Samsung Canada posts a vague timeline on when eligible devices will get Oreo update

Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on February 25 at MWC 2018 running Android 8.0 Oreo and some variants of the S8 and S8+ have received an Oreo update via OTA, but what about the company’s other phones? Every year it’s the same old story where owners of Samsung smartphones wonder when or even if, their handsets will be updated. Filling in some of the blanks is a post by Samsung Canada that lists some of the devices that are scheduled to be updated to Oreo. Join us after the break for more details.  As mentioned, the Oreo OTA is currently rolling to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ while 2017’s Galaxy Note 8 is scheduled to be updated from March 28, just over a week from now. The rest of the posted timeline goes as follows:

Spring/Summer 2018

Sometime later in 2018

  • Galaxy X-Cover 4
  • Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Galaxy J3 Emerge
  • Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017)
  • Galaxy Tab Active 2
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Besides the optimizations and added features that the Oreo update will bring, it should also include Samsung Experience 9.0. It’s great that there is a guide on which devices will be updated and a somewhat vague timeline about when, but for a Tier 1 manufacturer such as Samsung, this not nearly good enough. When will Samsung roll out Oreo 8.1? It is ridiculous that a brand as big as Samsung is so far behind when it comes to keeping up with the latest version of Android. As for Android P, well, once that update eventually rolls out, Samsung will drop support for its Movie Maker app. If you are a fan of the Movie Maker app, I wouldn’t worry, there’s probably another at least 18 months of support before you need to find a replacement.

What are your thoughts on Samsung’s software update cycle?

Via: GSMArena

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 Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. 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).