On the official Samsung forum, moderator SamsungTrevor revealed that all the Galaxy S8 duo and Note 8 smartphones will receive the Android Oreo update in the coming two to three weeks. Though that timeline was followed by “Although we can’t guarantee an exact date as it’s pending final testing, we promise to update this thread (and your devices!) the moment it becomes available.”
Over the last few weeks, a lot of major carriers in the United States started pushing Android Oreo to the Galaxy S8 on their networks. Which of course had users wondering when the unlocked devices would get the update.
To the query, Samsung responded on the forum saying, “The reason for this is that Unlocked devices must go through more rigorous testing than Carrier-specific devices because we need to make sure there is proper network functionality across ALL supported networks. (Ex. Carrier-specific devices are made to handle that one network. Unlocked devices need to be able to handle ANY / ALL compatible networks. Thus, they require some more preparation).”
Meanwhile, with Samsung’s 2017 flagship still waiting for the Android Oreo, Google’s next-in-line, Android P, is already out in its first developer preview. The upcoming OS will grace the third set of Pixel smartphones sometime later this year. Until then, the developer community will be looking at all that is new and improved in the OS. Some of the important features include native support for the notch or cutout, improved notifications, and an overall minimalist design. Certain camera enhancements have also been implemented to leverage AI and multi-camera setups.