Even though most of the most important smartphone manufacturers have already updated their main devices to Android Oreo or released at least one smartphone with the latest version of the operating system, we still haven’t seen any Samsung device running Android Oreo. But we are almost in the time frame in which Samsung usually updates its main flagships, so no more waiting to see Android Oreo on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. According to a new certification, the Active variant of these devices will be updated as well, and it might happen very soon.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is the rugged version of the S8 series, which is actually the best flagship phone to sport a rugged design. The device, running Android Oreo, has been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance in two versions: one identified by the code SM-G892U and another with the code SM-G892A. The first is the version launched by the U.S. carrier T-Mobile, while the second one is the Sprint version. This certification makes us think that Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may be updated to Android Oreo even before the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Soon, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be released as well: they will be showcased at MWC 2018 in an event that will be held on February 25 in Barcelona.
After these devices, the Galaxy S9 Active should be released as well. Some XML files found in a beta firmware of Android Oreo for the Galaxy Note 8 have confirmed the existence of the new rugged device, which is identified by the code name astarqlte. While the letter “A” may stand for active, the letter “Q” hints at the presence of a Qualcomm SoC. This means that it is the U.S. version as it is expected to have the Snapdragon 845, while the EU version of the S9 has a Samsung Exynos 9810.