We posted recently about the woes of the Google Pixel 2 range, which includes popping noises, muddly screens and screen burn-in, and noted that getting Android OS updates day and date may not be the best reason to buy sub-par hardware.
On the other hand having to wait for OS updates is never pleasant, especially if the wait is long. Google released Android Oreo on the 21st August, and of course, their handsets launched with the OS already in place. The largest and most successful Android OEM, Samsung, will however reportedly only deliver the OS update to their flagship handsets early next year.
According to Samsung Turkey’s official site Güncel Miyiz (We are Up to Date), Samsung is already working on Android 8.0 (Oreo) and said:
“We aim to present the new operating system to you at the beginning of the new year.”
The beginning of the year is, of course, open-ended (at least till June 2018) so the wait could be pretty long.
On the other hand, the site notes Oreo will bring better app and power management, new emojis, picture in picture support, notification badges predictive text and night mode, most of which appear to be on Samsung’s latest handsets already if somewhat clunkier and less official.
In general, Samsung has worked somewhat as Google’s R&D lab, testing technology on its large user base which then later makes it to the official branch of Android, the most prominent example of this being split-screen multitasking.
Therefore I am not sure Samsung owners are missing out on much waiting for Oreo, but if being perfectly up to date is your thing (and being supported for years to come of course) it may be worth dealing with large bezels and funny screens for a few more years.