To become a beta tester, users need to have an active Samsung account and download the update via Samsung Members app or the Samsung+ app. In South Korea, Galaxy S8 users need to subscribers of telecom services SKT, KT or LG U+ to download the update. In the US, Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers are entitled for the Android Oreo update. Users in the UK need to have an unlocked device for the same.
Samsung says that during the beta period it aims to “gather helpful insights and feedback from customers on their first impressions of the Samsung Experience 9.0 beta’s performance and usability during the testing period”. Samsung hasn’t given a date for the rollout of the stable version. It also says that the dates will vary in different countries. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 Long Term Review: 5 months on, is it still capable?
SamMobile reports on the new changes Android Oreo beta brings to the Galaxy S8 series. Some of the improvements listed are for Samsun keyboard, Samsung Cloud, performance, security, among others. Android Oreo beta also brings support for dual messenger apps. In addition to this Android Oreo features like managing notifications for each app, notification badges on app icons are also available on Android Oreo beta. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+: Which is a better buy?
Some of the upgrades include AAC and Sony LDAC support for Bluetooth audio, and addition of auto-repeat and 2x speed in video. Since this is a beta version, some of the features won’t work as expected. Also during this stage, more features and improvements will be added.