The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update has been spotted again ahead of its official release for the S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active.
As we push deeper into the year we’re starting to see more movement from Samsung. The company still isn’t talking about Android 8.0 Oreo but rumors, reports and benchmarks are starting to outline its plans ahead of schedule.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is at the forefront of these rumors. Samsung is supposedly in the process of developing Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It’s also rumored to be cooking up a beta program that will lets Galaxy S8 users test the software before its official release.
The Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update’s also shown up in benchmarks and today it’s the Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo update making an appearance.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update isn’t the only one making the rounds.
In a widely shared post on the Samsung community forums, an admin claims the Galaxy S7 will get the Samsung Experience UI (formerly known as TouchWiz) down the road. The admin says the UI will be available in the “next update” for the Galaxy S7 which might just be Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both started on Android Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI before Samsung rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat and a newer version of the user interface.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 Android Oreo updates but we expect the two flagships to be among the first to get the upgrade from Android Nougat. The new Galaxy Note 8 should be near the front of the line as well.
Samsung’s also expected to deliver Android Oreo to the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy Note 7 FE, and Galaxy Tab S3. Any device that’s less than two years old should get upgraded to Android 8.0.
Devices that fall outside of that range, like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, are in danger of missing the upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.
For now, Samsung appears to be focused on delivering bug fixes and Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates to those lingering on Android Marshmallow.
The company recently fired up its Android 7.1.1 roll out and the firmware is rolling out to two Galaxy Tab tablets, the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (in Europe) and the Galaxy Tab E (in the United States).
Install Nougat If You Want Better Security
Let's start with some basics.
If you value your security, and most of you probably do, you'll want to think about installing an Galaxy S7 Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device.
Every month, Google and Samsung release important security patches for Android devices. Your Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update should bring the latest security patches to your device.
Samsung's initial batch of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates delivered the company's January security update but the latest updates deliver newer security patches. You can read more about them over on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download or receive an older security update (May, June, etc), you'll also get those patches when you install Android 7.0 Nougat for the first time.
On top of the patches, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Nougat update brings Samsung Pass, a way to secure your identity using biometric data rather than entering your password or ID.
Samsung Pass is like a master key for your various logins and it relies on Galaxy S7's fingerprint scanner. The biometric data is encrypted and stored safely by Samsung Knox.