Samsung continues to roll out new Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates as we approach the release of its first Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Android 8.0 Oreo updates are on the way, but the company is still very focused on delivering new Android Nougat software to Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners.
Last week, AT&T pushed an Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to its Galaxy J3 (2016). The update delivered Android Nougat, Video Calling, Wi-Fi Calling, and Samsung’s August security patches.
This week, Samsung’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is pushing out to the Galaxy J5 (2016). The update is currently available in Europe (Poland), but we expect it to hit more regions and more devices in the near future.
Like previous Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Android 7.1.1 update brings features from Nougat, bug fixes, performance enhancements and, surprisingly, Samsung Experience 8.5. Samsung Experience 8.5 first arrived with the Galaxy Note 8 and it delivers better performance and an upgraded Device Manager app.
Speaking of the Galaxy Note 8, it’s also getting a new Android 7.1.1 Nougat build today. Samsung’s October patch is finally hitting the flagship device bringing fixes for 215 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE’s) in Android and six patches for potential exploits found inside Samsung’s own software.
The Galaxy Note 8’s update is currently available in China and Hong Kong though we expect it to make ground in other regions in the days ahead.
Samsung’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat update continues to pickup speed, but most Galaxy users currently running Android 7.0 Nougat can expect an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, not Android 7.1.1 or Android 7.1.1.
Most of the changes from Android 7.1.1 Nougat are baked into Samsung’s version of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Samsung still hasn’t confirmed its Android 8.0 Oreo plans, but the company is reportedly working on the software behind the scenes.
The company is reportedly testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and it supposedly has an Android 8.0 Oreo beta planned for Galaxy S8 users. Unfortunately, we still don’t have an official timeline for its release.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ should be first in line for Android 8.0 Oreo though we expect popular devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to get upgraded as well.
Samsung’s list of Android 8.0 Oreo update should also include the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy Note 7 FE, and Galaxy Tab S3.
Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out will be extensive, but popular devices like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 are in danger of missing Android 8.0 now that they’ve been given two years of software support. Samsung typically offers major software upgrades for two years before cutting support off.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 might not get Android Oreo, but Samsung and its partners should continue to support them with bug fixes and security patches well into the future.
Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta
Unless it drastically shakes things up, we expect Samsung to release an Android Oreo beta for select Galaxy devices.
In late 2015, Samsung released an Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. The beta gave users a chance to try the features early, but more importantly, it helped Samsung squash bugs ahead of the software's release.
This wasn't the first time Samsung publicly tested new Android software. The company also ran an Android Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 back in 2015. The Galaxy Note 7 wasn't included in the Nougat beta because, well, it started blowing up.
Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like the company is prepping an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Look for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and, perhaps, the new Galaxy Note 8 to take part. If you own an older device like the Galaxy S7 or a mid-range device , your chances of seeing a beta are much slimmer.