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Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program ends January 15th (Update: last beta rolling out)

Update: The last Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus beta update is rolling out ahead of the program's completion on Monday.

Published onJanuary 11, 2018

 Update #2 (01/11): Samsung is now rolling out the final update in its Oreo beta program. The news arrives from Sam Mobile, which also provided a copy of the changelog.

The update crushes a bunch of bugs and delivers the January 2018 security update, but beyond that, there isn't much that's new — which you might expect, given that the program is winding down. I previously speculated that the last update (the fifth in the beta) could be its final, which we now know is wrong, but, hey, I also said the beta would soon be over and here we are.

As for the rollout of the official Oreo software, Sam Mobile suggests it could be just two weeks away. It may take longer depending on local carrier integration, but some of you could be enjoying sweet Oreo by the end of January.

Update #1 (01/05): Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program will end on January 15th. In a notice spotted by Reddit users for the fifth and final beta (build ZQLE), Samsung notes that registration for new users will end later today ahead of the program's imminent closure.

As we stated previously, it seems that a public Oreo build is just around the corner after Samsung finishes ironing out a few final bugs. Be sure to follow our tracker here for all the latest updates.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program may soon be over. The program, which has been running since early November, has seen Samsung’s early Oreo software receive several iterations, and we expect it to wrap up by early next year.

Its final update may now be rolling out, as beta number five (ZQLE) starts to land on Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices (in the beta program). The news arrives via Sam Mobile, and like beta four, this release focuses on bugs. Issues such as the Home Screen not fitting the display correctly, the phone restarting while using the camera, and video playing faster after connecting an HDMI cable, have all be quashed thanks to the latest patch.

It’s purely my own speculation that this could be the last update, based largely on Samsung’s Nougat beta from last year. This saw four updates for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and ended late in December. I could be wrong, but, two months and five updates in — and with Samsung now on bugwatch — it feels like the final Oreo rollout can’t be far off.

If you’re on the beta program, look out for these updates arriving over-the-air any day now.

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