Samsung Pay has received a new update that includes support for the latest version of Google's operating system for mobile devices, Android 8.0 Oreo. The update is available in India already, with the software package coming in at 104MB, though it is not immediately clear when the support for Android 8.0 Oreo will arrive in other territories. On top of the support for the newest iteration of Android, the update also brings a bevy of bug fixes and improvements that enhance the stability of the mobile payments app.
It is interesting to note that Samsung rolled out the update even though Android 8.0 Oreo has yet to come to any handset built by the company. The Samsung Pay support for Android 8.0 Oreo has reportedly started hitting the app through the Galaxy App store earlier this month as a client-side update instead of as an update via the Google Play Store. It was not immediately clear at the time in which countries the client-side update was released or in which handsets it landed on beyond the Galaxy S8, upon which a beta version of the mobile OS is set to arrive on October 31, though it was reported that the Galaxy App update would be reportedly hitting smartphones that were part of the Android 8.0 Oreo Beta Preview program, including the Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8.
Android 8.0 Oreo is the latest version of the mobile OS, though it is currently available on a few Android handsets since its announcement by Google and its general availability since August. Among other features, the mobile operating system bundles adaptive icons, security patches, circular emojis, notification channels and a lot more enhancements compared with its predecessors. The notification channels, in particular, contain the most important alerts that matter to users while notifications that are deemed less significant are given less priority. A stable version of Android 8.0 Oreo is set to hit Samsung devices in early 2018, as the tech giant is currently developing the OS's builds for its smartphones, and it is only a matter of time before the phone maker announces a final release date of Android 8.0 Oreo to its mobile offerings.