Samsung is not the best with Android updates, we all know that. The South Korean company rolled out Google’s Android 8.0 software from last year for the Galaxy S8 models just two months ago, days before announcing Galaxy S9. After a long beta program that still had issues after months of testing, Samsung finally got the update out to buyers. Hopefully Samsung learned its lesson and this won’t happen again. We do have some positive news to share in regards to Samsung’s Oreo roll out plans, as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge from 2016 could land Android 8.0 or Android 8.1 if we’re lucky, in the next few weeks.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners, and there are a lot of them, have been waiting eagerly for the update. It does not appear that they will have to wait much longer, as information collected by SamMobile suggests an imminent release. A Korean user who posted on the Korean Samsung Members site suggests the update will begin its global roll out to customers in mid-May. A Turkish website noted that the public release will be May 18, which makes sense of the other report. Korean users are expected to get the update first, followed by device owners in Europe and eventually US owners. Maybe late-May would be a more accurate predication for us in the states.
According to sources, both Galaxy S7 devices were recently approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Even carrier variants running the new software have been Oreo certified, meaning the update has to be on the horizon. For unknown reasons, unlocked Samsung devices tend to be last to receive software updates, and this may be the case again for each of the Galaxy S7 handsets. We’ll see who gets it out first.
Samsung is working hard preparing Oreo for many of its newer devices. This is ideal considering that attention is beginning to steer toward what’s next in that of Android P, which is already in developer preview. The lack of updates has led to fragmentation, which has been seen in the distribution statistics. Perhaps we’ll gain insight on other Samsung devices and their update roll out status in the coming weeks. For now, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners should sit tight and stay tuned to our Droid Updates Weekly Series, where we round-up all the updates each week.