One Reddit user recently did some digging in the Samsung Plus app (which offers tips and access to special programs in the U.S.) and discovered multiple mentions of something called the Oreo Beta Program. "Previously known as TouchWiz, Samsung Experience is based on the Android OS and has expanded beyond the user interface to provide Galaxy users with a consistent and seamless experience across all Samsung mobile software, apps and services".
Arriving alongside Android 8.0 is a beta version of Samsung Experience 9.0. As for U.S. users, the beta update is available for devices on Sprint and T-Mobile network or unlocked version. In South Korea, it includes devices on SKT, KT, LGU+, while in the United Kingdom it's open to those with unlocked models.
Samsung hasn't given any indication as to how long the beta phase will last for, or when the general public can expect to receive the update. In the US, the beta is available for T-Mobile, Sprint and unlocked versions of the phones, with just 7,500 spots open for each. It also comes with a choice of biometric authentication methods and Samsung's defense-grade Knox security platform. It notes some improvements Google has made, such as restrictions on background apps. This allows some Galaxy phone owners to test and try new features before they are released commercially.
For starters, the Android 8.0 Oreo update tips the scales at a massive 1.4GB, at least on T-Mo US, with a super-lengthy changelog that we aren't going to detail for obvious reasons.
With a lot of features coming, users are understandably anxious to get their hands on the update. The camera app also got a fresh redesign and the overall battery life is also improved.