The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update went through a lengthy beta, but problems have slipped into the final release for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Samsung and an army of beta testers poked and prodded the Galaxy S8 Oreo update for bugs and performance issues. While the company squashed a number of issues with the software, the final version’s brought some problems of its own including one that’s forced the company to temporarily halt the release.
It’s early, but we’re starting to hear about some of the problems plaguing Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users who’ve made the transition from Nougat to Oreo. Some of the issues have carried over from the beta, others are brand new.
We expect the list of Galaxy S8 Oreo problems to grow as the roll out picks up speed in the weeks ahead. It’s currently limited to a few models in a few different countries.
In this guide we want to take you through the state of Galaxy S8 Oreo problems. We’ll also walk you through some ways to prepare for Android Oreo, some resources that could help you get a handle on your device’s performance, and a look at what to expect next from Samsung and its carrier partners.
Prepare Your Galaxy S8 for Android Oreo
You can’t predict exactly how the Android Oreo update will treat your Galaxy S8 so it’s important to prepare your device, and yourself, for Android 8.0’s arrival.
If you’re still waiting for Android Oreo to arrive, use this time to prepare your device for the transition. There’s a lot that can go wrong once you initiate the download process.
We’ve put together a list of tips that will help you prepare for the Android 8.0 update. If you follow these steps, you should be able to keep Android Oreo problems to a minimum.
At the very least make sure all of your data is properly backed up. Data loss issues are rare, but they have the potential to give you a massive headache if you aren’t careful.
We’ve also released a guide that will take you through the download and installation process and it’s also worth a look if you’re new to Android.
Galaxy S8 Oreo Problems
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update isn’t perfect and we’re starting to hear about some of the issues plaguing those who’ve made the transition from Nougat to Oreo.
The current list of Galaxy S8 Oreo problems includes the usual suspects. We’re hearing about installation issues including downloads getting stuck, abnormal battery drain, issues connecting to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth problems, random lag and freezes, issues with first party apps and services including Samsung Cloud, GPS problems, data issues, and voice quality issues.
We’ve also heard about random reboots and it’s these issues that forced Samsung to halt the Galaxy S8 Oreo release and get to work on a more stable version of the software.
Here’s what Samsung has to say about the delay:
Following a limited number of cases where Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices have rebooted unexpectedly with the Android 8.0 Oreo, we have temporarily stopped the rollout of the update. We are investigating the issue internally to ensure that the impact to the affected devices is minimized and the rollout of the update can resume as quickly as possible.
The company is reportedly working on a new version of Android 8.0 Oreo, but it’s unclear when the software will deploy to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users.
This is the tip of the iceberg. We expect the new software to cause problems and we expect the list of issues to grow as Samsung deploys more Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo updates around the globe.
Where to Find Feedback
If you haven’t installed Android Oreo just yet make sure you keep an eye on feedback from Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users. This feedback will inform you about potential benefits and the problems plaguing owners of your specific Galaxy S8 model.
There are several places to find feedback about the Galaxy S8 Oreo update. We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the reasons to, and not to, install the Oreo update right away. That’s a great place to start if you haven’t been following the update’s progress.
You’ll also want to monitor the Galaxy S8 Reddit and social media sites like Twitter for additional feedback about Galaxy S8 Oreo problems.
How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Problems
If you do run into an issue with Android Oreo there’s no reason to panic. There’s a very good chance you’ll be able to fix your problem in seconds from the comfort of your couch or computer chair.
We’ve put together a long list of common Galaxy S8 problems and fixes. It’s a great starting point if you’re dealing with connectivity issues, problems with certain apps, or issues with lag.
Our guide to fixing Galaxy S8 battery life issues will help you sort out any battery drain problems should they popup after installing Android Oreo.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should check out the XDA-Developers Galaxy S8 Forums for fixes (don’t be afraid to ask for help), the Android Central Galaxy S8 Forums, or carrier support forums at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or your carrier.
You can also get in touch with Samsung or your provider on social media sites like Twitter. Samsung’s also got a customer support line that could help.
Again, Samsung’s working on a new version of Android Oreo to fix shutdown issues. It’s unclear when the roll out will startup again.
Once that update rolls out, we don’t expect Samsung and its carrier partners to sit on their hands. We expect them to roll out additional bug fix updates to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Samsung pushed quick Nougat bug fix updates to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last year and we’d expect the same kind of support this time around.
The company will also continue to push out monthly security patches so there’s a chance bug fixes are included in those releases as well.
Install Oreo If You Want to Improve Your Security
If you value your security, and we assume all of you do, you should think about installing the Galaxy S8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to release important security patches for Galaxy-branded devices and your Galaxy S8's Android 8.0 Oreo update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S8 for the first time.
The Galaxy S8 Oreo update also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay, Samsung's popular mobile payment solution. If you use Samsung Pay, you should probably download the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
It also comes with some enhancements to Find My Mobile including the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.