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Android Oreo is finally available for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the US

The update has been long overdue for Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus owners, though it is restricted to the Verizon variants for the time being.

Published onMarch 16, 2018

  • Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out in a stable build to Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus units.
  • The update introduces the regular Oreo features, as well as Samsung Experience 9.0.
  • This update has been a long time coming, since the Oreo beta started in November and ended in January.

After what felt like a millennium and a half, Android Oreo is finally available for US models of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Unfortunately, Verizon appears to be the only carrier rolling it out for the time being.

The update also introduces Samsung Experience 9.0, which comes as standard on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Samsung Experience 9.0 includes a revamped keyboard, the new Color Lens option to change the color of the screen for a better reading experience, the new Finder option to search for applications and files, and more.

Meanwhile, Oreo brings Picture-in-Picture (PiP), app notification dots, background limits, Autofill, and more.

Verizon said the update arrives as build G950USQU2CRB9 for the Galaxy S8 and G955USQU2CRB9 for the Galaxy S8 Plus. The update to Oreo keeps the security patch level at February 1, a slight letdown given the March security patch’s availability.

Try not to fret if you do not get the update right away. This is likely a slower update rollout that will likely take a week or so to complete.

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The Verizon variants of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are the first 2017 flagship Samsung smartphones to get Oreo in the US. Galaxy Note 8 owners on Big Red and every other US carrier, as well as Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus owners on other networks, are still waiting.

That could change soon, though, since Oreo was recently released onto AT&T servers for the Galaxy Note 8. As for the unlocked Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, or Galaxy Note 8 update, well, it’s got to arrive sooner or later.