A good number of Samsung Galaxy S8 users are already enjoying the new Android Oreo operating system, but the software is still in beta.
According to Samsung, the stable version will be ready in early January not only for the Galaxy S8, but also for the Galaxy Note 8. These two phones, alongside the Galaxy S8+, are joined by the 2016 Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on the list of Samsung phones that are guaranteed to receive the update to Android Oreo.
Although Samsung doesn’t have an official software update schedule for its phones, recent history tells that the company rolls out two major OS upgrades to its flagship phones. With this in mind, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 will still have another major OS upgrade to Android P, but Oreo should be the last upgrade for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users.
Now, in 2015, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5. The quartet was released with Android Lollipop out of the box and so far, two OS upgrades have been rolled out to users of these phones, including last year’s Android Nougat. Based on Samsung’s track record with software updates, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 series shouldn’t be anywhere near Android Oreo, but there are some interesting developments regarding this OS.
A new list of Samsung phones and tablets that are expected to be updated to Android Oreo has just been leaked on Weibo. Other than the usual suspects, there are a number of surprises, which include the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the entire Galaxy S6 family. If this does happen, it would make it the third major OS upgrade for the 2015 handsets, something that would indeed be strange from the Korean company, but welcomed by many.
The list also includes the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (FE), Samsung Galaxy J7 2017, Galaxy J7 Pro, Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J5 Pro. All Samsung Galaxy C series phones are on the list, apart from the Galaxy C5, while the Galaxy A series includes all models from 2016 and 2017, except the Galaxy A3 2016.
Note that this is not an official list by Samsung or from Samsung. This means it may or may not materialize and it also means that you should take it with a grain of salt.
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