Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy Note 8 now one step closer to release

The long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy Note 8 could be right around the corner.

A variant of the Galaxy Note 8 has been spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s database running Android 8.0, suggesting that Samsung will start distributing the firmware for the handset in the near future – though we don’t have a specific timeframe.

Image: Wi-Fi Alliance

It’s impossible to tell when the release will start rolling out. After all, the flagship Galaxy S8 was supposed to the first smartphone in the firm’s lineup to be treated to the latest flavour of Android, but it was forced to halt the upgrade last week.

At the time, it was unclear why Samsung had to apply the brakes, but specialist blog SamMobile has since revealed that the Android 8.0 Oreo update was triggering unexpected reboots on some handsets – and the firm couldn’t let that fly.

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Samsung is said to have started development of a new build, which should start making the rounds in the coming weeks. Once that’s entered deployment, focus will be shifted to the Galaxy Note 8, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Android 8.0 Oreo is tipped to bring a number of exciting features to the Galaxy Note 8 – and Galaxy S8 – including support for Picture-in-Picture (PiP), notification channels and adaptive icons, as well as a refreshed version of Samsung Experience.

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