Install Android Oreo Beta 2 on Snapdragon Galaxy S8

As far as the Galaxy users are concerned, they are mostly thrilled by the device they own and Samsung does its best to provide them an awesome experience. The Korean company has been testing out its Oreo beta builds on certain Galaxy S8 devices and it seems like yesterday when I told you that Samsung’s Oreo beta program is limited to Galaxy S8/S8+ devices powered by the Exynos chip.

Samsung just released the second Oreo beta to devices enrolled in its beta program and this time, it is available for devices in the US across all the major carriers. If you live in the US, you can install it too, but things might not be that easy; let me tell you from the start the fact that the firmware downloadable below is not flashable via ODIN and it requires sideloading through ADB.

And errors are not out of the question at this point, but quite the opposite, I am talking about Live Messages force closes, Adhell2 frequent force closes, random reboots, Bluetooth fails to turn on until reboot and not only.

Nothing stops you from getting what you want? Then, let’s keep on reading.

How to get ready for the next operation:

  • For the start, you need to install ADB and Fastboot on your laptop or computer;
  • Keep in mind that Windows users will also need Samsung USB drivers;
  • Don’t hesitate to enable USB debugging on your Galaxy S8;
  • Properly charge the smartphone.

Detailed operation:

  1. For the start, you need to launch ODIN on your PC. If you don’t already have it, then Odin3_v3.12.10.zip is waiting for you;
  2. Then, download the AGQL baseband package;
  3. Don’t hesitate to extract the zip;
  4. In ODIN, click on the BL;
  5. You must choose the file which is named BL_**********;
  6. Also click the AP, CP, and CSC (not Home CSC) buttons;
  7. You must now select the respective files from the extracted package files;
  8. Then, just hit Start;
  9. When the process is complete, your handset should reboot into recovery mode;
  10. Download the Oreo update package;
  11. While your phone is in the recovery mode, don’t hesitate to connect it to your PC with the help of a USB cable;
  12. Launch the ADB command interface;
  13. After that, you must enter the following command to sideload the downloaded firmware to your phone;
    adb sideload filename
  14. There you might see multiple errors and warnings. You have to ignore them and wait until the Galaxy device reboots automatically;
  15. When your device boots up, download and install Google Play Services v940 and you are good to go.