Samsung has finally started rolling out stable Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ users from Germany, which was actually ended the Oreo beta program for both the devices recently after releasing 7th and final Oreo beta firmware.
Samsung doesn’t otherwise roll out major Android updates right now, but it takes a staged approach, launching beta programs with multiple builds ahead of a final, stable version. And after a months-long beta period, an official Oreo build has begun rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
The availability of the update depends on location, and users in Germany are getting it first. The latest firmware update has a build number G955XXU1CRAP and of 500MB in size to download. Samsung Experience 9.0 Android Oreo features such as picture-in-picture mode and Notification Dots, alongside Android’s February security patches present.
The Galaxy U.X 9.0 brings a list of new features with the treatment of Android 8.0 Oreo lying underneath. Detailing the quick panel, now shows notification channels allowing users to manage notifications for each app that is supported and will show app icons at the bottom for the notifications that aren’t visible.
Features like the Multitasking menu’s compact list view is shown, Samsung’s overhauled keyboard, new Edge Lighting effects for notifications, and more. Now that the official Android Oreo OTA update is rolling out to users, more people will get to try them out. Tap and Hold any icon on the Home screen to display shortcuts to common tasks within the app. This is only available for the supported apps.
Likewise, there are notification badges on app icons, which in notification panel are synced, and if you clear a notification from one, it will get erased from other location as well. With Android 8.0 update, the background services are limited to save battery life and will improve performance, too. It also shows the currently running apps in the notification panel.
The Edge screen is now optimized with better font size, color, and other settings to improve the visibility. As aforementioned, the company also added three more edge lighting effects and color customizations for apps. The much required Dual messenger feature is now available. This feature lets you run two supported apps in two instances. You can add second space from the system settings app. You can also use the Game launcher in Samsung DeX for the full-screen gaming experience.
One of the things that the company didn’t make its way into the beta was Project Treble, and the stable Oreo update released today doesn’t actually have it either. Other improvements and additions include AAC and Sony LDAC high-quality audio codec in Bluetooth, auto-repeat and 2X speed in the video. Voice recorder provides an intelligent option to block calls while recording, improved speed and smart security for Samsung Pay. It also has a new unified workspace for Knox workspace and Android for work.
It is expected to roll out for beta testers in other markets soon and for all the users over the next few weeks.
For now: The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo (G955XXU1CRAP) update with Samsung Experience UX 9.0 is available to download for beta testers. Beta program participants will be among the first to receive the over-the-air update.
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