The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Pie update should roll out in a few weeks , but Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users who don’t want to wait for a beta or the official release can install the software right now.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are next in line for Android Pie and we expect the official roll out to start sometime in February or March after additional testing.
Samsung is also reportedly cooking up a Galaxy S8 Android Pie beta though we don’t know when or where it will push out.
If you’re getting impatient you can install an early version of Android Pie right now. The Galaxy S8 Android Pie update has leaked out ahead of the official release and brave souls can now make the move from Oreo to Pie in a matter of minutes.
This is official software from Samsung, though it’s not the final version of the update. This means that the software can, and probably will, cause issues.
If you’re fine with that and want to give Android Pie and Samsung’s One UI a try right now, here’s how to get the Android 9.0 Pie update on your Galaxy S8 right now.
How to Install the Galaxy S8 Android Pie Update
For now, the Galaxy S8 Android Pie update is limited to models running Snapdragon processors. You must have the correct model to run this software. If you’ve got an Exynos-powered Galaxy S8 in your hands you’ll have to wait.
If you don’t know which Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ model you own, you can use an app like CPU-Z to quickly figure out the model and processor.
If you’ve got a Snapdragon model and want to go through with the installation, make sure you backup all of your data because there’s always a chance something goes wrong during the installation process. We recommend using Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung Cloud.
If the instructions don’t make sense or you feel uncomfortable with the process, you’ll probably want to stay put on Android Oreo. If you don’t want to deal with bugs and performance issues, you’ll want to stay on Android Oreo.
If you install the software your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ might crash or lag. You could also see connectivity (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS) issues, problems with apps, and abnormal battery drain.
If you rely on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ to get you through a day of work or school, you’ll probably want to stay put on whatever version of Oreo you’re currently running.
If you’re on the fence, here are a few reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, install this version of Android Pie on your Galaxy S8 or S8+:
Who Should Install Android Pie Right Now
- Impatient Galaxy S8 users who don’t want to wait another month, or more, for Android Pie.
- Those who feel comfortable installing leaked software.
Who Shouldn’t Install Android Pie Right Now
- Anyone who feels uncomfortable installing pre-release software.
- Those who hate dealing with annoying problems.
- Those who don’t know how to downgrade to Android Oreo.
Those who don’t feel comfortable installing early software can simply wait for the beta or wait for the official release which, again, should be out in February or March for some Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models.
Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie Beta Rolling Out
In a bit of a twist, Samsung's released a Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie beta ahead of the official release.
This should come as a bit of a surprise to longtime Samsung users because the company typically limits the beta to flagship models.
The Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie beta is rolling out in select regions right now (South Korea and India) and it could expand to other territories in the days ahead.
If you're interested in testing the Galaxy Note 8 Android Pie update you should think about installing the beta when/if it arrives in your region.
If it doesn't come to your region, you can always manually install the update and get many of the same features.
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