With multiple competitors in the smartphone market driving each other to new standards of excellence, combined with increasing consumer demands and expectations, smartphone technology is advancing rapidly.
Apple and Samsung are arguably the two biggest mobile technology providers, and they are both very aware of each other’s movements. With that said, Apple should watch out now that Samsung has pushed out the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8. The S8 was considered Samsung’s redemption following issues with the Note 7, and it has been spoken of as a “slam dunk.”
The S8 has a fantastic design, and top functionality to match top-notch horsepower and visually pleasing aesthetics. This combination of attributes is what most people are looking for, so Samsung certainly ticked all boxes with its latest developments. Though there are some minor gripes suggesting the phone needs adjustments, the phone remains polished, and if you’re seeking a new smartphone, the S8 should arguably be at the top of your list.
To support an otherwise highly appraised handset, the introduction of the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 has elevated proceedings even further. Samsung has started rolling the beta version out in the U.S., the U.K., and Korea. The beta program has been referred to as the Samsung Experience 9.0 beta, which will be based on Android Oreo and be featured with the Samsung S9.
If you have a device that runs on the Sprint or T-Mobile networks, use an open-market version, or have an unlocked device, you will be able to try out the Android 8.0 Oreo beta. Screenshots of the operating system suggest an unprecedented level of pixel smoothness, and the Android 8.0 Oreo beta appears to run faster than before. There are also Oreo app shortcuts featured prominently, which now appear when you long-press an app icon. This update has been long-awaited by fans, and the improved RAM management and increased emoji presence are well-noted.
SamMobile gives an overview of the improvements Google has made, which include new restrictions on background apps. Despite releasing Android Oreo in August, only Pixel and Nexus owners currently have the update, meaning that Oreo represents a measly 0.2% of the 2 billion Android devices in use today.