Samsung Galaxy S8 Lineup Gets Second Android Oreo Beta

For readers who have their Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus in the company’s Android Oreo beta program, you have a second beta build coming your way.  The new beta is build R16NW.G955FXXU1ZQLE and is just over 600MB in size.  The updated beta has been released but it could take a few days before all beta testers see it on their phone.

This new build contains a significant number of bug fixes and performance improvements over the first beta and seemingly nothing on the device was left untouched.  The new beta addresses issues with Bluetooth connectivity, smart device connectivity, Bixby issues, profile issues… it goes on.  This update should also address general unresponsiveness of the device in all situations and uses.  It isn’t uncommon for manufactures to offer a lot of updates to things in their 2nd beta builds and this one certainly is no exception.

With this significant number of changes, it is also likely that we will see a third beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus after the first of the year.  The company will want users to test this new build and refine the experience in that third and perhaps final build for the devices.

If you are a part of the beta program for the S8 lineup, you should see the new build land on your phone via an OTA update over the course of the next few days.  Testers are encouraged to get it installed but make sure you download the update via WiFi and have at least 80% battery remaining prior to installing to assure a smooth experience.