Samsung first opened its beta version of Android 8.0 Oreo to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus owners back in November 2017. This gave the owners the opportunity to participate in providing feedback on performance, stability, and usability to improve the software.
The company confirmed that the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta version is ending on Jan. 15, 2018. In addidtion, the official Android 8.0 Oreo version showed up on Reddit and seems to be working for most Galaxy S8/S8 Plus owners. However, if users choose to download the software update from Reddit, they have to be sure to backup their Android phone.
If a user downloaded and installed the leaked version from Reddit and it doesn’t work, Reddit user Spongar141 offers some advice to other Galaxy S8/ S8 Plus owners on how to get it to work.
“Change the file name to update.zip, I noticed the file name from my links and the one in the op were different. Could make no difference. Also, disable any lock screen passwords and head to developer mode and select ‘Revoke USB debugging authorization’ as suggested by theKiroh. And that should be good to try.”
Other users reported that this seemed to fix the issue.
To check if the update is ready for the device, users should head over to the Settings app, then Software update and Download updates manually. Users need to be enrolled in the Beta program for Samsung to be eligible to upgrade OTA.
Android 8.0 Oreo comes with a ton of new features users have to look forward to, including improved battery life, a new emoji set, and more control over notifications. Samsung also revamped its keyboard, by adding new edge lighting effects, and a full color-picker for folders, so users can be more organized.
For risk takers, they can download the leaked version of Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and check out all of the new features. Otherwise, they might want to wait until the official version of Android 8.0 Oreo launches on Jan. 15.
What features are you most excited to use on you phone? Let us know in the comment section below.