Samsung is expected to launch the Android 8.0 beta test for its flagship handsets in the coming months. The final update may be coming soon as the software is initially accepted.
Samsung has reportedly started working on the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 + smartphones. According to Sammobile, the update will carry firmware versions for G955FXXU1BQI1 and G950FXXU1BQI1 for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 +, respectively.
There is no clarity in the timeline surrounding the release of the Android 8.0 update for these devices but it is likely to come earlier than in the past. Samsung has struggled in the past to push timely software updates for its flagship devices. Samsung launched the Android 7.0 Nougat beta for its 2016 flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in November last year, and the final update was only released in January.
Sammobile further notes that Samsung will soon begin beta testing of Oreo for early adopters and the final update could be launched worldwide soon. Android 8.0 Oreo was officially launched last month by search giant Google and has provided firmware for its OEM partners through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
The latest version of Android brings new enhancements to the user experience and improve the battery and system performance. The update brings new features like quick boot time and notification dots, support for Autofill API, Picture in Picture (PIP) mode, Google Play Protect, adaptive icons and LDAC codec support for high fidelity audio playback via Bluetooth. The update also improves battery life, including new background app limitations and OS-level optimizations.
Samsung may offer its own customization and take some of these features in the form of updated TouchWiz UI. Sony has already released its latest flagship smartphone with Android 8.0 and Google has confirmed that Andy Rubin’s Essentials, Nokia brand licensed HMD Global, Motorola and Huawei will roll out the first official update.