Galaxy S7 Edge Android 8.0 Oreo Update Accidentally Rolled Out in Vietnam
Samsung devices have historically received a major upgrade in their operating systems a few months after their release. It is no different this time around, with the beta program for their latest flagships, the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 ending only recently. There is still no word about the exact release date of Android Oreo for the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 but we can expect it to be rolled out in the next few weeks.
The situation is different for older/lower-priced devices as they always receive their updates after flagship devices. Samsung did announce that there is an Oreo update in the works for the Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy Tab S3, but there was no timeline specified. Normally, it would take at least a few months before any of the devices got a stable Oreo update.
In a weird twist of events, a Galaxy S7 edge owner in Vietnam seems to have received firmware version G935FXXU2ERB2 which bumps them up to Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0. Upon further inspection, it can be verified that the device is indeed on Android Oreo.
What makes the story more interesting is the fact that the Galaxy S7 Edge was never had an open beta for Oreo, which indicates that the update may be a developer build intended for internal use only. It is very likely that it'll be riddled with bugs, and many features might not work as intended. It's too early to comment on how it will or won't work, but we'll keep you updated as soon as we get any news about it.
Judging by their previous track record, previous-generation Samsung devices receive a major upgrade in their OS at least a month or two after their flagship counterparts. A recall of the update is unlikely, but at the same time, if you own a Galaxy S7 Edge, don't get your hopes up as Samsung will more than likely ensure that it doesn't happen again.
Strangely, this isn't the first time a Samsung device has received an unscheduled update. Earlier, a Galaxy Note 8 received a non-beta build of Android Oreo OTA. The official Oreo build was also leaked, and available for download for Snapdragon-based variants of the Note 8.