In what comes as expected, Samsung is reportedly working on the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its first flagships of 2017 — the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. Sammobile is one of its report says the development work on the update has already been initiated by the Korean smartphone manufacturer.
As with last year’s Nougat update rollout for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, this year’s Oreo update will also see a beta programme for select Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users before its stable version rolls out to the public. The report, however, doesn’t mention anything about the recently launched Galaxy Note 8 which is shipping with Android Nougat 7.1.1.
Going by Samsung’s previous records and one of the few leaks, we feel that the Oreo update could reach the average Galaxy S8 user by the time Samsung is finalising the Galaxy S9, which is expected to break cover as early as January 2018.
However, with Android Oreo, rolling out updates for custom ROMs could get shorter as Google has implemented their Project Treble with Android O and beyond, which means that faster updates for Samsung smartphones compared to previous update roll out (read how Project Treble will reduce update roll out duration).
As for now, Google’s Pixel and Nexus phones are the only ones to taste the latest Android due to no UI modification present on them.