Waiting for the latest version of Android to hit your device can be a painful experience unless you happen to own a Pixel or Nexus handset. OEM’s such as Samsung and LG often take months to update their handsets, by which time Google has likely announced an even newer version. Galaxy S8 owners can speed up the process of getting Oreo on their handsets, though, by signing up to Samsung’s Galaxy Beta Programme.
In the UK, it’s now possible to sign up for the Galaxy Beta Programme, whereby your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus will receive some of that Android 8 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0, in beta format of course. It’s being done on a first come, first served basis, with just 5,000 spots available. Users in the US and South Korea need not fret about being left out because the beta is scheduled to go live in your regions from today as part of the first phase. The second phase should see the beta extended to Germany, France, Poland, China, and India, although there isn’t an exact timeframe on when it will go live.
Signing up for the Oreo beta is as easy as logging into the Samsung Members app on your phone to register, and then waiting for the OTA to reach your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus. As with any beta firmware, if you need your smartphone for important day-to-day tasks, it’s probably best to wait until the public release of Oreo. For those that simply can’t wait, remember to do the necessary backups before installing the beta firmware. It’s also good practice to factory reset your device after installing the beta just to iron out any kinks.
If you’ve signed up for the beta, feel free to let us know your experience in the comments below.