Samsung Galaxy S8 officially received the Android 8.0 Oreo OTA. However, the OTA was also pushed down by Samsung so, shortly there is still no Oreo for your device, at least not for now. However, if you are eager to test what’s new on the Android system and if you are always ready to try new stuffs, then you can choose to flash and experience a custom ROM firmware, based on Android 8.1 Oreo, of course. Well, if you want to do that, just before getting the official Oreo OTA, don’t hesitate and review the guidelines explained below.
I’m talking about the new build of Resurrection Remix, which can now be succesfully booted and used on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Of course, for this new Android Oreo update opportunity we must thank the user of xda-developers as they managed to port the Resurrection Remix ROM on the Galaxy S8. Overall, this particular software can ensure a stable and a smooth Android experience on your device.
The best is that you will use a different OS that is not coming pre-loaded with Samsung’s UX and with other bloatware that might slow down the Android core system. In that respect, Resurrection Remix is light and fast. Also, it can be easily tweaked so that you can obtain better results from your Samsung Galaxy S8. In a few words, with this update installed your device should run better and faster while you will be able to enjoy an upgraded battery life.
Of course, since we are discussing about a custom ROM, thing’s aren’t perfect. The Resurrection Remix platform is still under development stage, so rarely, you can find minor bugs, lags or similar other malfunctions – don’t worry though as you can successfully use this Android 8.1 Oreo based firmware on a daily basis.
Keep in mind that this update is not offered by Samsung. It is a third party platform developed by third party devs. Thus, as a result, Samsung KNOX will be tripped, meaning that you can now lose your phone’s warranty and other access towards built-in apps. Anyhow, the warranty can be restored anytime you need, if you choose to use Odin for manually installing the stock Android OS.
As for this update process, before starting to apply the steps that are explained below you should first take care of some essential pre-requisites, as explained during the following list:
- Gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy S8 – you can use a dedicated one-click-root solution or any other root exploit you prefer. The root aspect will help you unlock, and therefore prepare, the internal system of your smartphone for the custom update operation.
- Install a custom recovery image on your device – you should use TWRP recovery in order to make things work without any problems. The Resurrection Remix package is used in form of a .zip file, which can be applied on your phone only if a custom recovery environment is used.
Now, my personal recommendation is to backup everything you can. Unfortunately, during the Android 8.1 Oreo update operation a hard reset will be required. Thus, in the end you can lose everything that’s stored on your Samsung Galaxy S8 – everything that wasn’t there from day one, so I’m talking about contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and anything else you might need to. Anyhow, making a backup shouldn’t be a big deal since you can already use built-in cloud storage platforms, you can choose to sync files with your Google Account or you can download backup and restore apps from Google Play.
And, since we are discussing about the backup, I must also outline one thing: you might not like how the Resurrection Remix firmware is performing on your Samsung Galaxy S8. And, in that case, you will probably want to go back to stock. Well, for being able to properly do so, you should now make a Nandroid backup – this package can be afterwards used for restoring the stock Android OS on your smartphone.
Once you apply all these pre-requisites you are almost good to go. But, before resuming the update steps you first have to:
- Make sure that a computer is at your disposal; the same must happen for your Galaxy S8 and for its USB cable.
- Enable Developer Options on your device – that can be done by going to About Phone (from Settings) and by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (after 7 or 10 taps you should receive the ‘you are a developer’ message).
- Check the USB Debugging option on your smartphone – this feature is located under Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options (so, that’s why you need to enable Developer rights in the first place).
- Ensure that your smartphone has enough power left for the actual flashing process – as if it doesn’t, the Android OS might get turned off right in the middle of the Android 8.1 Oreo update operation.
- Do note that if a sudden shut down occurs, different soft related issues might be caused. Thus, plug in the charger before installing Resurrection Remix, if the power left on your Samsung Galaxy S8 is currently lower than 50%.
- Apply the steps from below only if you own the SGS8. The Resurrection Remix custom ROM package that’s prompted there is compatible only with this particular Android based device.
How to Install Resurrection Remix on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Update to Android 8.1 Oreo
- Power on your computer and enable an Internet connection.
- Then, go here and download the Android 8.1 Oreo based ROM for your Galaxy S8.
- Also, go here and download compatible Google Apps – this package is not included in the update file so you have to flash it separately.
- Save the files on your computer – of course, remember where you do that.
- Switch off your device and wait a few moments until the shut down operation is completed.
- Afterwards, reboot recovery mode on your Galaxy S8 – press and hold Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
- From recovery initiate a full wipe by choosing the following options: ‘wipe data factory reset’, ‘wipe cache partition’ and ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to main menu of recovery when that’s done and from there choose to reboot to Android Mode.
- Afterwards, connect your handset with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Now, from your computer select and then transfer the downloaded files – place these package on your phone and in the end unplug the USB cable as the computer is no longer required.
- Next, go to recovery mode menu again.
- From there, this time tap on Install and load the Resurrection Remix package. Swipe in order to start the Android 8.1 Oreo update operation.
- Repeat this last step and install Google Apps.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery choose ‘reboot system now’.
That last reboot should bring the Resurrection Remix interface on your Samsung Galaxy S8. Thus, the update operation was successfully completed. Therefore, you can now test and enjoy the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on your smartphone – you can share your update experience and your observations related with how the new ROM is performing, with us and with other users by using the comments field available below. Enjoy.