Samsung’s new flagships now up for sale, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, feature a revamped Always On Display with the ability to tag animated GIF images for amusement. This feature is now being rolled over to last year’s Galaxy flagships including both Galaxy S8 phones in addition to the Galaxy Note 8.
Interested in a new Galaxy smartphone? You should probably wait, but Samsung is running a promotion right now that will land you a free pair of Gear IxonX buds if you make a smartphone purchase.
In late January, the Galaxy S8 Oreo beta program concluded. Then, just last week, we reported in Droid Updates Weekly that Samsung began pushing Android 8.0 to its Galaxy S8 phones. These were the first of the company’s product portfolio to get Oreo, though others are expected to be updated soon.
Samsung has been running a beta program for Galaxy S8 to absorb feedback on its build of Android 8.0 Oreo. The company rolled out a number of preview updates over the last several months, and Android Police received word that the program concludes on January 26.
Samsung has polished up some bugs, and features in need of improvement with its latest Oreo beta for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The two Samsung models will be first among all the company’s smartphones to receive Google’s Android 8.0 software. This is the fifth beta, meaning that the public upgrade should be here very soon, perhaps next month.
On the heels of some rumors, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active will soon make way to T-Mobile and Sprint in the US.
AT&T and Samsung have released an ‘Active’ variant of the flagship Galaxy S device since the 2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. These devices have always been an AT&T exclusive. However, a recent report suggests that at least one other carrier is set to receive the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.
Samsung is believed to have started work on the Android 8.0 Oreo software update for the early 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones.