This update is the last major Android platform update released by Google, which was released on August 21, 2017. Since then, a number of manufacturers have announced their update plans to release Android Oreo for various devices. We now understand Samsung to be working on the software update for a number of its high-end models.
If Samsung follows their recent pattern of software updates, we can expect the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices to be first in the queue for the software update. The older Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices will probably receive the update later in the year, and as the Galaxy Note 7 was removed from sale because it kept on catching fire. However, the Samsung Turkey website did not reveal what models will be receiving the software update, so this is speculation on our part.
The Samsung Turkey website did explain that devices will “allow your applications to open faster,” which suggests faster application launch times – although it is unclear if Samsung is integrating any additional software features beyond the underlying improvements and changes between Android Nougat and Android Oreo. Samsung’s notes include a reference to a ‘Night Mode,’ which could be to replace the Blue-light filter. I would also expect the Samsung Galaxy models being upgraded to Android Oreo to benefit from a number of standard Oreo features, including a more battery-friendly environment, the new picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, a slew of new and redesigned emojis, the highly customizable notification channel feature, and predictive text selection. See here and here, where we’ve rounded up all the major ones and how to use them.
With 2018 starting in a little over two months, Galaxy customers won’t have long to wait before their device receives the update to Android 8.0 Oreo.