Many Samsung Galaxy S8 users have been ignored of oreo update, the unlocked users specifically. Locked devices with Carriers in the U.S like Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-mobile have all seen updates. Although the company can’t state the exact date but unlocked users will see Oreo update within 3 weeks.
What’s an unlocked handset?
Purchasing an unlocked phone means that the owner can slide in a SIM card from any carrier in that region. He is able to make calls, surf the Internet, enjoy other services available on that carrier’s network for its customers. Contrary to locked phones, an unlocked phone is not tied to a specific carrier.
The main benefit of purchasing an unlocked handset – other than that it can be used with any network – is that it’s usually the first to receive any significant update. But that hasn’t been the case with the Galaxy phones. The galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
Samsung users in the United States are still wondering when the much-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update will arrive. This has affected unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users. The release of the O.S update started to reach most carrier-branded models at the beginning of the month, leaving out unlocked users.
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Why unlocked Galaxy S8 has no Oreo update
Quoting a moderator on Samsung’s Community Forum addressing frustrated members, on March 23. He said, “We understand that many of you have unlocked Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus devices and may be wondering why those with carrier-locked models are seeing the [Android 8.0 Oreo] update first.”
“The reason for this is that unlocked devices must go through more rigorous testing than carrier-specific devices because we need to make sure there is a proper network, functionality across all supported networks.”
According to the moderator, Samsung is ensuring that we don’t have network bugs and similar errors after installing updates.
Android 8.0 Oreo, brings a number of exciting new features to the table as expected. Features including support for Picture-in-Picture (PiP), notification channels, adaptive icons and circular emoji. There’s also a refreshed version of Samsung’s Experience – formerly known as TouchWiz – custom user interface.