Samsung Galaxy S8 stands as the one of best smartphone of 2017. In design, specs, and features, everything stands out from the rest. Samsung is known for its hardware quality, so getting a S8 or S8+ in last year was one of the best decision. Just a few days back its successor was launched. Still, S8 is ruling hearts of many. A Few months back Samsung started its beta developer program for Android Oreo to release it to its latest devices S9, S8, Note 8 and S8+. After months of refinement and testing now it is the time for an official version of Android Oreo. We have reports from many users that they have started to get Android Oreo update on Galaxy S8. In this guide, we will guide you on how to install Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 and S8+ using ODIN.
Google released Android Oreo a few months back with Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both are really great phones but its price reaches the sky. S8 and S8+ are among the best-looking smartphones of last year with optimal size that makes them really comfortable to hold and function using one hand. Everything is great about S8, its camera result, its display contrast, and resolution. Samsung has really improved in the department of battery timing as well.
Install Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung has never disappointed from its flagship, you might think they would drop some features to make space for the new ones. That is not the case, each of feature that was present in S7 is present in S8 in more refined form. Along with that, there is a set of whole new features.
Update: Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 and S8+ is being released in India, Poland, and France right now. If you are in these countries, hold on to your horse and wait for the OTA instead of trying to install Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 using ODIN.
Update 15-02-2018: Samsung has reportedly stopped rolling out Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The firmware is no longer available on the Samsung Servers to be downloaded and flashed. Following is the official response by the company regarding why they have stopped rolling:
“Following a limited number of cases where Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices rebooted un unexpectedly with the Android 8.0 Oreo update we have stopped the roll-out of the firmware. We are investigating the issue internally to ensure that the impact to the affected devices is minimised and the rollout of the update can resume as quickly as possible”
Specs and New Features of Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 and S8+:
Talking about the specs of S8 and S8+. S8 features a beautiful 5.8-inch AMOLED 2960×1440 whereas, S8+ offers a bigger display that is of 6.2-inch 2960×1440. Screen and Battery capacity is the major difference in both models. Apart from that, both are exactly the same in Specs. Some models of S8 is featuring Snapdragon 835 while others have Samsung’s Exynos 8895. Internal storage is 64 GB. Processing is supported by 4GB RAM. The camera and its app are really amazing and they produce amazing pictures.
The front camera on both S8 and S8+ is of 8 Megapixels, while the back camera f 12 Megapixels. On the bottom Side, S8 features a Type-C USB port. S8 also supports wireless charging and quick charging. On the back, there is fingerprint scanner of both S8 and S8+ which was present on the front in S7 and S7 Edge.
Few notable features of the new Samsung Experience 9.0 are as follows:
- Picture in Picture Mode.
- Notification Channels.
- Background App Optimisation.
- Notification Snoozing.
- New Keyboard with stickers.
- App Pair feature.
If I kept on talking about this great phone, I will never come to an end. So, let us move on to the real thing that is how to Install Android Oreo on Galaxy S8. For now, you just have to wait for the official version of via OTA update.
Since I can’t wait for the OTA update, so I will walk you guys through the procedure on how to flash Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 using ODIN. This guide also works if your S8 is rooted and you are not getting OTA updates. You can get the official version of Android Oreo using the guide below and from then you will get the OTA updates.
First, official Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 was released for Beta Testers. Once they are through. Samsung will start releasing the official version for rest of the users. Till now, we cant say on which region will get the update first. From the last year custom. First, the official version is released in the home country of Samsung that is South Korea. With time, it is released all around the world.
Install Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 or S8+ using ODIN:
In this method, we will use ODIN to flash Android Oreo on Galaxy S8. There are some pre-requisites that you will need before you can move on to the process.
- Download and Install ODIN on your Windows PC. (Odin is an official tool from Samsung that can be used to flash firmwares on Samsung Galaxy Devices)
- Download and Install Samsung Drivers for Windows PC.
- Make sure your phone is charged (Atleast 50%)
- Backup your Galaxy S8. (Recommended not necessary)
- Download the Android Oreo Firmware respective to your Galaxy S8 model from this site.
- Enter model of your Galaxy S8 in the site mentioned above and look for the firmware respective to your country. If your phone is unbranded (It is not carrier specific e.g. Verizon, T-Mobile, 3 etc) then you can download and flash any unbranded firmware of any country from the link above. If your phone is branded and it is carrier specific, then make sure you find and install exactly the same firmware of the same country. Make sure you dont install unbranded firmware on branded phone or vice verse.
Once you are done with pre-requisites move on to the guide below. Know that installing Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 via ODIN doesn’t have any affect on KNOX. You will keep on receiving official Software updates and KNOX will be intact.
Step to Step on how to Install Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 using ODIN:
- First of all, install Samsung Drivers for PC and ODIN on your Windows PC.
- Extract the downloaded firmware on your PC.
- Turn off your Galaxy S8 and put it in Download Mode by holding Bixby button + Volume down + Power button. Until you see a warning on the screen to enter the download mode.
- Now connect your Galaxy S8 using USB cable with your PC. Once your phone is connected you will notice on ODIN that the ID:COM will change its color to blue.
- In Odin, you will see five sections where you have to select a file against 4 of them. Leave one as it is or use HOME_CSC instead. (If you will use HOME_CSC all the data on your phone will remain intact. Using CSC_XXX will erase all the data on your phone)
- Click the BL button and navigate to your Odin firmware folder where you extracted your files, and then click the file starting with BL. Do the same for AP, CP, and HOME_CSC (Do not use CSC_XXX It will erase your data). Like in the Screenshot below:
- Now click on the Start button.
The process will take around 7 minutes. Once done your phone will restart. After the reboot, your S8 will have Android Oreo 8.0 running on it. The first reboot will take some time. Hold on to your horses. Do not shut down your phone while the firmware is flashing or while it is getting started.
As I said, whenever I will get my hands on the official firmware of Android Oreo for Samsung S8 or S8+. I will update this guide will full procedure on how to install Android Oreo on Galaxy S8 using ODIN.
Another noteworthy thing is that the new update has not brought along the Project Treble. It is only featured in the devices that come with Android Oreo out of the box. It is likely that S8 and S8+ will never feature Project Treble.
That’s all for now. Also, to get to know when your region will get Android Oreo update on Galaxy S8, keep an eye on Official Samsung Community.