As we push into 2018, Samsung’s confirmed several Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
Samsung hasn’t detailed the rest of its plan which has left owners of other Galaxy devices wondering what will happen in the coming year.
We’ve been doing our best to answer as many questions as we possibly can. We’ve gone into detail about the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update and its release and we’ve also gone into updates for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S6. Today we want to address the Galaxy Note 5’s software.
Now that the device is two plus years old, Galaxy Note 5 owners want to know if they’ll get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo. They also want to know when the update could arrive and what will happen to the Galaxy Note 5 if Samsung fails to deliver.
In this guide we do our best to answer the questions you have about the Galaxy Note 5 Android Oreo update.
Galaxy Note 5 Android 7.1.1 Update
Before we get to Android 8.0 Oreo, let’s address a question we’ve been getting about the Galaxy Note 5’s Android Nougat update.
In the wake of Samsung’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat roll out many Galaxy Note 5 users are wondering if the device will get Android 7.1.1 or Android 7.1.2. Samsung hasn’t confirmed, but neither seems likely at this point. Here’s why.
Samsung is indeed rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates to Galaxy devices, but the devices making the jump have all moved from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Galaxy Note 5 runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
The company could surprise, but we expect it to expend most of its energy finishing up the Nougat roll out and starting the Android Oreo push. Devices currently on Android 7.0 Nougat will likely stay on Android 7.0 until they get Android Oreo.
This might be frustrating, but remember, most of the changes from the Android 7.1.1 update are baked into Samsung’s version of Android 7.0.
Galaxy Note 5 Android Oreo Beta
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta naturally generated questions about additional Android 8.0 Oreo betas.
At this point, we expect the beta to be limited to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We’d be surprised if Samsung pushed one for the Galaxy Note 8 and we’d be shocked if the company pushed one out for the Galaxy Note 5.
Remember, the past two Samsung betas, for Marshmallow and Nougat, were limited to the most recent flagships. The Android Marshmallow beta was limited to select Galaxy S6 models and the Nougat beta was limited to select Galaxy S7 models.
Galaxy Note 5 Android Oreo Rumors
Samsung typically keeps Galaxy devices upgraded with major Android software updates for two years before killing off support. The Galaxy Note 5, like the Galaxy S6, started on Android Lollipop. It has since been upgraded to Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 turned two this year which means Samsung could opt to keep it on Android 7.0 Nougat. There’s also a chance it gets Android 8.0.
A recent leak from Weibo outlines a potential list of Galaxy Android 8.0 updates. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are on the list. It’s great news, but it doesn’t confirm anything.
T-Mobile USA’s confirmed several upcoming Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo updates and the Galaxy Note 5’s nowhere to be seen.
If you’ve been reading the news you might’ve also read something about multiple Samsung customer service reps “confirming” the Galaxy S6 Android Oreo update.
It’s music to the ears of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 users (the Galaxy Note 5 is newer than the Galaxy S6 so if the Galaxy S6 gets Oreo we’d expect the Note 5 to as well), but the news should be taken with an immense grain of salt.
While exciting, Samsung customer service representatives have been known to “confirm” bogus information. So until the news comes straight from headquarters in Korea, don’t believe what you read.
If Samsung does offer Android Oreo to Galaxy Note 5 users it will be huge for all Galaxy users, not just those with a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 5.
One of the advantages Apple’s iPhone has over Samsung’s Galaxy devices is its four years of continuous software support.
Galaxy Note 5 Oreo Release Date
If Samsung decides to push a Galaxy Note 5 Android Oreo update, and again that’s a huge if, the release date is probably several weeks away.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo beta ended January 17th and we expect the official update to roll out in the near future, probably sometime in late January.
We expect the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 to be the first in line, followed by the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. For reference, here’s how the company’s Android Nougat roll out played out:
- November 9th: Samsung releases its Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. (November 2nd this year.)
- December 30th: Samsung ends the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta.
- January 5th: Samsung starts rolling Android Nougat out to Galaxy S7 users.
- March/April: Samsung starts rolling Nougat out to Galaxy S6 users.
Most Galaxy Android Oreo updates will land in 2018 and if the company decides to push the software to the Galaxy Note 5, don’t expect it to arrive anytime soon.
If the Samsung declines to offer Android 8.0 Oreo to Galaxy Note 5 users, software support for the device won’t just stop.
Samsung and its carrier partners typically keep devices upgraded with bug fixes and security patches for several years before kicking them to the curb.
You should also be able to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and get some of what Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 have to offer on your device.
If you haven’t explored rooting and custom ROMs, it might be a good idea to do so today, tomorrow, or in the near future.