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Samsung has finally released the much awaited official Android 8.0 Oreo update for its 2017 flagships the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. However, the update comes after nearly two weeks since the beta testing was completed. We must say Samsung does have a reputation for being a little slow in terms of rolling out new updates.
In any case, this is good news for the device owners as they will be able to experience Google's latest iteration of its operating system and a wide array of new features it brings. According to SamMobile, the first in line to get the update will be the beta testers while other users currently on Nougat are expected to get the update after 24 hours. Oreo should be soon live for beta testers in other markets as well.
The Android Oreo update comes with firmware version G955XXU1CRAP for the Galaxy S8+. Surprisingly, as firmware updates are generally big in size the update weighs only 487MB. It further comes with the latest February 2018 security patch and a new version of the Samsung UX with design changes as well as improved performance. We are yet to get hold of the changelog and then we can mention what exact changes the new update brings. We will update this space once we have the details.
UPDATE: The new update for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ brings Samsung Experience 9.0. It also includes features such as new launcher shortcuts, colored media notifications, improvements to biometric functions, improvements to Samsung keyboard, Dual Messenger, and a revamped About Menu in Settings. Do let us know if you notice any other changes.
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users will be able to experience Oreo hands-on and its features like picture-in-picture, Smart Text Selection, Notification Dots, Android Instant Apps, Google Play Protect, improved booting time, extended battery life and a whole lot more.
The update is currently being rolled out for users in Germany. Besides, it is rolling out as an OTA and the availability normally varies by region and it generally happens in phases. It should expand to other regions in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners should receive a notification for the update. If not, then, they can always check for the update manually by going to the Settings page and then click on About Phone tab and check for updates. If the device has got the update it will show it.
Samsung has advised that since this is basically a firmware update users should back up all the date before installing the new OS. Further, users should have at least 50 percent battery or more and they should carry out the installation process over a Wi-Fi network. Using mobile network may cost additional data charges. It is important to remember these things during the time of installation of any major software update.