Feb 9, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S7 receives Oreo update before the Galaxy S8

A lucky Samsung Galaxy S7 edge user in Vietnam received the Android 8.0 Oreo update ahead of the tech giant's flagship devices such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8. The platform is expected to roll out on the high-end phones in the coming weeks.

Samsung's 2017 flagship devices, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note8, all arrived last year running on Android Nougat platform. Apparently, they are all upgradable to the latest operating system, which is the Android 8.0 Oreo. The South Korean tech giant's flagship offerings usually get the update a few months after their official launch. While it seems like the update got delayed and we still don't know when exactly it will roll out on the said phones, we are patiently waiting for it, expecting to see it in the coming weeks considering that the beta program already ended recently.

The case is different with the entry-level, mid-range, and older devices as they always receive updates only after it rolls out on their higher-end siblings. Samsung previously announced that it is indeed prepping an Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy Tab S3, but without mentioning any release date. Usually, owners of lower-end Samsung handsets wait for a few months more after the flagships get the update before they could have it for themselves. In short, it is unlikely for them to have the new platform ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8.

Samsung Galaxy S7

However, just recently, a strange thing happened. A Galaxy S7 edge owner in Vietnam reported that he/she received the firmware version G935FXXU2ERB2 which updated his/her device to Android 8.0 Oreo complete with Samsung Experience 9.0 skin. Upon further inspection, they found out that the phone was indeed updated to Android Oreo. What made this news more interesting is that Samsung did not even hold an Oreo beta trial for Galaxy S7 edge users, indicating that it might be a developer build that was erroneously pushed out to the person's Galaxy S7 edge phone.

Whatever it is, one thing's for sure: We would get a taste of the Android 8.0 Oreo OS in the near future.

Android Oreo 8.0 on Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

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