While Samsung has already rolled out the Android Oreo beta builds for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus about a month ago, Galaxy Note 8 users have felt left out of the process. Well, no more because someone has leaked the Android Oreo OTA build for the Galaxy Note 8. The best part being that you can install this update on our device right away.
According to Redditor mweinbach, he discovered a link to the Android Oreo-based OTA for the Galaxy Note 8 on Samsung’s servers while looking around for something. This build is an official one but not actually stable, thus, it is riddled with numerous bugs and may lead to unforeseen software crashes. You can grab the Android Oreo-based build for the device from the official source or this Google Drive link (if the former doesn’t work anymore).
As seen in the screenshot above, the leaked Android Oreo update requires the Galaxy Note 8 to be running firmware version N950USQS2BQK2. This means the update that has leaked online is genuine and currently only available for unlocked devices on Verizon’s network in the United States.
But, the Redditor has suggested a workaround that can help you manually update Galaxy Note 8 devices with the Snapdragon chipset to this firmware by installing Samsung’s own Nougat-based 2BQK2 firmware using ODIN. You can download this firmware right here to get your device ready for installing the Android Oreo update. If you weren’t aware before, Samsung’s Note 8 devices ship in two different configurations, one powered by the Korean giant’s own Exynos processors and others by Snapdragon 835.
Some Note 8 users have already tried installing this build on their devices and it seems to be working just fine. You can surely go ahead and try out the build, however, we wouldn’t recommend you to flash this Android 8.0 Oreo update because it will be unstable and may brick your device. You should wait for an official beta test program from Samsung, which is expected to go live in a couple weeks. Are you planning to test out this Android Oreo-based build on your Note 8? If yes, share your experience with us in the comments down below.