A little less than 3 months after its initial launch, Samsung is rolling out the first beta build of Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Version 9.0 of Samsung Experience (rechristened TouchWiz, for those of you who are unaware) packs a great deal of new functionality and many under-the-hood modifications.
The announcement, made yesterday, states that users based in South Korea, the U.S. and the U.K will get the chance to try out Android 8.0 Oreo on their Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices before the public release. The beta test is limited in other ways, however; in the US, beta testers must be on Sprint or T-Mobile network devices or be using unlocked devices with SIMs on one of those networks, and UK-based devices must be unlocked in order to enroll for the beta. The beta can be enrolled for via the Samsung+ app by looking for the beta registration option at the top, and undergoing the required steps.
The update includes a number of new features courtesy of the updated Android core. There are launcher shortcuts, colored media notifications, improvements to the Edge Screen, dual messaging, DeX improvements, high-quality codec support in Bluetooth audio and much, much more. The experience is also notably much smoother according to users, and Samsung has fixed a number of long-lasting bugs and issues that had been plaguing users. While we haven't tested it out just yet, the majority of users are reporting a positive experience, so it might just be worth giving it a go (when taking into account the risks of beta software, backing up all your data and acknowledging that neither us or Samsung are responsible if you by chance happen to lose all your shit in the process.)
What do you guys think? Will you test out this beta build on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+? Do you think it's worth the new features to use a beta build? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts!
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