Samsung started pushing out the Android O update for the Galaxy S8 last week, but it seems the process has been stopped. At first, it was unclear why the Korean electronics giant pulled the update, although we now know the reason.
Samsung pushed the Android O update for the Galaxy S8 line-up out to beta program members initially, and then early this week, the company started rolling it out to other users as well. The company has stopped the update now and removed it from its servers after rolling out in just a few markets. Sources familiar with the matter reportedly told Sammobile that Samsung has begun working on a new version of the Android O update for the Galaxy S8. The site was able to confirm that the firmware files for Android O can no longer be downloaded from the company’s servers.
Samsung issued a statement following the site’s first report, saying that the update was causing random reboots of “a limited number” of devices. Despite that phrasing, the random reboot issue obviously effected enough phones that Samsung pulled the plug in the Android O update for the Galaxy S8 line-up. The company is investigating the random reboot issue internally in order to minimize the impact on devices that were affected by it. Samsung aims to release the new version “as quickly as possible.”
Users who have already updated their handsets to Android 8.0 should not be affected by the removal of the firmware from Samsung’s servers. It basically just means that those who haven’t downloaded it yet can’t do so at this time. It’s unclear what users whose phones are affected by the random reboot problem will be able to do if they already updated to Android Oreo.
The Android O update for the Galaxy S8 will bring Samsung’s newest user interface along with the next version of Google’s mobile operating system. The Korean firm is calling the interface Samsung Experience 9.0. Users who didn’t experience the random reboot problem with the OS seem to like the update, so hopefully Samsung will fix it very soon.
Google is already working on Android P, and tech watchers are looking forward to the annual Google I/O conference, where more details about it will be announced, including the name of the sweet treat that will be attached to it.