The Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo update is starting to make significant progress and today we want to take you through everything we know about the company’s plans for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and its other Galaxy phones and tablets.
Android Oreo is rolling out for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, the company’s Galaxy A series, and now, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Tab S3.
Many other Galaxy phone and tablet owners are waiting for news about their upgrades and we can fill in a several blanks for you as we push deeper into 2018.
This roundup will walk you through the important things to know about Samsung’s Galaxy Android 8.0 updates and the Galaxy Oreo release for popular devices and mid-range phones and tablets.
We’ll continue to update this guide as we, and others, receive more information about Samsung’s plans for Android Oreo so bookmark this page and check back in with us for regular updates.
Samsung Galaxy Oreo Update: What’s New
Let’s start with a few things you should know about Android 8.0 Oreo and the new Samsung Experience 9.0 UI.
Samsung’s version of Android Oreo isn’t identical to the version Google’s rolled out to its Pixel and Nexus devices, but the two share a lot in common.
Google’s 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.
One other notable change: Galaxy Android Oreo users are now unable able to store fingerprint, iris, or facial recognition data unless a secure screen lock such as a pattern, PIN, or password is being used.
We’ve put together a guide that compares Google’s version of Android Oreo to Android Nougat. It’s a great start place for those that want to learn the ropes.
As for Samsung’s version of Android Oreo, here’s what we know so far.
The company’s brand new Samsung Experience 9.0 user interface is loaded up with new features, enhancements, and tweaks. Here are some of the features on board:
- Improvements to the Home Screen & Quick Panel
- Samsung Keyboard upgrades
- New Edge features
- Custom Colored Folders
- Improved Privacy in the Photo Gallery
- Clock Enhancements
- New emojis
- A whole lot more
We’ve also put together a list of the the best parts of the Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update and the guide is worth a look if you haven’t been following along.
The Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 get the best version of Android 8.0 Oreo and the Samsung Experience UI, 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 some features and carriers often put their own spin on major Android releases.
Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Release
As for the Samsung Galaxy Oreo release, here’s what you need to know.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Oreo Updates
Samsung and its carrier partners are updating the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with new Oreo builds. The new builds deliver security patches and a variety bug fixes.
The company is finally updating the unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the United States. The new builds bring the latest security patches and an assortment of bug fixes. They check in at 700MB.
Canadian carriers like Rogers and Fido are also planning to push out new bug fixes and security patches to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ so be on the lookout this month.A
Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo Release
The Android 8.0 update is rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Oreo users in Europe, the United States, and other regions around the world including the Netherlands, China, Germany, India, Poland, Scandinavian countries, and several others.
As for North America, Verizon was the first U.S. carrier to start rolling Android Oreo out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. T-Mobile’s also pushed Oreo out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S8 users have also received their Android Oreo upgrade.
AT&T and T-Mobile have also released the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Oreo update. The Sprint Galaxy S8 Active update is still in the shadows, but it shouldn’t be too far behind.
The Android Oreo update is now pushing out to the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models in the United States. It’s also pushing to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on U.S. Cellular.
Samsung Canada promised an Android Oreo release on March 19th for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users and Canadian carriers are indeed pushing out Android 8.0.
Bell, Rogers, Telus and others are rolling the update out right now. So is fellow Canadian carrier Fido.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Release
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is rolling out in Europe for several models including branded and unbranded models. The update’s also landed for the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 in the United Kingdom.
The Android Oreo update is also rolling out to the AT&T Galaxy Note 8, the Sprint Galaxy Note 8, and the Verizon Galaxy Note 8. It’s also available for the unlocked Galaxy Note 8.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update was paused on April 3rd, likely due to issues with the firmware, but it’s finally rolling out again.
In its note to Galaxy Note 8 users, T-Mobile says the following:
If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download. To prevent network congestion, updates are briefly set on a scheduled daily limit. If that limit is reached, check back again the next day, when the daily limit is lifted.
Carriers like Fido have pushed out the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update, but other international carriers like Australian provider Vodafone, are still in the process of testing the software.
If you don’t want to wait for the official release, Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8 users can install the software and its features right now.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo Release
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update is rolling out and it’s hitting unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge models in the United Kingdom. It’s also rolling out for Vodafone-branded Galaxy S7 models in the UK and South Korea.
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update is available to South Korean users bringing new features and the company’s April security patches to the former flagship. The update is available for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Samsung’s also pushing the Galaxy S7 Oreo update to users in Sweden, other Nordic countries, Turkey, Spain, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, and Belgium. It’s also pushing to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners in India.
AT&T’s started rolling Android Oreo out to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users in the United States. The updates come with a long list of changes including Samsung’s April security patch.
The AT&T Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update is 1.7GB and it carries build number G93xAUCU4CRE4.
Sprint is also rolling out its version of the Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update and it’s hitting both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge right now.
T-Mobile is also pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge after a lengthy wait. Like the others, the T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Oreo update is big, 1.5GB+, but it brings a long list of changes with it.
Samsung Canada’s confirmed Oreo support for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and the updates are pushing to users across the country.
The Galaxy S7 Active Oreo rollout is also available to download. AT&T’s rolling Android 8.0 and Experience 9.0 out to theC rugged version of the Galaxy S7.
The update is 1.5GB and it comes with Samsung’s security patches from April, FirstNet IOC2, Mobile Hotspot APN support, Samsung Experience 9.0, and more.
Samsung is also starting to roll out its first batch of post-Oreo updates to the Galaxy S7. These updates have important security patches on board. The update is currently rolling out in Europe and should spread to other regions soon.g
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Oreo Release
Samsung is finally pushing Android Oreo to the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) and it includes an assortment of upgrades and Samsung’s July security patches.
The update is currently available in Russia and Ukraine and we expect it to land in other regions in the weeks ahead.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) Oreo Release
The Galaxy A7 Oreo update is currently rolling out to users in Vietnam and Russia. The update is 1.3GB in size and it brings a collection of changes including the latest security patches from Samsung and Google.
Samsung Turkey says it will start rolling the update out on August 10th.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Oreo Release
The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Oreo update is reportedly rolling out bringing new features, enhancements, and fixes to the budget device. The update is 1.2GB.
Samsung’s starting in Russia, but the update has since spread to regions like Canada.
Samsung Turkey says it will start rolling the update out on August 10th.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Oreo Release
The Samsung Galaxy A3 Android Oreo update is starting to roll out in Russia and several countries in Europe (including the Netherlands) bringing new features and enhancements to the mid-range device.
The Galaxy A3 (2017)’s Oreo update’s expanded to Europe and is now available in Austria and Germany, among others. Unfortunately, it looks like that version of the update was causing major problems. Fortunately, it looks like Samsung’s fixed them in a new update that includes the latest security patches.
Samsung Turkey says it will start rolling the update out in August on the 10th.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE Oreo Release
The Android Oreo update is starting to hit the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition (FE) in South Korea. Specifically, we’re hearing that it’s available for the models on LG U+ and SK Telecom.
We expect the update to hit more Galaxy Note 7 FE models in South Korea and other parts of the world in the near future so if you bought the Galaxy Note 7 model that doesn’t blow up, be on the lookout for the software as we cruise into May.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Oreo Release
Samsung’s starting to roll out the Galaxy Tab S3 Oreo update, the first Android Oreo update to hit a Galaxy tablet.
The update is currently rolling out to two models, the SM-T820 and SM-T825 (Wi-Fi only and LTE-enabled), in the United Kingdom.
The Galaxy Tab S3 Oreo update is also rolling out in the United States. Verizon is pushing Android 8.0 and Samsung Experience 9.0 to its version of the tablet. The update includes the April security update.
It’s going to take a few weeks for the update to expand, but we expect more Galaxy Tab S3 Oreo updates to start going out before the end of the month.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Oreo Release
Samsung is pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S7 Pro in China.
These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android Oreo
Samsung hasn’t released a full 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 A8 (2016)
- Galaxy J7 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Galaxy Xcover4
- Galaxy Tab E 8
- Galaxy J7 Pro
- Galaxy J7 Duo
- Galaxy J6
- Galaxy J5 Pro
- Galaxy J4
- Galaxy J3
- Galaxy C9 Pro
These devices appear on an unofficial list of Galaxy Android 8.0 updates from Chinese-language site Weibo, an unofficial list of update from XDA-Developer forums, and an upgrade list from Samsung Turkey.
Samsung Turkey’s confirmed an update for the Galaxy Tab S3. Samsung Turkey claims it’ll roll the Galaxy Tab S3 Oreo update out in May.
The regional arm has also confirmed Oreo updates for the Galaxy J7 Pro, Galaxy J5 Pro, and Galaxy J3 (SM0-J330F) in later September.
Samsung Canada says it will provide support for the Galaxy Xcover4, Galaxy A8, Galaxy J3 Prime, Tab A8 and Tab A10.1 will be evidently be available later in 2018. Samsung Canada declined to provide specific dates.
Samsung Canada’s note in the Members app didn’t mention Android Oreo updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5.
T-Mobile’s confirmed a handful of other Android 8.0 Oreo updates including upgrades for the Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy Tab E 8.
These updates are in the carrier’s “Manufacturer Development” phase which means T-Mobile and Samsung have agreed to support a new software update.
The Android Oreo update’s also appeared in Wi-Fi certifications for the Galaxy J4 and Galaxy J6, two unannounced budget smartphones.
The Galaxy Tab 4’s also shown up at the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 8.0 Oreo on board, but it’s unclear if the device from 2014 will get bumped to the new version of Android.
These Galaxy Devices Might Not Get Android 8.0 Oreo
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 (despite what T-Mobile is saying) are on the chopping block. In fact, Samsung’s killed monthly and quarter security updates for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.
Along with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, here are a few other 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.
In fact, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 all made an appearance on that unofficial list of devices getting Android 8.0 Oreo. They also, as we’ve mentioned, made it to T-Mobile’s list.
Earlier this year a Samsung customer service rep claimed that the Galaxy S6 Android Oreo update would start rolling out in January or February, but that obviously didn’t happen.
July Samsung Galaxy Update
Samsung continues to roll out monthly security updates with patches for potential exploits and, in some cases, bug fixes for Android problems.
The company recently detailed its July security update and it’s currently rolling out to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ (with camera improvements), Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy J8, Galaxy J6, Galaxy S8 (with camera fixes), Galaxy S8+, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A6 (along with performance enhancements) and the Galaxy J2 Pro. Some users will likely see it inside their first Android Oreo update.
Samsung’s July update delivers a solid list of patches including nine that fix security issues with the company’s own software.
For more on the contents of Samsung’s security patches, have a look at Samsung’s security bulletin.
It’s worth noting that Samsung recently pushed its June security update to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. The updates don’t include Oreo, but they do include important fixes for the two former flagships. This is important because the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6+ will no longer get monthly updates.
Samsung’s put together lists of devices getting monthly, and quarterly, security updates. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have, again, been taken off the list.
Monthly Security Updates
- Galaxy S series (S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active, S6 edge+, S6 Active)
- Galaxy Note series (Note 8, Note 5)
- Galaxy A series (A5 (2016), A5 (2017), A8 (2018))
Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates
- Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017)
- Galaxy A6 (2018), Galaxy A6+ (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018)
- Galaxy J1 Mini Prime, Galaxy J2 (2016), Galaxy J2 (2018)
- Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7 Duo
- Galaxy Tab S2 L Refresh, Galaxy Tab S2 S Refresh, Galaxy Tab S3 9.7
- Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), Galaxy Tab E (8.0) Refresh
- Galaxy Note FE
These lists are subject to change so you’ll want to keep an eye on them every month. Once a device is scrubbed from the list, updates will come at a slower pace.
Samsung Galaxy Android 8.1 Update
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 firmware development has reportedly begun ahead of the device’s release later this year.
SamMobile claims the company’s testing two firmware builds (N960FXXE0ARB7 and N960FXXU0ARC5) and that it’s testing the software globally.
The software’s in development a little bit earlier this year. Samsung started testing Galaxy Note 8 firmware on April 6, 2017. While nothing is confirmed, we could see the Galaxy Note 9 arrive sooner than the Galaxy Note 8. Rumors point to a release in late August.
It appears Samsung is testing Android 8.1 Oreo on the Galaxy Note 9. Android 8.1 Oreo is, again, a newer version of Android 8.0 Oreo.
The company is also preparing Android 8.1 Oreo for its upcoming Go Smartphone. The device, which is expected to launch globally, doesn’t have a release date, but a launch appears to be imminent.
We also expect the rumored Galaxy Tab S4 to run Android 8.1 Oreo. The device’s firmware has leaked out ahead of launch and it’s based on Android 8.1. It also looks like the Galaxy J7 (2017) Oreo update will be based on Android 8.1 instead of Android 8.0.
Samsung Galaxy Android P Update
Google’s confirmed an Android P update for Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones and devices from select OEMs like Sony. The update is available in beta form for these devices ahead of a release in the third quarter.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed plans to release Android P for Galaxy phones and those announcements will likely come sometime after the finished product is released for Pixel phones.
While it could be awhile before Samsung releases Android P, the update could come a little faster than Android Oreo. Here’s why.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ both support Google’s Project Treble. In a nutshell, Project Treble should help cut down the amount of time it takes for companies to release major Android software updates.
Android Oreo updates for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and others don’t include Project Treble, but there’s hope that Samsung will include it in future Oreo builds.
Chip maker Qualcomm has also confirmed plans to get Android Oreo out faster to Snapdragon-powered devices.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will almost certainly be among the first Galaxy devices to get the upgrade and there’s a chance Samsung will run a beta ahead of the public release.
Keep an eye out for additional Samsung Android P details as we push through the year.
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 delivers the company's latest security updates and we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.
If you're curious about Samsung's security updates, 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.