Galaxy S8 Active Oreo update: Wi-Fi Alliance clears all variants ahead of Oreo rollout

Samsung Galaxy S8 active update

Samsung is still testing out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. However, a stable build is just around the corner. Now, we cannot say the same for the Galaxy S8 Active.

The S8 Active, in case you didn’t already know, is the rugged variant of the Galaxy S8. It features a tougher body made out of plastic and is more for those who like adventures. You do get an Infinity display, but there are some bezels, so it’s not going to be as sleek as the S8 variants.

You still get the 5.8-inch display and all the other bells and whistles that the standard variants have. Only now, you can take the Active on your forest safari or for one of those surf sessions. The phone can withstand a lot of damage.

The Active variant of the Galaxy S8 was only released for AT&T in the beginning but is now available from Sprint and T-Mobile as well. So, if you own a Galaxy S8 Active, you might want to check out this article for the latest available software updates.

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Galaxy S8 Active Android Oreo

Expected Android Oreo release date: Q1 2018

A beta of Android Oreo update is already out for the Galaxy S8 twins, but not for the S8 Active. There is no doubt though, about the S8 Active’s Oreo update, as it’s 100% eligible, but the timing could be something that leaves us hoping.

While we think the regular Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus sets at the T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T would receive the Oreo update sometime in January, the S8 Active users would have to wait for April probably. With luck, the update could arrive in March, but February release remains very unlikely.


Update [February 13, 2018]: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users are already receiving Android 8.0 Oreo, but this is only true for those outside the U.S. It gets even worse when it comes to carrier variants like the Galaxy S Active, which traditionally lag behind in software updates. However, as we discovered earlier this month, it seems the S8 Active will receive the Oreo treat in the U.S. alongside the standard S8 and S8+.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has once again cleared the Galaxy S8 Active for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. When the WFA certifies a device for an OS upgrade, it usually takes a few weeks before the OS rolls out. The first instance of the S8 Active on the WFA was about two weeks ago and today, we have a second instance.

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If anything, the Galaxy S8 Active Oreo update should be ready for release towards the end of this month or next month.


Update [February 2, 2018]: Contrary to what we thought earlier, it appears that the Galaxy S8 Active Oreo update might be rolled out soon. According to a Wi-Fi Alliance listing, all variants (AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint) have been cleared to receive the Oreo update, which implies that the OTAs could start rolling out in the next couple or so weeks.

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We can only keep our fingers crossed.


AT&T Galaxy S8 Active

Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
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

Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
28 Dec 2017 G892USQS1AQL1 Android 7.0 December 2017 Android Security Patches.

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active

Date Update Download Link Android OS Changelog
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

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

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