Samsung completed the Android Oreo beta testing on the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ just a couple of weeks ago, and is expected to release it to the public in a matter of days. Now, reports are emerging that the company, which is currently working on a software update for the Galaxy Note8, has initiated similar firmware development for five more devices.
Samsung has commenced works on Android Oreo development for the 2016-series Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the 2017-based Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, and also the Galaxy Tab S3, reported SamMobile, a Samsung community blog.
There is no word on when the public OS version will be released to the aforementioned devices. But, Samsung is certain to give priority to the flagship; so, the Galaxy Note8 will be next in line to receive Android Oreo after the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
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What's coming in Android Oreo?
Android Oreo comes with several improvements over Android Nougat, such as faster booting, extended battery life achieved by cutting down on unnecessary activities of apps in the background, more fluid experiences to phones and tablets as well as improvements in security via Google Play Protect, which checks suspicious activities and malware in apps.
It also brings new features such as picture-in-picture, which allows users to do two tasks simultaneously, like checking the calendar while planning a party on a Duo video call. There is also Smart Text Selection, which improves copy and paste. With the help of machine learning to recognize entities on the screen — like a complete address — users will be able to easily select text they want with a double tap, and even bring up an app like Maps to help during navigation.
One notable aspect of the Android Oreo is the Rescue Party feature, which helps the device recover from constant bootloops.
Beside the usual Google Android Oreo features, Samsung is adding its own custom features to enhance the user-experience of Galaxy S8 series owners, which include new clock styles for both lockscreen and Always on Display, and Smart View lets the mobile phone's display turn dark when mirroring the content on large TV screen, thus saving battery draining.
There will be a lot more value-added features coming to the Galaxy S8 series, which will be fully disclosed on the day of the official release.