In late January, the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program concluded. Then, just last week, we reported in Droid Updates Weekly that Samsung began pushing Android 8.0 to its Galaxy S8 phones. These were the first of the company’s product portfolio to get Oreo, though others are expected to be updated soon.
Since pushing the public Android 8.0 OTA to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in some regions around the world, Samsung has put a stop to the release. This happened within just a few days of the first batch of customers receiving their big update, including both those from the beta program and non-beta Galaxy S8 owners. Additionally, all Android 8.0 firmware files are no longer available on Samsung’s servers.
As of this point in time, nobody knows the reason behind the stoppage. According to a source whose name remains anonymous, there will be little impact for those who already grabbed the update for their Galaxy S8 phone. However, Samsung wouldn’t halt the update and remove its files after all the work and waiting, for something that wasn’t serious. If Samsung lets us know the issue, you’ll be among the first to know.
In the meantime, SamMobile claims Samsung is back to work. The company has reportedly begun working on a new and independent Android 8.0 release for the Galaxy S8 phones. All who’s left to hope for is the rest of us who never got the update. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait another six months for a new version to roll out. You know Samsung. As always, keep it tuned to Droid Turf.
UPDATE 2/15: Samsung has issued the below statement to SamMobile in response to the update halt. SOURCE [SamMobile]
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.