Changelist revealed for the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Oreo update beta

Changelist revealed for the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Oreo update beta
A T-Mobile customer who owns the Samsung Galaxy S8 recently found that his phone was updated with the Android 8 Oreo beta. The phone owner disseminated a screenshot revealing the changelist for the beta. The update weighs in at 1.4GB and includes Samsung Experience 9.0. The beta program actually launches today (November 2nd) and each of the four major U.S. carriers will be allowed to have only 7,500 Galaxy S8 and 7,500 Galaxy S8+ users receive it.

According to the user who supplied this information, the Samsung Galaxy S8 runs more smoothly on Android 8.0. Based on the screenshot that was posted by the phone's owner, the Android 8.0 Oreo beta includes the following changes for the Galaxy S8/S8+:

Basic Info:

  • Version: Samsung Experience 9.0
  • Build Numbers: G950USQU1ZQJJ, G950UOYN1ZQJJ, G950USQU1ZQJJ
  • Size: 1414.67 MB

Quick Panel Changes:

  • Manage notifications for each supported app with Notification Categories.
  • Icons will be shown at the bottom of the panel for notifications that aren't currently visible.

Home Screen Changes:

  • Touch and hold a supported app to display shortcuts to common or recommended tasks within that app.
  • Notification badges on app icons and in the notification panel are now synced. Clear a notification on one, then it will clear on the other.

Samsung Keyboard Changes:


  • New toolbar gives quick access to common functions.
  • GIF keyboard lets you send GIFs using Samsung Keyboard.
  • More high-contrast keyboards are available.

Edge Screen Changes:

  • Improved font size, color, and other settings for better Edge panel visibility.
  • Touch and hold the Edge panel to change its position.
  • Added three more Edge lighting effects and color customization for apps.

Samsung Cloud Changes:

  • View and manage photos and notes stored only in Samsung Cloud.
  • Store any type of file in Samsung Cloud Drive.
  • Select specific items to delete or restore from backup data.
  • View the size of all your backups and see how many items they contain.

Samsung Dual Messenger:

  • Install a second copy of a messaging app so you can use two accounts at the same time. For apps that verify accounts using phone numbers, you'll need a different phone number for each account.
  • Touch and hold a messaging app on the Home or Apps screen to install the second account, or go to Settings –> Advanced features –> Dual Messenger.

Find My Mobile Changes:

  • Back up Secure Folder remotely in Samsung Cloud when your phone is lost.
  • Samsung pass can be locked remotely.

Samsung DeX Changes:

  • See more apps listed at once by changing the app list view to full-screen.
  • Use Game launcher in Samsung DeX for a full-screen gaming experience.
  • Added support for two additional Samsung covers (LED View Cover, Clear View Standing Cover).

Other Improvements:

  • In Bluetooth, high-quality audio codecs, including AAC and Sony LDAC, are supported.
  • In Video, auto-repeat and 2x speed are added.
  • Voice Recorder provides smart tips to conveniently block calls while recording.
  • Flag Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync emails in Email.
  • A sticky notification tracks your steps in Samsung Health.
  • Clock offers Landscape mode and timer sound options.
  • Tap the digital clock widget to go to Clock directly.
  • Manage user names and passwords in third-party apps using Samsung Pass.
  • Added new unified workspace for Knox Workspace and Android for Work.

Samsung says that as the beta continues, updates will be sent out to improve some of the new features.


source: Droid-Life, GadgetHacks

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

1.4GB, that's quite heavy for a beta release.

2. ramdroid

Posts: 135; Member since: May 21, 2016

Samsung promised 60fps for 4k video recording in note8. Can't find that into his list!

3. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

No, they didn't promise anything regarding this. I don't know where you get all this information. Besides, Snapdragon 835 doesn't support 4k60 anyway. So there's no way you're getting this via an update.

4. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Correct that they didnt promise anything. But not all note8 come with the 835. Exynos can more than do it. And seeing as sony does it with the 835, it seems inaccurate to claim it cant do it. It just wouldn't be consistent plus it's murder on your storage.

5. Nopers unregistered

Sony doesn’t do 4K 60. They do 720p at 980fps only because the camera sensor has RAM

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

They can't distinguish the variants like that. It would cause issues with people who got the Snapdragon complaining. It's not the people that chose to get the snapdragon. Both variants of the phone should be roughly similar in feature set, battery life and performance. Else Samsung will lose loyalty from fan base. Regarding Sony, they don't support 4k60 either.

8. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

they won't lose loyalty because of that. even the Note 7 shameful debacle wasn't enough to steer them away. they are loyal AF.

11. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Why should it have? Products can have defects. That doesn't mean you shouldn't buy as long as they fix the issue. That's not loyalty though. It's choice. People who like the note will buy it. PERIOD. Samsung dealt and fixed the issue. There is no reason not to buy it. If it was defective again, that woudl be the reason not to buy it. Has very little to do with loyalty. I bought the Note 8, because I have files that even though they will work on the S8+, isn't the same without the S-Pen. I don't want to write or draw with my finger. I'm not loyal to the Note. Its just there is no valid replacement on the market from any OEM, not even Samsung. The Galaxy S is a good backup to make sure I can keep 100% of my data. No more, no less. If someone made a better Note, I'd buy it instead.

12. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Which Sony?

7. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

First of all this list is for the S8/S8+ not the Note8. Second, the Snapdragon doesn't support 60fps at 4k even tho the exynos does, but Samsung won't do it because it cause problems for the company in the US at least

10. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I don't see how it will happen unless they do it in software. Qualcomm specs for the SD835 says its supports 4K @ 60FPS on playback and not record. Seems it should be able to do both. Not that I want it. I don't even use the slow-mo. I tried it to see what it looks like, but never been in a situation where I wished I had it. 4k @60fps are just gonna create huge files for no real benefit. If you want smoother video, a nice steady ledge works well and so does a nice tripod

9. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Who wants 4k at 60fps anyway? 720p at 480fps would be far more useful

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