The Galaxy Note 8 hasn’t gotten a stable version of Android Oreo yet, but Samsung launched a beta program in select markets last year. Since then, it’s issued updates with fixes for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit and Google’s December Android security patches, and new evidence suggests a broader release is forthcoming.
On Friday, a redditor claiming to work for Samsung published pictures of a Galaxy Note 8 model (SM-N950F) that recently received an update to Oreo. The software (version N950FXXU2CRA1.DM) is an internal test build, according to SamMobile, and reportedly contains the January 2018 Android security patch.
Interestingly, the redditor’s phone is an Exynos model of Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 comes in two variants — one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that’s sold in China and the US, and one with Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor that’s available globally. Previously leaked versions of the Note 8’s Oreo beta firmware only worked on Snapdragon models — specifically the Verizon variant of the Note 8 in the US.
The timing aligns with a rumor that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ Oreo beta program, which kicked off in November 2017, might be drawing to a close. On Thursday, a redditor on the Galaxy S8 subreddit posted a screenshot of a message in the Samsung Experience app’s Notices section that pointed to January 15, 2018 as the program’s end date.
Samsung hasn’t hinted at when the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ might get a stable version of Android Oreo, but it seems it won’t be long.
If you’re the impatient type, though, you can install the newest Galaxy Note 8 Oreo beta using an ODIN workaround. It’s compatible with any US unlocked Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8 units running Samsung’s official Nougat-based 2BQK2 fimware.