Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo Update Spotted

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo Update Spotted is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update’s been spotted ahead of its official release for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy S8 Active.

It probably won’t arrive tomorrow but it sure looks like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update is starting to make progress.

Earlier this month a report suggested that work’s already begun on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ version of Google’s new operating system. Samsung hasn’t confirmed which means we could still be several weeks away from a public release.

Now, the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update’s popped up in a new benchmark, something that typically happens ahead of release day.

Samsung enthusiast site Galaxy Club has spotted the Galaxy S8 Oreo update lurking on Geekbench. The device in testing is the Exynos 9 Octa-powered device and not the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S8 available in countries like the United States.

The benchmark doesn’t confirm any new features nor does it outline a specific release date for Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8 Active users. That information will come from Samsung at a later date.

While some companies are starting to name their upcoming Android Oreo updates, Samsung is still quiet about its plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.

The company hasn’t released a list of devices getting upgraded from Android Nougat though we expect the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to be at the top of the list. Flagship devices always get upgraded before older devices.

While they might not be first in line, we’d expect devices like the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active to get bumped up to Android Nougat as well.

Samsung is supposedly planning to launch next year’s Galaxy S9 flagship with Android Oreo on board. The device reportedly features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a QHD+ Infinity Display at 1440×2960, 4GB of RAM, and a physical fingerprint reader.

Phones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 fall outside Samsung’s standard two years of support which means they’re in danger of missing Android Oreo.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 could miss Android Oreo but software support probably won’t end. Samsung and its carrier partners usually extend bug fixes and security patches to devices well beyond the two-year mark.

It’s still unclear if Samsung plans to release Android 7.1.1 to older Galaxy devices prior to the release of Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 is the first Galaxy device to run Android 7.1.1 and owners of older devices are hoping for a bump to the new version of Nougat.

With the company’s first Android Oreo update now sitting on the horizon, a widespread Android 7.1.1 Nougat roll out seems unlikely.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo Update Spotted is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 can now be disabled

Samsung has put a lot of focus on Bixby, its new digital personal assistant, including putting a dedicated button on the side of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 which allows for the quickest possible access to the feature.

Some folks might not have been fans of the Bixby button, though, especially since Samsung made it so that owners couldn’t remap the button to launch whatever app they wanted. Instead of going that route, Samsung is now making it possible for people who don’t want to use the Bixby button to turn it off.

There is a new toggle at the top of Bixby home and in the Bixby settings. If you turn the Bixby button off, nothing will happen when you press it.

SamMobile points out that this is a feature change that is slowly rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners. Some people don’t have the setting on their phone just yet, while others are saying that they’ve noticed its arrival after they’ve updated the software. So if you don’t have it yet, you should see it soon.

It’s an interesting decision to see Samsung opt to simply disable the button, effectively removing any effectiveness beyond Bixby, rather than just letting owners map the button. Disabling it might be good enough for some owners, though, especially those who really don’t want to use Bixby.

Are you going to disable the Bixby button?

Samsung’s Dedicated Bixby Button Can Now Be Disabled, but Not Remapped

Samsung won a lot of fans when they finally got rid of the dedicated navigation buttons with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. This was a big move as they’ve been hanging onto that aging system for so long, and this allowed them to decrease the size of the bottom bezel. With this change, the company then introduced a 4th dedicated hardware button on the side of the device and this was used with their brand new exclusive virtual assistant, Bixby.

Many people wondered why Samsung would go down this route but there were likely multiple reasons behind this decision. Firstly, it put this new virtual assistant right in front of people who were buying their new flagship smartphone. Even if you were able to learn to not hit the button accidentally when you were trying to adjust the volume, it was incredibly hard to ignore it. But it also replaced some of the functions that Samsung has been using the home button for (like booting into Download Mode).

When Android enthusiasts first learned about the button, many wondered if Samsung would let you customize it to open any application or launch any activity. This wasn’t the case, but there were 3rd-party applications that could add this functionality. That is, until Samsung disabled that option through regular means. Community developers continued working on the case and eventually figured out other methods that let you perform other actions (or even disable) with the Bixby button.

Upon further investigation, changing this options doesn’t actually disable the button entirely. It will prevent accidental presses, but holding the button down will launch Bixby Voice even if change this to the “Don’t Open Anything” option. However, you can go into the settings of Bixby and disable Bixby Voice itself, so that this long press action doesn’t do anything. Granted, we still can’t use it to launch another application, but at least we can disable it so that we’re preventing accidental launches. Maybe we’ll see Samsung add more features to this button in the future.

Source: /r/GalaxyS8