The solar eclipse is gone, but it leaves us with some good news; the release of Google’s android O – Android Oreo. Is your smartphone ready to let you enjoy the tasty, crunchy cookie? Well, that’s up to the manufacturer. Most brands are already looking forward to making Android O compatible with their devices. Among the top brands, Samsung devices will get the update with the grace UI on top. This time Samsung wants to make sure it’s among the first brands to roll out the update to its devices. Google will set the pace, then Essential and then other brands will follow.
For Samsung, devices which were released with Android Nougat 7.1 pre-installed this year will be the first ones to receive Android O. Samsung will then roll out the update to its other devices classified in three tiers. High-end flagships, midrange, and the budget range smartphones.
High-end flagship devices include;
- Samsung Galaxy S8 (G950F, G950W)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Recently released)
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (G955, G955FD)
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935F, G935FD, G935W8)
- Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930FD, G930F, G930, G930W8)
- Samsung Galaxy Note FE
The mid-range devices that will receive the update are;
- Galaxy A3 (2017) (A320F)
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) (A520F)
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) (A720F, A720DS)
- Samsung Galaxy A8 (2017) (A810F, A810DS)
- Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
Budget range smartphones include;
- Samsung Galaxy J7v
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
- Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) (SM-A9100)
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) (A710F, A710DS)
- Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (A510F, A510F)
- Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) (A810F, A810DS)
What Android O brings
Android Oreo comes with the following goodies right from the manufacturer – Google. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
Picture in picture mode
This feature allows you to view videos while you do other things on other apps. The videos, however, are displayed on a smaller screen. i.e., you can watch a video while sending messages. Most apps now support this feature. Brands like Samsung have this functionality too. On Oreo, you can tap the smaller screen for it to rescale to a ‘bigger’ smaller screen; no straining.
Autofill and enhanced copy and paste
Filling forms and passwords are now as seamless as it is on our PCs. An improved copy and paste has the intuitive fluid experience of Android O. Based on machine learning, you only tap, and Android O highlights the contents. It then presents you with pop-ups and suggestions of apps you would like to copy and paste the contents to.
Vitals – Security, Stability, and Performance
Android O brings security, stability and performance improvements to your device. This means an increased battery life and also a faster device. i.e., less start-up time; your device will now boot twice as faster as it is now. Due to extensive changes in the operating system’s core, apps are also loading faster. To extend and improve battery life, Android O applies wise limits to background activities and location services.
If your device isn’t listed above, hold on tight, Samsung is going to release the official list.