Samsung Resumes Android 8.0 Oreo Rollouts for Galaxy S8 and S8+ After Brief Hiatus
The road to Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ has been rocky, to say the least. It’s been nearly seven months since the devices released and users are yet to get a taste of Oreo. A few days ago, Samsung did announce an official Oreo release for the S8 and S8+ but promptly suspended it. Several users had already received the update, and they should remain unaffected by this fiasco. Samsung says they suspended the rollout because some devices were randomly rebooting after the update, but I think the real reason is the fact that the build version had CRAP at the end (no, seriously, the build version was called G955F0XM1CRAP).
New build version, no changes otherwise
Samsung was developing a new firmware version for the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update and it’s now rolling out firmware version G950FXXU1CRB7 and G955XXU1CRB7 for the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy S8+. Like the previous update. The firmware update file is about over 530MB for those who participated in the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program. The file size will be considerably larger for those who are still running Nougat. The rollout has been resumed in Germany, and it’s only a matter of time before the update starts rolling out once again in other markets.
While we’re glad that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are finally getting a stable update, users are frustrated and understandably slow. People running carrier-locked versions of the devices have to wait even longer for the update, and by that time, Google will already have revealed this year’s version of Android; Android P.
What makes matters worse is that Galaxy Note 8 users have to wait as long as May 2018 to get a taste of Oreo. There’s no reason for the rollout to be as delayed as it is, considering that much smaller companies such as HMD Global have managed to release Oreo for almost all their devices. Let’s not even get to non-flagship devices manufactured by Samsung. Yes, Samsung did promise Oreo for a lot of their phones, but judging by how long they took to release Oreo for their flagships, it could very well be another year before they get the update.