The Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update is finally rolling out. And while you might be tempted to install it early or the second it arrives Over-the-Air for your device, there are some reasons why you might want to pause for a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days.
After a lengthy wait, Samsung is finally pushing the Android 8.0 Oreo update and its new Experience 9.0 user interface to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
The update isn’t pushing out to the Galaxy S7 Active yet, but we expect that to change within the next few weeks as the roll out makes progress in the United States and in countries around the world.
If you’ve been watching Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out and/or have taken note of the Galaxy S7 Oreo leaks, you know Android 8.0 is a substantial upgrade for the Android 7.0 Nougat-powered devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update comes with a lengthy change log that includes a new Samsung Keyboard, new emojis, performance improvements, Autofill API, and so much more. The update is right around 1.2GB for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
Of course, Android Oreo isn’t perfect. Far from it. As we push away from the release date we’re starting to hear about some of the bugs and performance issues plaguing Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users who’ve transitioned from Nougat to Oreo. Common issues include severe battery drain, abnormal amounts of lag, issues with first and third-party apps, and connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc) problems.
Despite these problems, most Galaxy S7 users should upgrade to Android Oreo soon after the update arrives. Some of you might even want to skip the OTA and manually install the firmware right now.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to install the Galaxy S7 Oreo update and some reasons why you might want to wait.
Install Android Oreo for Improved Security
If you store sensitive data on your Galaxy S7, and we assume most of you do, you'll probably want to install the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
The first wave of Galaxy S7 Oreo updates bring Samsung's batch of April patches. The batch includes security updates from not only Samsung, but Google as well.
We expect the company to release a May security update in the near future and the next wave of updates could have additional updates on board.
If you failed to download a security update from another month, you'll also get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S7.
If you're curious about the contents of Samsung's latest security update, you can read more about the changes on Samsung's website.
On top of the latest patches from Samsung and Google, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Oreo update also brings some other important security features to help protect you and your device from harm.
The company's Oreo update delivers security improvements to Samsung Pay, the Galaxy S7's popular mobile payment solution.
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update also comes with enhancements to the handy Find My Mobile solution. The updates to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and the ability to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.