A few weeks back, we reported that Samsung is not going to release the Android Oreo upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge seemed to be the oldest models to get the new software. According to the latest rumor, the tech giant reconsidered the list of handsets to get the Android Oreo upgrade, and now the Samsung Galaxy S6 and probably the S6 Edge, are also in line for the latest version of Google’s operating system. There is no official statement from the company regarding the matter yet, but it seems that several representatives of Samsung have confirmed the rumor to a Reddit user.
This would be the first time for a three-year-old model to get a major software upgrade. The Galaxy S6 was indeed a popular model, so it wouldn’t be a surprise for this rumor to prove to be accurate. Even more, according to the same source, this will not be a one-time practice. Samsung could make a habit out of delivering Android upgrades to three-year-old models. Until now, the upgrades went back only two years, so the Samsung Galaxy S6 shouldn’t have been on the list of devices to get it, normally. Given the price of smartphones nowadays, it would be really nice to get major upgrades for three years instead of two. After all, not everyone affords to buy a flagship smartphone every two years.
Of course, even if Samsung did not choose to release the software upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S6, users could still get their hands on the Android Oreo through unofficial channels. Unfortunately, these often come from unreliable sources and can cause more damage than joy. Also, installing an unofficial version of a software on a smartphone normally voids its warranty. In case you are not very familiar with software and smartphones, it is not a good idea to try to install new versions of an operating system on your handset. Things can go terribly wrong very fast.
As we already mentioned, there is no official confirmation of the release of Android Oreo to Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets. The information came from representatives of the company, but this doesn’t mean that things could not change. Until we get an official statement from the South Korean company that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will indeed get the new software, we must take all rumors with a grain of salt.