Galaxy S8 Active Pie update and other news: T-Mobile begins Android 9 development

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May 08, 2019: T-Mobile says Android 9 Pie update for the Galaxy S8 Active has now entered the development phase. For how long it will remain in this stage is unknown, but we do hope it will begin rolling out by the end of this month or somewhere next month.

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March 30, 2019: T-Mobile has a new update for the Galaxy S8 Active rolling out right now as version G892USQS4BSC3. The update installs the latest Android security patch for March 2019, which is still based on Android Oreo. We know the S8 Active will be upgraded to Pie, but up to now, there are still no signs of the OS for this device.

It took Galaxy S7 Active users up to June 2018 before Oreo, the second major OS upgrade, arrived. If anything, the S8 Active could be facing the same fate. Until then, be sure to grab this new security patch, which also includes general bug fixes and performance optimizations to the device.


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Get all the news regarding the software update for the Galaxy S8 Active handset on this page, for all variants at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Accordingly, the page is divided into sections, as per the carrier, each having a table listing the latest software version and its changelog.

The Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 Active started rolling out in early Q2 2018 and next in line is the new Samsung Android 9 Pie update. For more details, check out the respective sections below.

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Software update timeline

AT&T Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892A)

  • Android 8.0 released on April 1, 2018
  • Android 9 Pie should arrive in Q2 2019
Date Build version Android OS Changelog
04 Jan 2019 G892AUCU3BRL1 Android 8.0 December 2018 security patch and added support for 5G Evolution indicator
06 Nov 2018 G892AUCU3BRJ2 Android 8.0 October 2018 security patch
26 Jun 2018 G892AUCS2BRF2 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch
29 May 2018 G892AUCS2BRE3 Android 8.0 May 2018 security patch
7 May 2018 G892AUCS2BRD4 Android 8.0 April 2018 security patch
01 Apr 2018 G892AUC2BRC5 Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo update and March 2018 security patch. New features include: picture-in-picture, Autofill, revamped Settings app and notifications center, notification snooze, etc.
31 Jan 2018 G892AUCS2ARA1 Android 7.0 January 2018 security patch
28 Dec 2017 G892AUCS2AQL1 Android 7.0 Android device security updates, including BlueBorne fix (on SPLs September 1 or later)
06 Dec 2017 G892AUCU2AQK3 Android 7.0 What’s new: Support for new Mobile Hotspot APN, and HDR API for DirecTV | What’s changing: Enhanced Network Performance, other various improvements and bug fixes, and Android device security updates, including BlueBorne fix (on SPLs September 1 or later)
07 Nov 2017 G892AUCS1AQJ2 Android 7.0 Android device security updates, including BlueBorne fix (on SPLs September 1 or later) and KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability fix
09 Aug 2017 G892AUCU1AQG4 Android 7.0 Call performance improvements

Sprint Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892U)

  • Android 8.0 released on April 11, 2018
  • Android 9 Pie should arrive in Q2 2019
Date Build version Android OS Changelog
22 Feb 2019 G892USQS4BSB3 Android 8.0 February 2019 security patch
25 Jan 2019 G892USQS3BSA1 Android 8.0 December 2018 and January 2019 security patches
07 Jan 2019 G892USQU3BRK4 Android 8.0 Enables VoLTE
11 Apr 2018 G892USQU1BRC5 Android 8.0 Installs Android 8.0 Oreo
01 Mar 2018 G892USQS1ARB2 Android 7.0 February 2018 security patch
24 Jan 2018 G892USQS1ARA2 Android 7.0 January 2018 Android security patch
28 Dec 2017 G892USQS1AQL1 Android 7.0 December 2017 Android Security Patch

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892U)

  • Android 8.0 released on March 29, 2018
  • Android 9 Pie should arrive in Q2 2019
Date Build version Android OS Changelog
30 Mar 2019 G892USQS4BSC3 Android 8.0 March 2019 security patch
01 Mar 2019 G892USQS4BSB2 Android 8.0 January/February 2019 security patch
18 Nov 2018 G892USQS3BRJ7 Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
29 Oct 2018 G892USQU3BRJ2 Android 8.0 September and October 2018 security fix
23 Aug 2018 G892USQS3BRH2 Android 8.0 August security fix
26 July 2018 G892USQS3BRG5 Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch
28 June 2018 G892USQS2BRF1 Android 8.0 June 2018 security patch
05 June 2018 G892USQU2BRE3 Android 8.0 May 2018 security patch
26 Apr 2018 G892USQS1BRD5 Android 8.0 April 2018 security patch
29 Mar 2018 G892USQU1BRC4 Android 8.0

Installs Android 8.0 Oreo update and the security patch for the month of March 2018. New features include: Autofill, notification snooze, picture-in-picture, revamped Settings app and notifications center, etc.

23 Feb 2018 G892USQS1ARB3 Android 7.0

February 2018 security patch, various bug fixes and security improvements

18 Jan 2018 G892USQS1ARA1 Android 7.0 January 2018 security patch, various bug fixes and security improvements
21 Dec 2017 G892USQU1AQK5 Android 7.0 December security updates, License Assisted Access (LAA) enabled to use LTE Advanced technology, Various improvements
17 Nov 2017 G892USQU1AQJ7 Android 7.0 Original OEM software version

Galaxy S8 Active Android Pie update

Model Launch OS Current OS Android 9 Pie
AT&T Android 7.0
Nougat
Android 8.0 Expected in Q2 2019
Sprint Android 7.0
Nougat
Android 8.0 Expected in Q2 2019
T-Mobile Android 7.0
Nougat
Android 8.0 Expected in Q2 2019

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is the successor to the Galaxy S7 Active and like the latter, it’s expected to receive at least two major OS upgrades. The device already received Android Oreo back in March/April 2018 and is now waiting for the second major OS upgrade in Android 9 Pie.

Given that the second major OS upgrade arrived on the Galaxy S7 Active in June 2018, we are likely to see the second major OS upgrade coming to the Galaxy S8 Active at about the same time next year. In short, Samsung Android 9 Pie update will arrive on the S8 Active in Q2 2019.

Related:

Samsung One UI

For the uninitiated, Samsung has once again changed its Android skin from Experience to One UI. Given the skin is part of Android 9 Pie, the S8 Active will also get it. You can check out more about this new skin on this page.


Which Galaxy S8 Active variant do you own? Have you been receiving updates in a timely manner?

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