There have been rumors that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 might be the first devices to receive the update to Android 8.0 Oreo before the end of this year. However, according to the latest developments coming from Turkey, it appears this won’t be the case.
Last year, Samsung started testing Android 7.0 Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge before finally rolling out the OS early this year. If anything, this could be the case, where the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 might be allowed to join the beta program in readiness for a wider rollout in early 2018. This is, at least, according to Samsung Turkey, which has just confirmed that the update to Oreo will commence at the beginning of 2018, perhaps in January, just like the case of Nougat and the S7 family.
Of course, the idea of Oreo rolling out first to Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 is ours. The report did not mention any device in specific, but since these two are the current flagships, it makes sense to assume that they will be the first to be updated to the new OS and later on followed by the 2016 flagships before turning attention to eligible midrangers and budget phones.
Keep in mind that such reports have appeared before when fans were looking forward to a major update and at some point, things did not materialize. Also, this is Samsung we are talking about and as such, it’d be helpful to take this with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, the fact that the company has confirmed work is ongoing is certainly reassuring.
For the uninitiated, the update to Android 8.0 Oreo will come with features such as Night Mode, improved notifications, new emojis, picture in picture, adaptive icons as well as the idea that it will “help minimize the background activities of apps you recently used on your device” in order to allow other apps to open much faster.
It looks strange that Samsung would make such an announcement on a Turkish website yet there are dozens of other options. Well, in case you haven’t noticed, most software updates on Samsung devices begin from Turkey before spreading to other markets across the globe. Perhaps this will also be the case with respect to Android 8.0 Oreo, but for now, this is just a hunch.