Galaxy Note 8 and S8+ Android Oreo Release Date and Features
Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Note 8 phablet and it is going to hit the shelves soon. Galaxy Note 8 comes with inbuilt Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is going to receive the Android Oreo update. The Galaxy S8+ flagship currently running on Android 7.1 Nougat and it is also going to receive the Android 8.0 update.
Google launched the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system on 21st, August with many exclusive features and refinements. The Search giant released four developer previews of Android O prior to the final release. With the Android Oreo update, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus flagships are going to get many new features like Picture in Picture mode, Notification channels, Smart Text selection, Notification dots and so on. Now we will roundup some prime improvements and features of Android 8.0 Oreo.
Android Oreo Exclusive Features
1. Performance and Battery Life
Google made numerous performance improvements in Android Oreo. Due to the refinements, Galaxy Note 8 and S8 Plus devices will boot twice as fast. Some Pixel and Pixel XL users reported that their device boot times reduced to 15 secs after upgrading to Android 8.0. The Pixel users also reported that apps are loading much faster on Oreo due to improved cache management. Oreo automatically clears the app cache if performance is about to slow down. So apps start in no time and also provide fluid like expereince for users.
Battery life is also refined in Android Oreo due to Background limits and other optimizations. Some Pixel users said that Android 8.0 improves the battery life by about 10-20%. Oreo displays the list of persistent background apps on notification bar. So users can terminate unnecessary app processes easily, consequently battery drain will be reduced.
2. Notification Channels
The Galaxy Note 8 and S8+ users can get granular control over Notifications through the Android Oreo Notification Channels. So we can specifically choose which type of notifications appears from the app. For example, a news app can only push Tech update notifications when the user chooses that. In messaging apps, notifications from a specific group could be muted. Users can also change the importance and override Do Not Disturbe feature of Notifications.
Users can also snooze notifications in Android Oreo. When a user swipe slightly to left on the notification, the snooze options will appear. User can set any time in 15min, 30min and 1Hour after which the notification reappears with the same priority. In Android 8.0, Notifications appear in different background colours to easily recognize them.
3. Autofill Framework
With the Autofill framework of Oreo, the user can easily complete filling of forms like Account creation, Login, Credit card etc. So the Autofill framework feature makes the password management and login easy for both app developers and users. Google may further improve this elegant feature in Android P.
3. Autofill Framework
The Autofill Framework feature of Android Oreo solves a major problem of android users. With this feature, Android Password manager apps can automatically fill the login forms, credit card information, address wherever necessary. Many password manager apps like Lastpass have already been optimized to work with autofill framework.
So with this exclusive feature of Android 8.0, less time is required to fill the forms, as no need to type manually, so no room for any typing mistakes. Users can enable or disable autofill service by going into Settings > System > Languages & input > Advanced > Input assistance > Autofill service. The Autofill feature might be improved further in the Android 9.0 update.
4. Notification Dots
Android Oreo borrowed this exclusive feature from iOS which has been available for iPhone users from a long time. With the Notification Dots feature, apps will display a small blob on top of the icon on homescreen when a fresh notification arrived. If multiple notifications arrived at the same time for the app, then notification count also be displayed in the blob. So this feature is very much useful most of the users. But at this moment the Notification blobs or Dots feature is only works with Pixel Launcher and none of the other launchers supporting it.
The Notification Dots feature comes as disabled by default, so users have to enable before using it. Users can enable it by going into Settings > Apps & Notifications > Notifications > Allow Notification Dots. To allow Notification access for Pixel launcher : Settings > Apps & Notifications > Advanced > Special App Access > Notification Access and enable Pixel Launcher. After completing these steps, users will be able enjoy the Notification Dots feature on their Pixel launcher home screen.
When the user taps on the blob, a small window with the preview of Notification will be displayed. User can enter into the app by tapping on the Notification Preview on the window or view full notification in the Notification Panel.
5. Picture in Picture (PiP) Mode
Previously, through Android Nougat, Google introduced the split screen window feature which is very much useful while multitasking. Although there are some lags while using multi-window feature it comes handy while doing some serious malti-tasking. But the multi-windows feature wasn’t designed fot video playback apps. So the Search Giant brought PiP feature in Android 8.0 Oreo. The exclusive feature supports many popular video playback apps like Youtube and also video calling apps like Whatsapp and Google Due. The Google Maps app also supports this feature of Android 8.0.
So with Picture in Picture feature, users can talk in a videocall while browsing the web and so on. To use PiP mode, users just have to press the home button while using the supported app. The app will be resized to small and sit st the corner of the screen. The user can also move the window, increase the size of the window and close the window from controls.
But currently, only a handful of apps are supporting the feature like Google Playstore, Google Play Movies and TV, Youtube red, Google Duo and Chrome. App developers may implement the Android Oreo API in their apps in coming days to support the PiP mode.
6. App Background Limits
In every iteration of Android, Google tries something new to improve Battery life. In the Android Oreo update, the Search Giant introduced Background limits for apps to save more battery juice. The app Background limits restrict background services, broadcasts of apps to save memory bandwidth and also Battery. The Background execution limits of Android 8.0 only affect the apps which are idle in the background and they don’t limit apps with visible activity and foreground services etc.
Android Oreo for Galaxy S8 Plus Release Date
Galaxy S8 Plus is one of the flagship devices of Samsung, so that it will receive the Oreo update quickly. Earlier, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices were updated to Nougat from Marshmallow in January 2017. So this time, Samsung probably release the Android 8.0 update for unlocked Galaxy S8+ devices in December 2017. The rollout for Carrier locked Galaxy S8 Plus devices may begin in Q1 of 2018.
Verizon Galaxy S8+ Oreo Rollout
Earlier, the Nougat update hits the Verzion’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices on March 6th, 2017. So this time, the Big Red may make the rollout of Android Oreo for Galaxy S8+ devices quick. So Verizon’s Galaxy S8+ users can expect the rollout in January or February 2018. As release dates are always subject to change due to unforeseen technical issues, the above time frame may change at a later time.
Australia Galaxy S8 Plus Oreo Rollout
Previously, Vodafone Austalia started the testing of Nougat for Galaxy S7 in December 2016 and finally, most Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners in Australia got the Android Nougat update in February and March.
So now, the major carriers of Australia may begin testing of Oreo for Galaxy S8 Plus in December 2017. Both Telstra and Optus may start the rollout the Android 8 update in February or March 2018 while Vodafone may rollout in January or February 2018. The unlocked Galaxy S8 Plus owners in Australia may receive the Oreo update by the end of this year.
Canada Galaxy S8+ Oreo update
All major Canadian carriers like Rogers, Bell, Bell MTS, Virgin are offering Galaxy S8+ for many exciting contracts. As Galaxy S8+ comes with Android Nougat out of the box, Canadian Galaxy S8+ users are wondering when will the latest flavour of Android come to their flagships.
Previously, Galaxy S7 received the Android Nougat update in Mid-March in Canada. The Canadian carriers took much longer than the US carriers to release the Nougat update. But this time, we can expect that the Oreo rollout will begin in Canada without any delays. So the major carriers like Rogers and Bell might start the rollout in February 2018 for Galaxy S8+ flagship. The other carriers probably release the update in early-March 2018.
Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo Release Date
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 probably is the top priority for the Oreo update after S8 lineup. Thus, Android Oreo may hit the unlocked Note 8 devices in January 2018 and carrier locked devices may receive the update in either Q1 or Q2 of 2018. Prior to the final rollout, Samsung may release the update for selected Note 8 users in some regions as soak test.
Galaxy Note 8 USA Oreo rollout
On September 15th, Galaxy Note 8 hit the shelves in the US and available to buy via Walmart, Amazon and major US carriers. The price of the unlocked Note 8 starts from $929 and may come down in coming days. Previously, the Galaxy Note 5 did receive the Nougat in April 2017 on all four major US Carriers. But many users complained about severe battery drain, GPS issues and performance issues after the update.
So this time, Samsung may ensure that no problems with the Android 8.0 update for Note 8. The Note 8 devices on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon may receive the Oreo update in April 2018, based on the earlier Nougat rollout for Note 5, but T-Mobile Note 8 users probably receive the update with a bit of delay.
Update on 7/9/2017 :
According to the tear down of Google App 7.11 done by 9to5Google, the next update for Android Oreo is 8.1. The source claims that they have found the evidences of Android 8.1 and the API 27. As Android 8.1 will be a major update over Android 8.0, the API level will be increased. It is pretty similar to the last year’s Android Nougat and Android 7.1. In 2017, Google released the Android 7.1 update about three months after the Android 7.0 release.
So this time also, Google may soon start the beta program of Android 7.1 for Nexus and Pixel devices. Some Tech analysts say that the upcoming Pixel 2 flagship will land with Android 7.1 similar to the first Pixel. More details about the Android 8.1 update, features and release date will be revealed soon.
Update on 21/9/2017 :
Recent leaks suggested that Samsung already started the development of Android Oreo for Galaxy S8 lineup and now according to SamMobile, the Oreo Beta program is going to be launched soon. The firmwares G950FXXE1ZQI7 and G955FXXU1ZQI7 are spotted for Galaxy S8 and S8+ respectively. Samsung usually uses the Z letter for the test firmware and it did the same during the release of Nougat beta for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
So in a few days, Samsung will rollout the Oreo beta for the registered Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners. The Oreo beta rollout might be limited to certain markets only. Previously, the South Korean tech giant began the Nougat beta program for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on November 9th and the program completed in December. We will update this post once Samsung started the rollout of Android Oreo beta for Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Update on 29/10/2017 :
According to Sammobile, Samsung is going to begin the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Galaxy S8 users in the US on October 31st. So from October 31st, Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can signup for the beta program through Samsung Members and Samsung+ apps and the Beta program exclusive for Sprint and T-Mobile. Thus, the users on other carriers won’t be able to signup for the beta program.
Unlike the Previous beta programs, now Samsung might bring Oreo beta for other countries too. As the Samsung Pay app updated with Android 8.0 Oreo support in India, the official beta of Oreo may come to India too. But we have to till Samsung India officially announced it to confirm the rumour.
Samsung Turkey said that the Oreo rollout will begin in Early 2018 in Turkey. Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 might receive it first followed by Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But we have to wait a few days to get concrete details about the Oreo rollout dates for these flagships.
Update on 31/10/2017 :
The Android 8.0 Oreo beta licence agreement gone live and it seems that the beta rollout won’t be far. The links to End User Licensing Agreement and the Galaxy Beta Program FAQ have been spotted in the Samsung Members app. The agreement shows that the Android 8.0 Oreo beta is only for Evaluation and Testing purposes.
According to a report from Sammobile, Samsung will rollout the beta in North America, the UK and South korea in first phase. In the the second phase, the beta of Android 8.0 will be launched in China, Germany, Spain, France, Poland and India countries.
Update on 6/12/2017 :
About a week ago, Samsung released the third beta of Android Oreo for the US Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users which brought many improvements to the native features of Oreo. According to 9to5Google, the update brings an option to hide the notification of background apps, which is very useful to users. The other improvements of the update include the fixes for incoming Calls and Camera errors. In this update, Samsung reduces the latency which appears in some spots of the earlier betas.
It seems that the beta program comes to an end and the consumer rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo for Galaxy S8 and S8+ is on the horizon. The third beta build of Oreo has fixed many issues and seems it might be the final beta of Android 8.0. So in a few days, the final rollout of Android 8.0 for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users might take place. In the first wave, the users in South korea, USA and UK may receive the update as the beta program starts first in these regions. The offcial rollout dates will be revealed in coming days.
We will update this post soon with the confirmed release dates of Android Oreo for Note 8 and S8+.