The first Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo update continues to inch closer as the company continues to prepare ahead of the release.
Samsung remains silent, but Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo update news continues to flow as we push toward an official announcement.
Earlier this week, Samsung Turkey revealed plans to push Android 8.0 Oreo to users in early 2018. The company is also reportedly working on a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta that could arrive as soon as October 31st.
The Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo beta remains unconfirmed, but all signs point to Samsung making progress behind the scenes.
Today, the company’s issued another Samsung Pay update with support for its unreleased Android 8.0 Oreo update. The update, which is now available to customers in India, also delivers bug fixes and other improvements.
This isn’t the first time Samsung’s pushed a Samsung Pay update with Android 8.0 support. In late September, the company issued a similar Samsung Pay update to Galaxy users in Sweden.
For now, the update is limited to users in India and Sweden, but that could change in the near future as the company pushes toward an official Android 8.0 Oreo roll out.
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+.
Signups will reportedly kickoff on Halloween in the United States and Galaxy S8 owners will be able to sign up for the beta via Samsung Members and Samsung+.
The information doesn’t come directly from Samsung, but the company did beta test Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat ahead of their official releases.
If Samsung does launch a Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo beta it will likely be limited in scope. The company’s Android Nougat 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 might be testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but the Android 8.0 Oreo update should roll out to a long list of Galaxy devices. Here are the devices that should get Android 8.0 Oreo:
- 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
Unfortunately, older phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 fall outside Samsung’s two years of Android version update support which means they’ll probably stay 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.
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.