Are you the proud owner of a Galaxy Note 8? Well, if your answer is yes then you are in luck since the much-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update has started rolling to Note 8 devices out of the blue.
We’re aware that Samsung has been testing its Android 8.0 Oreo beta builds (along with the new Samsung Experience 9.0) on Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices for the past month. The Korean giant is expected to release the final bug-free Android Oreo update for these devices, once the beta test program ends on January 15.
But, the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy Note 8 is a surprise because it arrived earlier than any one expected, even though there was a leaked build a few months ago. It, however, seems like Samsung has started rolling out the official Android 8.0 Oreo update.
At least one Reddit user, who also works for Samsung, claims to have received the Android Oreo update and has posted screenshots to prove the same. Here you can find the software info attached below:
As seen in the screenshots attached above, the Android Oreo update received for the Note 8 carries the firmware version N950FXXU2CRA1.DM. It is debatable if the said version is for an internal test build or an official one, but the Redditor also added that the update was received on the Exynos variant of the device.
They added that the Android Oreo update has landed on a retail Galaxy Note 8 device, not one used for testing. This is surely an unusual development as Samsung is not one to soak test its internal builds on random devices. With no official word yet, it’s likely that update is being rolled out slowly.
This update for the Galaxy Note 8 would’ve gotten all the Android 8.0 Oreo features, such as auto-fill support, picture-in-picture, mode and notification dots, along with the changes introduced with Samsung Experience 9.0. Another Redditor has put up a changelog for the said update:
- Update to the keyboard
- Picture in picture support (so far I have noticed it on YouTube and google maps)
- App-specific long press menus from launcher (can no longer put apps to sleep from that menu or open app settings)
- Secure folder can be set to stay unlocked until the screen goes to sleep
- Autofill API support (with bio-metrics) for all apps, and browser
- Colored media notifications
- Notification categories
- Customization options for notification badges
- Keyboard uses giphy for gif search support (doesn’t work in gboard with stock messaging still)
- More edge lighting options
- Ability to ONLY view Samsung cloud items
- Ability to backup Samsung secure folder in Samsung cloud
- Bluetooth, high-quality audio codecs
- Manage passwords of Samsung and third-party apps with Samsung pass
Got Oreo on your Note 8 yet? If not, which of these features are you most looking forward to? Drop your comments below and let us know.