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Samsung Android O 8.0: Which Smartphones To Receive Next Generation Android

by Ralph Chen / Aug 17, 2017 09:25 AM EDT
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Android O 8.0 will soon come out and Samsung users need to know which models are expected to receive it. Several Samsung devices are eligible to receive Android O 8.0 which will be released by late 2017 or early 2018. The South Korean tech giant usually upgrades a model at least once to a major software version before the 18-month software support expires.

For 2017, Android O 8.0 is expected to arrive at Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S8 Active and Galaxy Note 8 as their first major OS upgrade. A collection of the 2016 lineup composed by Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active are also receiving the next generation Android as the second major software upgrade.

Galaxy A smartphone series of 2017 composed by Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A3 are also qualified to receive Android O as the second major OS upgrade. Galaxy A9 Pro now running Android Marshmallow may receive Android O but not after the official Android Nougat update. Galaxy A9 released in January 2016 and Galaxy A8 of 2015 may or may not be upgraded to the next generation Android OS. Other devices such as Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5, and Galaxy J7 have unclear status if eligible to receive Android O.

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 will finally reach the end of the life cycle on Android Nougat. Galaxy A series of 2016 composed by Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A3 are not eligible for Android O after receiving two major OS upgrades. Certain models such as Galaxy J1, Galaxy J2, and Galaxy J3 are unlikely to be upgraded to Android O, according to reports from SamMobile.

Users with advanced knowledge in Android such as root access and unlocking bootloader might still be able to extend life cycles by flashing custom ROMs running Android O 8.0 in the future. Samsung scheduled an unpacked event held in New York City on August 23 which likely to announce the next generation Galaxy Note 8 phablet, according to a tweet by Samsung Electronics.

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