Galaxy S8: Android 7.1 update may roll out soon to the flagship series

Agamoni Ghosh
Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are likely to be the first Samsung devices to receive the Android 7.1 update and possibly quite soon.

SamMobile reports that various Samsung apps like S Health and Game Tuner now support Android 7.1. Although in their APK format the company's apps also show support for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. This indicates that Samsung has started testing the Android 7.1 update for the two devices.

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The exact date of the roll out is not yet known but the devices are expected to start reaching consumers this month.

Samsung has a tradition of rolling out its latest updates first to its current flagship series and then to older versions. It rolled out the Android Nougat 7.0 version first for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones earlier this year.

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Since the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with the Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed, they are now in line to get the next Android update. Going forward the Galaxy S8 series will most likely be the first to get all Nougat updates among Samsung devices this year. The company had earlier hinted that all Samsung phones would directly get the Android 7.1 update but that did not happen.

A few days ago Samsung declared that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will not come with Bixby's voice command at launch. The fully functional Bixby will only be available by spring and English will not be among the first languages to release for it.

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It is not known whether the Bixby update will be rolled out through a native Samsung update or an Android Nougat update. Bixby is also expected to arrive for other Galaxy devices like Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

If you can't wait to get your hands on Bixby but own one of these older devices, check out our guide to install the APK version of Bixby on your phone.

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