A lot is going on regarding the 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8, but as you should probably know by now, most of the reports are based on rumors and speculations.
While it is true Samsung will release a Galaxy S8 this coming year, it is not known when this will happen and what the phone will look like, both outside and inside. However, a keen look at the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 update to Android 7.0 Nougat beta tells us a few things about the future Samsung Galaxy S8.
The latest Android Nougat beta that is running on Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a new TouchWiz UI. This skin has a number of changes that can easily be associated with the 2017 Galaxy S8, especially when looking at what the rumors have been saying.
Just recently, Samsung acquired Viv Labs and with this move, most people believe that the South Korean tech giant is ready to jump into the world of AI and digital assistants with the Galaxy S8. This was expected to happen to some point, especially looking at how both Apple Siri and Google Assistant have progressed with respect to the iPhone and Pixel phones.
While the latest Android Nougat beta for Samsung Galaxy S7 has not been updated with a built-in AI assistant, the company has made some nifty changes that point towards this possibility for its 2017 flagship. The current UI is smarter than before, with each Settings menu equipped with a “Looking for something else?” area just below it. This section basically links you to other options that are related to the setting in question.
The new Nougat beta has also integrated voice search into more Samsung apps, something that makes it a lot easier to see how Samsung Galaxy S8 could eventually function, especially since the voice commands can easily be extended to support more functionalities.
As far as rumors are concerned, Samsung Galaxy S8 will reportedly be ditching the 3.5mm headphone port in favor of USB-C port for audio, charging and data transfer. Even though many people might not be impressed with the fact that Samsung is pushing harder into doing what Apple already did with the iPhone 7, the good side of the story is that the Galaxy S8 could debut the company’s first stereo speakers, meaning you end up with even much better audio quality.
Many people were possibly ready to ditch the iPhone in favor of Android purely because of the issue of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the former. Now that the leading seller of Android devices is set to make a similar move, it remains to be seen how the smartphone market will react to this change – a change that appears to be positioning itself as the norm.