The batch includes security updates from not only Samsung, but Google as well.
We expect the company to release a May security update in the near future and the next wave of updates could have additional updates on board.
If you failed to download a security update from another month, you'll also get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S7.
If you're curious about the contents of Samsung's latest security update, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
On top of the latest patches from Samsung and Google, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Oreo update also brings some other important security features to help protect you and your device from harm.
The company's Oreo update delivers security improvements to Samsung Pay, the Galaxy S7's popular mobile payment solution.
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update also comes with enhancements to the handy Find My Mobile solution. The updates to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and the ability to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.