Samsung rumoured to have begun work on Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus

Samsung is all set to launch its flagship Galaxy Note 8 in India on 12 September. The device, however, is yet to receive an update to Android’s latest version Oreo. The update though could arrive soon as a recent report by GSMAreana suggests that Samsung has already begun working on an update.

Representative Image, Reuters

Representative Image, Reuters

While there has not been an official confirmation yet, the report reveals two separate firmware numbers which could be for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The firmware numbers revealed were — G955FXXU1BQI1 and G950FXXU1BQI1. The Korean tech giant is yet to reveal a time-frame as to when an update should be expected, but the new information does clearly suggest that it is in the works.

Samsung had last year adopted a different approach to rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users through a beta-testing program for early adopters and could choose to do the same this year. Users will be anxious though as a majority of mid and lower end devices of 2016 by the company are yet to receive an Android 7.0 Nougat update.

The company does have a history of being a little slow in pushing out updates given its use of a custom user interface but Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, as well as Galaxy Note 8 users, should be certain of an update soon. Rival OEMs like OnePlus, HTC, Sony, Huawei and HMD have already confirmed updates for their devices.

Apart from being a major software update, Android 8.0 Oreo brings across a number of key additions, in terms of features. These include a new picture-in-picture mode for video content, a wider colour gamut for image processing applications and an autofill framework for login and password credentials, among others.

A full feature breakdown of Android 8.0 Oreo can be read here.

Published Date: Sep 11, 2017 10:15 am | Updated Date: Sep 11, 2017 10:15 am

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