If you bought the Pixel 2 or you’re using an older Google-branded smartphone, then your dream of having Android 8.0 has turned into reality. It was reported that Google was working with OEM partners to ensure faster delivery of Android updates, but even in such conditions, for everyone else, that update is still out of reach, at least in theory.
I am saying that as long as it looks like Samsung is getting ready to test the latest version of Android on the Galaxy S8 smartphone and this comes as a surprise. Samsung is currently deploying the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program in two phases. The first phase includes the United Kingdom, North America, and South Korea and it already started on November 2nd, while the second phase will extend the beta program to China, Germany, Spain, France, Poland, as well as India. The time of its release is a mystery at this point, yet I know how exciting this sounds.
Even more, note that not all Galaxy S8 users living in the above-mentioned locations are eligible for that the company declared that in South Korea, the beta program is available only to users who have a device that is locked to SKT, KT or LG U+. The same thing goes for the USA to users on Sprint or T-Mobile or those with an unlocked device, while in the UK, it is only available to who have an unlocked version.
The most important reason to update your Galaxy S8 smartphone to the latest version of Android is probably for the emoji. Not only does this latest software include a bunch of new emoji options, but you should keep in mind that it also overhauls some of the older designs.
And I must tell you that just like last year’s beta the program has a limited number of slots — Samsung says it’s only open to no more than 10,000 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, so waste no more time. If you meet that criteria, here’s how you get into the beta program to check out Oreo:
Learn to get Android 8.0 Oreo on your Galaxy S8:
- Download the Samsung+ app from Google Play;
- If you’re outside the U.S., then you need the Samsung Members app instead;
- Up next, sign in with your Samsung Account and make sure the device is registered to your account;
- The app will notify you when registration is available for you;
- After enrolling, you must enter into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually to download and install the OTA.