Now that Samsung’s Android Nougat update is widely available we’re starting to get questions about the company’s plans for Android 8.0, also known as the Android O update. The company isn’t talking about Galaxy Android O updates just yet but we want to lay the groundwork as we move into the summer months.
Most Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 5 owners are finally running Android 7.0 Nougat. And while there’s talk of a potential Android 7.1 Nougat release, some Galaxy users have turned their attention to the Android O update looming on the horizon.
Google’s new Android O operating system is currently in beta ahead of a wider release for the Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus devices and, eventually, phones and tablets from third-party Android manufacturers like Samsung.
The company is currently on its third Android O beta with a final release planned for sometime in Q3. With the third quarter in sight, some Galaxy owners are starting to get antsy. And for good reason.
Android 8.0 is loaded up with some outstanding features and we expect many of them to emerge on Samsung’s unannounced Android O updates for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
We could also see Android O tackle some of the problems plaguing Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 5 users running Android Nougat.
Samsung isn’t talking about the Android 8.0 update but we can make some educated guesses about its plans for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
Some parts of the release are difficult to predict but we’re able to fill in some gaps using the company’s standard release protocol for Android updates.
Here are a few things you should, and shouldn’t, expect from Samsung moving forward.
Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android O Beta
Unless it drastically shakes things up, we expect Samsung to release an Android 8.0 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.
We fully expect Samsung to offer an Android O beta ahead of the official release and we expect the beta to be limited to a few flagship devices.
Look for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the rumored Galaxy Note 8 to take part. If you own an older device like the Galaxy S7, your chances of seeing a beta are much slimmer.