Following a somewhat abrupt block on the rollout of Android Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung has now resumed the distribution of the update to those handsets.
Despite how good Samsung devices are, I still find myself unable to recommend them to friends and family simply due to the lack of updates. Unfortunately, although only delaying the release of Android Oreo by a week, it highlighted the issue Samsung faces when trying to release a new update and the various layers it places on top of the vanilla version of Android that introduces more bugs. Not only was Samsung distributing an already out of date version of Android to its flagship devices months behind Google’s Pixels, but the company quickly halted the rollout with little explanation. However, while Samsung is falling behind with the Android update roadmap, at least the company were now finally rolling out Oreo to the Galaxy S8.
Despite multiple beta releases, many users began experiencing unexpected reboots of their Galaxy S8 handsets following the Android Oreo update. Samsung quickly identified this and rightly stopped the update from being rolled out to more users.
Fast forward a few days and Samsung appears to be confident that the issues have been resolved and are now resuming the Oreo rollout, which this time includes a new firmware version. You’ll now see firmware numbers G950FXXU1CRB7 and G955XXU1CRB7 available for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, respectively. It’s quite a large update, with the size clocking in at 530MB for those already on Andriod 8.0 Oreo, and significantly larger for those still running Android Nougat, so set aside a decent chunk of time to complete the update.
Users have reported the update going live in Germany as an OTA push. Samsung usually distributes these updates in phased stages so expect it to hit the device in your region shortly if it hasn’t already.
It’s good to see Samsung respond to the issues and resume the rollout so quickly but still doesn’t divert from the fact that this whole process should be a lot quicker for the company who makes more Android devices than any other OEM in the market. Unfortunately, the situation remains bleak for the Note 8 owners.
Does receiving the latest Android version play a major part in deciding which smartphone to purchase? Would you forsake this privilege to benefit from the other features Samsung devices have to offer? Let us know in the comments below.
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April 16 2019