Samsung begins working on Android 8.0 Oreo update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship smartphones: Report

By Karthekayan Iyer | Updated 11 Sept 2017
Samsung begins working on Android 8.0 Oreo update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship smartphones: Report
  • Samsung is expected to begin Android 8.0 beta testing for its flagship handsets in the coming months. The final update might arrive sooner because of early adoption of the software.

Samsung has reportedly begun working on Android 8.0 Oreo update for its flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. According to Sammobile, the update will carry firmware versions G955FXXU1BQI1 and G950FXXU1BQI1 for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ respectively.

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There is no clarity on the timeline around the release of Android 8.0 update for these devices but it is likely to arrive earlier than in the past. Samsung has struggled to push timely software updates for its flagship devices in the past. Samsung started Android 7.0 Nougat beta for its 2016 flagships Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in November last year and the final update was rolled out only in January.

Sammobile further notes that Samsung will soon begin beta testing of Oreo for early adopters and the final update could be rolled out worldwide sooner than later. Android 8.0 Oreo was officially introduced by search giant Google last month and it has made the firmware available to its OEM partners via Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

The latest version of Android brings new enhancements in terms of user experience and battery and improvements to system performance. The update brings faster boot time and new features like notification dots, support for autofill APIs, Picture in Picture (PiP) mode, Google Play Protect, adaptive icons and support for LDAC codec for high fidelity audio playback over Bluetooth. The update also brings improvements in battery life with new background app limitation and OS-level optimisation.

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Samsung may offer its own customizations and adopt some of these features in the form of updated TouchWiz UI. Sony has already revealed its latest flagship smartphone with Android 8.0 and Google has confirmed that Andy Rubin's Essential, Nokia brand licensee HMD Global, Motorola and Huawei will be the first to roll out official update.

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