Samsung is known for being among the worst companies when it comes to software updates. Last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users had to wait until mid-January before they could see Android 7.0 Nougat updates on their phones.
As for those using carrier versions here in the U.S., the update started rolling out in February, something that is set to be a repeat for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. According to Android Police’s David Ruddock, there are reports that the S8 family will also start getting the update to Android 8.0 O somewhere in February.
This is not coming from Samsung, which should make it okay to be skeptic about it. However, it’s Samsung we are talking about here, which makes the speculation much weightier. The company has never been the best when it comes to timely software updates and this is probably due to the heavy UX customizations of the Android version that powers Sammy phones.
I've heard Samsung is targeting February for Android O on the US S8/S8+. In case anyone thought that pattern of behavior was changing.
— David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 17, 2017
This won’t come as good news for current Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users. It shouldn’t be any different with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but the latter might join the O party a few weeks earlier, although there are no guarantees. The South Korean company has been showing signs of improvements with respect to the monthly security updates, but it appears the same spirit won’t be transferred to the major OS upgrade process.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ came preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat and they haven’t been updated to any of Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2 Nougat just yet. However, the Galaxy Note 8 is set to debut with v7.1.1 of Nougat out of the box, which should suggest that the S8 family will also be updated to this OS version at some point before getting Android 8.0 O.
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