Android: It’s been a little over two years since the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. If you’re still holding on to yours, you’re probably itching to upgrade to a new device – especially since Samsung still hasn’t updated either S7 smartphone to Android 8.0 Oreo. Don’t toss your older device just yet, though; your cookie might be here sooner than you think.
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A recent update on Samsung’s Korean website (via SamMobile) confirms that the company is “doing its best” to get Android 8.0 on the Galaxy S7 by mid-May. This follows a similar claim from Samsung Turkey that the Oreo update would arrive on May 18. Most promising of all, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were both recently certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running Android 8.0 firmware.
Android: Setting up a new Android phone means you'll be spending more than a few minutes in the Google Play Store, downloading apps. It also means you'll be dealing with more than a few annoying pop-ups in the form of notifications from all these new apps. It's easy to deal with the overwhelming amount of vibrations, dings and dots if you know what to turn on (and off).Read more
Android’s Oreo update adds a bunch of useful features, including the ability to snooze or pin notifications and more control over the type of push alerts you receive. Samsung has also included a new keyboard with built-in GIF search and the latest emoji, as well as the ability to hide albums in the default Gallery app as part of its Oreo update for newer devices.
Of course, it’s possible that Android 8.0 for the Galaxy S7 could get delayed again, but a mid-May update is looking extremely likely right now. With luck, it will breathe a little extra life into your legacy smartphone.