Samsung launches Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8


The new beta is being made available to select customers participating in Samsung's Galaxy beta program.

A number of Samsung users on the Samsung forums are complaining of their Galaxy Note 8 devices freezing up and becoming unresponsive. 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.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition comes with the promise of monthly security updates for up to three years. Last month, we reported that Oreo had hit just 0.2 percent adoption rate, which - to be fair - wasn't hugely surprising given Oreo's limited availability, plus the company's latest flagship Pixel 2 phones had yet to go to market. Initially, Samsung is rolling out the newest beta version what used to be called TouchWiz, and is now called Samsung Experience, to beta program members based in South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom. As for U.S. users, the beta update is available for devices on Sprint and T-Mobile network or unlocked version.

Samsung, in the changelog, says it has made changes in the Quick Panel, Home Screen gestures, Samsung Keyboard, System Performance, Edge Screen, Samsung Cloud, Dual Messenger and more. The freezes are triggered while using certain apps including Google Chrome or the Google app. Android Police has put up a list of known instances that trigger the freezing.

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There are a bunch of Nougat features that are still present in addition to the new Oreo features. The update does include Android 8.0 Oreo as well.

LG also launched a program for V30 owners, who can now apply to get early access to Android Oreo.

With a lot of features coming, users are understandably anxious to get their hands on the update.