A Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo beta release date has emerged for Galaxy S8 users in the United States and if it holds up, the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta will start soon.
Samsung’s Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo plans are starting to emerge as we push deeper into the year. Earlier this week, Samsung Turkey confirmed plans to release Android 8.0 Oreo starting in early 2018 and today the company appears to have confirmed the rumored Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta.
Samsung will reportedly launch the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta on October 31st. Signups will reportedly start on Halloween and Galaxy S8 owners will be able to sign up for the beta via Samsung Members and Samsung+.
According to the leak, there will be 7500 spots open per device with a release on Sprint and T-Mobile. As for the update, it’s rumored to include changes to the device’s user interface.
It’s important to note that this information doesn’t come from Samsung itself. It comes from an unknown source with an unknown track record. That said, Samsung is rumored to be cooking up a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta and the company’s used betas to test new operating systems in the past.
Earlier this year, Samsung-centric site SamMobile dug up Android Oreo firmware versions for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Those versions are G950FXXE1ZQI7 and G955FXXU1ZQI7.
The Galaxy S8 device names appear in the build number, G950 (Galaxy S8) and G955 (Galaxy S8+), but the key component is the letter “Z.” Samsung uses the letter “Z” in its test firmware and the letter was present in the Android Nougat releases for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Nougat beta launched in November (November 9th) and stretched into late December ahead of the widespread release in early 2017. And like the rumored Galaxy S8 beta, the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta came with some restrictions.
The company’s previous beta was restricted to users in U.S., U.K., Korea, and China and the company’s Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition and Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition were excluded from the program.
Samsung’s Android Nougat beta was also limited to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Popular devices like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 weren’t included in the program.
While the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta sits in limbo, Samsung is clearly working on its Android 8.0 Oreo update behind the scenes.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 updates recently popped up in benchmarks, a sign that they’re in testing behind the scenes. We expect the Galaxy S8 to be among the first to get Android 8.0 Oreo and we expect Samsung’s full list of upgrades to look something like this:
- Galaxy S9
- Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy Note 7 FE
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy S8 Active
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S7 Edge
- Galaxy S7 Active
- Galaxy A7 (2017)
- Galaxy A5 (2017)
- Galaxy A3 (2017)
- Galaxy J7 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Galaxy Tab S3
While devices like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and the rumored Galaxy S9 will almost certainly run Android Oreo at some point, some popular devices could miss out on the upgrade.
Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 fall outside Samsung’s standard two years of software support which means they’ll probably stick around on Android Nougat.
That said, Samsung and its carrier partners usually extend bug fixes and security patches to devices well beyond the two-year mark. The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 recently got new security updates and they’re still on Android Marshmallow.
Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta
Unless it drastically shakes things up, we expect Samsung to release an Android Oreo beta for select Galaxy devices.
In late 2015, Samsung released an Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. The beta gave users a chance to try the features early, but more importantly, it helped Samsung squash bugs ahead of the software's release.
This wasn't the first time Samsung publicly tested new Android software. The company also ran an Android Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 back in 2015. The Galaxy Note 7 wasn't included in the Nougat beta because, well, it started blowing up.
Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like the company is prepping an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Look for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and, perhaps, the new Galaxy Note 8 to take part. If you own an older device like the Galaxy S7 or a mid-range device , your chances of seeing a beta are much slimmer.