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Samsung to release Oreo updates in Q1 2018

The S8+ will receive Oreo.
The S8+ will receive Oreo.
Samsung is set to release updates to Android Oreo by the start of 2018. Particular details of the company's plans are unknown at the moment but we expect the Galaxy Beta program to be re-opened soon.

OEMs have started pushing out Oreo updates since the start of the month, with Sony sending out a final update over the course of the week, and OnePlus, Huawei, and Nokia kickstarting their various beta-testing programs. Samsung is set to join that exclusive company, albeit not till the start of 2018.

The source of the information, reportedly a Turkish Samsung representative, claimed that the South Korean giants would start sending out updates in the first few months of 2018. Samsung's update policies are iffy at best, with most of the company's devices released this year still running on Android 7.0 Nougat. A few weeks ago, however, a Galaxy S8 running on Android 8.0 Oreo was spotted on Geekench, so a Q1 2018 release is a strong possibility.

While the 2018 date is to be for the final release of updates, there's a chance the company opens up its beta-testing program, Galaxy Beta, soon, especially as previous iterations of Android were beta-tested around November.

The company representative in question never stated which devices would be getting the updates but we expect the Galaxy Note 8, S8, and S8+ to be the first names on the sheet come 2018.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on this.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-10-26 (Update: 2017-10-26)