Install for a Better Samsung Keyboard w/ New Emojis
It might not pull you away from your favorite third-party keyboard, but Samsung's stock keyboard is vastly improved in Android Oreo.
First and foremost, the Galaxy Note 8's Android Oreo update brings the new, and redesigned, emoji characters you've been hearing about since last year.
If you use emoji characters when you chat with your friends, co-workers, and family members, you'll probably want to download Android 8.0 Oreo soon after it arrives.
You'll get a bunch of new options and the new characters are so much cleaner than the emojis found in Samsung's Experience 8.5 UI. If you aren't familiar with all of the new emojis you can get a good look at them right here.
Samsung's new keyboard also comes with a toolbar that provides you with quick access to your most important functions.
Other notable changes include native GIF support, a more accessible clipboard, and new high-contrast keyboards that might be easier on your eyeballs.
Oreo also delivers some new resizing options that could help your typing, and swiping, become a little more accurate.
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Wait for a Smaller or Non-Existent Punch Hole
The Galaxy S20 series features a punch-hole on the display. The Galaxy S21 may not.
The vice president of Samsung’s R&D group, Yang Byung-duk, says the company plans to do away with the punch-hole, but that the move will take a few years.
Before this happens, the company plans to reduce the size of the punch-hole on upcoming devices so that it's barely visible.
A report from MyDrivers, citing South Korean sources, claims Samsung's working to release a "perfect full screen" experience where the front-facing camera is hidden until it's needed.
The Galaxy S20 series doesn't have an under the display camera, but the technology could make its debut on an upcoming phone like the Galaxy S21.
According to leaker Ice Universe, Samsung is thinking about using under-the-screen camera technology on the Galaxy S21.
He claims the company is currently "evaluating the feasibility of the technology" which means that while possible, it's far from guaranteed.
In a more recent tweet, Ice Universe says that while "Samsung Display's under-screen camera solution is much ahead of other solutions, the company has "stricter requirements for under-screen camera effects than other brands."
That said, Analyst Ross Young, who has accurately predicted information in the past, doesn't think the Galaxy S21 will have an under panel display.
If you aren't a huge fan of the company's punch-holes, and you're interested in a "perfect full screen" experience, think about waiting for potential design changes on next year's models.
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