Android O is expected to be officially unveiled and released during the third quarter of 2017. If Google’s Project Treble initiative toward speedier updates is still in motion, Samsung devices may see the new software sooner than ever before.
While Samsung has not yet confirmed its update plans For Android O, tech blog SamMobile has put together some ideas, for which Galaxy smartphones and tablets may get the new software.
Here’s a rundown of Samsung’s possible Android O update list and details about their current software statuses.
Devices most likely to update to Android O first include the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 8 flagships. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus both released in early 2017 running Android 7.0 Nougat. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to release between August and September running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Android O would be their the first update for all of these devices, and as the newest on the market, the Galaxy Note 8 would likely be first to update between the three.
After the 2017 flagships, the 2016 flagships will likely update next. These include the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active. Android O would be the second major update for these devices, which all released running Android Marshmallow and then updated to Android Nougat. Other devices, for which Android O would be the second update include the mid-range Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 2017 series.
Mid-range and low-end devices, which may review Android O as their first major update include the Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy C9 Pro, and Galaxy C7 Pro. The soon to be re-released Galaxy Note FE (Galaxy Note 7) also falls into this list due to its previous discontinuation from the market. The Galaxy Note 7 would have updated to Android Nougat alongside the S7 flagships, had it not been taken from the market.
Other devices expected to update to Android O include the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 2017 series and the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet. The Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 have not yet released but are expected to run Android 7.1 Nougat when they do, while the Galaxy Tab S3 launched in February running Android Nougat. Samsung’s tablets tend to have a slightly different update cycle than its smartphones, but as a flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3 should be in line to receive at least two major Android updates.