If you don’t want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo update you don’t have to. You can install it right now if you’ve got the right device and some free time.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update is finally rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users, but it’s currently limited to those who tested in the beta and users in select regions including France, Germany, Denmark, Vietnam, Spain, and Turkey.
While some Galaxy S8 users have made the transition from Android Nougat to Android Oreo, it could be weeks before it hits your device.
If you prefer not to wait for Android 8.0 Oreo’s features, patches, and enhancements (and problems), you can take matters into your own hands and upgrade today.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo firmware has emerged and that allows owners of Exynos-powered devices to install the software ahead of time. Exynos refers to the Samsung processor that powers certain Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models.
How to Get the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo Update Right Now
XDA-Developers has released a guide that takes G950F and G955F owners step-by-step through the process of getting the Android Oreo update right now ahead of Samsung’s Over-the-Air (OTA) release. If you don’t own one of those Galaxy S8 models, you’ll have to sit this out for now.
If you aren’t sure which version of the Galaxy S8 you own, you can use an app like CPU-Z to quickly figure out what processor it’s using.
The steps require Galaxy S8 users to download very specific files, extract said files, reboot the device, download Samsung Odin, and follow some basic instructions.
If you’re currently running Android Nougat on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, the installation process should be fairly straightforward. If you’re currently running the Android Oreo beta on your Galaxy S8, you’ll need to perform some extra steps.
If you’re running Android Oreo beta on your Galaxy S8, you will need to factory reset your phone in order to use this Oreo firmware. Because of this, we recommend most Android Oreo beta users wait for the OTA to roll out. Samsung’s roll out is making a ton of progress and it should hit your device in the near future.
If you do decide to manually install the Galaxy S8 Oreo update, make sure you backup the files on your device to prevent data loss.
Who Should Install Android Oreo Right Now
- Anyone with the correct Exynos-powered Galaxy S8 model that doesn’t want to wait for Oreo. Again, Samsung’s roll outs often take several weeks.
- You feel comfortable sideloading software.
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.
- Most Android Oreo beta users.
- Those of you with a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S8.
Samsung’s Android Oreo update is an extremely tempting download thanks to the features, fixes, enhancements, and tweaks on board.
The company’s version of Android 8.0 Oreo comes with many of the changes found on Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices, but it also includes the company’s Samsung Experience 9.0 user interface.
Samsung Experience 9.0 includes a new and improved Samsung Keyboard, a new Color Lens feature to help Galaxy S8 users read content, new customization options including colored folders, Dual Messenger support, and upgrades to the Home and Quick Panel.
For more on the merits of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Oreo update, take a look at our walkthrough below. It’ll bring you through the best reasons to update and some reasons why you might want to temporarily stick around on Android Nougat.
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.