Finally, Samsung has announced the official Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. As expected, people who enrolled for the open beta will be the first in the queue to receive it. The update will be rolled out incrementally, and you're probably going to have to wait a bit, depending on where you live. No official images have been posted online yet, but we reckon they'll be up within the next few weeks. If you've enrolled in the beta program, all you need to do is tap the Download updates manually option in the Settings » Software update menu.
Samsung has always released a stable build for a major OS upgrade about a two weeks after the beta program ends, and it isn't any different this time around. The rollout today started with firmware version G955XXU1CRAP (a developer somewhere is giggling uncontrollably) for the Galaxy S8+ in Germany. It is 487MB in size and comes with the latest February 2018 security patch. The size of the update will be significantly bigger for users running Nougat. Here are some features that you can expect to see once the update hits your device:
A new toolbar has been added to access various functions easily. Users will also be able to insert moving GIF contents into the input field, along with four new themes for the keyboard.
New Edge lighting effects
You can now select from three new lighting effects for when a notification comes in. There’s a multi-color effect that circles the display in various colors, a glow option that will, well, make the edges glow, and a glitter effect that displays various colors at the same time.
Pin or snooze notifications
Until now, when you used the clear all notifications option in the notification shade, you didn't have the option to keep the ones you'd like to take a look at later. Now, you can pin notifications in the shade and clear the rest. Similarly, you can also snooze notifications from pesky apps for up to two hours. The pin and snooze options can be accessed by swiping an app’s notification ever so slightly to the left or right, then hitting the corresponding toggle.
The ability to run two instances of the same app is by no means a new feature and has existed in several Chineses devices for a while. Samsung users will finally be able to run two instances of some supported apps (Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram, et al) with the Oreo update
App Pairs for quick multitasking
Now, you can have pre-combined pairs of apps, such as the camera and gallery or any other apps that you regularly use in split-screen mode. App Pair is an Edge screen feature so that you can access your App Pair shortcuts from anywhere. Up to ten pairs can be created from the App Edge panel and tap on the "+" sign. Then, you select two apps from the list and tap done to save the pair.
There's a host of other changes including additional options in the Settings menu, background permissions monitoring, and more. Have you received the Oreo update on your Galaxy S8 or S8+ yet? Let us know in the comments below.