Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 & S8+: All the new features, visualized

As we already reported, Samsung has already kicked off the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices in the US, UK, and South Korea. If you're located in any of these locations, you can now enlist in the beta, which should be a rather hassle-free experience. 

The prerequisite for you joining the beta program is simple: in the US, you need to have an unlocked, Sprint, or T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S8/S8+ in order to partake. In case you're a UK resident, an unlocked variation of either device would suffice. If that's covered, then simply grab either the Samsung Members or Samsung+ app and enlist your device in the beta; it's available on the Play Store and on the Galaxy Apps.

Aside from bumping the Android version to 8.0, the beta update also brings improvements to the Samsung keyboard, Samsung Cloud, adds support for Dual Messenger Apps, improves performance, security, and etc.

So, what's actually new? 

We've summarized some of the changes in the gallery right below:

source: SamMobile



1. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

dual messenger is already a thing on nougat. i have it on my note 8

3. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

True, but older phones like the S8 and S7 didn't.

9. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

My mom got it on her J7 Prime with the Nougat update

13. RoyalMike unregistered

You can still use two accounts for same app in old models by secure folder

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Neat! All that's left is more optimization for S.Experience, Camera post processing + Portrait Feature not the garbage selective focus, better battery during standby.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4324; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

We aren't 12. We don't need portrait mode beyond what's already there.

6. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

So pros with DSLRs clicking photos with bokeh effects are kids?

7. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

What? Garbage Selective Focus? We'll put selective focus aside but even without it, with just touch to focus, the bokeh on my S6E produces some brilliant shots. You've got to know how to do this. With Selective focus though, it has improved a bit. The camera on Note 8 won best camera every where. Now though, I don't expect any further changes on software processing for the S8 duo.

10. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Selective Focus is garbage when you compare it to portrait mode of the Note 8 or even the Pixel 2. I'm not talking about the quality of pics taken taken. It's only about the portrait mode feature softwarewise. I don't think you need to teach me how to snap pictures via a smartphone. As I've taken more pics than you would ever take in your life :)

14. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I understand one thing with your message, you are an overconfident spoilt brat. I am a graduate in Image Processing and know in and out about optics. It is about how grounded you are as a human being that matters.

15. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Having a degree in Image Processing doesn't make you click better photographs than a person who hasn't even attended high school :)

4. gamehead unregistered

S8 with Oreo. I might be sold

8. YeahYeah

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Best android UI/UX.. even better than stock Android..

16. HKFoo

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Beautiful but lag. I prefer stock android

11. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Loving it on my Sprint S8! Very smooth for a beta experience

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Hard pressing has been extended to the multitasking and back button features. A real game changer

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