Samsung Reportedly Resumes Galaxy S8/S8+ Oreo Rollout in Some Countries
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners have been anxiously waiting their chance to get a taste of Android 8.0 Oreo. After the completion of the Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta program which was announced in November of last year, we finally started to see the first official Oreo updates land on consumer devices. The joy from this rollout didn’t last long though, as less than a week later the update was halted due to devices unexpectedly rebooting. It took a bit of time to figure out what the root cause of the issue was, but at least Samsung has started rolling out the update once again.
While Google works closely with various OEMs to help them deploy the latest version of Android as quickly as possible, there are bound to be some unique issues that pop up from time to time. Now, we do generally see this less often on devices that are running a closer version of stock Android than we see from OEMs such as Samsung or LG. However, Essential has shown us that things such as the laggy scrolling issue they have been experiencing can happen even without those heavy OEM ROMs.
Naturally, the more changes you make to stock Android the more chances there are for bugs to surface from new updates. This is what Samsung experienced with their Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The unexpected rebooting issue wasn’t widespread as many of us installed the update manually and haven’t experienced any reboots. Still, the bug that was reported was critical enough that it was best for Samsung to pause the rollout when they did.
We first reported on that update being halted a week ago today and since then they have been working on a new firmware that fixed the issue. Since it has been fixed, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are now receiving new updates with the firmware version G950FXXU1CRB7 and G955XXU1CRB7 respectively. The update weighs in at 530.63MB in size and has started going out to customers in Germany right now. Assuming there aren’t any other critical bugs reported from this rollout, we should expect this update to be expanded into other countries as the weeks go by.