PSA: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ run Android 7.0 Nougat right now, but 7.1.1 is on the way

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are impressive devices, but there’s one thing little disappointing about the software at least for now. They’re currently running an outdated version of Android. Every unit we used at the Unpacked event in New York City was based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Despite what you may be thinking, that’s actually behind what Google offers its partners.

It’s not all bad news. Samsung plans on getting right to work on implementing a software update.

We spoke with a product expert at Samsung’s Unpacked event for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch who told Talk Android that Android 7.1.1 for these phones should be ready by the time they’re released. If true, it’ll either be pre-installed on all units or more likely available a software update upon activation by users. The window is pretty small, though. Carriers and retailers around the world are going to release the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on April 21, which is less than one month away.

If you’re wondering what Android 7.1.1 includes, we have you covered. Check out our rundown on the software update that arrived in late 2016.


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • ChuckN007

    I see that you were raised in NJ. So was I. And you went to Fairleigh Dickinson University. I left NJ for college. I remember growing up there that the mean people referred to that school as “Fairly Ridiculous University.” Maybe that stopped by the time you went there.