Epic fail... (Galaxy S8)
You can bet money this is nothing to do with Android and everything to do with some screwed up American network subsidised phone that been abandoned by Verizon or sprint.
And rather than relying on what scummy "journalist" (who gets gets paid depending on how sensational his story is, and how many impressions and ad clicks it generates) tells you, how about using a well known thing called FACTS...
Galaxy S8 on Vodaphone:
"United Kingdom (Vodafone). This firmware has version number PDA G950FXXU3CRGH and CSC G950FOVF3CRH1. The operating system of this firmware is Android 8.0.0 , with build date Wed, 25 Jul 2018 07:36:56 +0000. Security patch date is 2018-08-01"
Perhaps you want to go back further, a Galaxy s7 on o2
"The operating system of this firmware is Android 8.0.0 , with build date Tue, 31 Jul 2018 08:51:48 +0000. Security patch date is 2018-08-01, "
Maybe even a S6
The operating system of this firmware is Android 7.0 , with build date Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:10:02 +0000. Security patch date is 2018-06-01,
Looking pretty silly right now guess...