Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 will get Oreo update in 2-3 weeks


Earlier this month, T-Mobile began pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to its versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Owners of the unlocked S8 and S8+ are still waiting for their Oreo treat, but we’ve now learned that that won’t be the case much longer.

Samsung has announced that it plans to update the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 to Android 8.0 Oreo in 2-3 weeks. The updates are now undergoing final testing before being pushed to consumers.

As for why the unlocked S8, S8+, and Note 8 are taking longer to get Oreo than their carrier-specific counterparts, Samsung had this to say:

“We understand that many of you have Unlocked Galaxy S8/+ and Note 8 devices and may be wondering why those with Carrier models are seeing the updates first. The reason for this is that Unlocked devices must go through more rigorous testing than Carrier-specific devices because we need to make sure there is proper network functionality across ALL supported networks. (Ex. Carrier-specific devices are made to handle that one network. Unlocked devices need to be able to handle ANY / ALL compatible networks. Thus, they require some more preparation.)”

T-Mobile has offered its own Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 models since day one, but some people may have opted for the unlocked models thinking that they’d be updated sooner than the T-Mo versions┬ábecause they wouldn’t be tied to a carrier testing process. That hasn’t been the case with the Oreo update, though, which is a disappointment for owners of the unlocked devices. At least now we know that the Oreo updates for the unlocked S8, S8+, and Note 8 are coming soon.

Source: Samsung

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  • jeffp3456

    It would be nice if the TMO Note 8 got some love too.

    • Todd N.

      It’s coming…

  • Robert Mahoney

    So sick of Samsung doing this. I love my Note 8, but when I pay it off I’m getting a Google Pixel phone. Samsung (and others) always abandon their users to devote all their attention to their upcoming latest, greatest shiny object.

    • Iphart

      If getting the latest non security update first is your main concern then you have a valid point.
      Keep in mind that Pixel phones are made by LG and their quality and sales pale compare to Samsung.

      • Jason Caprio

        I beg to differ. I’ve had my Pixel 2 XL since it was released and I absolutely love it. Always latest software, bloatware free, amazing battery life, blazing fast performance, and a top quality camera.

    • Peter Smith

      Yeah I have been thinking of doing the same but man I love my s pen and Samsung pay. Not to mention SD card is prrpre much a big win for me. So hard to switch back to pure Android. Came from Nexus 6p

      • Jon

        You should be able to use Samsung Pay with the smartwatches they sell the Gear S3 classic & frontier. I pretty much have stuck with Samsung because of Samsung Pay, the S-Pen.

    • Mark

      I honestly 100% agree with you. I am gonna start buying Google phones. The fact that you get the updates as soon as it rolls out. At least with the pixel you get what you paid for to get regular updates. Unlike Samsung… I paid so much to own the note 8,and Samsung gives nothing but excuses.

    • Todd N.

      Just be careful as Pixel do get the latest updates, but that mean you also get the latest bugs. The Pixel devices are just unofficial members of Google beta testing community for OEMs like Samsung.

  • Gardo

    This is my first and last unlocked phone, I bought it thinking it would get updates faster but that hasn’t been the case. Android phones in general are terrible at updating but this is just ridiculous.

    • Jason Caprio

      Get an unlocked Google Pixel 2 (or wait for the 3) and you’ll always be the first to get updates.

      • Gardo

        The thing about Google phones is that Google doesn’t have trade in offers, Samsung gave me $400 for my S7 Edge which I wouldn’t have been able to get from ebay.

        • bkat11

          Not true. Google direct offered trade in value on phones for the Pixel 2. I loved my Pixel 2 but it was a little too basic for me so I gave it to my gf who is a recovering Apple user and she LOVES it. I’m just a Samsung homer I guess so I can live with the late updates. 8.0 for the Pixel 2 launch was really rocky to begin with and 8.1 was more to activate the Visual Core Chip and fix a few emoji’s more than anything else. People need to calm down with the updates crying.

        • Todd N.

          I couldn’t have said it better. Being on the latest just means you are likely encountering more bugs and other issues. Pixel users are our beta testers for OEMs like Samsung, so I thank them for their services.

  • g2a5b0e

    That sounds like the biggest BS excuse I’ve ever heard. If that’s really the case, why does the unlocked version usually get the update first? There are many Android manufacturers that have already updated their 2016 devices. Samsung has dropped the ball & they need to just admit to it.

    • SirStephenH

      Yep. Unlocked versions are usually first because they don’t have to mess with the carrier bloat and carrier specific optimizations. This explanation makes no sense.

  • Jake Fitzpatrick

    Can’t wait! Love Samsung!

  • Jason Caprio

    LOL!! Meanwhile, my fiancee’s Pixel XL, and her mother’s Nexus 6P have been on Oreo since August 2017.

    Of course my Pixel 2 XL had Oreo out of the box in October 2017.

    I used to like Samsung, but the huge delay in Android software updates, not to mention the excessive bloatware drove me away. They’re still decent phones though if you don’t mind always having outdated software.

    • Todd N.

      Man I would love to see updates as quickly as Pixel or the late Nexus line got them… that said, Pixel users are basically the beta users for the big OEM’s like Samsung, LG, etc. So you have the latest, but you also may running into unstable builds. As I get old, I begin to appreciate things that just work consistently more than having the absolute latest. I guess that is the beauty of Android phones, you are pretty much guaranteed to find one that meets your needs.

      On the upside, Samsung has really reduced the bloatware on their devices. And with the added bonus of being able to disable so many features you don’t want with apps like BK Disabler, you can get pretty darn close to a vanilla experience even without rooting.

  • robert

    I have the s8+ and love it! But damn come on with this update already.

  • Keith

    Amazing that T-Mobile had so much hype for the s8 Active, (band 71) and it’s not even mentioned. Meh

  • Mark

    Honestly this is ridiculous. The fact that all consumers pay so much to own a samsung product, and they make you wait another 2-3 weeks? Like a year behind wasn’t bad enough. My advice Samsung, you need to start making more of an effort to push out new software updates.

  • Jon

    It is funny how my sister has the S8 for Metro PCS and received the update before my gf did who has an unlocked S8. Here I am with the Note 8 still waiting. Jeez Samsung is usually always last to update their devices.

  • Phil Howell

    TMobile just needs to quit dicking around with these OEMs…
    I bet if the carriers got together (the horror the horror) and told Sammy to put up or get lost they would htfu…

    Or just sell the freaking pixel direct..
    Bonkers we don’t already have it.
    C’mon John get us the goods already.


    This is nice for unlocked Note 8’s… When will my T-Mobile version [locked] get Oreo?

    Edit: AT&T as of this update [3/27/18 – 9: 15 AM] has released Oreo for their Note 8. T-Mobile can’t be far behind…

  • Mike

    I love Samsung Pay. Google Pay and Apple Pay sucks in comparison.

    • SirStephenH

      Ok… that’s way off topic…

      There’s virtually no difference between Android Pay and Samsung Pay anyways. Samsung Pay has MST support (worthless now and days with chipped cards becoming a requirement) and Android Pay supports more banks, that’s it.

      • Yonatan Ben Magen

        OT, but MST allows me to pay with CC, GC, debit card, both with EMV chip and without and it’s considerable faster than using chip reader POS. SP with MST I only have issues with old card readers (primary the POS touchscreen that have the card reader on the side of the register touchscreen. Where as GP/android pay can only be used on limted card readers that have the NFC symbol (fat rainbow).

        But like you said OT,
        Samsung Pay is to Mobile wallets like Roku is to Streaming devices a neutral party for card issuers – fast, simple and works.

      • ConceptVBS

        Mag strip will take many many years for it to go away.

        Samsung Pay is still the best.
        SP also has points you can use to get merchandise and gift cards.

  • Phil Howell

    The fragmentation is getting ridiculous…
    S8 so S8+ TMO gets updated but not the S8 Active? They are the same phones uhg… What about the Note 8?
    I can understand if the “world phones” take a little longer as they are different hardware (Qualcomm vs Exynos and the like)

    • Trevnerdio

      The unlocked S8(+) is still using Qualcomm hardware. It’s unlocked primarily for the US.

      • Phil Howell

        That would be unlocked US variant yes…
        The “world” version uses the Exynos processor..
        I wish Qualcomm would drop the old ass agreement and let Samsung bring the Exynos to the US.
        Would help TREMENDOUSLY with fragmentation issues being able to use one chipset to do it all.

    • Todd N.

      No they are not the same phone hince the different name. Yes “similar” specs, but still different. Popularity of the phone really determines the priority of major updates like this. The S8/S8+ greatly out sold the S8 Active mainly because they have been out a lot longer and they are true flagship phones… so updates hit the S8/S8+ first. Samsung has to compile the core build and then release it to Tmobile’s development group. From there Tmobile adds their network specific customization for the final build release. Be patient here it will come. Blaming it on fragmentation just show how out of touch you are with development cycles and device prioritization procedures..

      • Phil Howell

        You should look into the firmware more before starting this.
        Other than the edge display bullshit and band 71 they are identical.
        Yes the s8,s8+ outsold the active.

        Needing to build different firmwares for every variant built on the same hardware IS fragmentation. Other than the Exynos vesion of course, completely different beast.

  • Yonatan Ben Magen

    Odd I have the SM-G955U, through an EIP and have been sitting on the S8+ Oreo update since last Thurs 1,513.01 MB.

    Still don’t understand why the S8+ updates always have a smaller file size than the S8 – with the only difference in the units is mainly physical size.

  • Phil Howell

    But here it is 3/28 and still not even the flipping March security update…
    So much for the S8 Active being one of their “flagship” phones…

    • SirStephenH

      It’s probably being held up by the Oreo update process. Manufacturers see little need in keeping up with security updates on previous versions of Android while finishing the next major update.

      • Phil Howell

        I agree completely with your statement and reasoning behind this.
        We are “SUPPOSED” to be getting monthly security updates regardless. That was the “gentleman’s” agreement with the OEMs with Google anyways.

        • SirStephenH

          I think that was for 60 or 90 days and LG has been sticking to ~60 days for the most part. Google just needs to hurry up and take over security updates directly.

    • Todd N.

      Come on here… the S8 Active is not a flagship phone. It is a speciality phone for people that beat the crap out of their phones. Or just want a super durable phone. It is sad that true flagship phones don’t include that durability.

      • Phil Howell

        Tell that to Samsung…
        They tout it as such.

        It’s just a durable S8 (flagship).

  • Ryan

    Why can’t Google release a new version of Android that has been tested with all the carriers first? Why should Samsung have to get involved in testing carrier networks for Google’s Android. Apple doesn’t have this issue with iOS as they work ahead of time on this behind the scenes and don’t hold anything back once it is ready to release (well, ready to release is subjective, there are still updates released to fix initial release issues). But also, Apple’s iOS runs on only a limited set of hardware only made by Apple as well, so less hardware has to be tested.

    This is coming from me otherwise happy running a Samsung Galaxy S8+. If I can’t get Android Oreo yet on my phone, then please at least distribute security updates. I’m still on security patch level December 1, 2017. I’m sure that there have been some discovered vulnerabilities in Android Nougat since then, but when I run software update, it says I have the latest updates. This is ridiculous, security should at the very least be important when we are in an age of many always-on internet connected devcies.

    • SirStephenH

      Because unlike Apple, Google supplies the software, not the hardware. Mobile OSs have to be specifically adjusted to the hardware they are to run on and many third party Android device makers insist on messing with the standard Android experience making updates even more difficult (Samsung being the worst abuser). Apple doesn’t have this trouble because only they release devices that run on iOS so they can do everything themselves. If you want an Apple-like update experience then get a Pixel which Google has the same level of control over.

      • Todd N.

        well said

      • Phil Howell

        Absolutely correct…
        I wish that TMobile would get us the damned pixel line with full band support directly…

        • Are you in one of those areas that needs the newer bands for decent internet performance?

  • Fabio Santoro

    As always T Mobile last on everything, other carriers in the US just rolled out Oreo update for Note 8 and T Mo still in the waiting. Anybody else in the same feeling of frustruation as me that have to wait so much for Samsung and T Mo for the slowness on their update policies!

  • Yonatan Ben Magen

    Accidentally upgraded, had backed up everything to Samsung and Google accounts including secure folder (which for some reason will not do it automatically). Was going to wait in case it bricked my phone, and I could get a galaxy tablet so I wasn’t dead in the water.

    Speed is like it was when the phone was new with a few apps, but it’s just as fast as it was new but with probably 6-7 pages of apps in the app drawer. Battery life is TBD but loving the speed and still learning Oreo new features.