Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo Rollout and Features
The unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagships received the Android 7.0 Nougat update in May.The second major update for Samsung S7 and S7 Edge flagships is Android Oreo.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 flagship with inbuilt Android 7.0 Nougat in March 2017. Galaxy S8 is powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset and hit the shelves in April. Android Oreo is the first major upgrade for Galaxy S8.
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Google launched the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system on 21st, August, the day of Solar Eclipse 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 S7 and Galaxy S8 flagships are going to get many new features like Picture in Picture mode, Notification channels, Smart Text selection, Notification dots and so on.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Oreo Release
Previously, Samsung began the rollout of Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 lineup in January 2017. So this time, unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices probably get the Android Oreo update in February or March 2018. Probably the soaktest of Android 8.0 for Galaxy S7 might begin in December 2017. Carrier locked Galaxy S7 devices may receive the Oreo update in Q2, 2018. The confirmed rollout dates of Android Oreo for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be revealed in coming months.
Verizon Galaxy S7 Oreo Rollout
Earlier, the Nougat update hits the Verzion’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in March, 2017. Verizon still hasn’t announced about the plans of Oreo update for Galaxy S7 lineup but we can make an educated guess based on the Nougat rollout. Verizon’s Galaxy S7 users can expect the rollout in February or March 2018.
AT&T Galaxy S7 Oreo Rollout
There is no official announcement from AT&T about the Oreo rollout for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices till now. The America’s Second largest carrier rolled out the Android Nougat update in February for its Galaxy S7 devices. So the Oreo update may hit the AT&T’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in January 2018.
T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Android Oreo Rollout
Earlier, T-Mobile was the the first carrier to rollout the Nougat update for Galaxy S7 devices. The rollout of Nougat began in mid-February 2017. So Android Oreo rollout may spread to T-Mobile Galaxy S7 devices in February 2018. If any delay is there due to any technical issues, then the rollout probably begin in March.
Sprint Galaxy S7 Oreo update
The officials from Sprint haven’t announced any specific timeline for the Oreo update, but we can predict the rollout dates based on the previous rollout of Nougat for S7 devices on Sprint. The Android 7.0 rollout for Sprint Galaxy S7 devices was started in late-February 2017. So this time, the Android 8.0 rollout may begin at the same time next year. So we can expect that Sprint Galaxy S7 users might be able to taste the latest flavour Android by the end of February 2018.
Galaxy S8 Android Oreo Release
Samsung may start building Android Oreo for Galaxy S8 flagship in September 2017. So the soaktest of Android Oreo for Samsung Galaxy S8 devices probably begin in November 2017. The full rollout of Oreo for unlocked Galaxy S8 devices probably begin in December 2017. Android Oreo may hit carrier locked Galaxy S8 devices in Q1 of 2018. The confirmed rollout dates of Android Oreo for Galaxy S8 will be revealed soon.
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 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 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 owners in Australia may receive the Oreo update by the end of this year.
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.
Android Oreo Exclusive Features
1. Performance and Battery Life
Google made numerous performance improvements in Android Oreo. Due to the refinements, Galaxy S8 and S7 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 S8 and S7 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
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.
We will update this post soon with the confirmed rollout dates of Android 8.0 for Galaxy S8 and S7.