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Samsung did it again: Android Oreo for mid-range and budget phones delayed to 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failure has an Android Oreo update follow-up
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failure has an Android update follow-up
A week ago, we heard that Samsung is pushing the Oreo update for the Galaxy A, J, and C handsets to December. Sadly, it can get even worse: the new Oreo roadmap says that most of those devices are scheduled to get Oreo — not Android Pie, but Oreo — in January 2019. In the end, it would not be surprising to find out that Samsung cancels the update.
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Even the brand's haters cannot deny that Samsung's flagships are great devices — as long as they don't blow up, of course — but everyone should also agree that the company's recent failures were all about the software realm. If you don't remember the Android Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S7 that was delayed over and over again, there's no need to look it up, because it is happening again with the mid-range and budget devices that were supposed to receive this update as well.

Now that Android 9.0 Pie is here, the updated Android Oreo roadmap looks like this: the Galaxy J7 Neo is supposed to get the new software in December 2018, but most A, C, and J devices are scheduled to receive it in January 2019. These are those devices: Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy A9 Pro (2016), Galaxy C7 Pro and C9 Pro, Galaxy J2, Galaxy On5 (2016) and On7 (2016 and 2018 versions), and the Galaxy J7 (2017). The Galaxy J7 Max is expected to get the update in February 2019, while the Galaxy J7 (2016) is scheduled for March 2019.

Just to make it clear once again: all the above are the dates when these handsets are supposed to get Android Oreo, and not Android Pie. Enough to say that Chinese underdogs like Xiaomi refreshed their mid-rangers with Android Oreo before the end of 2017. If you think there's anything else that needs to be added here, feel free to bash Samsung in the comments section, but please watch your language. After all, someone is apparently working on bringing Oreo to the mid-rangers and budget handsets that support it. It's a shame that it takes such a long time for this to finally become reality.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5438 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-08- 9 (Update: 2018-08- 9)