The Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo update is starting to make significant progress 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, Galaxy Note 5, and other Galaxy phones and tablets.
Android Oreo is rolling out for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, but Samsung still isn’t saying a whole lot about its plans for other Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets. That said, we can fill in a several blanks as we push into April.
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 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 new 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 mean Android Oreo.
A leaked version of the Galaxy S7 Oreo update out of Vietnam has Bixby Home on board, but some Bixby features are currently disabled.
As of right now, it looks like Samsung will stick with Android 8.0 Oreo. For more on Android 8.1 and its changes, take a look at our roundup.
Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Release
As for the Samsung Galaxy Oreo release, here’s what you need to know as push toward your upgrade.
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 currently run the newer Nougat build.
Samsung’s reportedly tested Android 7.1.1 Nougat on flagship devices like the Galaxy S7, but we expect devices running Nougat to stay on Android 7.0 ahead of their Android Oreo release.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Oreo Updates
Samsung and its carrier partners are beginning to update the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with new Oreo builds. The new builds deliver security patches and bug fixes.
The latest updates from Sprint and T-Mobile and they deliver a fresh round of patches and bug fix updates. The Sprint Galaxy S9 update also allows users to activate over a Wi-Fi connection.
Canadian carriers like Rogers are also pushing out bug fixes and security patches to both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
We expect Samsung and its carrier partners to push more updates in the near future so if you’re dealing with bugs, make sure you keep an eye out.
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.
After a delay, the Oreo update is finally rolling out again to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in the Netherlands, China, Germany, India, Poland, Scandinavian countries, and several others. The new firmware fixes a random reboot issue Samsung discovered after the initial roll out started.
As for the rest of the world, Verizon recently became the first U.S. carrier to start rolling Android Oreo out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. T-Mobile and Verizon are also rolling Oreo out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ right now.
Sprint’s also rolling Android Oreo out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and AT&T Galaxy S8 users are also getting their Android Oreo upgrade.
AT&T and T-Mobile have also released the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Oreo update and we expect it to land for most devices within the next few days. 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. The roll out should take a few days to complete so keep an eye out.
No word yet on U.S. Cellular’s Galaxy S8 Oreo update, but we expect it to roll out soon now that its competitors are pushing the new software.
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 though it could be a few days before every Galaxy S8 user gets Android 8.0. Fido says it’ll roll the update out on April 5th.
Australian carriers like Vodafone plan to roll Android Oreo out soon.
Samsung’s also rolling out an Android Oreo bug fix update with a variety of bug fixes including improved stability for Bluetooth, Camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. The update is 570 MB in size.
This bug fix update is currently limited to Germany, but we expect the firmware to start hitting devices in other countries in the near future.
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 recently landed for the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 in the United Kingdom.
The Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is also rolling out to the AT&T Galaxy Note 8, the Sprint Galaxy Note 8, the T-Mobile Galaxy S8, and the Verizon Galaxy Note 8. It’s also available for the unlocked Galaxy Note 8.
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.
Galaxy A5 (2017) Oreo Release
The first Android Oreo update for a mid-range Galaxy phone is rolling out.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Oreo update is reportedly rolling out to users in Russia bringing new features, enhancements, and fixes to the budget device. The update is 1.2GB.
Samsung’s starting in Russia, but you can expect the update to push out to other regions in the near future.
These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android 8.0 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 Note 7 FE
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S7 Edge
- Galaxy S7 Active
- Galaxy A8 (2016)
- Galaxy A8 (2018)
- Galaxy A8+ (2018)
- Galaxy A7 (2017)
- Galaxy A3 (2017)
- Galaxy J7 (2017)
- Galaxy J5 (2017)
- Galaxy Xcover4
- Galaxy Tab S3
- Galaxy Tab E 8
- Galaxy J7 Duo
- Galaxy J4
- Galaxy J6
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 updates Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy A7 (2017), and the Galaxy A3 (2017).
The regional arm claims the Galaxy S7 Oreo update will start rolling out in April (information discovered by a Redditor seems to back this up) followed by updates for the remaining devices in May. Samsung Turkey says the update is expected to deploy on April 27th.
These dates are subject to change, but this is what you can expect if you own one of these devices. Samsung Turkey was extremely accurate with its information regarding Android Nougat roll outs for Galaxy devices.
American carrier Verizon is rolling out a brand new update to the Galaxy S7. And if you look at the company’s website it appears to be Android Oreo.
Unfortunately, the company’s made a mistake and the update that’s rolling out right now is, in fact, a security update for the former flagship.
That said, the change log appears to confirm many of the features coming on board the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and it probably means an official release is close.
Samsung Canada’s confirmed support for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy Tab S3 and it says those updates will start arriving in the spring and summer.
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 ahead of Samsung’s announcements.
The U.S. carrier’s announced plans to upgrade the Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy Tab E 8, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge with Android 8.0.
These updates are in the carrier’s “Manufacturer Development” phase which means T-Mobile and Samsung have agreed to support a new software update.
Multiple reports claim Samsung’s currently developing the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy A3, and Galaxy Tab S3. In fact, the Galaxy S7 Oreo update recently leaked on one lucky device in Vietnam. It also leaked for AT&T users.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 has been spotted going through the Wi-Fi Alliance running Android 8.0 Oreo, a sign the official update is getting closer.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy A7 (2017) have also been spotted going through the Wi-Fi Alliance with Oreo on board which means a release is closer than ever.
Canadian carrier Fido claims the Galaxy S7 Oreo update will roll out sometime in May. The carrier hasn’t provided a specific date for the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.
Android 8.0 Oreo’s also shown up on the Galaxy J7, a new budget device that’s launched in India. The 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 recently 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.
A Samsung customer service rep recently claimed that the Galaxy S6 Android Oreo update would start rolling out in January or February, but that obviously didn’t happen.
April Samsung Galaxy Update
Samsung continues to roll out monthly security updates that deliver patches for potential exploits and, in some cases, bug fixes for Android problems.
Samsung’s confirmed its April update and it comes with numerous patches for security issues including eight for Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE).
The April security update is rolling out to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy J1 Mini Prime, the Galaxy Note 8, and T-Mobile’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. We expect the update to land for more devices, high-end and mid-range, in the near future.
For more on the contents of Samsung’s security patches, have a look at Samsung’s security bulletin.
The company’s also put together lists of devices getting monthly, and quarterly, security updates. Again, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were recently 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 J1 Mini, Galaxy J1 Mini Prime
- Galaxy J2 (2016), Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J7 (2016)
- Galaxy J3 Pro, Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J7 Pop
- Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo
- Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy J2 (2018)
- 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
- Note FE
These lists are subject to change.
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.
It also appears that Samsung is testing Android 8.1 on the Galaxy Note 9. Android 8.1 Oreo is, again, a newer version of Android 8.0 Oreo.
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.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd, 2017..
Samsung Galaxy Android P Update
Google recently confirmed an Android P update for Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones. The update is available in beta form 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. And 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.
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 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 update, but 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.