If you don’t want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update to roll out to your device you can manually install the software right now provided you have the right device and a little bit of time.
Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo roll out is currently limited to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in select regions. That should change soon.
The company is working on an assortment of other Android Oreo upgrades and we expect devices like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S7 to be among the next in line.
The Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update is confirmed though Samsung and its partners remain mum about the exact timing of its release. The update is currently in development behind the scenes which means it could be weeks before it lands for the general public.
If you don’t have it in you to wait several weeks, or several months, for your Galaxy S7 Oreo update to roll out, you can manually install the software right now.
A pre-release version of the Galaxy S7 Oreo update leaked in February and it comes with many of the features on board Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Oreo update. It also includes Bixby, Samsung’s personal assistant and February security patches from Google and Samsung.
How to Get the Galaxy S7 Oreo Update Right Now
Before you get started note that this is pre-release software which means it’s probably unfinished. Unfinished software can, and probably will, cause issues so proceed with extreme caution.
If you want to install the Android 8.0 Oreo update on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge right now you must own the Snapdragon model, either the SM-G930A or SM-G935A. The leak is a build for the AT&T Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
If you don’t know what Galaxy S7 model you own, you can use an app like CPU-Z to quickly figure out what model and processor you’ve got.
If you’ve got the right processor and you’re running the latest update on your phone, you’ll want to head to XDA-Developers and download the correct file for your device.
The site also has a step-by-step guide that takes you through the installation process with and without an SD card in play.
If you already know what to do with these files, it should only take you a few minutes to download and manually install the software onto your phone. If this is your first time manually installing pre-release software, it could take awhile so make sure you carve out some quiet time to get the job done.
Before you make your move, be sure to backup the files on your device to prevent data loss. Data loss is uncommon, but you’ll want to play it safe. You can do this via Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung Cloud.
If you’re on the fence about whether to install the pre-release version of Android Oreo right now, here are a few reasons why you should, or perhaps shouldn’t, make the move.
Who Should Install Oreo Right Now
- Anyone with the correct Galaxy S7 model who doesn’t want to wait for Oreo. Remember, it could take months to reach your device.
- Those who feel comfortable sideloading software.
- If Android Oreo is currently rolling out to your device and your region.
Who Shouldn’t Install Oreo Right Now
- Anyone who feels uncomfortable with part, or all, of XDA’s manual installation instructions. This process can cause problems. Major ones.
- Anyone who hates bugs and issues. This is pre-release software and it could become unstable on your phone.
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update looks like it’ll come with an assortment of new features, enhancements and fixes from Android Oreo and Samsung’s own Experience 9.0 UI.
The Experience 9.0 UI includes improvements to the Samsung Keyboard, a new Color Lens feature, new customization options including colored folders, Dual Messenger support, upgrades to the Home and Quick Panel, and a whole lot more.
Our walkthrough below will take you through the most exciting features.
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.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update currently delivers the company's February security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.
If you're curious about the current security update, you can read more about the changes 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 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.
On top of those features, 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 (pattern, PIN, or password).
If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), the device will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.