Oreo should make its way to ‘all eligible’ Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Note 8 devices – including unlocked models – ‘within the next 2-3 weeks,’ Samsung says.
Still waiting for Android 8.0 Oreo on your Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, or Note 8? You’ll have to practice your patience just a little longer.
“We understand that many of you have Unlocked Galaxy S8/+ and Note 8 devices and may be wondering why those with Carrier models are seeing the updates first,” Samsung wrote. “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.”
Carrier-specific devices require less preparation as they only need to be able to handle one network.
Samsung says it “can’t guarantee” an exact rollout date since the update is still “pending final testing.” When it’s ready, you’ll get a notification on your device informing with instructions on how to download it.
Android Oreo earned an “excellent” rating in PCMag’s review, nabbing props for its “fine-grain notification controls,” picture-in-picture viewing feature, autofill capability for apps, and more. Though Google first released Android Oreo to the public in August 2017, the mobile OS has only made it to around 1 percent of Android devices so far, according to Google’s developers dashboard.
“Google has become much better about working with hardware manufacturers to get operating system updates out at a faster pace, but it’s unlikely to ever be Apple-like in speed or adoption,” we wrote in our Android Oreo review. “This problem, which critics call ‘fragmentation’ and Google calls ‘variety,’ has been around for a long time, and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.”
In the meantime, a developer preview of Android P is already out; look for more details about that at Google I/O in May.