The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update will be one of the first in line, but if you can’t wait for the official release you can download the update right now.
Samsung’s only confirmed one Android 8.0 Oreo update, but the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update is just one of several upgrades the company will roll out over the course of the next year.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will certainly get the bump up from Android 7.1.1 Nougat and those not looking to wait until 2018 can download and install an early version of Android 8.0 Oreo right now.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update has leaked ahead of the official roll out joining the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta. The leak comes from a user on Reddit and it requires a specific Galaxy Note 8 model running a very specific version of Android software.
Those looking to install the Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update OTA early need a U.S. unlocked Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Note 8 running firmware version N950USQS2BQK2 (Verizon). This is the most up-to-date version of the unlocked Galaxy Note 8’s software here in the United States.
There’s a workaround for other unlocked Galaxy Note 8 users (it requires installing N950USQS2BQK2), but only power users should attempt it.
This is the first time we’ve seen the Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update and it appears to be an early release. The build is unstable and could cause major problems for those running it.
Those who do decide to try the leak out on their device are encouraged to backup all important files just in case something goes wrong during the transition.
The Galaxy Note 8’s Android Oreo update appears to be similar to the Galaxy S8’s version of Android 8.0 and it includes the company’s new Samsung Experience 9.0 UI. Samsung’s version of Android Oreo currently includes:
- Improvements to the Home Screen & Quick Panel
- Samsung Keyboard upgrades
- New Edge features
- Custom Colored Folders
- Improved Privacy in the Photo Gallery
- Clock Enhancements
Samsung still hasn’t confirmed the Galaxy Note 8’s Oreo update so it’s unclear when it plans to roll out the official version of Android 8.0.
Earlier this year Samsung Turkey said it plans to release Android 8.0 Oreo in early 2018. It didn’t confirm a specific release window or a specific list of devices getting the upgrade.
Given the Galaxy Note 8’s status as a flagship device, it should get Android 8.0 Oreo in and around the same time as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
This leak suggests that Samsung is making progress behind the scenes and Galaxy Note 8 owners should keep an out for Android Oreo (and additional leaks) as we push into the new year.