Sunday, October 1, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Update Info (2017)

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The Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo update is confirmed and today we want to take you through everything we know, and think we know, about the company’s plans for devices like the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S6.

The Android 8.0 Oreo update is finally rolling out and Google’s starting with its own Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets. Later this year, the Android Oreo upgrade will move out to devices from popular Android manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.

Samsung isn’t saying much about its plans for Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets and we might not get official word for a few more weeks as it gets to work behind the scenes.

That said, we can fill in a few blanks based on the latest news and Samsung’s Android Nougat roll out which, by the way, is still going strong thanks to Android 7.1.1.

This roundup will walk you through the important things to know about Samsung’s Galaxy Android Oreo updates and the Galaxy Oreo release for popular devices and mid-range phones and tablets.

It’s still early but we’ll continue to update this guide as we, and others, receive more information about Samsung’s plans for Android Oreo. Bookmark this page and check back in with us for regular updates.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Update

Let’s start with a few things we know about Android 8.0 Oreo and some potential changes coming to Galaxy devices down the road.

Samsung’s version of Android Oreo won’t look identical to the version Google’s rolled out to its Pixel and Nexus devices but we expect the updates to share a lot in common. Samsung’s version of Nougat borrowed heavily from Google’s version.

The Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is packed to the brim with new features, tweaks, and enhancements. It comes with 60+ new emoji, redesigned emoji, upgraded Notifications, improved boot speeds, deeper colors, Autofill, and several new security features.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet you should start getting a feel for Android Oreo’s look and its various changes. To help assist you, we’ve put together a guide that compares Android Oreo to Android Nougat. It’s a great start place for those that want to learn the ropes before Samsung releases its update.

As for Samsung’s version of Android Oreo, here’s what we know.

We know that every Galaxy Oreo update will be a little bit different. Older devices typically miss out on features and carriers often put their own spin on major Android releases.

Older Samsung devices usually gain features from newer Galaxy devices and a recent report suggests the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will benefit from the Galaxy Note 8.

According to enthusiast blog SamMobile, Samsung will push some of the Galaxy Note 8’s new software to the flagships from early 2017. These optimizations are rumored to include faster iris and face recognition. We could also see the Samsung Experience UI hit older devices like the Galaxy S7.

According to an admin on the Samsung community forums, the Galaxy S7 will get the Samsung Experience UI (formerly known as TouchWiz) sometime in the future. The admin says the UI will be available in the “next update” for the Galaxy S7 which we interpret to mean Android Oreo.

Of course, everything depends on testing behind the scenes so nothing is confirmed until Samsung pushes out its official version of Android Oreo.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

Samsung’s beta program isn’t open right now but according to one customer service rep, it “will become available near to the release of a new software version.”

This doesn’t confirm a Samsung Galaxy Android O beta and customer service representatives are often misinformed. However, Samsung released betas for its last two major Android upgrades (Marshmallow & Nougat). Reliable sources have also started chirping about a beta.

New evidence suggests Samsung’s planning an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The company hasn’t confirmed but it looks we could see an Android 8.0 beta emerge for flagship devices in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Release

As for the Samsung Galaxy Oreo release, here are a few things to know as we push into the fall.

Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update

Samsung has initiated an Android 7.1.1 Nougat roll out to select devices ahead of the Android Oreo update.

Most Galaxy phones and tablets run Android 7.0 but a select few, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, run the newer Nougat build.

Samsung’s rolling Android 7.1.1 Nougat out to the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, and Spain. We expect the list of countries to grow in the near future.

U.S. Cellular is also pushing Android 7.1.1 Nougat out to the Galaxy Tab E in the United States. Both devices are moving from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Samsung’s been testing Android 7.1.1 on other devices like the Galaxy S7 but we expect most devices currently running Nougat to stay on Android 7.0.

Galaxy Android Oreo Release Date

The first Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo update is probably a few weeks away.

In its announcement Google said that its been working with its partners to deliver Android 8.0 Oreo updates before the end of the year. Samsung was included on the list but that doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung will push the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo this year.

Samsung and its carrier partners are completely mum about Galaxy Android Oreo updates and we haven’t seen any rumors point to an imminent release.

Project Treble could mean faster Galaxy Android updates.

While Galaxy users will probably have to wait a few more weeks for the upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, the wait could actually be shorter than the wait for Android Nougat.

Android Oreo introduces a new feature called Project Treble which Google says will make it “easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android.”

Samsung Android Oreo Updates Rumored

Samsung is reportedly testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ ahead of an unknown release date.

The company hasn’t confirmed but we expect the Galaxy S8 to be one of the first, if not the first, Galaxy devices to get the new operating system.

The Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 update was recently spotted at Geekbench. Unannounced Galaxy Android updates often show up in be benchmarks ahead of time and this is yet another sign that points to Samsung testing Android Oreo behind the scenes.

Google’s rumored to be cooking up an Android 8.1 Oreo update for Pixel and Nexus devices but we haven’t seen that version popup for the Galaxy S8 or any other Galaxy device.

These Galaxy Devices Will Probably Get Android Oreo

Samsung hasn’t released a list of devices it plans to upgrade to Android Oreo but that doesn’t matter. Samsung typically upgrades devices for two years which means we can put together a list of probable Galaxy Android 8.0 updates.

  • Galaxy S9

  • Galaxy Note 8

  • Galaxy Note 7 FE

  • Galaxy S8

  • Galaxy S8+

  • Galaxy S8 Active

  • Galaxy S7

  • Galaxy S7 Edge

  • Galaxy S7 Active

  • Galaxy A7 (2017)

  • Galaxy A5 (2017)

  • Galaxy A3 (2017)

  • Galaxy J7 (2017)

  • Galaxy J5 (2017)

  • Galaxy Tab S3

These are the devices that will probably get the bump from Android Nougat to Android Oreo. None of these updates are confirmed but all of these devices are less than two years old.

According to a report from XDA-Developers, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. This isn’t confirmed but it makes sense given the time frame for the Galaxy S9’s release.

It’s expected to arrive in early 2018.

Galaxy Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Android Oreo Updates

If you own a device that’s two years old or one that’s received two major Android updates, the odds of getting a boost to Android Oreo are slim. This means popular devices like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are on the chopping block.

Along with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, here are the devices that might stay put on Android Nougat:

  • Galaxy S6

  • Galaxy S6 Edge

  • Galaxy S6 Active

  • Galaxy Note 5

  • Galaxy A7 (2016)

  • Galaxy A5 (2016)

  • Galaxy A3 (2016)

  • Galaxy J3 (2016)

  • Galaxy J2 (2016)

This isn’t an official list and we could see some names added, and subtracted, from both of these lists before everything is said and done.

If these devices do stay put on Android Nougat it doesn’t mean software support will end. Samsung and its carrier partners support devices with security updates and bug fixes well beyond the two year mark.

The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, two devices that were left behind on Marshmallow, recently got upgraded with the company’s latest security patches.

September Samsung Galaxy Security Update

While you might have Android 7.1.1 Nougat and Android Oreo on the brain, your next update probably won’t be Android 7.1.1 or Android Oreo.

Samsung continues to roll out monthly security updates that deliver patches (from Google and from Samsung itself) for potential exploits and, in some cases, bug fixes for Android Nougat problems.

The company’s currently rolling out its August security patch to flagship and mid-range devices and we expect the company’s September security updates to land with the October patch.

For more on the contents of Samsung’s security patches, take a look at Samsung’s security bulletin.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo: 6 Things to Expect & 3 Things Not To

Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

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Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

Unless it drastically shakes things up, we expect Samsung to release an Android Oreo beta for select Galaxy devices. 

In late 2015, Samsung released an Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. The beta gave users a chance to try the features early but more importantly, it helped Samsung squash bugs ahead of the software’s release.

This wasn’t the first time Samsung publicly tested new Android software. The company also ran an Android Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 back in 2015. The Galaxy Note 7 wasn’t included in the Nougat beta because, well, it started blowing up. 

Nothing is confirmed but it looks like the company is prepping an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. 

Look for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and, perhaps, the new Galaxy Note 8 to take part. If you own an older device like the Galaxy S7 or a mid-range device , your chances of seeing a beta are much slimmer. 

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