Are you champing at the bit waiting for a taste of what the next Galaxy phone will be like? you do not need to wait until 2018. Samsung is launching a public beta for experience 9.0, its customized take on android oreo that may show up on the next Galaxy flagship. As of Nov second, “select” Galaxy S8 and S8 plus owners (more on that later) in South Korea, the uk and also the us can get to peek at the next-gen interface in return for feedback on performance and usability.
Samsung hasn’t said what 9.0 entails as of this writing, but early release notes recommend that Oreo’s architecturala|subject field|field|field of study|study|bailiwick|branch of knowledge|fine arts|beaux arts} improvements are the main focus. that means interface tweaks like notification badges, contextual actions when you long-press an app icon, higher sound quality and performance improvements. There are some Samsung-specific additions: you should see a GIF keyboard, more flexible Samsung Cloud file storage (including support for backing up your Secure Folder) and a game mode in DeX. you can even install second copies of messaging apps so that you can easily juggle multiple accounts, though this won’t work for services that insist on a phone number for verification.
When Samsung says the beta is coming to “select” devices, it isn’t kidding. On top of the prerequisite Samsung Account (you can enroll through the Samsung+ app), Americans will need an S8 or S8 plus running on Sprint or T-Mobile, whether or not it’s carrier-locked. And within the uk, it’ll have to be an unlocked or open market model. the company is promising “additional rounds” of beta registrations, mind you, so it’s possible that you will still get in if you are not a part of the initial group. the largest question is when Samsung will release the finished version. It took until Jan for android nougat to succeed in Galaxy S7 owners, and we would not be surprised if oreo has a similar wait.