The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Oreo update isn’t official, but there’s a chance (a small one) it gets upgraded. With that in mind we want to take you through some reasons why you should and perhaps shouldn’t be excited about a potential release.
Samsung’s Android Oreo update is finally rolling out though it’s limited to select devices in select regions.
The company is starting with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the two devices that got the Android Oreo beta, but the firmware is expected to spread in the weeks ahead.
Nothing is confirmed, but there’s chatter about Android Oreo updates for two fossils. Rumors and T-Mobile have hinted at Android Oreo updates for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, Samsung’s flagships from 2015. If this happens it would represent a major shift.
Apple, one of Samsung’s top rivals, likes to keep its iPhones upgraded with new software for four years before it cuts off support. Samsung typically offers two years of major Android upgrades.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are more than two years old so there’s a chance both (officially, at least) stay put on Android Nougat. If that happens they’ll still get security patches and bug fixes, but Samsung and its carriers won’t support Android Oreo features.
There’s also a chance Samsung steps out of its comfort zone and offers Android Oreo to Galaxy Note 5 users in the United States and other countries around the globe.
If the Galaxy Note 5 does get Oreo, and that’s obviously a big if, we’d expect it to come with some of the changes Samsung’s brought to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Some, not all.
With that in mind we want to take you through some of these potential changes. This is based on the Galaxy S8’s Oreo update and the way Samsung’s handled software updates for older phones in the past.
We also want to take you through some potential disappointments that we think will help you set proper expectations as we push deeper into the year.
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.