5 Things to Know About a Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Update

5 Things to Know About a Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update is live we’re starting to get questions from Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active users. In this guide, we’ll try and answer some of the loudest Samsung Galaxy S6 Android Oreo update questions.

Samsung’s first Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo update is live. Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in select regions can download an early preview of the software, and the company’s Samsung Experience 9.0 UI, thanks to the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta.

The Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta answers questions about Samsung’s next mobile operating system, but there are still some lingering questions about its Galaxy Android Oreo release.

Some of those questions are coming from Galaxy S6 users. Galaxy S6 owners want to know if they’ll get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, when said could update could arrive, and what will happen if the Galaxy S6 doesn’t get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo down the road.

Today we want to do our best to answer some of the questions you might have about the Galaxy S6 Android Oreo update. Samsung is still mostly silent about its plans for devices outside of the Galaxy S8 so our goal here is to provide as much clarity as we can.

Galaxy S6 Android 7.1.1 Update

If you’re expecting Samsung to roll out an Android 7.1.1 update to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or Galaxy S6 Active in 2017, don’t hold your breath.

Samsung is rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates to select Galaxy devices. However, these devices all jumped from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and not Android 7.0 to Android 7.1.1.

At this point, you can expect most Android 7.0 Nougat powered devices to remain on Android 7.0 as Samsung works to deliver Android Oreo.

While this might frustrate you, remember that most of the changes from Google’s Android 7.1.1 update are baked into Samsung’s version of Android 7.0.

Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Beta

Samsung’s trotted out a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta to the regular model and the Plus model. It’s available in the United States on T-Mobile and Sprint.

In South Korea, the beta is available for on devices locked to SKT, KT or LG U+. And in the United Kingdom, the program is available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users who have an open market device (operator unlocked version).

Samsung says there will be additional rounds of registration, but it hasn’t provided any information about timing, regions, or devices.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed, but don’t expect the company to trot out an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S6. The beta will almost certainly be limited to flagship devices.

If we’re lucky, the Galaxy Note 8 might join the Galaxy S8 down the road.

Will the Galaxy S6 Get Android Oreo?

The million dollar question.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed any Android Oreo updates beyond the Galaxy S8’s so we can’t tell you anything with one hundred percent certainty. That said, we can tell you a little bit about Samsung’s history.

The company still hasn’t released an official list of devices getting upgraded Android 8.0 Oreo, but that’s not a huge deal because Samsung’s Android release protocol has been the same for several years now.

Samsung typically keeps its Galaxy devices upgraded with major Android software updates for two years before killing off support. The Galaxy S6 started on Android Lollipop and its been upgraded to Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat.

The Galaxy S6 turned two this year (it’ll turn three in April) which means there’s a very good chance it’ll stay put on Android Nougat.

Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo Release

If Samsung decides to release Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S6 and that’s a big old if, it probably won’t release the software in 2017.

Samsung’s betas typically stretch across several weeks and we expect the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta to extend into late November or December.

Samsung Turkey says it’s planning to deliver its first batch of Android Oreo updates in early 2018 so there’s a very good chance we see the Android Oreo release mirror the Android Nougat release:

  • November 9th: Samsung releases its Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. (November 2nd this year.)
  • December 30th: Samsung ends the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta.
  • January 5th: Samsung starts rolling Android Nougat out to Galaxy S7 users.
  • March/April: Samsung starts rolling Nougat out to Galaxy S6 users.

Most Galaxy Android Oreo updates will land in 2018. If the list includes the Galaxy S6, we’d expect it to be weeks behind flagships like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S7.

Beyond Oreo

If the Samsung declines to offer Android 8.0 Oreo, software support for the Galaxy S6 won’t end. Samsung and its carrier partners will likely keep the Galaxy S6 line of devices upgraded with bug fixes and security patches for several years to come.

You should also be able to root your Samsung Galaxy S6 and get at least some of the features from Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update.

The Galaxy S6 community is still very active.

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Install the Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta to Help Samsung

Install the Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta to Help Samsung

One of the best reasons to try the Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is to help the company improve the software before it's released to millions of Galaxy S8 users around the world. 

If you're sick and tired of dealing with Android problems on your Galaxy S8 (or another device), and you've got a Galaxy S8 lying around, think about trying the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta. 

Samsung is encouraging Galaxy S8 Oreo beta testers to provide feedback about Android 8.0 bugs and performance issues. This way, its engineers can squash bugs ahead of the widespread release. 

Reporting bugs is extremely easy and your feedback, no matter how small, could help the company provide a much better experience for all Galaxy S8 users.

To send feedback, you simply launch Samsung+/Samsung Members and post your report under the appropriate menu. 

5 Things to Know About a Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.