It's been close to three months since Samsung commenced Android Oreo beta testing for Galaxy S8 series and now, reports are coming that the company might finally release software to the public in a matter of days.
After closing registration for Android Oreo beta testing on January 15, the company is sending out a message to public testers via Samsung Members app that it is doing its best to roll out official S/W (software), reported SamMobile.
This apparently means Samsung is almost done with the final testing Android Oreo. Usually, the company will first release the final version to testers and expand it to the public in phases. If previous release pattern is taken as any indication, Samsung might kick-start the Android Oreo roll-out for the Galaxy S8 series by this weekend.
What's coming in Android Oreo?
Android Oreo brings several improvements over Android 7.0 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.
The new Google OS also comes with 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.
The praiseworthy attribute 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 incorporating its own custom features to enhance the user-experience of the Galaxy S8 series owners, which include new clock styles for both lock screen 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.