Now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update is rolling out, Galaxy Note 5 users are starting to get curious about Samsung’s plans for the device.
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 older 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 the updates for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S6. Today we want to address the Galaxy Note 5’s software.
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 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 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 confirmed a Galaxy Note 5 Android Oreo update though nothing is official until Samsung announces its final plans.
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 that’s still a huge if, the release date is probably several weeks away.
We expect the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 to be the first in line, followed by newish devices like 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. (Oreo beta rolled out on November 2nd last year.)
- December 30th: Samsung ends the Galaxy S7 Nougat beta.
- January 5th: Samsung starts rolling Android Nougat out to Galaxy S7 users. (Oreo rolled out to Galaxy S8 users on February 8th.)
- March/April: Samsung starts rolling Nougat out to Galaxy S6 users.
Most Galaxy Android Oreo updates will land in 2018, but 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 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.
Bug Fixes & Enhancements
Samsung and its carrier partners have rolled out numerous bug fixes to the Galaxy Note 5, but owners still suffer from a variety of Android Nougat problems. There's no guarantee Oreo will fix all of these issues, but major Android updates often come with performance enhancements.
If Samsung decides to push a Galaxy Note 5 Oreo update we'd expect it to deliver a nice list of fixes and enhancements.
The company's Galaxy S8 Oreo update's squashed bugs and improved performance. In particular, Galaxy S8 users are reporting improvements to the phone's biometrics which include an Iris scanner and fingerprint sensor. The Note 5 doesn't have an Iris scanner, but it does have a fingerprint sensor.
Major Android upgrades can also have a profound impact on overall performance. Oreo could solve severe battery drain problems, fix broken Bluetooth connectivity, remedy GPS and Wi-Fi issues, minimize user interface lag, kill off random reboots, and fix random freezes.
We'd also expect Note 5 carriers to include their own set of bug fixes and improvements on board their Android Oreo updates. That is, if they choose to offer them to customers.
The Galaxy Note 5 Oreo update won't be perfect, but it could help those of you having trouble on Android Nougat. If you're struggling on Android 7.0, keep those fingers crossed.