Canadian carriers Rogers and Freedom Mobile are now rolling out an update that will upgrade the operating system of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus to Android 8.0 Oreo. After installing the software package, users of the two handsets can now take advantage of features like the Picture-in-Picture mode and the notification dots functionality. The Picture-in-Picture mode enables users to view two applications at the same time by showing one app in a smaller window on top of another application. On the other hand, the notification dots feature alerts the user on the apps that have notifications directly on the home screen. Tapping on the dots will open a set of in-app quick actions.
This major operating system upgrade also brings both the Google Play Protect and the Autofill functionalities to the two devices. Once the user grants the necessary permission, the autofill feature will automatically remember important information like usernames and passwords. This feature should help in reducing the time spent by the user in logging-in to applications and websites. Meanwhile, the Google Play Protect feature regularly scans the device for malware and other forms of potentially damaging software. In addition, this software package brings the upgraded version of the South Korean tech giant's proprietary skin, the Samsung Experience 9.0, to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus.
It is important to check first if the internal flash storage of the handset has enough free space to temporarily keep the update file, which has a size of 1.3GB. Moreover, Samsung recommends that users should back up the files and images stored in the device in order to prevent loss of important data. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus were both launched by the South Korean tech giant in March 2017. The two devices are powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is comprised of an octa-core Kryo 64-bit CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. Both handsets include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal flash storage, although the two smartphones differ primarily in terms of display size and battery capacity. The Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch display and a 3,000mAh battery, while the larger Galaxy S8 Plus includes a 6.2-inch display and a 3,500mAh battery.