+ Tuesday August 20th, 2019

Better late than never. Android 8.0 Oreo has been out for close to ten months now and while many phones have already received an update to Oreo, even more have not. We saw Oreo roll out to some Samsung Galaxy S8 models and now their even older phone, the Galaxy S7 Edge, has started receiving Android 8.0.

We became aware of the Android 8.0 Oreo roll out to Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phones thanks to a tip from a reader (thanks Grant!) and now we have seen it arrive on more than one device, on multiple carriers. The build number rolling out (for Vodafone models) is R16NW.G935FXXU2EREM and brings not only the Android version number to 8.0 but also the Samsung Experience to 9.0 and includes security updates up to April 1, 2018.

**EDIT** thanks to all for commenting here and on our Facebook page. It seems that the update is rolling out to Optus, Telstra and non-carrier phones as well. We have one report of it arriving for standard Galaxy S7 phones as well.

Samsung should be congratulated for providing this update — not many phones that are over two years old will receive updates like this. If you own one mash that “check for update” button and let us know when it arrives and what you think of Samsung’s take on Android 8.0.

Thanks: Grant.

Scott Plowman   Editor


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Ugh… worst thing that ever happened to my phone! Not only is it really sluggish but messages no longer display little numbers outside folders to let me know there is an unread message, missed phone call etc.
Constant messages about logging into the my Samsung account … that I’ve never used etc etc worst update ever.

Gary Mandrellson
Gary Mandrellson

you flash your own phones ? might need to factory reset and reflash with odin or something.


I already have it on Vodafone with the Xperia XZ Premium.

Ali Khan
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It’s available for Optus and Telstra customers too; it seems it became available for all carriers (and the XSA/Generic too) yesterday.

Darren Hazelton
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I just checked for updates on my S7, and Oreo is now available. It is a non-carrier XSA variant. The question is: do I update now or hold off?! And if I do go for the upgrade, should I factory reset it first? One review I read says it’s pretty sluggish unless you reset it.


Upgraded mine last night. Running very smooth – no factory reset

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