A Samsung Galaxy S6 Oreo update might be in the works so we want to take you through some reasons why Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge should, and maybe shouldn’t, be feeling excited as we push deeper into the year.
Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out is starting off slow, but we expect the company to make a big push as we push through spring into the summer months.
If we’re lucky, the company will upgrade older devices like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active with Android 8.0 and its new Experience 9.0 interface.
The Galaxy S6 Oreo update’s shown up in a leaked Android roadmap and on T-Mobile’s Android update schedule, but until Samsung itself confirms, a Galaxy S6 Oreo update is up in the air. There’s still a very good chance the company leaves the device behind on Android Nougat.
Samsung typically keeps its devices upgraded with major software upgrades for two years before killing support. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are well past their second birthday.
There’s pessimism in the air, but we and many others are trying to stay optimistic as we cruise into the spring. The door for a release is still open and we, and many other Galaxy S6 users, remain hopeful.
If the Galaxy S6 gets Oreo, and that’s a big if, the update won’t be as robust as the software that’s emerged for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, or Galaxy Note 8. That said, we’d expect it to come with some useful features, enhancements, and fixes.
Today we want to go over some of these potential changes. These are based on the Oreo updates for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 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 will help you set proper expectations as Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out continues.
If Samsung decides to roll out Oreo to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Active, the update will come with enhanced security.
We already told you that the company's Oreo update comes with better security for Samsung Pay, but there are some other potential enhancements you should know about.
First off, the Galaxy S6 Oreo update (once again, if there is one) will almost certainly include the latest security patches from Google and Samsung.
If you somehow failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S6.
Android Oreo also delivers some enhancements to Find My Mobile including the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone. It also allows you to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
The good news is that even if the Galaxy S6 misses Oreo, Samsung and its carriers will continue to support the Galaxy S6 with bug fixes and security patches.