Samsung has resumed the Android Oreo update for the Samsung Galaxy flagship devices. Follow this guide to manually install Galaxy S8/S8 Plus Android Oreo update. The new builds are labeled G950FXXU1CRB7 and G955FXXU1CRB7.
After a series of Beta releases and constant testing, Samsung finally started rolling out Android Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The beta program ran for months for both the devices and focused on refinements before the final rollout took place. The OTA was unfortunately called off due to unexpected reboots caused after updating. The majority of users facing this issue had updated their device over-the-air.
After about two weeks later the company has resumed the release as users started to receive the OTA notifications. Since the update is incremental, it will be pushed to a few regions initially and will later expand on to others in the coming weeks. If you haven’t had the chance to update yet, then follow the steps below to install Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Android Oreo update manually.
Android 8.0 Oreo Update for Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
Since the new software is based on Android 8.0 Oreo, it offers all the standard Oreo features like Notification Channels, Autofill Framework, Picture-in-Picture mode, faster boot time, and more. On the OEM end, the all-new Samsung Experience 9.0 offers a series of its own exclusive features as listed below.
The app finder window is now revamped and displays smart results for the keywords you enter. Samsung has also included a new Color Lens feature to shift display modes and prevent eye-strain. The new keyboard offers a customizable toolbar, which means you can easily control which features you want up there. Phone’s settings have been simplified. For those who want to use multiple messenger accounts simultaneously, the “Dual Messenger” feature has been introduced. A new permission monitoring section is present as well to effectively control background apps. App shortcuts on the Samsung devices have been given a retouch to display more information for quick actions.
That’s quite a lot for the Oreo update itself. Before you head down over to the instructions and install Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus Android Oreo update, let us take a quick sweep of the changes that the new CRB7 build will bring to your phone(s). According to the OTA screenshot, the new OTA update is around 530 MB in size. Which means it is bringing a considerable amount of changes to the system. Allegedly, the dreaded issue related to unanticipated reboots should now be fixed. If you’re running the previous CRAP build, you wouldn’t notice much difference at all.
Now, if you have already tried installing the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus Android Oreo update manually via regular Odin, you would have failed. The Odin program will probably halt down at the file-selection window. Well, there’s a solid reason behind this behavior. Samsung has implemented a new compression method for the Oreo firmware. The new firmware files are packed in .lz4 format. The Odin Flash Tool has finally been updated to v3.13.1 that supports the compressed binaries (lz4).
- Android version: 8.0 Oreo
- PDA: G950/5FXXU1CRB7
- CSC: G950/5FOXM1CRAP
- Phone: G950/5FXXU1CRAP
- Take a complete backup of your personal data before proceeding.
- Install Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
- Download Odin v3.13.1 and extract the downloaded zip to your PC.
- Charge your Galaxy S8/S8+ to at least 50-60% battery level to prevent it from shutting down during the process.
- Completely close the Samsung Kies program to avoid any disruptions.
Install Galaxy S8/S8 Plus Android Oreo Update (G95XFXXU1CRB7)
- Download the Android Oreo firmware for your Galaxy S8 or S8+: Link
- Make sure to download the file for 8.0.0 corresponding to your device’s model number and region.
- Extract the downloaded file to an easily accessible location on your PC, such as the Desktop.
- Open the folder where the Odin program was extracted during the prerequisites.
- Double-click on “Odin3 v3.13.1.exe” to launch the tool.
- Put your Samsung device into Download Mode. To do so, power off the phone first.
- Next, press the Volume Down + Bixby + Power button simultaneously.
- Connect your phone to the PC.
- The Odin Flash Tool should show the corresponding ID:COM port when it detects the device.
- Click on the “AP” button and select the AP_G950/5FXXU1CRB7 (.tar.md5) file.
- Once selected, do the same for BL, CP and CSC.
- Note that if you wish to preserve the data, select the “HOME_CSC” file in the “CSC” tab.
- Leave all other options intact in the Odin window.
- Finally, click on “Start” to install Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Android Oreo Update.
- The flashing process will begin and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete.
- Once done, your Galaxy device will reboot automatically.
When your phone boots, it should be running the latest CRB7 firmware based on Android 8.0 Oreo. Problems like random reboots should now be fixed along with other basic improvements. So you can start enjoying the Oreo-exclusive features like Picture-in-Picture mode, Instant apps and more.
So this was our guide on how to install Galaxy S8/S8 Plus Android Oreo update. Hopefully, there will be no more software issues, but if you do face one, let us know by dropping a comment below.