With the first Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo update just days away we’re starting to get Oreo 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 Oreo update questions we’re getting from friends, family, and readers.
Samsung’s first Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo update is live. Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in select regions are currently testing an early preview of Oreo, and the company’s Samsung Experience 9.0 UI, thanks to the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta.
The Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta ends on January 17th which means an official roll out should take place sometime in January or early February.
The Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta answers lots of questions about Samsung’s next mobile operating system, but there are still some lingering questions about the company’s official Galaxy Android Oreo release. Some of those questions are coming from Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users.
Many Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge 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 down the road.
Samsung is mostly silent about its plans for devices outside of the Galaxy S8 so our goal here is to provide as much clarity as we possibly can as we push into 2018.
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, 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 Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta is available in the United States on T-Mobile and Sprint, in South Korea for on devices locked to SKT, KT or LG U+ and in the United Kingdom for users who have an open market device (operator unlocked version). It’s also available in France, Germany, Poland, and India.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything, but we don’t expect the company to trot out an Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge.
The company tends to reserve its betas for flagship devices and not devices that are more than two years old.
Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Update Rumored
The million dollar question: Will the Galaxy S6 get Android Oreo?
Samsung hasn’t confirmed any Android Oreo upgrades 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.
Samsung 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 its been upgraded to Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat.
The Galaxy S6 turned two in 2017 (it’ll turn three in April) which means there’s a very good chance it’ll stay put on Android Nougat.
We expect that theory to hold, but there’s a slight chance Samsung decides to keep the former flagships updated beyond the two year mark.
The company still hasn’t released an official list of devices getting upgraded Android 8.0 Oreo, but we have seen an unofficial list appear on Weibo where the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active are all listed alongside Android 8.0 Oreo.
It’s great news, but it doesn’t confirm anything for Galaxy S6 users. Nor does the information coming from Samsung customer service representatives.
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 were told 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.
The news is exciting, but customer service representatives have been known to push bogus information to those asking questions over the phone and online. So, 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.
Galaxy S6 Oreo Release Date
If Samsung decides to release Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S6, and that’s a big if, it probably won’t release the software in early 2018.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 should be first in line, followed by devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Here’s what last year’s Nougat roll out looked like for popular devices:
- November 9th: Samsung releases its Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. (November 2nd this year.)
- December 30th: Samsung ends the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta.
- January 5th: Samsung starts rolling Android Nougat out to Galaxy S7 users.
- March/April: Samsung starts rolling Nougat out to Galaxy S6 users.
If Samsung’s list of Android Oreo updates includes the Galaxy S6, we’d expect it to be weeks behind flagships like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S7.
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 and security patches for several years to come.
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.