1)The Zoom Seems Broken in Camera
By far the biggest bug in the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is the unreliability of zoom in the Camera app. The zoom feature isn’t completely broken, it works on occasion, but it seems to be pretty random. I’ve noticed this occurs most often when switching back and forth between landscape and macro shots.
In the picture of my keys below, you can see the lack of zoom when using the “x2” button. A few users on Reddit have reported that zoom works fine on Oreo with their Galaxy Note 8, so this is either isolated or only occurs in certain situations, but a camera bug is always a big deal.
2)You Can’t Run All the Apps You Could Before
While not a bug per se, this Oreo build for the Galaxy Note 8 has “Uncertified” status in the Play Store due to not passing SafetyNet checks. This is bad news for users of apps that invoke Google’s SafetyNet APIs to check for official firmware.
The idea behind SafetyNet is to protect sensitive app data on compromised devices. Any Android phone that is rooted or otherwise modified will fail the SafetyNet check. Considering that the CLQ1 Oreo build for the Galaxy Note 8 is a leaked test build, it makes sense that it fails SafetyNet checks.
3)Miscellaneous Bugs & Stability
Aside from the two major drawbacks above, there are some minor annoyances to be aware of. Gear VR seems to be broken for nearly everyone using the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Beta. Admittedly this impacts a small number of users, but it is something worth noting.
When we initially installed the beta, a factory reset was necessary to pair a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier with the Galaxy Note 8. While users are reporting varying degrees of success with the Gear app, it’s best to anticipate a factory reset to pair your watch.
While Android Pay did not work on our device, Samsung Pay is performing very well thus far.
4)Battery Life May Be Affected
When installing a major software update, improved battery life is one of the first things users look for. On the other hand, instabilities in beta builds can occasionally decrease battery life. The Galaxy Note 8 on Oreo is a bit of a mixed bag.
Standby time seems to be excellent, but actual screen-on time has been pretty poor after a few cycles. When running Nougat, we averaged around 5.5 hours of screen-on time on our Galaxy Note 8. In three full charge cycles since installing the Oreo update, the average screen-on time is around 4 hours.