Samsung to Begin Rolling Out Android Oreo for its Smartphones Only by Early 2018
If you own one of the latest flagship smartphones from Samsung, there is some bad news for you. While the new flagship smartphones from pretty much all leading Android OEMs are expected to be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo before the end of the year, Samsung, the biggest Android OEM, will apparently begin rolling out the same update for its flagship models in early 2018. The info was revealed in a post by Samsung Turkey, so it is, in fact, coming from an official source.
We cannot say we are totally surprised, as Samsung is the only leading Android OEM that is yet to say anything regarding the Oreo update. All other leading manufacturers have already confirmed a list of devices that will be receiving the Android 8.0 update. Sony, in fact, started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its flagship Xperia XZ Premium smartphone just a few days back. Other companies such as LG, HTC, Huawei, and HMD Global are expected to begin rolling out the Oreo update for their smartphones before the end of the year.
Even though Samsung hasn’t come up with a list yet, it is quite obvious that the company will roll out the Oreo update to its 2017 flagship models first. The eligible mid-range Galaxy smartphones will probably receive the update only in Q2 or Q3 next year. Needless to say, it is very disappointing that Samsung is going to take almost half a year to complete the Oreo update rollout even for its flagship models. It was a similar story this year, as the company finished rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its flagship models only in the second quarter. Part of the reason behind the delay could be Samsung’s custom “Experience” UI, formerly known as TouchWiz. While Samsung has managed to make its custom Android skin leaner over the past year or two, it still remains quite heavy with a boatload of features and customizations.
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