Samsung is not always the best when it comes to software updates and this can be seen from the fact that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are, not surprisingly, still running Android 7.0 Nougat.
Take, for instance, the Nokia 6. This phone came preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat and so far, an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat has already been rolled out. The Finnish company has also confirmed that the Nokia 3 will be joining the party by receiving the same update to v7.1.1 before this month comes to a conclusion. However, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users are still wondering when the two flagships will receive the same treat – or if they will actually be updated to the new version.
While we are confident that the pair will receive an update to Android O, this could take months before rolling out. Before this, it would indeed be a welcome idea if the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were updated to the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat, if not the newest Android 7.1.2.
Well, it appears that the wishes of many have been answered. According to Vodafone Australia, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be receiving an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat really soon. While there is no mention of specific dates, the fact that the OS has been submitted for testing purposes means that the OTA update will be rolling out soon.
This new development comes days after Samsung released a Galaxy J3 2017 variant in China that is based on the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This was a definite indicator that the company has finalized works on the updated version of the OS and that other eligible devices will be receiving the update sooner or later.
Now that Vodafone Australia has made an official statement, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can rest assured that an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be released soon. One little problem, though, is that if Samsung is working on releasing an update to v7.1.1 of Nougat at a time when Google is getting ready to update the Nexus and Pixel family to Android O, it means that the S8 and S8+ could be facing another long wait before they can be updated to O. But as noted earlier, this is Samsung.