Samsung is reportedly working to update its 2017 flagship phones Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 to Android 8.0 Oreo. Currently these smartphones run Touchwiz software based on Android Nougat aka Android 7.0. The details of Samsung’s Oreo update emerge while the company is in middle of rolling out the Galaxy Note 8 across various markets in the world. In fact, the in the US Samsung has said that already the Galaxy Note 8 has seen the best response to a Note device ever in the US.
Samsung is usually quick to bring the Android version updates to latest flagship phones, although in the world of Android the word “quick” is relative. It is expected that once the beta Android Oreo software for the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 arrives it will take a couple of months before the final version rolls out. In other words, Samsung is expected to update the S8 and the Note 8 to Android Oreo by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Samsung is also in the process of launching the Galaxy Note 8 in India. The company will launch the Galaxy Note 8, which was announced globally on on September 12. This is Samsung’s first phone to come with a dual-camera setup. In India, the device is expected to go on sale around September 20 and it is likely to have a starting price of Rs 60,000.
An industry source close to Samsung confirmed the coming of the new Oreo software update to for the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 to Sammobile. The sources said that Samsung is already at work to prepare the software. The South Korean company has already started developing the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Google released the final version of the new software – Android Oreo mid last month. The Cupertino major said that the Oreo will first reach out to people who had earlier installed the beta version of the software. It later said that Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL will be the first devices to taste the Android Oreo’s sweetness. The company said, “Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player.”
Google also confirmed that it is already in works with other companies to upgrade some of their devices as well. The California major said that it working closely with several companies like — Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony to upgrade select devices by them the latest software version Android 8.0 Oreo.
With the new report coming in, it seems Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are going to be the first devices by the South Korea based company to get the new software update. The report reveals that the firmware version of Android 8.0 update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ could be G955FXXU1BQI1 and G950FXXU1BQI1 respectively. Although it is (sort of) confirmed that S8 and S8+ will get Android Oreo update, but the question is when? Well, as of now there are no revelation on the time-frame. However, chances are, as the company has already started working on the development process, Android Oreo may reach the two flagship phones by Samsung either by the end of this year.
It is still unclear on how is Samsung actually planning to push out the Oreo update to its phones. Chances are it may follow the same strategy like it did before bringing the Android Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. To recall, before rolling out the final version of Nougat to the S7 and S7 edge, Samsung first rolled out a beta testing program for early adopters in late 2016. It is after the beta update got tested thoroughly, Samsung pushed out the final version to the devices in early 2017. Samsung is probably planning to do the same before actually rolling out Oreo update to the S8 and S8+ users.
Meanwhile, some smartphone makers have already confirmed the devices that are going to get the Android Oreo update. HTC, a few days ago confirmed that — HTC U11, U Ultra and HTC 10 will be upgraded to the new software by Q4. On the other hand, OnePlus has also been very vocal about OnePlus 3 and 3T getting the Android Oreo update. The company also said that this will be the last update that these two devices will be getting. HMD Global has also confirmed that all the Nokia Android phones — Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and also the high-end Nokia 8 will get Android Oreo’s sweetness, which in turn will make all these devices much faster.
Coming to Note 8, the newly launched phablet currently runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and chances are that alongside the S8 and S8+, this successor of the last year’s Note 7 will also get the update soon. Some reports claim that S8 and S8+ will probably be the first phones to get the new software update. In other words, Galaxy Note 8 – which is set launch in India on September 12 – on the same day when Apple will be announcing its anniversary edition aka iPhone 8 will get the Android Oreo update a little later.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s new release – Galaxy Note 8 has set a new record in its home market. The device – which is currently on pre-orders have managed to receive over 395,000 pre-booking request in just 13 days. Galaxy Note 8 is already up for pre-orders in India and is likely to start shipping starting from September 25. In the US too, the Note 8 has seen tremendous response, says Samsung.
“We’re thrilled to see the strong consumer response to the next level Note,” said Tim Baxter, president and chief executive officer, Samsung Electronics North America. “Today’s consumers want to do bigger things in work and life, and Note helps make that possible. We built the Galaxy Note8 for people who desire a device that lets them be productive and allows for self-expression.”
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