The Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program kicks off in the UK

A number of posts point to the freezing occurring while using the contacts app, leading to speculation that there may be a conflict between Samsung's contacts app and the one that comes with Android.

Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 beta testers are showcasing the update for the first time and Samsung's next update is loaded with new features, tweaks, and other changes including Samsung Experience 9.0.

Those who have those device variants and would like to participate in the program can get ready to do so by downloading the Samsung Members app and registering.

In the leak, Samsung also notes that the beta program is "First come, first served", so you'll want to act fast.

You can see the End User License Agreement here.

The Galaxy Note 8 has been popular among business users, with powerful security and productivity features, as TechRepublic's Dan Patterson noted. In the United Kingdom, the beta update will only be available for unlocked devices while in the USA, unlocked devices and those on Sprint or T-Mobile are supported.

Samsung is expected to launch Android 8.0 beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in two phases. We are talking about Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, both of which are still saddled with Nougat, though not for long. But it still sucks pretty bad at Android updates. "We call this the IT Paradox", said Eric McCarty, vice president of mobile B2B product marketing at Samsung Electronics America in a release.

Before we go any further, we should probably explain what exactly Android 8.0 Oreo is; it's the latest build of Android, Google's open-source operating system, but chances are you if you're interested in the beta, you already knew that.

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