Android Oreo Update Finally Hits the US for the Galaxy S8

Android Oreo

Verizon and T-Mobile have started to roll out their Android 8.0 (Oreo) updates for the Samsung Galaxy S8. Samsung fumbled the update last month due to reports of random reboots. Coincidentally, the rollout occurred on the Galaxy S9’s launch day.

Some of the enhancements included in the update as claimed by Verizon include:

Background limits: Android Oreo helps minimize background activity in the apps you use least, providing better device performance.

Autofill: Autofill remembers logins and passwords for quick access to your favorite apps.

Picture-in-Picture, for apps: Lets you to see two apps at once for easier multitasking.

App Notification Dots: Press the notification dots to quickly scan what’s new, and clear them by swiping away.

Use 2 apps with just one tap

App Pair lets you launch two apps and use them side-by-side on the immersive Infinity Display.

Add an App Pair icon to your Home Screen for one-touch access.

Dual Messenger

Your Galaxy S8 has Dual Messenger capability, letting you use 2 accounts on the same chat app. Keep separate accounts for work and home, but on the same phone.

You can find Dual Messenger in Settings > Advanced features.

High contrast keyboard options

Android Oreo provides several different high contrast keyboards to customize your device experience.

Phone screen updates

The new phone screen swaps the “Mute” and “Keypad” icons to help prevent accidentally hitting mute during calls.

Unfortunately, my carrier, Xfinity Mobile, has not rolled out the Oreo update for the S8 yet. Xfinity Mobile’s official Twitter account replied to a Twitter user who inquired about the update saying the Oreo update should be available for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ sometime in late March. This comes as a bit of a surprise to me being that Xfinity’s security patches have been rather timely, even ahead of several major carriers.

Only 1.1% of Android phones are running Android 8.0 or higher. Only 26% of Android devices are running the previous version – Android 7.0 Nougat.