The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has just been released a few days back, but it’s notable in the software department for being the one and only Samsung phone to run Android 7.1.1 out of the box. Samsung’s Nougat update rollout has been remarkable for skipping Nougat’s maintenance release, Android 7.1, entirely on their device lineup. Those who would like to have Android 7.1.1 on their Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are in luck, though, as the Note 8 firmware has been successfully ported to both of these phones.
This port, dubbed “Renovate Ice Note 8”, has been released by XDA Recognized Developer mwilky. Aside from bringing over Android 7.1.1 to the Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8+, it also brings in pretty much all new apps and features from the Galaxy Note 8 – except for the S-Pen stuff, of course. As it’s the first release, many of the Renovate Ice exclusive features added by the developer will be added in later releases. For now, this is the first semi-stable Note 8 port released for the Galaxy S8 line, made possible thanks to both phones having almost identical specifications right down to the SoC. The ROM also brings some custom tidbits like the Notorious Kernel (built from latest N950F sources) and a tweaks app which allows you to change lots of things inside the OS.
It’s still marked as a beta, so if you want to install it on your device, you should know that it may and most probably will contain some bugs here and there. However, we should say that it is indeed a remarkable first release. If you want to try it out on your device, head over to the official thread, download it, and flash it on your device. This is just one of many Samsung Experience-based custom ROMs, so if you want to give your device your own touch, head over to our Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ forums!
Thanks to XDA Senior Member farovitus for reaching out and correcting a mistake in the article!