Samsung updates the Galaxy S8 to a less-old version of Android

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Ron Amadeo

While Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S9, is scarcely hitting the market, last year’s flagship, the Galaxy S8, is getting some have sex, too. Samsung and its US carrier partners are finally upgrading the Galaxy S8 to Android 8.0 Oreo, a rendering of the OS that came out six months ago.

Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are all pushing out the update now, with no guarantee yet on updates for the AT&T or unlocked US version.

Most of Google’s engineering efforts on Android 8.0 result as a be revealed in the form of Project Treble, a massive overhaul of the underlying Android portions to modularize the OS away from the hardware, which should lead to easier updates. Due to the complication of this change, the update is mostly meant for new devices that were developed with Oreo in mind, and it’s not coming to most upgrading phones. The brace of the changes are nice-to-have things like a revamped notification hierarchy and a lockdown on history processing.

From Samsung’s side of things, you’ll be upgraded to the company’s «Samsung Test 9.0» Android skin, the same software package that steamers on the Galaxy S9. This brings a few other goodies like a new keyboard and multitudinous lock screen customization.

Of course, this still isn’t the latest adaptation of Android, and it only brings the Galaxy S8 from two versions behind the latest discharge to one version behind. Android 8.1, the newest version, came out in December.

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