Android 8.0 Oreo upgrades are confirmed for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and several mid-range Galaxy devices.
Samsung hasn’t detailed the rest of its plan and that’s left owners of older Galaxy phones and tablets 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 the updates for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S6. Today we want to address a potential Galaxy Note 5 Oreo software update.
Many Galaxy Note 5 owners want to know if they’ll get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, when the update could arrive, and what will happen to the Galaxy Note 5 if Samsung fails to deliver the new operating system.
In this guide we do our best to answer the questions you might 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 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 us, 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 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 don’t expect Samsung to issue any more Oreo beta updates. We didn’t get 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 (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 Oreo Update Confirmed?
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 also seemingly confirmed a Galaxy Note 5 Android Oreo update though nothing is official until Samsung announces its final plans.
Samsung Turkey and Samsung Canada both left the Galaxy Note 5 off their lists of upcoming Android Oreo updates. That doesn’t rule an update out, but if one does arrive, it probably won’t touch down until June or later.
The Galaxy Note 5 remains on Samsung’s list of devices getting monthly and quarterly security patches.
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.
We aren’t expecting a Galaxy Note 5 Oreo update at this point, but continue to keep those fingers crossed as we press on into the year.
Galaxy Note 5 Oreo Release Date
If Samsung decides to push a Galaxy Note 5 Android Oreo update, and that’s a huge if, the release date is probably several months away.
The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 are first in line and they’ll be followed by newish devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
According to Samsung Turkey, the Galaxy S7 Oreo update will start rolling out in April (Samsung Canada says it’ll push the updates this spring) followed by updates for the Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A3 (2017) in May.
In a note in the Samsung Members app, Samsung Canada’s confirmed Oreo support for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy Tab S3. It claims those updates will start arriving in the spring and summer.
Samsung Canada also says Oreo support for the Galaxy Xcover4, Galaxy A8, Galaxy J3 Prime, Tab A8 and Tab A10.1 will arrive later in 2018.
If the Samsung declines to offer Android 8.0 Oreo to Galaxy Note 5 users, software support for the device won’t 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.
Install Android Oreo to Improve Your Note 8's Security
If you value your security you should probably install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your device.
Samsung continues to release important security patches each month and the Galaxy Note 8's Android 8.0 Oreo update brings the latest patches from Google and Samsung.
The first batch of Galaxy Note 8 Oreo updates delivered Samsung's March security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches. Samsung recently started rolling out its April security patches.
If you're curious about the current version, you can read more about the security patches over on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8 for the first time. Each update comes with important patches to protect you and your phone from harm.
Samsung's version of Android 8.0 also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay and enhancements to Find My Mobile.
The changes to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud if you lose your Galaxy Note 8 and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
Android Oreo comes with enhancements to the device's Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type like a pattern, PIN, or password.
If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), a Galaxy Note 8 running Android Oreo will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.
Android 8.0 Oreo also enhances the Galaxy Note 8's biometrics with additional security features.
Features that use the Galaxy Note 8's biometrics (face, fingerprints, and irises) are now only available when you use a secure screen lock like pattern, PIN, or password.
On Oreo when you switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), biometric authentication is suspended for unlocking and for verification in popular apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.