Samsung wants the public to test its next take on Android 8.0 Oreo. Vaguely referred to as the “Samsung Experience 9.0”, it appears to be the operating system intended for next year’s Galaxy S9 smartphone. Perhaps indicating that Samsung will be trying something very different.
This beta test is extremely limited, with a select number of users in South Korea, the US, and UK being allowed in. Even then, the requirements are rather stringent. South Korean users must be on a Galaxy S8 locked to SKT, KT or LG U+, while US users must be Sprint or T-Mobile network carriers, or have purchased an unlocked version for the U.S. UK users who want to get in on the beta must have an unlocked device.
There’s little information about what the beta includes as far as features go. The beta was only opened on 2 November, although Samsung is saying that additional waves of registrations will be opened at a later date. It’ll be interesting to see what Samsung has in store; especially with this new policy of using open betas to collect feedback – like it did with the Bixby voice assistant.