Android 8.0 Oreo is reportedly coming to Samsung phones in early 2018

Unless you buy a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, there’s a very good, if not certain chance that your handset is not, and never will run the absolute latest version of Android. While that’s ok because we buy a smartphone for different reasons, it’s still a great feeling knowing that your phone’s manufacturer is at least planning to provide a firmware upgrade at some point. This phrase brings our attention to Samsung, a company that doesn’t have the greatest reputation for updating its handsets in a particularly timely fashion. Users will be happy to note that the company is working on bringing the Oreo update sometime in the beginning of the New Year. 

The revelation comes courtesy of Samsung’s Turkish website, which doesn’t really get into much detail apart from the following comments on what the Oreo update will bring:

  • The Android 8.0 operating system will help minimize the background activities of applications you recently used in your device. 
  • It will allow your applications to open faster. 
  • In addition, new emojis and picture in picture (PIP) features are the newest features to enhance the user experience. 
  • You will now see small notifications for the last notification received on your notification apps. 
  • With predictive text selections, you can see the appropriate application suggestions for your chosen text. 
  • With Night Mode, you will be able to browse web pages without disturbing your eyes in the dark.

If 2016 is anything to go by, Samsung will likely run an Android Oreo beta program for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus (and maybe the Galaxy Note 8 as well) handsets sometime in November, with the finished firmware rolling out in January/February. For the moment, while we can be sure that Samsung will update its latest and greatest flagships in Q1 2018, details on other

Source: Samsung (Translated)
Via: XDA Developers

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).

  • xgman

    this is the problem with android and has been for a long time. what a difference it would make if this could be solved through the various ranks.

  • Ultras1986

    samsung phones have good hardware and the software experience is also great, but the slow updates convinced me to give pixel 2 xl a chance.