2016 marked the inaugural year for Samsung's first Android beta program when it released betas of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Earlier this month, the company released the beta of Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung eExperience 9.0, for the Galaxy S8.

SamMobile has reported the second beta firmware, version number G950FXXU1ZQK4, has begun rolling out for the S8 and S8+ in the UK and is expected to go live in other markets soon.

The changelog of the second firmware shows that stability improvements for DeX mode and the Launcher are included as well as a number of bug fixes. The lock screen and Always On Display will have new clock styles to choose from and users can now adjust the transparency of notifications to their liking. Smart View has gotten smarter as users will now notice their device screen going dark when mirroring is active on their television.

There is conflicting information as to exactly which security patch is present in the second beta. The changelog mentions the October security patch while the Software Information section lists the September patch. It is likely a clerical error and that the security update is from October.

Samsung stated the beta program would begin in phases, but has not given any indication on when the second phase will start, which will expand the number of markets that can access the firmware.

To sign up for the beta, you can download the Samsung Members or Samsung+ app, but enrollment is only available for Sprint, T-Mobile and unlocked devices in the US.

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