In its continued push to ensure that all of its own software is fully compatible with Android 8.0 (Oreo), Samsung has now released a new update for the Samsung Music application. The Music application is actually just the latest in a string of apps that have been updated by the company in preparation for Android Oreo. The first of its applications, namely Samsung's Smart Switch app, was updated several months ago. That was followed by the start of an open beta program for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus users who wanted to help test out the next iteration of the OS – as well as Oreo updates for Samsung Connect and, more recently, Samsung VR.
Unfortunately, there haven't been too many details with regard to exactly what changes were needed to bring Android Oreo compatibility to any of Samsung's applications. However, this update – which takes the Music app to version number to 16.2.08.22 and will take up an additional 26MB in storage – does contain at least a few other tweaks that should be much more noticeable to end users. First, the update will add an alphabet scroll index, making it easier than ever for users to find exactly the artist or song they are looking for. Updating will also add a shuffle play feature for those moments when users don't have time to hand-craft a completely new playlist or would rather just listen to a mix of their preferred music. Finally, users with Samsung handsets featuring an edge display will be able to switch off edge lighting with the update.
Meanwhile, the beta is actually well into its fourth iteration, with the firmware version being shifted to number R16NW.G955FXXU1ZQLE just last week. With all of that said, this latest update could indicate that Samsung is nearing final optimizations for release. Oreo is speculated to be ready toward the end of this month for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, although the company has yet to make an official announcement. In the meantime, the newly update Samsung Music app can be downloaded via the company's dedicated Galaxy Apps application or through the Google Play Store button below.