The American carrier, AT&T, is now rolling out a software update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that will upgrade the handset's operating system to Android 8.0 Oreo. This major operating system upgrade brings a number of new features to the smartphone, including the autofill functionality, the Picture-in-Picture mode, and the Notification dots functionality. The autofill functionality remembers usernames and passwords of the device owner, making it easier for users to log-in to websites and applications. However, users will have to grant the necessary permissions before they could take advantage of the feature. On the other hand, the Picture-in-Picture mode allows people to view two applications at the same time by showing one app in a smaller window layered on top of another application. The notification dots functionality informs the user regarding which applications have notifications directly on the home screen and it also allows users to access a set of quick in-app actions by tapping on the notification dots.
This operating system upgrade also brings improvements to a number of Samsung-specific software features, including the Samsung Keyboard app and the Edge Panel functionality. Moreover, this software package brings the March 2018 Android security patch to the Galaxy Note 8. The search giant identified a remote code execution vulnerability found in the media framework of the Android OS as the most critical security exploit that was fixed in this security patch. Moreover, this security patch fixes a number of critical vulnerabilities discovered in the media framework and the system component of Google's operating system.
Before installing the software package, it is important to verify first if there is enough free space in the device's internal flash storage in order to temporarily store the update file, which has a size of 1.4GB. Furthermore, users should also back up the files and images stored in the handset to a personal computer or a microSD card in order to prevent the loss of important data. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset from the semiconductor firm Qualcomm, and it sports a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution. The handset includes 6GB of RAM and it is also available in variants that contain 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of internal flash storage.