Samsung is currently rolling out the latest Samsung Experience 9.0 firmware update for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices via the official Beta Program. Recently, the manufacturer started rolling out the Oreo Beta 4 to several regions and variants of S8 including the Snapdragon and Exynos models. Similar Oreo update leaked for the Note 8 a few week ago. Now, a second Android 8.0 OTA update got leaked featuring Samsung Experience 9.0; also called as TouchWiz Oreo.
Today, a new Android 8.0 Oreo build showed up for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Snapdragon variant with a baseband version N950USQU2CQL7. This is the second leaked Oreo ROM for the device after the first N950USQU2CQL1 build rendered. It came with all the Oreo goodies and latest security patch.
This new Android 8.0 features Samsung Experience 9.0. Note 8 users have managed to capture the OTA and mirror the same for rest of the users. So now you can update any Note 8 Snapdragon variants to official leaked Oreo update. The procedure is listed below.
How to update Galaxy Note 8 to official Oreo update SE 9.0?
The following firmware files are OTA update zips captured for the unlocked variant of Note 8 SM-N950U. So in order to be on the latest Oreo CQL7 firmware update, your device must be on the base firmware BQL5. The OTA captured for Note 8 is from BQL5 to CQL7.
The first thing you will need to do is download and flash the stock BQK2 firmware via Odin tool. This will install the unlocked variant firmware which is the base firmware. As it is Snapdragon USA unlocked stock firmware, the new Oreo update will work with any Note 8 Snapdragon variant including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc.
Download official Samsung Experience 9.0 Note 8 Oreo OTA update
- Download base firmware BQK2 Odin file | Mirror download
- Required BQK2 to BQL5 | OTA update
- Official Oreo BQL5 to CQL7 | OTA update
Install Oreo update onto Note 8
Step 1: Make sure your Galaxy Note 8 is a USA Snapdragon variant with model number SM-N950U.
Step 2: Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options on your device. To do so, go to Settings > Developer Options > enable USB Debugging from there.
Step 3: Make sure to setup ADB and Fastboot on Windows, Mac OS, Linux or Chrome OS with quick 15 second ADB installer. You may also like Universal ADB drivers.
Step 4: Make sure your device is running the base firmware N950USQS2BQK2. Download the stock firmware from here. You will also need to flash the BQK2 stock firmware. Then, proceed with the Samsung Oreo OTA updates listed below.
Step 5: Download the two Oreo OTA update (BQK2 to BQL5 and BQL5 to CQL7) from the download section. Transfer files to PC, Mac Book, or Linux machine.
Step 6: Connect Note 8 device to PC via USB cable.
Step 7: Now open a command prompt or terminal window on your PC where the OTA update zip is present. To do so, type cmd in the address bar and hit Enter key.
Step 8: Reboot your Galaxy S8 device into Recovery mode. To do so, issue the following command through cmd or terminal.
adb reboot recovery
Step 9: Now go to device recovery and select “Apply updates from ADB”.
Note: You can also choose the “Apply OTA updates from storage” and flash the two OTA updates one after the other.
Step 10: Navigate to the location where you have placed the OTA file on your PC. It’s time to flash the OTA by issuing the following command. (Note that you type the exact name of the OTA zip file with its proper extension.)
adb sideload SS-N950USQS2BQK2-to-S2BQL5-UP.zip
Step 11: It is time to flash the Oreo OTA update. Issue the following command via same terminal window.
adb sideload SS-N950USQS2BQL5-to-U2CQL7-UP.zip
Note: Put the exact file name in the <filename> section without “<>” and proper extension.
Step 12: Approve the update and wait till the upgrade completes.
Reboot device to system. Check out the complete tutorial from here.
If anything goes wrong, you can always restore Note 8 to stock.