A leaked Android 8.0 Oreo build has surfaced for the Note 8. Follow this guide to easily download and install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon.
We have been talking a lot about the latest Android version lately and why shouldn’t we? Android Oreo brings numerous new features, from low-level changes to some significant ones including Project Treble. A number of OEM devices have already received the Oreo update. These include OnePlus 3 (3T), Xperia XZ, HTC U11 and more. Samsung isn’t far in the line and has already announced Oreo Beta program for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. But during all this, the manufacturer probably missed its latest Note series device. But today here, you can follow this tutorial and install Android Oreo on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
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Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8 – N950USQU2CQL1
Earlier last month, the OEM came up with Samsung Experience 9.0. Until recently, the program was only limited to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. However, it seems like Samsung has been testing Oreo on US-based Snapdragon Note 8 units.
Reddit member – mweinbach shared the leaked OTA build that would help anyone with the Snapdragon Note 8 to get Oreo on their device. Required that your device needs to have the N950USQS2BQK2 firmware installed. Because it is an OTA update, you would first require installing the stated build on your device. We have covered it all for you below. And towards the end, you will be able to install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8.
Know that this is a leaked ROM and might be unstable for daily usage. However, you can easily return to stock firmware using Odin.
- Android version: 8.0.0
- Samsung Experience version: 9.0
- Baseband version: N950USQU2CQL1
- KNOX version: KNOX 3.1
- Android security patch level: November 5, 2017
- The steps listed here are only meant to install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8 in the U.S (Snapdragon). Do not attempt to try it on any other device/variant.
- Charge your Galaxy device to a sufficient battery level to avoid any shutdowns during the update process.
- The process here will also wipe the apps and related data. So make sure to take a complete backup first. You may follow our guide on how to backup Android phones.
N950USQS2BQK2 Firmware: S2BQK2.zip
Instructions to Install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8
Installing Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8 is a two-step process. In step 1, we will show you how to install the N950USQS2BQK2 firmware. And finally, in step 2, you will be guided to install the Oreo update zip through stock recovery.
Step 1: Install S2BQK2 Firmware using Odin
- Download the N950USQS2BQK2 firmware from the ‘Downloads’ section above.
- Also, download the Odin tool: Odin3_v3.12.3.zip
- Extract both the downloaded files to an easily accessible location on your PC. Like the Desktop or C drive.
- Go to the extracted Odin folder and double-click on the ‘Odin3.exe’ to launch Odin program.
- Boot your Galaxy Note 8 into Download mode:
- Power down the device completely.
- Press and hold the Bixby + Volume Down + Power button altogether.
- On the blue-colored warning screen, tap the Volume Up key to enter Download mode.
- Connect your Note 8 to the PC using the USB cable.
- The COM port on the Odin window shall light up.
- Select the BL, AP, CP, and CSC files by clicking the corresponding buttons. Note that if want to preserve your data, choose the ‘HOME_CSC’ file.
- Once the files are selected, click on the ‘Start’ button to install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8.
- When the installation is complete, you shall see the ‘PASS!’ message. Your Note 8 will reboot automatically into the new firmware.
Now that you have your phone running on S2BQK2 firmware, it is time to move ahead and update Galaxy Note 8 to Android Oreo.
Step 2: Install Android Oreo OTA (S2BQK2 to U2CQL1)
The final step to install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon is to flash the OTA zip package.
- Download the ‘update.zip’ file from the links above.
- Connect your Note 8 to the PC via the USB cable. And enable MTP File Transfer mode.
- Copy the OTA zip to the root of your phone’s external storage (SD card).
- Once copied, disconnect the phone.
- Boot your Samsung device into stock recovery:
- Power off your phone first.
- Press and hold the Bixby + Volume Up + Power button altogether.
- On the ‘No command’ screen, hold the Power key and tap on the Volume Up button to enter stock recovery.
- In the recovery, use the Volume buttons to highlight ‘Apply update from SD card’ and select it by pressing the power button.
- Browse to the location where you copied the OTA package.
- Finally, select the ‘update.zip’ file to install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8.
- When the flashing process is complete, select ‘Reboot system now’.
Your Note device will now boot into the update Oreo OS. Go ahead and try all the new features including Autofill Framework, Picture-in-Picture mode, Notification Channels, and more.
There you go, you have just been able to install Android Oreo on Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon variant. If you have any queries regarding the process, leave a comment below.