Samsung still hasn’t confirmed a Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update, but there’s a very good chance this year’s flagship is among the first Galaxy devices to receive the bump from Nougat to Oreo.
Samsung is currently working on Android 8.0 Oreo though the company’s only confirmed the new operating system for one group of devices.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo updates are confirmed and we expect the Galaxy S8 Active, the rugged version of Samsung’s phone, to get the bump to Android Oreo down the road.
Samsung is starting with the Galaxy S8, but the company will almost certainly upgrade many other phones with Google’s current operating system.
Another device poised to get Android 8.0 Oreo is the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s flagship from 2017 and one of the top smartphones out on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 currently runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the company’s Samsung Experience 8.5 user interface, but owners have their eyes on a move from Android Nougat to Android Oreo.
In this guide we’re going to outline everything we currently know about Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo plans and what they mean for the Galaxy Note 8.
Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Unconfirmed but Likely
Samsung still hasn’t confirmed a Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update, but the device isn’t in danger of missing out on an upgrade. If you own a Galaxy Note 8, you can stop stressing. You’ll get Android Oreo.
The company hasn’t provided us with a list of devices getting the upgrade, but that doesn’t matter. The Galaxy Note 8 is a few weeks old and it’s a prime candidate to get moved from Nougat to Oreo.
Samsung typically keeps devices upgraded with major Android software updates for two years before ending support. Samsung and its carrier partners have updated the Galaxy Note 8 with bug fixes and security patches, but it hasn’t received a single milestone upgrade.
This means the Galaxy Note 8 will get Android Oreo (despite Samsung’s silence) and it should also, like the Galaxy S8, get upgraded with Android P next year.
After that, the device will, at the very least, continue to receive bug fixes and security updates.
Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Beta
Samsung’s released a Galaxy 8 Android 8.0 beta and it gives Galaxy S8 users in certain countries a chance to test the software ahead of the official release date.
As of right now, Samsung hasn’t confirmed an Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung says it’s going to open up the registration, but it still hasn’t gone into detail about those plans.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta is currently limited to the United States, United Kingdom, and South Korea. In the U.S. it’s available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users using Sprint or T-Mobile.
For now, Galaxy Note 8 users should temper expectations.
Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Release Date
Samsung hasn’t confirmed a release, but there’s a very good chance the Galaxy Note 8 is among the first Galaxy devices to Android Oreo. Flagships are almost always first to new major software updates.
At this point it’s looking like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be the first to Oreo, but don’t be surprised if the Note 8 gets its upgrade in and around the same time.
As for the specific release date, there’s a chance the Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update arrives in 2018 rather than 2017. Here’s why.
Samsung Turkey says it plans to release Android 8.0 Oreo in early 2018. It didn’t confirm a specific release window or a specific list of devices getting the upgrade next year.
With no end in sight, the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta could stretch into December. And with the holidays coming up, we should see most updates arrive next year.
Here’s what the company’s Android Nougat timeline looked like. We could see something similar this year and next with Androdi Oreo:
- November 9th: Samsung releases the 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.
Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Update
The Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update should come with a nice list of changes for the 6.3-inch device.
Samsung’s testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and it’s also testing a new Samsung Experience 9.0 UI. We expect most of the features from the Galaxy S8 beta to emerge for the Galaxy Note 8 as well.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update currently includes new emoji characters, performance enhancements, and tweaks to Samsung’s apps and services.
Here’s a full list of changes on board the current version of Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update. Remember, this is a beta and it’s subject to change.
- Improvements to the Home Screen & Quick Panel
- Samsung Keyboard upgrades
- New Edge features
- Custom Colored Folders
- Improved Privacy in the Photo Gallery
- Clock Enhancements
You can learn more about these enhancements in our guide to the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update. We’ve also put together a guide that compares Android Oreo to Android Nougat.
Android 8.1 Oreo
Samsung is currently testing Android 8.0 though a new version of Oreo is on the way.
Google recently confirmed an Android 8.1 release for Pixel and Nexus phones. The company hasn’t provided a specific release date, but Nexus and Pixel users can try the update out right now via the Developer Preview. Even Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users can try the early software.
Android 8.1 Oreo, also known as MR1, is a maintenance release which means it will deliver a mix of fixes and features to Nexus and Pixel users.
It Samsung several months to adopt Android 7.1.1 Nougat so it could be awhile before we see Samsung roll out Android 8.1 Oreo updates.
That said, the company did bake some Android 7.1 features and fixes into its version of Android 7.0 so we could see it deliver some of Android 8.1’s changes in Android 8.0.