Enlarge / The Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Ron Amadeo

Whereas Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S9, is simply hitting the market, final yr’s flagship, the Galaxy S8, is getting some love, too. Samsung and its US provider companions are lastly upgrading the Galaxy S8 to Android eight.zero Oreo, a model of the OS that got here out six months in the past.

Verizon, T-Cell, and Dash are all pushing out the replace now, with no phrase but on updates for the AT&T or unlocked US model.

Most of Google’s engineering efforts on Android eight.zero got here within the type of Venture Treble, a large overhaul of the underlying Android bits to modularize the OS away from the hardware, which ought to result in simpler updates. Because of the complexity of this modification, the replace is generally meant for brand spanking new units that have been constructed with Oreo in thoughts, and it isn’t coming to most upgrading telephones. The remainder of the adjustments are nice-to-have issues like a revamped notification hierarchy and a lockdown on background processing.

From Samsung’s facet of issues, you may be upgraded to the corporate’s “Samsung Expertise 9.zero” Android pores and skin, the identical software program bundle that ships on the Galaxy S9. This brings just a few different goodies like a brand new keyboard and extra lock display screen customization.

In fact, this nonetheless is not the newest model of Android, and it solely brings the Galaxy S8 from two variations behind the newest launch to at least one model behind. Android eight.1, the most recent model, got here out in December.


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