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 They’re currently running an outdated version of Android.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.