Just like it did last year with Android 7.0 Nougat, Samsung is launching a beta program for Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners to get a taste of Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 ahead of its official release. By joining the program, you'll see the early build of the software, offer feedback and hopefully help Samsung release a better overall update when it hits everyone else's phones.
The beta should be available to download as soon as you've registered for it.
The beta program is only open to owners in the U.S., UK and South Korea at first, and in the U.S. it's only available if you have a T-Mobile, Sprint or U.S. unlocked version of the Galaxy S8 or S8+ (sorry, no Note 8 yet). Just like last year's beta the program has a limited number of slots — Samsung says it's only open to 10,000 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Provided you meet that criteria, here's how you get into the beta program to check out Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 on your own phone:
- Download the Samsung+ app from Google Play.
- If you're outside the U.S., you'll need the Samsung Members app instead.
- Sign in with your Samsung Account and make sure the device is registered to your account.
- Play the waiting game — the Samsung+ app will show a prompt on the main screen where you can enroll to participate.
- Tap through and accept the terms of the beta program.
- After successfully enrolling, go to Settings, Software update and Download updates manually to pull down the OTA.
For an early look at what you can expect, Redditor thesbros is one user that's already been able to download the beta, and the screenshots below have been taken from it.
Be sure to regularly check Samsung+ or Samsung Members to see if you're graced with an option to get your enrollment in. Let us know in the comments if you're successful!
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