Samsung explains why it pulled the Android 8.0 Oreo OTA for the Galaxy S8

With the Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ coming to an end, it was expected that Samsung would soon begin rolling out the stable Oreo firmware update to the masses. Having begun sending out the update to users in Germany first, with Poland and a smattering of other countries following suit soon after, Samsung pulled suddenly stopped the OTA process without an explanation. As it turns out, the Oreo rollout was halted due to reports of devices rebooting unexpectedly after receiving the OTA.

According to a statement received by SamMobile, it’s a temporary issue that is being worked on, pretty much what you would expect to hear. We’ve embedded the full statement below:

“Following a limited number of cases where Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices have rebooted unexpectedly with the Android 8.0 Oreo, we have temporarily stopped the rollout of the update. We are investigating the issue internally to ensure that the impact to the affected devices is minimized and the rollout of the update can resume as quickly as possible”

It’s nothing to panic about, this is why manufacturers roll out software updates incrementally; so they can catch a previously undiscovered bug before it becomes a bigger issue. Samsung should be rolling out a new Oreo build in the near future, but if you have already installed the aborted update via OTA, it’s just a question of waiting for the new OTA to roll out. If you’ve downloaded the OTA but not installed it, then it should be automatically deleted from your device. Basically, you won’t be allowed to install it. Which isn’t a bad thing.

Do you own a Galaxy S8 or S8+? What do you think about the aborted Android 8.0 Oreo rollout?

Source: SamMobile

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).