Today in Android: Samsung’s Dual-SIM Galaxy S7 Receiving Oreo 8.0 Update and More
Several variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 have already received their Oreo update, and now it's the international, dual-SIM version's turn. As usual, the update will bring Samsung Experience 9.0 with the regular Oreo goodies such as picture-in-picture mode. Here's the full changelog posted by Samsung:
- Manage notifications for each app with notification categories (supported apps only).
- Icons will be shown at the bottom of the notification panel for notifications that aren't currently visible.
- Touch and hold an app to display shortcuts to common or recommended tasks within the app (supported apps only).
- Notification badges on app icons and in the notification panel are synced. Clear a notification in one location, and it will show as cleared in the other location.
- The Samsung keyboard toolbar gives quick access to useful functions.
- GIF keyboard lets you send GIFs using Samsung keyboard.
- More high-contrast keyboards are available.
- Background services are limited to improve performance and battery life.
Lock Screen and Always On Display
- New clock styles for the Lock screen and Always On Display.
- Adjust the transparency of notifications to get the look you want.
- Control your account settings and profile information for multiple apps.
- Tap your profile picture on the main Settings page to access your profile information and account settings.
- View and manage photos in Samsung Cloud.
- Select specific items to delete or restore from your backups.
- See how big each backup is and how many items it contains.
- Let your phone's screen go dark when mirroring to another screen.
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.
- In Video, auto-repeat and 2x speed are added.
- Samsung Pay has improved speed and security.
- Clock offers Landscape mode and timer sound options.
- Tap the digital clock widget to go to Clock directly.
- After OS upgrade, the follow apps can be deleted as the customer wishes: Samsung Connect, Samsung Gear, Samsung Music, Game Launcher, Baidu.
The update carries build number G9300ZCU2CRF5 and will weight in at around 1.5GB. The rollout has already begun, so keep an eye out for it.
Galaxy C9 Pro and Galaxy S7 Oreo update rolling out in China
The Galaxy S7 Oreo rollout is effective in full force and today, the Chinese variant of the 2016 flagship is set to receive what is very likely it's last major OS upgrade. The changelog is more or less identical to the one above and the update will also bump the devices up to the April security patch. The new build numbers for the S7 and S7 edge are G9300ZCU2CRF5 and G9350ZCU2CRF5 respectively. Along with the S7, the relatively unknown Galaxy C9 Pro (also released in 2016) is getting Oreo too and the build number for that is C9000ZCU1ZRFA.