Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo Update Official Changelog Now Available
Android Oreo was officially launched in August 2017, but it took Samsung six months to begin rolling out the update to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. The company started an official beta program of Samsung Experience 9.0 for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in November. After numerous beta updates, the phones started receiving the stable Android Oreo update, but even after extensive testing in the beta program, the rollout of the stable update wasn’t free from issues.
Samsung had to stop the Oreo update rollout for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ because of some users experiencing random reboots. The company has since resumed rolling out the update and has now posted its full changelog. Specifically, the changelog is for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8 (SM-G960F). Here’s the changelog in its entirety:
Build Number: G950FXXU1CRB7
Android version: Oreo (Android 8.0.0)
Release Date: 2018-02-28
Samsung Experience 9.0 upgrade with Android Oreo
Samsung Experience 9.0 brings you Android Oreo, with exciting new features from Samsung and Google based on feedback from users like you.
We recommend that you back up your important data to keep it safe during the upgrade.
Some apps, including Samsung Pay, Samsung Internet, Samsung Notes, and Email, should be updated individually before you can update your OS.
Here’s what’s new.
To improve your security, features that use biometrics (face, fingerprints, and irises) are only available when you use a secure screen lock type (pattern, PIN, or password). When you switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), biometric authentication is suspended for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass. If you’re using biometrics now without a secure screen lock type, you’ll be able to continue after the upgrade, but changing to a secure screen lock type is recommended.
- Quick Panel
– Manage notifications for each app with notification categories (supported apps only).
– Icons will be shown at the bottom of the notification panel for notifications that aren’t currently visible.
- Home Screen
– Touch and hold an app to display shortcuts to common or recommended tasks within the app (supported apps only).
– Notification badges on app icons are linked with the notification panel. Clear a notification in one location, and it will also be cleared in the other location.
- Samsung Keyboard
– The toolbar gives quick access to useful functions.
– The GIF keyboard lets you send GIFs.
– More high-contrast keyboards are available.
- System Performance
– Background services are limited to improve performance and battery life.
– Currently running apps will always be shown in the notification panel.
- Edge screen
– Improved font size, color, and other settings for better Edge panel visibility.
– Touch and hold the Edge panel handle to change its position.
– Added 3 more Edge lighting effects and color customization for apps.
- Lock Screen and Always On Display
– New clock styles for the Lock screen and Always On Display.
– Adjust the transparency of notifications to get the look you want.
- Smart View
– Let your phone’s screen go dark when mirroring to another screen.
- Samsung account
– Control your account settings and profile information for multiple apps.
– Tap your profile picture on the main Settings page to access your profile information and account settings.
- Samsung Cloud
– View and manage photos and notes stored only in Samsung Cloud.
– Store any type of file in Samsung Cloud Drive.
– Select specific items to delete or restore from your backups.
– See how big each backup is and how many items it contains.
- Samsung Dual Messenger
– Install a second copy of a messaging app so you can use two accounts at the same time. For apps that verify accounts using phone numbers, you’ll need a different phone number for each account.
– Touch and hold a messaging app on the Home or Apps screen to install the second account or go to Settings – Advanced features – Dual Messenger.
- Find My Mobile
– Back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud remotely when your phone is lost.
– Lock Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
- Samsung DeX
– See more apps at once by changing the app list view to full-screen.
– Use Game launcher in Samsung DeX for a full-screen gaming experience.
– Added support for 2 additional Samsung covers (LED View Cover, Clear View Standing Cover).
- Other improvements
– Bluetooth now supports high-quality audio codecs, including AAC and Sony LDAC.
– Video player includes auto repeat and 2x speed option.
– Voice Recorder provides smart tips to conveniently block calls while recording.
– Email lets you flag Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync emails.
– Samsung Health’s new sticky notification lets you see your step count at a glance.
– Clock now includes a Landscape mode and timer sound options.
– The digital clock widget goes directly to the Clock app when you tap it.
– Samsung Pass added the ability to manage usernames and passwords in third-party apps.
The update’s changelog is quite detailed, which is good to see. We have previously taken an in-depth look at the new features of Samsung Experience 9.0. The update includes Samsung Dual Messenger, a feature which allows users to have dual accounts of a messaging app (this is a feature found in Huawei, Xiaomi, and OnePlus phones).
It also covers changes in background service behavior thanks to Android Oreo’s limitations, changes to Samsung DeX, the home screen, lock screen, Always on Display, Edge screen, Samsung Cloud, Find My Mobile, improvements to the keyboard, and more. Standard Oreo features such as notification channels and high-quality Bluetooth codecs (including AAC and Sony LDAC) are also included.
It should be noted that Samsung hasn’t rolled out the update to all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users. Quite a few regions are still missing, but Samsung is expected to complete the rollout in the coming weeks and months. Here’s hoping that the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and other Samsung smartphones also receive the Oreo update soon.