Galaxy Note8, Android Oreo
[Representational Image] Samsung Galaxy Note8 Android Oreo release imminent; new Google OS OTA firmware leaks for flagship device In Picture: A guest uses a new Galaxy Note8 smartphone during the company's launch event in New York City, U.S., August 23, 2017.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Samsung is reportedly planning to release the latest Android Oreo update to its flagship Galaxy Note 8 series.

The Android Oreo firmware built for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has surfaced online. Several users on Reddit have claimed the OS is functional but in its beta version.

It has to be noted that Samsung usually invites public software programmers to test latest Android OSes on flagship phones and get feedback. It has already commenced the process for the Galaxy S8 series in several regions, including the US, Europe and South Korea.

So, the company is most likely to start a similar official testing programme for the Galaxy Note 8 by the end of this month, and optimise and remove any bugs based on the feedback, then finally release it to the public en masse in January or early February.

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What's coming in Android Oreo?

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 Android Oreo release imminent; new Google OS OTA firmware leaks for flagship deviceReddit (screen-grab)

Android Oreo comes with numerous enhancements over Android Nougat, such as faster booting, extending of battery life 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 check suspicious activities and malware.

Read more: Google Android Oreo vs Android Nougat: What's changed?

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 recognise 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.

Another notable feature of Android Oreo is Rescue Party, which helps the device recover from constant bootloops.

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