The Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo release is confirmed and today we want to take you through everything we know, and think we know, about the company’s plans for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, and more.
The Android 8.0 Oreo update is finally rolling out though Google started with its own Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets. The upgrade is slowly starting to move out to devices from third-party manufacturers and Samsung’s finally confirmed its first batch of official Galaxy Android Oreo details.
Samsung still isn’t saying too much about its plans for Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets and we might not get an official release date for a few more weeks.
This roundup will walk you through the important things to know about Samsung’s Galaxy Android Oreo updates and the Galaxy Oreo release for popular devices and mid-range phones and tablets. It includes a look at Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update beta.
It’s still early, but we’ll continue to update this guide as we, and others, receive more information about Samsung’s plans for Android Oreo. Bookmark this page and check back in with us for regular updates.
Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Update
Let’s start with a few things we know about Android 8.0 Oreo and some potential changes coming to Galaxy devices down the road.
Samsung’s version of Android Oreo won’t look identical to the version Google’s rolled out to its Pixel and Nexus devices, but we expect the updates to share a lot in common. Samsung’s version of Nougat borrowed heavily from Google’s version.
The Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is packed to the brim with new features, tweaks, and enhancements. It comes with 60+ new emoji, redesigned emoji, upgraded Notifications, improved boot speeds, deeper colors, Autofill, and several new security features.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet you should start getting a feel for Android Oreo’s look and its various changes. To help assist you, we’ve put together a guide that compares Android Oreo to Android Nougat. It’s a great start place for those that want to learn the ropes before Samsung releases its update.
As for Samsung’s version of Android Oreo, here’s what we know.
Samsung is currently testing its new Samsung Experience 9.0 on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The company’s loaded Experience 9.0 and Android Oreo update with new features, enhancements, and tweaks.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will get the best version of Android 8.0 Oreo, but that doesn’t mean every device will get the same feature set.
Every Galaxy Oreo update will be a little bit different. Older devices typically miss out on features and carriers often put their own spin on major Android releases.
That said, it looks like the Samsung Experience UI could hit older devices like the Galaxy S7.
According to an admin on the Samsung community forums, the Galaxy S7 will get the Samsung Experience UI (formerly known as TouchWiz) sometime in the future. The admin says the UI will be available in the “next update” for the Galaxy S7 which some people (us included) interpreted to meanAndroid Oreo.
Of course, everything depends on testing behind the scenes so nothing is confirmed until Samsung pushes out its official version of Android Oreo.
Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo Beta
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta is live in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Korea and it gives Galaxy S8 users a chance to try the software ahead of its public release.
In the United States, it’s available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users using Sprint or T-Mobile, or an unlocked version of either device. It’s unclear if it will land for AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S8 users.
In South Korea, the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta program is available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users who have a device locked to SKT, KT or LG U+.
And in the U.K., the program is available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users who have an open market device (operator unlocked version).
The beta is reportedly coming to several other countries including China, France, Germany, India, Poland, and Spain, but Samsung hasn’t confirmed.
The company does say there will be additional rounds of registration, but it hasn’t provided a timeline for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users.
It’s unclear how long the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update will stay in beta. The Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat beta stretched from early November to late December so we could see the company do something similar this year.
For more on the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta, take a look at our list of resources:
- How to Sign Up for the Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta
- Reasons to & Not to Install the Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta
- Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta Problems & Fixes
Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Release
As for the Samsung Galaxy Oreo release, here are a few things to know as we push into the fall.
Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update
Samsung is rolling Android 7.1.1 Nougat out to select devices ahead of the Android Oreo update.
Most Galaxy phones and tablets run Android 7.0, but a select few, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, now run the newer Nougat build.
Samsung’s tested Android 7.1.1 Nougat on flagship devices like the Galaxy S7, but we expect most devices currently running Nougat to stay on Android 7.0.
Galaxy Android Oreo Release Date
The first Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo update is probably a few weeks away.
In its announcement Google said its working with its partners to deliver Android 8.0 Oreo updates before the end of the year. Samsung was included on the list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung will push the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo this year. In fact, one regional arm believes Android 8.0 Oreo will arrive in 2018.
According to Samsung Turkey, the company will roll Android 8.0 Oreo out starting in early 2018. The company didn’t provide a specific release date or a list of devices getting the software. We expect that information to come from the head office.
While Galaxy users will probably have to wait a few more weeks for the upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, the wait could actually be shorter than it was for Android Nougat.
Android Oreo introduces a new feature called Project Treble which Google says will make it “easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android.”
Samsung Android Oreo Updates Rumored
Samsung is reportedly testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ ahead of an unknown release date.
The company hasn’t confirmed, but we expect the Galaxy S8 to be one of the first, if not the first, Galaxy devices to get the new operating system.
The Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 update was recently spotted at Geekbench. Unannounced Galaxy Android updates often show up in be benchmarks ahead of time and this is yet another sign that points to Samsung testing Android Oreo behind the scenes.
The Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update is also rumored, but we haven’t seen it popup in any benchmarks yet. That could change soon.
Google’s cooking up an Android 8.1 Oreo update for Pixel and Nexus devices, but we haven’t seen that version popup for the Galaxy S8 or any other Galaxy device.
These Galaxy Devices Will Probably Get Android Oreo
Samsung hasn’t released a list of devices it plans to upgrade to Android Oreo, but that doesn’t matter. Samsung typically upgrades devices for two years which means we can put together a list of probable Galaxy Android 8.0 updates.
- 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
These are the devices that will probably get the bump from Android Nougat to Android Oreo. None of these updates are confirmed, but all of these devices are less than two years old.
According to a report from XDA-Developers, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. This isn’t confirmed, but it makes sense given the time frame for the Galaxy S9’s release.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to arrive in early 2018.
Galaxy Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Updates
If you own a device that’s two years old or one that’s received two major Android updates, the odds of getting a boost to Android Oreo are slim. This means popular devices like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are on the chopping block.
Along with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, here are the devices that might stay put on Android Nougat:
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 Edge
- Galaxy S6 Active
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy A7 (2016)
- Galaxy A5 (2016)
- Galaxy A3 (2016)
- Galaxy J3 (2016)
- Galaxy J2 (2016)
This isn’t an official list and we could see some names added, and subtracted, from both of these lists before everything is said and done.
If these devices do stay put on Android Nougat it doesn’t mean software support will end. Samsung and its carrier partners support devices with security updates and bug fixes well beyond the two year mark.
The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, two devices that were left behind on Marshmallow, recently got upgraded with the company’s latest security patches.
October Samsung Galaxy Security Update
While you might have Android 7.1.1 Nougat and Android Oreo on the brain, your next update probably won’t be Android 7.1.1 or Android Oreo.
The company recently confirmed its October security update and it’s rolling out to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 8, and several other Galaxy-branded devices.
For more on the contents of Samsung’s security patches, take a look at Samsung’s security bulletin.