Galaxy S8 and S8+ won't face any supply issues, Samsung promises

It's now unclear whether Microsoft will be offering just an unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, or offer variants for all of the U.S. carriers. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are meant to work well with video and with Samsung's own VR headset, Gear VR.

Of course, many Microsoft apps are already pre-installed on Android devices as part of arrangements made with 31 hardware partners. Their flagship carrier-locked smartphones from previous year received the Android 7.0 Nougat over a month ago, but the unlocked versions still have not been updated.

Microsoft and Samsung cut a deal back in 2015 to allow the former to load their software on the latter's Galaxy S6 handsets.

As you might expect, the customized S8 will come loaded with Microsoft's apps and services like Office, OneDrive, Outlook and Cortana. The almost bezel-less Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones are already available for preorder through Best Buy and all four major US carriers in the US, The Verge said.

It's not now known if Microsoft will sell unlocked versions of the Galasy S8 and S8 Plus or if it will sell versions for specific wireless carriers in the U.S., similar to what Best Buy and other retailers offer. The company also launched Gear VR with a controller and new redesigned version of Camera 360. You can also adjust the volumes for both of them individually.

Apparently, Microsoft is only planning to sell the device in the United States, via its own brick-and-mortar stores, with pre-sales commencing today.

According to the sources, the Galaxy S8, which runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, will likely have the Google Assistant program, which has similar features to Bixby.

"As the Bixby ecosystem continues to grow", Samsung said it "believes it will evolve from an interface for your smartphone to an interface for your life".

  • Zachary Reyes