Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are yet to receive the final and stable update to Android 8.0 Oreo. The wait has been painful but does not mean that the older Samsung flagships will not get the latest version of the operating system. According to Manufacturer Development pages found on the website of the U.S. carrier T-Mobile, Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 will update to Android 8.0 Oreo just like their successor. The page shows that “T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update”, that is Android Oreo.
This is not the first time we hear that Samsung Galaxy S6 and its variants will be updated to Oreo. Last year, Samsung reps confirmed in support conversations that the phones will be updated, but you know, the info released in support chats is not always reliable, so we could not take it as a concrete proof. But this further confirmation by T-Mobile leaves almost no doubts: the devices will get the update. According to Samsung reps, the handsets will be updated in February 2018, so it is likely that they will be released this month together with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and its Plus version.
The update to Android Oreo on Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 should come together with the Samsung Experience 9.0, the latest version of Samsung’s custom user interface. According to a leaked infographic, Samsung Experience 9.0 will bring improvements to keyboard and a better toolbar to search for emoji, stickers and animated GIFs. There will also be improvements to Bixby and a new feature called Color Lens which will allow customizing the display color and its intensity. And these are only some of the many improvements of the new user interface.