Samsung is not the best when it comes to rolling out timely software updates. In fact, it’s only Google that provides timely software updates, something that is evidenced by the current status of the 2015 and 2016 Google Nexus and Pixels.
The two families are already running the latest Android 8.1 Oreo thanks to OTA updates that rolled out a while back, but unfortunately, the insignificant number of Nexuses and Pixels in the Android fraternity means that Oreo is now installed on less than 1% of all Android devices. For this figure to shoot, Samsung must do something – because it has the most devices in the Android fraternity.
Samsung determines how fast Android OS upgrades spread around. Once Sammy devices start getting the latest Android Oreo, the distribution figures will without a doubt start shooting up. The sheer number of Samsung devices on the market makes it even harder for the tech giant to roll out timely software updates. Since these updates must first be tested before rolling out, it takes time. And this is exactly what is happening with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
For the past few weeks, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users have been taking part in the company’s Android Oreo beta program with the hope that the stable version will be ready before the end of this year. It took HMD Global and OnePlus about a month to test and release Android Oreo for Nokia 8 and OnePlus 3/3T users, but it appears that Samsung Galaxy S8 users will have to wait a little bit longer before they get the new dessert.
Last year’s Android Nougat officially arrived Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in mid-January and while some hoped Samsung will beat this date by releasing Oreo to the S8 and S8+ a little earlier, it seems the opposite is set to happen. According to a report by Android Headlines, the Korean company might not be ready to release the stable version of Oreo until late January.
This came after a UK Samsung Beta community manager revealed that Oreo will be released by the end of January, but there’s still no guarantee that this will indeed be the case. In fact, the manager also added that the stable release could wait until early February, just in case unexpected issues show up.
To further confirm that Android Oreo will not be ready for release any time soon, the admin says that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users should get ready for the release of the fourth beta preview “very very soon.” Of course, it is never easy to determine what “soon” really stands for, especially when it comes to rolling out major software upgrades, but the same person further adds that users of the S8 pair can “expect a notice about this (fourth Oreo beta) even soon.”
Once the OS rolls out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the next in line should be the Galaxy Note 8, then followed by last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, among other Samsung devices.
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