The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is rolling out, but it’s rolling out slowly. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for Samsung or your carrier to roll it out. You can install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update right now if you’ve got a little bit of time and the right device.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update has joined the release for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It’s currently limited to a single model in France, but we expect it to expand before the end of March.
The Galaxy Note 8 Oreo release is here, but it could be weeks before it hits your device. Samsung’s roll outs typically take several weeks to complete.
The good news is you don’t have to wait for Samsung to roll Android 8.0 and the Experience 9.0 UI out to your phone if you don’t want to.
The official Galaxy Note 8 Oreo build is now available to the public and it comes with all of the update’s features, enhancements, and fixes. It also comes with the company’s March security patches.
How to Get the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Update Right Now
Now that Samsung’s released Android Oreo for the Exynos-powered Galaxy Note 8, you can install it right now provided you have the right model. The firmware should work for all Exynos models except for the Korean model and the Exynos-powered Galaxy Note 8 Duos.
If you aren’t sure which Galaxy Note 8 model you own, you can use an app like CPU-Z to quickly figure out what model and processor you’ve got in your hands. If you don’t have the correct model, do not proceed. You could brick your phone.
If you’ve got the correct Galaxy Note 8 model (N950F), you’ll need to download the CRC1 Odin files. You’ll also need to download the Samsung Odin tool. Once you’ve done that, head over to the instructions located over on XDA-Developers and follow them closely.
If you already know what you’re doing, it should only take you a few minutes to complete the process. If you’re new to manually installing Android software, it’ll take a lot longer.
If you do decide to manually install the Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update ahead of time, make sure you backup the files on your device to prevent data loss.
Data loss is uncommon, but you’ll want to play it safe.
If you don’t have an Exynos Galaxy Note 8 and you want to install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update right now, you can download a pre-release version of the software provided you have some familiarity with sideloading and you’ve downloaded Samsung’s Odin tool.
The pre-release Android Oreo firmware is for the N950U and N950U1, the two Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Note 8 models. If you’ve got the correct device you’ll want to download the latest version of Samsung’s Odin tool and the update’s ZIP file.
If you’re still feeling comfortable, head on over to this guide at XDA-Developers. The guide will take you step-by-step through the manual installation process.
While some people are perfectly fine skipping the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo OTA (Over-the-Air) release, many others should play it safe and wait for Samsung or carrier to release the software.
Who Should Install Android Oreo Right Now
- Anyone with the correct Galaxy Note 8 model who doesn’t want to wait for Oreo. Samsung’s Note 8 Oreo update is rolling out, but it could be weeks before it hits your phone.
- Those who feel comfortable sideloading software.
- If Android Oreo is currently rolling out to your device and your region.
Who Shouldn’t Install Android Oreo Right Now
- Anyone who feels uncomfortable with part, or all, of XDA’s manual installation instructions. This process can cause problems. Major ones.
The Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update looks a whole lot like the Galaxy S8’s. It comes with base-level Oreo features from Google and it also delivers the upgrades from Samsung’s new Experience 9.0 user interface.
Samsung Experience 9.0 UI includes improvements to the Samsung Keyboard, a new Color Lens feature, new customization options including colored folders, upgrades to the Home and Quick Panel, and a whole lot more.
Our walkthrough below will take you through the most exciting features.
Install Android Oreo to Improve Your Note 8's Security
If you value your security you should probably install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your device.
Samsung continues to release important security patches each month and the Galaxy Note 8's Android 8.0 Oreo update brings the latest patches from Google and Samsung.
The first batch of Galaxy Note 8 Oreo updates delivered Samsung's March security update, but newer releases to come with an updated list of security patches. Samsung recently started rolling out its June security update.
If you're curious about the current version, you can read more about the security patches over on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8 for the first time. Each update comes with important patches to protect you and your phone from harm.
Samsung's version of Android 8.0 also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay and enhancements to Find My Mobile.
The changes to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud if you lose your Galaxy Note 8 and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
Android Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type like a pattern, PIN, or password.
If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), a Galaxy Note 8 running Android Oreo will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.
Android 8.0 Oreo also enhances the Galaxy Note 8's biometrics with additional security features.
Features that use the Galaxy Note 8's biometrics (face, fingerprints, and irises) are now only available when you use a secure screen lock like pattern, PIN, or password.
On Oreo when you switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), biometric authentication is suspended for unlocking and for verification in popular apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.