Samsung has officially released a new Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, and it could be the last beta before the final update is ready to roll out.
The company had previously announced that its Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 series will end on Monday, Jan. 15, which means that this new beta that rolled out is likely the last. If everything goes smoothly, the official Android 8.0 Oreo update could hit the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in just a couple of weeks or so.
Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo Beta Program
The latest beta started hitting Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices on Thursday, Jan. 11. SamMobile has confirmed getting the beta on its Indian Galaxy S8, but the build is likely available in other countries as well.
The new beta comes with software version ZRA5 and in addition to various bug fixes, it also brings the latest Android security patch for the month of January. If this build manages to fix all bugs that slipped through the cracks until now, Samsung could soon release the official Android 8.0 Oreo update shortly after the beta program concludes on Monday.
With the Galaxy S7, for instance, it took roughly two weeks for the official update to roll out after the beta program ended. According to SamMobile, the new Galaxy S8 Oreo beta seems to be stable enough, so an imminent release for the official update looks likely.
Android 8.0 Oreo Update
Google's new Android 8.0 Oreo brings a slew of new features and improvements over the previous version of the OS, including a new emoji set, better notifications control, improved battery life, a revamped keyboard, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users enrolled in the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program can grab the latest beta update by accessing their smartphone's Settings > About phone > Software update > Download updates manually.
As always with beta builds, however, users should be aware that beta software comes with risks and can include plenty of bugs and hiccups. Beta builds aim to test the software and fix any potential problems before the public release, so they might not always be stable.