5 Things to Know About the Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Update

5 Things to Know About the Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung still hasn’t confirmed a Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update, but there’s a very good chance this year’s flagship is among the first Galaxy devices to receive the bump from Nougat to Oreo.

Samsung is currently working on Android 8.0 Oreo though the company’s only confirmed the new operating system for one group of devices.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android 8.0 Oreo updates are confirmed and we expect the Galaxy S8 Active, the rugged version of Samsung’s phone, to get the bump to Android Oreo down the road.

Samsung is starting with the Galaxy S8, but the company will almost certainly upgrade many other phones with Google’s current operating system.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are candidates for Android 8.0 though flagships like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 could miss out.

Another device poised to get Android 8.0 Oreo is the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s flagship from 2017 and one of the top smartphones out on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 currently runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the company’s Samsung Experience 8.5 user interface, but owners have their eyes on a move from Android Nougat to Android Oreo.

In this guide we’re going to outline everything we currently know about Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo plans and what they mean for the Galaxy Note 8.

Galaxy Note 8 Oreo Unconfirmed but Likely

Samsung still hasn’t confirmed a Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update, but the device isn’t in danger of missing out on an upgrade. If you own a Galaxy Note 8, you can stop stressing. You’ll get Android Oreo.

The company hasn’t provided us with a list of devices getting the upgrade, but that doesn’t matter. The Galaxy Note 8 is a few weeks old and it’s a prime candidate to get moved from Nougat to Oreo.

Samsung typically keeps devices upgraded with major Android software updates for two years before ending support. Samsung and its carrier partners have updated the Galaxy Note 8 with bug fixes and security patches, but it hasn’t received a single milestone upgrade.

This means the Galaxy Note 8 will get Android Oreo (despite Samsung’s silence) and it should also, like the Galaxy S8, get upgraded with Android P next year.

After that, the device will, at the very least, continue to receive bug fixes and security updates.

Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Beta

Samsung’s released a Galaxy 8 Android 8.0 beta and it gives Galaxy S8 users in certain countries a chance to test the software ahead of the official release date.

As of right now, Samsung hasn’t confirmed an Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung says it’s going to open up the registration, but it still hasn’t gone into detail about those plans.

The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta is currently limited to the United States, United Kingdom, and South Korea. In the U.S. it’s available for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users using Sprint or T-Mobile.

For now, Galaxy Note 8 users should temper expectations.

Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Release Date

Samsung hasn’t confirmed a release, but there’s a very good chance the Galaxy Note 8 is among the first Galaxy devices to Android Oreo. Flagships are almost always first to new major software updates.

At this point it’s looking like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be the first to Oreo, but don’t be surprised if the Note 8 gets its upgrade in and around the same time.

As for the specific release date, there’s a chance the Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update arrives in 2018 rather than 2017. Here’s why.

Samsung Turkey says it plans to release Android 8.0 Oreo in early 2018. It didn’t confirm a specific release window or a specific list of devices getting the upgrade next year.

With no end in sight, the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta could stretch into December. And with the holidays coming up, we should see most updates arrive next year.

Here’s what the company’s Android Nougat timeline looked like. We could see something similar this year and next with Androdi Oreo:

  • November 9th: Samsung releases the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. (November 2nd this year.)
  • December 30th: Samsung ends the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta.
  • January 5th: Samsung starts rolling Android Nougat out to Galaxy S7 users.
  • March/April: Samsung starts rolling Nougat out to Galaxy S6 users.

Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Update

The Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update should come with a nice list of changes for the 6.3-inch device.

Samsung’s testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and it’s also testing a new Samsung Experience 9.0 UI. We expect most of the features from the Galaxy S8 beta to emerge for the Galaxy Note 8 as well.

The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update currently includes new emoji characters, performance enhancements, and tweaks to Samsung’s apps and services.

Here’s a full list of changes on board the current version of Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update. Remember, this is a beta and it’s subject to change.

  • Improvements to the Home Screen & Quick Panel
  • Samsung Keyboard upgrades
  • New Edge features
  • Custom Colored Folders
  • Improved Privacy in the Photo Gallery
  • Clock Enhancements

You can learn more about these enhancements in our guide to the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update. We’ve also put together a guide that compares Android Oreo to Android Nougat.

Android 8.1 Oreo

Samsung is currently testing Android 8.0 though a new version of Oreo is on the way.

Google recently confirmed an Android 8.1 release for Pixel and Nexus phones. The company hasn’t provided a specific release date, but Nexus and Pixel users can try the update out right now via the Developer Preview. Even Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users can try the early software.

Android 8.1 Oreo, also known as MR1, is a maintenance release which means it will deliver a mix of fixes and features to Nexus and Pixel users.

It Samsung several months to adopt Android 7.1.1 Nougat so it could be awhile before we see Samsung roll out Android 8.1 Oreo updates.

That said, the company did bake some Android 7.1 features and fixes into its version of Android 7.0 so we could see it deliver some of Android 8.1’s changes in Android 8.0.

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Install the Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta to Help Samsung

Install the Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta to Help Samsung

One of the best reasons to try the Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is to help the company improve the software before it's released to millions of Galaxy S8 users around the world. 

If you're sick and tired of dealing with Android problems on your Galaxy S8 (or another device), and you've got a Galaxy S8 lying around, think about trying the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta. 

Samsung is encouraging Galaxy S8 Oreo beta testers to provide feedback about Android 8.0 bugs and performance issues. This way, its engineers can squash bugs ahead of the widespread release. 

Reporting bugs is extremely easy and your feedback, no matter how small, could help the company provide a much better experience for all Galaxy S8 users.

To send feedback, you simply launch Samsung+/Samsung Members and post your report under the appropriate menu. 

5 Things to Know About the Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Samsung Black Friday Deals (2017)

Best Samsung Black Friday Deals (2017) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about Samsung’s Black Friday deals. Almost every major retailer and carrier will have big savings on Samsung products, but the company themselves will too. These are Samsung.com Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals you don’t want to miss.

Starting November 19th and November 23rd Samsung.com will offer a little of everything with steep discounts. Savings on everything from Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, laptops, Chromebooks, smartwatches, and QLED HDTV’s.

Read: Top Best Buy Black Friday Deals (2017)

Whether you’re looking to buy the new Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or a 65-inch curved 4K TV, Samsung has you covered. We’re already seeing Samsung Black Friday ad scans, and more will arrive the week of Black Friday. For now, these are the best deals we’ve found so far.

Keep in mind that Samsung has multiple different deals, bundles, and different starting days. As an example, on November 19th you’ll get a free Gear 360 camera when you buy a Galaxy S8 or Note 8. Then, on November 23rd that deal changes and Samsung has bigger trade-in values and will give you $50 off accessories like the DeX dock.

Meaning, if you don’t find a deal you’re interested in on November 19th, keep reading, because Samsung has more on the 23rd. We’ll update this list once they make announcements for Cyber Monday too.

Samsung Black Friday Deals November 19th

Head to Samsung.com on November 19th to get big savings on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Chromebook Plus, and 4K HDTV’s.

  •  Free Gear 360 Camera when you buy the Galaxy Note 8 (trade-in your old phone for $300 off) – Product Link
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus for $349 (save $100) – Product Link
  • 65-inch MU6290 4K UHD TV for $849 (save $250) – Product Link
  • Galaxy S8 64GB & Free Gear 360 Camera for $724 – Product Link
  • Galaxy S8+ 64GB & Free Gear 360 Camera for $824 – Product Link
  • Galaxy Tab S3 with S-Pen Stylus for $479 ($120 off) – Product Link
  • Galaxy Tab A 8-inch for $129 (70 off) – Product Link
  • Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch for $279 ($70 off) – Product Link
  • Galaxy Tab A 10-inch 16GB for $179 ($100 off) – Product Link
  • 32-inch Curved Monitor CH711 for $399 (save $120) – Product Link

Early bird shoppers on November 19th can get a free Samsung Gear 360 camera with the purchase of an already discounted smartphone, $100 off the Chromebook, or some big deals on TVs. Then, Samsung has even more throughout the next two weeks, and on Black Friday itself.

Samsung Black Friday Deals November 23rd

Right now we have a small but exciting list of Samsung.com Black Friday deals for November 23rd. However, we’re expecting some last-minute surprises and door-buster type discounts as well. In limited quantities of course. As soon as Samsung confirms anything we’ll update with all the details. Additionally, most of the phones have no discounts, but free or discounted accessories. We hope that changes for Cyber Monday. That said, this is what the current ad suggests will be available.

  • Galaxy Note 8 64GB for $950 with $50 off the Samsung DeX station (Trade-in your old phone and get $400 towards the Note 8, increased from $300) – Product Link
  • Samsung Gear 360 Camera & Gear VR Bundle for $229 (Free VR) – Deal Link
  • Galaxy S8 64GB for $724 with $50 off DeX Station (Trade-in value increased to $400 for old phones) – Product Link
  • Galaxy S8+ 64GB for $824 with $50 off Dex Station (Trade-in value increased to $400 for old phones) – Product Link
  • $1,300 off the 55-inch Q7F QLED 4K TV (QN55Q7FAMFXZA) now only $1,499 – Product Link

Samsung has a slew of other small discounts, but the list above are the best options. Here’s the full list.

Current Samsung November Deals

Samsung is offering a pretty decent set of deals right now too, during the entire month of November. These are in addition to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals above, and anything in the future.

  • 65-inch MU6500 Curved 4K UHD TV (UN65MU6500FXZA) for $999 ($500 off) – Product Link
  • 49-inch Class Q6F Special Edition QLED 4K TV (QN49Q6FAMFXZA)  for $999 ($300 off) – Product Link
  • Samsung Gear S2 Classic Smartwatch for $229 ($70 off) – Product Link
  • Samsung Premium SoundBar HW-MS650 for $399 ($100 off) – Product Link

Samsung Cyber Monday 2017 Deals

Like every year, Samsung will offer a handful of deals for its latest and greatest products on Cyber Monday. And while we don’t have all the details yet, there’s a big list available here. Expect big discounts on phones, tablets, Chromebooks, HDTV, and more. Including the new Gear VR headset with a motion controller for just $89, that’s $40 off.

We don’t have a full list of Cyber Monday deals yet, but we’ll update the moment we know more. Stay tuned for more details.

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