By Lauren Howells

Users of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 patiently waiting to update to Android Oreo may now be able to get the software upgrade, months after it was released back in August 2017.

According to an article in the Express, some UK users have confirmed that they have finally updated to Android Oreo on their Galaxy S8.

The newspaper said that there had been no confirmation whether a roll-out of the software was taking place across the whole of the UK or whether it would happen a little more slowly.

Those who bought a Galaxy S8 last year have waited months for the upgrade

Those who bought the Galaxy S8 last year, have had to wait all this time to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.  

It has been reported that some Galaxy S8 users may have to wait another few weeks before they are able to upgrade to Android Oreo.  

An “industry insider” reportedly told the Express that some of the networks were only just starting their tests on the software, which could take as long as 4 weeks.

Figures suggest that Android Oreo, the latest Android software, is only being used on 1.1% of Android devices across the world, compared to Android Marshmallow at 28.1% and Nougat at 28.5%.

Oreo also starting to roll out across some US Galaxy smartphones

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Galaxy S8 owners in the US have also been awaiting the update, with a Samsung spokesperson reportedly telling The Verge that after completing “extensive testing”, Oreo is now starting to roll out to “select US Galaxy smartphones”.

For those wanting to check if the update is available on their device, simply go to Settings and then Software update.

Android Oreo’s features… 

Oreo comes with a fully redesigned emoji set, with over 60 new emojis added to the list.

Users will also be able to see two apps at once, so it’s possible to video call at the same time as looking at, for example, Google Maps.

It is also possible to have wifi turn back on automatically when you enter a safe, known wifi network, such as your house, but have it turned off the rest of the time.

Notification badges can also be set up to appear on your app icons, just like on Apple’s iOS.

The next version of the software, Android 9, is expected to be released later this year.

Samsung Galaxy S9 released in UK last week 

Last week, Samsung released their newest handset, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, with a “reimagined” camera that enables users to create a personalised AR emoji.