The Samsung Galaxy S9 may become the first smartphone to get the Android 8.1 Oreo update
South Korean manufacturer Samsung launched the S9 and the S9+ flagships this year with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UI on top. Recently the Exynos variant of the S9 appeared in the benchmarking website GeekBench hinting that the company is in the final stages in testing the upgrade for the flagship smartphone.
The company didn’t make an official statement on when the update will roll out, but we know that it’s in development and will have all the features Google has included in the version. The following notables changes are:
Visual: The search bar moves to the bottom, notification settings are now a bit translucent, navigation buttons disappears if they aren’t used for two seconds and a new settings menu
Battery: Now users can see the power left in battery with a device connected through Bluetooth
Fingerprint: Users can now use the option to disable the fingerprint scanner once an unregistered fingerprint is attempted multiple times
Notification: Apps are limited to pushing one notification chime per second which users can also mute altogether
Browsing: Now third-party applications can detect Webview attempts which points to a malicious website
A.I: The new update brings a huge push to the AI capabilities in a smartphone. It supports Neural Networks API which provides on-device AI processing by working with ML frameworks including TensorFlow Lite, Caffe2 and more.
Smart selection: This an upgrade to the regular copy and paste method. Long pressing a text automatically highlights the relevant words and suggests further actions.
Samsung is also expected to launch the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus and some other budget and mid-range devices. There is no information about the timing of the update rollouts.