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Android Software Updates - 09/03/2018

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When a new Android Operating System update is announced by Google there are a few steps that take place before it becomes ready for your device. The manufacturer receives the update and customises the software for the device and mobile carriers in each country. Once this is completed they’ll send the update to the carriers for testing.

 

For more info on this process check out our page:

 

Android Device Updates - What's The Process?

 

The below table provides information on the latest Android updates we’ve received for testing and approval as of  09/03/2018. If no information is listed, it means we haven't received the build or any new details from the manufacturer.

 

When a version is marked as completed it means testing has been finished on our end and approved.  Each manufacturer has a process for releasing updates to devices and once we approve the update, it’s sent back to the manufacturer to be released through their standard update processes. Generally, updates are rolled out progressively, for example the manufacturers might make the update available for a small number of users (i.e. 5%) initially; then if no unforeseen problems pop up, it’ll gradually be made available to more and more users over the following weeks.

Manufacturer & Device

Current Version

Next version and Latest Information

HTC

 

 

Desire 816

6.0

 

Desire 820

6.0.1

 

One M7

5.0.2

 

One M8

6

 

One M9

7.0

 

10

*8.0

 *Previous release was withdrawn by HTC due to a software issue. This has now been fixed and updates for 8.0 should be live again later today and over the weekend.

U11

8.0

 

Huawei

 

 

Nexus 6P

8.1.0

 

Ascend P7

4.4.2

 

P9

7.0

 

P10

7.0

Android 8.0, testing in process. expected release early – mid April

P10 Pro

8.0.0

 

Mate 9

8.0.0

 

Mate 10 Pro

8.0

 

LG

 

 

LG G2

5.0.2

 

LG G3

5

 

LG F70

4.4.2

 

LG G4

6.0

 

LGG5

7.0

 

OPPO

 

 

A73

7.1.1

 

R7

5.1.1

 

R9s

6.0

 

F1

5.1.1

 

F1S

5.1

 

Samsung

 

 

Galaxy Core Prime

5.1.1

 

Galaxy Ace 3

5

 

Galaxy A3

6.0.1

 

Galaxy A5 (2017)

7.0

 

Galaxy Nexus

4.3.0

 

Galaxy Note 2

4.4.2

 

Galaxy Note 3

5.0

 

Galaxy Note 4

6.0.1

 

Galaxy Note Edge

6.0.1

 

Galaxy Note 5

7.0

 

Galaxy S3 i9300

4.3.0

 

Galaxy S3 i9305

4.4.4

 

Galaxy S4 i9505

5.0.1

 

Galaxy S4 i9507

5.0.1

 

Galaxy S4 Mini

4.4.2

 

Galaxy S5

6.0.1

 

Galaxy S6

7.0

 

Galaxy S6 Edge

7.0

 

Galaxy S7

7.0

 

Galaxy S7 Edge

7.0

 

Galaxy S8 

7.0

 

Galaxy S8+

7.0

 

Galaxy Note 10.1 FG

4.4.2

 

Galaxy Note 8

7.1.1

Live focus fix (impacting specific devices) + Google CVE’s for Android 7.1.1 testing in progress, expected release late Feb - Early March 

Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

5.0.2

 

J3

5.1.1

 

J2 Pro

7.1.1

 

J1 Mini

5.1.1

 

J5 Pro

7.0

 

Sony

 

 

Xperia SP

4.3.0

 

Xperia Z

5.1.1

 

Xperia Z1

5.0.2

 

Xperia Z1 Ultra

5.0.2

 

Xperia Z2

5

 

Xperia Z3

5.1

 

Xperia Z3 Compact

5.1

 

Xperia Z5

7.0

 

Xperia Z5 Premium

7.0

 

Xperia XZ Premium

8.0

 

Blackberry

 

 

Blackberry Priv

6.0.1

 

Alcatel

 

 

Optus X Sleek

6.0

 

A3

 6.0

 

Cat

 

 

S41

7.0

 

78 Comments
Frequent Visitor ShaneG
Frequent Visitor

Still nothing on the S8 or S8+ - this is getting ridiculous - how can we have such an unsecure phone in todays world.

 

Not even 7.1.1 come on Optus pick up your game.

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Samsung had identified a critical software issue in early stages of the Oreo (8.0) rollout for the GS8 and GS8+. The bug was said to have resulted in some phones with the new software to inexplicably reboot. 

 

We'd initially planned on deploying the final carrier build in late Feb - early March. 

 

According to recent updates the roll out has resumed internationally. Certain countries in Europe have been amongst the first to receive the stable build. 

 

At this stage,  I’m unable to confirm when we'll be deploying our final carrier build. As soon as we receive another update, we'll update this thread or include the update on our next blog. 

 

 

Frequent Visitor ShaneG
Frequent Visitor

The final Oreo release for S8 and S8+ has been out since the 21st Feb (the fixed version) wouldn't you have this - and most likely Beta versions before that - to finalise a few Optus tasks - a few days at most I would have thought.

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Well, not quite a couple of days. Obviously, not quite as extensive but we go through the same testing process as say, Google would. We'll release an Alpha carrier build and Beta carrier build. Testing is required to ensure the update works with Optus Network features and apps such as the My Optus app and Optus Sport app.

 

Once we've completed testing, the build is sent back to the manufacturer for deployment over the air. At this stage, the manufacturer will roll out the update progressively, usually to a small percentage of users at first.

 

There are articles you can find on Android news sites, the global release is also happening progressively. 

 

 

 

 

 

New Contributor woo
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Vodafone said they are getting ready for testing the firmware released by Samsung soon. So I actually have no idea what you guys are doing right now.
Frequent Visitor ShaneG
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This is what really annoys me about Android, as it is meant to be greatest Mobile OS ever made and yet it has so many variations, versions and security holes that it is not funny.  Microsoft controlled Windows Mobile 10 - and it was the same on all devices and you could update the minute Microsoft released an update.  Apple too controls iOS and you can update the minute they release an update, plus you get a Windows Phone, or a iPhone, you will get the next 3-4 versions of the OS, Android you wait and wait and wait for a small update, forget about big ones they take forever, then when they get released you wait another 6-7 months to get it and you will only every get one major version upgrade no matter what.

 

Don't even get me started about the lack of reading your SMS's while driving - can't believe this does not exist in Android.

 

I miss my Lumia 950XL and Windows Mobile - at least it just worked all the time.

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I'll see if I can dig up some info guys. I should be able to confirm if we've received the finalised stock build. 

 

I'll post back here once I have an update. 

 

 

Frequent Visitor Whelp888
Frequent Visitor

When is the next mate 10 pro update, are you waiting for the android 8.1 update?

Frequent Visitor Ash_R
Frequent Visitor

I'm interested in knowing if the Galaxy S7 Edge is going to get any new updated firmware (7.1 or 8.0)

Occasional Contributor Duzza
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Occasional Contributor Duzza
Occasional Contributor

@Ash_R Samsung devices usually get 2 major firmware updates over their life. So if youve only had 1 then you should expect to receive another this year.

Frequent Visitor Ash_R
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@Duzza - Cheers

Visitor Atheist666
Visitor
If android is open source why are there those that are stoping us from being able to go to a site and just download whichever version you want? I would never buy a computer that didn't have the lastest OS if there was a newer version on the market, other phones have had oreo for months, heck some have 8.1 now, yet I sit here with my S8+ scratching my butt.
Contributor Rockdad83
Contributor
Can't tell if I've actually had the note 8 minor update or not. Like others have provably mentioned but I really don't understand how updates like Oreo are rolled out so inconsistently. It makes zero sense.
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@Atheist666.

 

 All carriers have their own customized carrier build of Android. That carrier has customized that phone, adding their own branding and software to it. When a new version of Android is released, the device manufacturer must take it and adapt their existing customizations to it i.e. Huawei use a custom UI called EMUI.

They also must make it work on all their phones, including the carrier-specific variants. 

 

Once we receive the manufacturer build, it's again customized for use with a carrier. 

As a carrier, we need to test the update to ensure that it’s works correctly on our Network.Once testing has been completed, the build is sent back to the manufacture who’ll deploy the update progressively, usually to a small number of users at first.

 

If we look at the model Apple use, it’s completely different. There are no carrier customised iOS builds. iPhone updates come from Apple, not from the carriers. You can therefore expect to receive the update as soon as it’s pushed out globally.

 

In regards to 8.0 for the S8 and S8 +, I'm still waiting on an update, I'll be sure to post back once I've recieved info. 

Visitor Atheist666
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@Dan_C

I don't really believe carriers should touch the software, factory loaded software is what we should get.

 

I believe the main reason oreo was pulled is because the OS couldn't run on all phones seeing they all have different software because of carriers, to me it's stupid.


I don't have a problem with carriers adding their own software, but I doubt if carriers should be altering the factory load software.

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I guess, it's a matter of opinion. The fact that Android is highly customizable makes the option to offer carrier variants alluring.

 

The only way around this, is to purchase the handset directly from the manufacturer itself. 

 

You're right. The update was causing certain handsets with the new update to inexplicably reboot itself. 

 

I'm not sure if there were certain carrier variants that were impacted or if it was Samsung's manufacturer build.

 

 

 

Occasional Visitor Simeon_Papa
Occasional Visitor

Telstra have started rolling out 8.0 for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ - Surely Optus should release it any second now?

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Hmm, I've checked their device update page and I can only find a bug fix that was deployed late last year. 

 

In any case, I'll shoot through an update once it comes my way. 

 

 

Occasional Visitor Simeon_Papa
Occasional Visitor

https://imgur.com/a/0VH6S - As you can see it's a Telstra branded phone receiving the update.

Multiple reports on reddit indicating Telstra customers are receiving the update.

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Online Community Manager

Well, you're right! That's a Telstra branded handset.

 

I should have more info by the end of the week.

Occasional Visitor dbcomm
Occasional Visitor

List of currently available 8.0.0 software for Galaxy S8 can be found here: www.sammobile.com/firmwares/galaxy-s8/SM-G950F/

 

Telstra's variant is there.. . Also some other telco variants from many other countries.... Sad story for Optus and frustrating one for Optus customers. Not the first disapontment, tho...

 

Having customised and telco specific variant of the Android OS is OK and that same customisation is one of the reasons why most of us love Android. But starting testing process when the  final release of the new OS is already out for weeks it's pathetic excuse for the organisation which do phones for a living . That's why most technical savvy users flashbtheir device as soon as they can!  

Visitor Geeky_Gran
Visitor

Looks like Telstra customers are downloading the Oreo update now.
I seem to remember a similar thing happening with Optus many years ago and it looks like the system hasn't changed.
People who use flagship phones tend to like to have the latest and we already had to hide our disappointment when Samsung withdrew the update for a while. 
Now it would seem that we may have another couple of months wait in order to catch up.
I feel sorry for any Optus customer who is hoping to sell their S8 to upgrade to an S9 because without the Oreo update they will be at a huge disadvantage.

New Contributor Baldacchino
New Contributor

I dont understand how S8's can be at SPL October 2017. Come on Optus pick up your game. Every telco that I have looked in to has newer SPL's .

I can't even hook up my phone to my worklplaces MDM anymore.

This is not customer obsession, its pretty medicore at best.

 

 

Contributor Pommster
Contributor

Definitely agree that security updates should be more forthcoming. Very disappointing that the S8 is still on October 2017. This might be the last year that I’m on an Optus mobile.

Occasional Visitor CoatsyJnr
Occasional Visitor

This is outrageous. Looking at sammobile, Telstra managed to put out oreo 8.0 for their S8 even before the unlocked version is avaliable. Don't tell us it takes time. We are so far behind. Just recently the Android P preview was released. Android 9.0 for goodness sake. We are still on 7.0, not even 7.1.2.
Please can you be faster at getting updates out. They are usually there for security purposes and you don't want the optus network brought down because one person didn't have the latest android security patch.

 

We are all waiting

New Contributor Baldacchino
New Contributor

I am attempting to reach in to contacts internal to Optus. Its ridiculous, I am looking to get out of my contract.

I can't work like this being held hostage to Optus and I don't see the value they are adding to this equation.

New Contributor Baldacchino
New Contributor

What needs to occur is an SLA or something similar.
Something like, "Optus will release updates x days after being released by insert vendor"

If you look at https://source.android.com/security/bulletin/2018-03-01 Google state "Android partners are notified of all issues at least a month before publication. Source code patches for these issues have been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository and linked from this bulletin."

In the context of the S8, even if Optus fix this I will be wondering how long before I get kicked off my corportate MDM.

There needs to be a contract between us the consumer and Optus, the current situation isn't tenable and makes it near impossible to recommend Optus in its current state as telco for Android based mobiles.

Visitor Atheist666
Visitor
I'm frustrated on not have Oreo as well, but truth be told after playing around with an S9 at a Samsung kiosk for about 10 minutes, there's hardly any difference for both the S9 and Oreo. Certainly the majority of phone users wouldn't be able to tell between an Oreo S9 and a S8 nougat, very disappointing.
New Member Schikitar
New Member

So why does Optus feel that customising (bloating) a software image is okay for Android but has no problem letting Apple dictate their own terms?!  Oh yeah, $.

 

Personally, I'd rather just get a factory image and then I'll load some Optus apps on there if I need them (ala Apple users).  In my eyes a good carrier would be more concerned about keeping things as OEM as possible, ensuring customers have the latest OS and/or security patches available to them as soon as manufacturers release them and then value-add AFTER that.  I don't understand why carriers think that pre-bloating an OS is an attractive thing to do, it's certainly not in a customers best interest, just their own.  If they can apply that model to Apple without any consequence then they should apply it across the board.

 

This testing nonsense is just that - if I go buy an Android handset outright with the latest build and stick an Optus SIM in it guess what, it magically works, no carrier testing required!  So really the testing is just ensuring that that crappy Optus Sports app I don't use works, whereas if it was treated like any other app and not baked-in it would just be updated and released through the Play Store when ready.

 

As it stands, I have an S8 with Optus (outdated) firmware and guess what - I can't receive MMS when it's also connected to wifi - that just plain sucks.

Frequent Visitor Whelp888
Frequent Visitor

The first carrier to have their android phones be unmarked/outright phones will get my money.

 

Branded phones are nothing but a slap in the face to customers, less updates, later updates.

Occasional Visitor Simeon_Papa
Occasional Visitor

2 months after Telstra release 8.0 - That's a long delay.

New Contributor Baldacchino
New Contributor

Thats great @DanC, but un-acceptable espeically in light of other telcos
Are we getting a SPL update in the mean time? I need more than 7.0

Not impressed at all.

Frequent Visitor ShaneG
Frequent Visitor

Early May is ridiculous and very poor form Optus.  You will be the last Telco in the world to get it out there.

 

Surely it would be a few days to test 2-3 apps which already work on other handsets with 8 at worst.

 

 

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First phase of testing is due to be completed shortly.

 

As far as the completion date is concerned, I don't have an exact date.

 

We will try and narrow down the time frame by the time our next blog is due out.

 

New Contributor Baldacchino
New Contributor

Still @DanC, this isn't great. There is no comittment of a date. All I hear is weasel words such as "targetting" and "expected to be completed by"

Read the thread and the sentiment. Not exactly happy Optus customers. Far from it.

Does Optus have an SLA around patches. It seems you dont do minor SPL's, nor no method to what versions you will jump to.

We deserve better! Is there any form of SLA around when minior and major versions are released by the hardware manufacture to which they will be pushed out to our handsets.

Like the majority, we couldnt care less about Optus Sports apps etc. Your app developers should be over this and its just pi$$ing others who rely on these handsets for work etc off.


Occasional Visitor Simeon_Papa
Occasional Visitor

@Baldacchino is the XSA firmware update hasn't been released yet and Optus are finishing testing - It's not as bad as you are making it out to be.

 

Also no Australian S8 / S8+ was running anything newer than the October security patch until Telstra rolled out Oreo (That would be more on Samsung Australia)

New Contributor Baldacchino
New Contributor

@Simeon_Papa, they had newer SPL's and both Telstra and Vodaphone S8's continued to work becuase their SPL was newer.

All I am after is SPL's as I cant use this device as a handset in my organisation.

 

 

Contributor Pommster
Contributor

My S8 is now downloading a 1GB update. Oreo here at last then?

Online Community Manager
Online Community Manager

That's all I can say at this time guys. 

 

Our next blog is due out by the end of next week. We will have more information available then. 

New Member cdefustyre
New Member

@Pommster Can you confirm that it is Oreo? I literally just flashed another CSC Oreo 15 minutes ago

Contributor Pommster
Contributor

@cdefustyre, yes it is Oreo

 

Screenshot_20180316-190948_Settings.jpg

Frequent Visitor ShaneG
Frequent Visitor

I seem to be getting it too 😁

New Member cdefustyre
New Member

Can anyone confirm that they are not getting it?

 

Contributor Pommster
Contributor

@ShaneG, not too far behind Telstra then according to SamMobile. Just wish the security patches keep on time.

Frequent Visitor Whelp888
Frequent Visitor

Glad to see S8 finally getting Oreo(not just the Optus S8's).

 

I just hope my Huawei mate 10 pro gets the important android 8.1 update in a timely manner.

Frequent Visitor wazman21
Frequent Visitor

Downloading update now. So in other words, no one really had any idea ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Contributor Pommster
Contributor

Yeah, sure seems rather different to the time scales mentioned here.

 

New Member technoviking
New Member

I've got it and downloaded and installed

 

Seems like Optus was trolling haha unless we are beta users

Occasional Visitor ali_shah2
Occasional Visitor

Can confirm, I am getting it too :):) Downloading it now

Occasional Visitor dbcomm
Occasional Visitor

Well...this looks like one interesting communication clusterf*u(dge... either internal Optus comms are not up to standard of Samsung just didn't bothered letting Optus what is going on! Either way, it will be interesting to hear from @Optus what eventuated here...

 

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

Just spoke to Optus, Oreo will be released on the Optus network on or before the 21st March 2018

Frequent Visitor cheech
Frequent Visitor

S8 just updated to oreo this morning optus think you guys need to comunicate more.

Member RonBurgundy
Member

Running oreo on my s8 too. Downloaded and installed last night

Frequent Contributor
Frequent Contributor

Anyone getting the Oreo update on the s8+ ?

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

@tbz, take the time to read previous posts, u will see that others are posting that they have got it already and as i said 3 posts back Oreo will be released on or before the 21st March on the Optus network

Frequent Contributor
Frequent Contributor

I'll rephrase the question then.

 

Anyone getting the Oreo update on an Optus s8+ ?

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

Ok I'll rephrase my answer

Oreo is being released to both 8 and S8+ simultaneously my son inlaw has an S8+ and got the update Friday night, I'm like u and alot of others, still waiting but should have within a couple of days

Frequent Visitor Chapter1
Frequent Visitor
Geez Optus what's going on. Glad people are starting to get oreo updates! For s8 s8+ Any news on the note 8???
Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

Cant find any info on 8 note but the 8 note was released after the s8 so guessing it would be next, could be days or weeks

Give Optus a call they might be able to give u an idea, thats the only way i got confirmation on the 8+ release

Frequent Visitor Chapter1
Frequent Visitor
@hawkinau yeah you're right thx mate I'll give them a call.
Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

@Chapter1 persevere mate with the voice prompts hit the wrong number a few times and you'll get to talk to a human, I ended up with someone in sales who didnt know anything but had a look in their IT dept info and got the answer for me then confirmed it with an online android page.

Good luck

New Contributor Fanglestein
New Contributor

Slowly losing hope and seeing rumours that my build won't be updated because it was bought overseas.

 

Huawei rep in live chat suggested that I grab a Taiwanese sim card (Where in hell would I get that in Australia??) because he says that's where my imei suggests my phone is from.

 

Even if Oreo is the last build ever for my already outdated Mate 9, I still want it for up to date security and don't want to risk the third party FirmwareFinder route as it is not safe.

 

FF actually says 2 updates are verified for my device but I have heard some scary stories od bricked devices going down that route. My daughter needs this update as well.

Frequent Visitor Dannythehumble
Frequent Visitor

@Fanglestein i dont understand what are you talking about. I mean if a handset is brought overseas, it can and should still be able to receive updates if the updates are send out regardless of where you are. I have bought some chinese phones such as redmi note 3 and xaomi mi2 from china as well and i still can receive the update wherever i am, so this shouldnt be a problem.

New Contributor Fanglestein
New Contributor

Let me make it clear for you then. Based on my IMEI, one HUAWEI rep said in live chat that I will NOT be getting an update because of the region.

 

Another HUAWEI live chat person (I am persistent) said I should get a sim card from Taiwan to get the update (Where in hell do I do that???)

 

Then I read in a few forums that unlocked phones bought from overseas used in Australia would not be getting an update. The sources claim HUAWEI live chat sources for those comments.

 

So, anyone here can dispute HUAWEI's own responses?

Frequent Visitor Dannythehumble
Frequent Visitor
I have searched through the internet but cant find anything about this. I am sorry to hear this and hope u can solve the problem eventually!
New Contributor Fanglestein
New Contributor

I will have to come up with an evil plan. Firmware Finder is NOT a safe way to do it.

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

Well Optus told me on or before the 21st, the 21st starts in a few hrs and still no sign of the bloody update, i hate telstra with a passion but Optus is becoming a close second with their slow response to updates, useless customer service if can ever get to talk to a human and usless online chat where links dont work and now it looks like they'r full of crap as well and dont fully deliver on their promises,  so pissed off, time to change carriers I think

New Contributor Oli94
New Contributor

@hawkinau is that for the Note 8?

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

No the S8 and S8+ as i mentioned in a previous post

Frequent Visitor romek7
Frequent Visitor

@hawkinau have you checked in Settings, Software Update?  I have an S8 on Optus post paid and got the update last Saturday, 17th March...

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

@romek7 yeah mate settings/software updates, nothing and the 21st has now been and gone so Optus telling me last sunday that we would get Oreo on or before the 21st was crap, they'r getting like Telstra, cant believe anything they say, very pissed off

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

@Chapter1 if u did actually get through to optus and the gave u a date, dont believe them they'r full of crap

New Member burninator1983
New Member

Any word on the Android 8.1 update for the Nokia 8 which started rolling out a month ago in other parts of the world, or any updates for the Galaxy A5 (2017)?

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Visitor Jace01
Visitor

I see others have been able to get oreo on s8, mine still cant get the update, is anyone else still having this problem?

Frequent Visitor hawkinau
Frequent Visitor

Optus said we would get it on or before the 21st March, they lied, a week later and still no sign of it

Occasional Contributor doomslayermax
Occasional Contributor

any offical dates on u11 8.0? because i'm really disapointed that m10 is getting the update before the u11 which i find abit stupid but anyway offical dates any help would be appreciated