Android 8.0 is already out there, but only a few handsets are currently running on the beta version. Users of Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL have already installed the beta version and thus are guaranteed an OTA update when the OS gets a stable version, probably in August.
Last year, Android 7.0 was first released to the public on August 22 and looking at the pace this year’s Android 8.0 is moving at, it’s possible the OS will be here at about the same time or even earlier. With this in mind, many users of Samsung Galaxy phones are busy asking themselves whether their devices are eligible for the update or not.
Well, if you own a Samsung Galaxy phone, we have an idea of how things might turn out once Android 8.0 is released later this year, but this is based on our educated guesses and past history of how Samsung handles software updates. In short, there could be changes here and there, but we can guarantee that quite a good number of Samsung phones will receive the new OS.
If you own any of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, be sure that you’ll be among the first users of Samsung phones to receive the OTA update to Android 8.0. The yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will also be updated to the new OS as well as the newly confirmed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE, the refurbished version of the dead Galaxy Note 7.
Other Samsung Galaxy phones that are guaranteed an update to Android 8.0 include last year’s S7 and S7 Edge as well as the rugged S7 Active, which is exclusive to AT&T. This year’s Samsung Galaxy A series is also on the list of guaranteed updates to Android O and so are the Galaxy J7 2017 and J5 2017, but the same cannot be said of the entry-level Galaxy J3 2017.
Users of Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro and Galaxy C7 Pro can also walk around confidently knowing that Android 8.0 will come their way at some point and so are those using the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which was announced at the MWC 2017. The Galaxy J7 Prime should also receive the OTA update to the new OS since it will be its first as well as last major OS upgrade.
Usually, Samsung rolls out two major OS upgrades to its high-end devices and since the 2015 lineup of Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 have already received two upgrades in the shape of Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat, there won’t be room for these phones when Android 8.0 is made official. A series of devices released in 2016, however, might get lucky and receive the new OS, among them the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy A9 Pro, Galaxy A8 2016 and Galaxy Tab A, but there’s no guarantee in this case.
If you are still using any of the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 handsets from 2016, well, don’t get your hopes too high as there might be no room for you when Android 8.0 comes out.
As noted, this is not an official list from Samsung but it’s based on our educated guesses, which means anything could change in future. We’ll keep you updated.