Samsung opens Android Oreo beta program for Galaxy S8

A Samsung Galaxy S8 phone taken
A Samsung Galaxy S8 phone taken
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03 November, 2017

As with all Samsung Experience beta programs, only some users will be able to access the Oreo-based update - you must have a Samsung account and apply via the Samsung Plus app in the US, or Samsung Members app elsewhere. Samsung has just kicked off the beta program for its Samsung Experience 9.0 update, which, among other things, updates the phones to Android 8.0 Oreo.

Samsung has finally started rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to limited Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus users.

The South Korean tech firm however, has said that the Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus will run on T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked versions only. Owners of these devices in South Korea, UK, and the United States will have an opportunity to test it.

For registration, you need to have an active Samsung Account, as well as the Samsung Members app (or the Samsung+ app if you are in the US) installed on your device. The update is bringing detailed control of notifications, new app icon badges, notification dots, and long press for context menus. Now if you want something ultra-thin, providing protection from minor scratches and scuffs while retaining the phone's design, then Peel's brand new cases might be for you...

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Samsung itself hasn't listed the changes introduced with Experience 9.0, but SamMobile has provided a full changelog of new features. That can be found in both Galaxy Apps and Google Play stores. The update does include Android 8.0 Oreo as well. Currently, Oreo represents 0.2 percent of the roughly two billion Android devices in use today.

With a lot of features coming, users are understandably anxious to get their hands on the update.

LG also launched a program for V30 owners, who can now apply to get early access to Android Oreo.


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