Samsung finally released Android 8.0 Oreo update for its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones after a long phase of beta testing. The update reached owners of Galaxy S8 duo in a handful of markets more than six months after the official release from Google. However, a report now claims that the roll out has been abruptly stopped by the company.
Sammobile reports that Samsung has pulled the firmware files for the two smartphones from its servers. It means Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users can no longer get the update in any way. Those who have already seen the taste of Oreo on their Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ need not worry about the move. But if you weren’t part of that first phase of lucky users then you will need to have patience before the roll out begins once again.
Samsung is reportedly working on a new firmware version of Android 8.0 Oreo for its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones and the old version will not be released to consumers once again. It is unclear what forced Samsung to pull down an existing update when it could have always released the new firmware at a later stage.
The move will definitely not reflect in a good fashion upon Samsung, which is the largest smartphone maker globally, yet has the worst record for releasing new OS updates. To recall, Google released Android 8.0 Oreo for its Pixel and Nexus-branded smartphones in August and the software has been available via Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for good six months now.
According to latest Android distribution numbers, the newest version is powering just one percent of active devices. Among smartphone makers, only OnePlus and HMD Global have been quick to update their flagship devices with Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung, which once promised to bring renewed focus on software, is falling behind – often leaving its customers with older operating system.
The South Korean company is set to launch Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the iterative updates to Galaxy S8 duo at MWC 2018 later this month. The smartphones are expected to bring minor design improvement, faster performance with new chipset and major improvements to the camera. The Galaxy S9 series is also likely to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, which could well be the version that Samsung will release to Galaxy S8 and Note 8 next month.