The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ might not make the jump to Android 7.1.1 Nougat but they will almost certainly get bumped to Android 8.0 Oreo.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 is the first Galaxy device to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat. And while owners of older devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 are hoping for a move from Android 7.0 to Android 7.1, Samsung hasn’t confirmed any additional Galaxy Android 7.1.1 updates.
Some Galaxy users are focused on the possibility of Android 7.1.1 but others are focused on a move to Android 8.0 Oreo, Google’s new operating system. Google’s confirmed Samsung Android 8.0 Oreo updates and we could see the first roll out later this year.
Samsung hasn’t revealed the list of devices getting the bump from Android Nougat to Android Oreo but it looks like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be among the first to get off Android 7.0.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update is reportedly in development behind the scenes though an exact release date is unclear.
It’s unclear if Samsung will push out an Android 8.0 Oreo beta like it did for Android Nougat. The company tested Android 7.0 on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in late 2016 before pushing out the final version to the devices in early 2017.
If there is a Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo beta we’d expect to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and perhaps the Galaxy Note 8 to be included.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed but we expect the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to be among the first to get upgraded to the new operating system. Flagship Galaxy devices are typically first in line to major Android upgrades.
Newer Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S7 should make the move to Android Oreo but other popular devices might get left behind on Android Nougat.
Samsung usually keeps Galaxy smartphones and tablets updated with major Android updates for two years which means devices like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 are in danger of missing Android 8.0 Oreo.
While these devices could miss Android Oreo, their software support won’t end. Samsung and its carrier partners extend bug fixes and security patches to devices well beyond the two year mark.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Oreo update isn’t the only Android 8.0 update in the works.
The company is reportedly planning to launch next year’s Galaxy S9 flagship with Android Oreo on board. The device might also feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a QHD+ Infinity Display at 1440×2960, 4GB of RAM, and a physical fingerprint reader.
The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo updates might roll out before the end of 2017 but the Galaxy S9 probably won’t arrive until next year.
It’s unclear how Samsung’s version of Android 8.0 Oreo will differ from Google’s.
Google’s version of Android 8.0 comes with a long list of enhancements including new emojis, improved performance, a wider color gamut, and Autofill.
Samsung tends to customize its version of Android which means some Android 8.0 Oreo features could be missing from its version of Android Oreo.
The company will reportedly bring some of the Galaxy Note 8’s Samsung Experience features over to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ but it’s not clear if Android 8.0 will be the one to deliver those features.
Install Nougat If You Want Better Security
Let's start with some basics.
If you value your security, and most of you probably do, you'll want to think about installing an Galaxy S7 Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device.
Every month, Google and Samsung release important security patches for Android devices. Your Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update should bring the latest security patches to your device.
Samsung's initial batch of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates delivered the company's January security update but the latest updates deliver newer security patches. You can read more about them over on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download or receive an older security update (May, June, etc), you'll also get those patches when you install Android 7.0 Nougat for the first time.
On top of the patches, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Nougat update brings Samsung Pass, a way to secure your identity using biometric data rather than entering your password or ID.
Samsung Pass is like a master key for your various logins and it relies on Galaxy S7's fingerprint scanner. The biometric data is encrypted and stored safely by Samsung Knox.