Install Android Oreo to Improve Your Note 8’s Security
If you value your security you should probably install the Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your device.
Samsung continues to release important security patches each month and the Galaxy Note 8’s Android 8.0 Oreo update brings the latest patches from Google and Samsung.
The first batch of Galaxy Note 8 Oreo updates delivered Samsung’s March security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches. Samsung recently started rolling out its April security patches.
If you’re curious about the current version, you can read more about the security patches over on Samsung’s website.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you’ll get those patches when you go to install Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8 for the first time. Each update comes with important patches to protect you and your phone from harm.
Samsung’s version of Android 8.0 also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay and enhancements to Find My Mobile.
The changes to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud if you lose your Galaxy Note 8 and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
Android Oreo comes with enhancements to the device’s Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type like a pattern, PIN, or password.
If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), a Galaxy Note 8 running Android Oreo will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.
Android 8.0 Oreo also enhances the Galaxy Note 8’s biometrics with additional security features.
Features that use the Galaxy Note 8’s biometrics (face, fingerprints, and irises) are now only available when you use a secure screen lock like pattern, PIN, or password.
On Oreo when you switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), biometric authentication is suspended for unlocking and for verification in popular apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass.
Install If You’ve Got Android Nougat Problems
If you and your Galaxy Note 8 are struggling with Android Nougat problems, you’ll probably want to give Android Oreo a try.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update is far from perfect, but there’s a chance it’ll iron out the most annoying bugs and performance problems plaguing your phone.
Android updates, particularly major releases, have the potential to fix common performance issues like severe battery drain, random reboots, and issues with connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular data, GPS).
In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update limits background services to improve performance and battery life.
If your Galaxy Note 8 is tied to a specific carrier, there’s a very good chance your carrier will tack on additional bug fixes to your update.
If you’re struggling on Android Nougat and you can’t find a fix, Android Oreo might be the remedy you’re looking for.
Install for a Better Samsung Keyboard w/ New Emojis
It might not pull you away from your favorite third-party keyboard, but Samsung’s stock keyboard is vastly improved in Android Oreo.
First and foremost, the Galaxy Note 8’s Android Oreo update brings the new, and redesigned, emoji characters you’ve been hearing about since last year.
If you use emoji characters when you chat with your friends, co-workers, and family members, you’ll probably want to download Android 8.0 Oreo soon after it arrives.
You’ll get a bunch of new options and the new characters are so much cleaner than the emojis found in Samsung’s Experience 8.5 UI. If you aren’t familiar with all of the new emojis you can get a good look at them right here.
Samsung’s new keyboard also comes with a toolbar that provides you with quick access to your most important functions.
Other notable changes include native GIF support, a more accessible clipboard, and new high-contrast keyboards that might be easier on your eyeballs.
Oreo also delivers some new resizing options that could help your typing, and swiping, become a little more accurate.
Install If You Like Customizing Your Galaxy Note 8
If you love customizing the look and feel of your phone you’re probably going to love what Samsung’s done with its Experience 9.0 UI.
Samsung’s new user interface comes with a variety of customization options including colored folders, new Edge features, and new clock faces. If you’ve used Oreo on the Galaxy S8 you’re already aware of these changes. If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know.
Once you get Experience 9.0 on board, your lock screen clock will change color to match the wallpaper you’re using.
The update also includes new clock styles for your device’s Always-On Display and new Edge lighting effects including a multi-color effect, a glow effect that makes the edges glow, and a glitter effect.
On top of that you’ll notice custom colored folders. These will allow you to take control of how your folders look on the screen and help you stay organized.
If you get tired of staring at the same old screens all day long, these might break up the monotony.
Install for This New Always On Display Feature
Samsung’s updated the Galaxy Note 8’s Always On Display with a new feature that reportedly requires Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can now take advantage of a feature that was originally exclusive to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. That feature? GIF support for AOD.
On Android Nougat, GIFs on the Always on Display would appear static. With this update, you can now see GIFs in action when the phone is idle.
GIF animations run just once, likely to help conserve your phone’s battery, but you can always double tap them to watch again.
In order to get the update, you’ll need to open up the Galaxy Apps store and tap the three-dot button on the top right of the screen.
From there you need to select My Apps then select Update. Locate Always On Display on the list and select update again.
Once you’ve got it installed, head to your Settings > Lock screen and security » Always On Display. You’ll then need to select either the Clock or Home button and clock under Content to Show.
Go back to Lock screen and security menu and choose Clock and FaceWidgets. Tap on Clock Style. From there, you’ll need to select one of the preloaded GIF animations or you can opt to select one of your own.
Install for Color Lens
If you read a ton of content on your Galaxy Note 8, you might enjoy Color Lens, a new feature from Samsung’s new Experience 9.0 UI.
The company’s expanded on its Blue Light Filter from Nougat with a new Color Lens feature that could help prevent eye strain when you’re reading content on your Note 8’s screen.
If you find it hard to read content on a white screen, and you’re running Android Oreo, you can go into your Settings > Accessibility > Vision > Color Lens and change the color.
Color Lens allows you to change the opacity of the color via a slider and you can choose from Blue, Azure, Cyan, Spring Green, Orange, Red, and many others.
If your eyes often start to hurt while reading content on your Note 8’s display, installing Android Oreo could help.
Install If You Use Samsung Cloud or Samsung DeX
If you use a first-party Samsung DeX dock with your Galaxy Note 8 considering downloading the Oreo update soon after it arrives.
Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update brings some enhancements to its Samsung DeX solution including design changes (the Apps screen now appears in full screen rather than a pop-up) and enhanced stability.
The Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update also adds 2x speed controls, Auto-Repeat to the stock video player, and support for two additional Samsung covers (LED View Cover and Clear View Standing Cover).
You should also consider downloading Oreo if you utilize Samsung Cloud. Samsung’s Android 8.0 update includes various improvements to the platform including:
- View and manage photos and notes stored only in Samsung Cloud.
- Store any type of file in Samsung Cloud Drive.
- Select specific items to delete or restore from backup data.
- View the size of all your backups and see how many items they contain.
You’ll also be able to add an icon to access your Cloud storage from the Note 8’s home screen. Your Samsung Cloud storage is also shown right on the dashboard so you can easily keep track of how much space you’ve used.
Install for Home & Quick Panel Upgrades
The Note 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update brings improvements to the device’s Home Screen and Quick Panel.
Once you download Android Oreo you’ll be able to touch and hold an app to display common or recommended shortcuts to tasks within the application.
For instance the YouTube app’s shortcuts allow you to quickly view Trending Videos, manage your subscriptions, or Search for new videos. If you’ve used an iPhone, this feature is similar to Apple’s 3D Touch function.
Not all apps support the feature, but we expect developers to roll out support updates over the course of the year so keep an eye out.
Notification badges on app icons and the Notification panel are now synced up. So if you’re running Oreo and you clear a notification in one location, it’ll also clear in the other location.
As for the device’s Quick Panel, you get a few upgrades. You can now manage Notifications for each of your apps with notification categories.
You’ll also notice icons at the bottom of the Notification panel for Notifications that aren’t visible.
Install for These Smaller Tweaks
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update also comes with a few smaller changes to the user interface that you should be aware of before you transition from Nougat to Oreo.
- Voice Recorder now provides smart tips for blocking calls while recording.
- Samsung’s Health app now has a sticky notification that lets users view their step count at a glance.
- The Email app lets you flag MS Exchange ActiveSync emails.
- The stock Clock now comes with a Landscape mode and a timer sound
- The Galaxy Note 8’s digital clock widget will now go directly to the Clock app when it’s tapped.
If any of these smaller tweaks sounds useful to you, you might consider trying the Android Oreo update on your device.
Install Android Oreo for Google’s Features
So those are some of the best features from Samsung’s Experience 9.0 user interface. The Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update also comes with some extremely useful base-level features from Google and they’re a great reason to consider making the move to Oreo soon after it arrives for your device.
If you haven’t been following Android Oreo since its release last year, you might be unaware of its main features, many of which are available via Samsung’s Oreo update.
These features include Notification dots, Notification snoozing, Autofill, Picture in Picture, Adaptive Icons, and improved copy and paste.
If you’re unfamiliar with these Android 8.0 features, you should take a look at our Android 8.0 Oreo vs. Android Nougat walkthrough. It’ll get you caught up in minutes.
If any of them sound interesting/useful to you, you’ll want to upgrade your phone sooner rather than later.
Don’t Install If You’re Unprepared
There are plenty of reasons to consider installing Android Oreo on your Galaxy Note 8 soon after it arrives. There are also some reasons to hold off. Here are a few reasons to think about waiting a few hours, a few days, or longer before installing Android 8.0.
It’s difficult to predict exactly how Android Oreo will impact your Galaxy Note 8’s performance. Again, some of you could see a performance bump, others could see performance take a hit.
While some of these problems will emerge soon after you download Oreo, others could appear further down the line. This is why you’ll want to prepare yourself, and your device, for the transition. A little prep work can go a long way toward preventing problems and headaches.
To assist you we’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the process we use before we install new Android software.
If you use your Galaxy Note 8 for work, you should check in with your IT department (if you have one) before you install the software. It could have a significant impact on the apps and services you rely on to do your job.
You should also get familiar with the changes on board Android 8.0, gather all of your logins because Android 8.0 might log you out, and research the downgrade process.
If you don’t have a ton of time to commit to the pre-installation process just be sure you backup your important files.
Data loss is rare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure all of your key data is safe before you make your move.
Don’t Install If You’re Worried About Oreo Problems
If you’re currently having an outstanding experience on Android Nougat and the features from Samsung’s version of Android 8.0 fail to excite you, consider holding out for a few more days.
Galaxy Note 8 users are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues. This is normal for a major Android upgrade like Oreo and we expect complaints to pickup as the Note 8’s Oreo update picks up speed. Again, it’s limited to a few devices at the moment.
If you’re feeling leery about the move to Android Oreo, wait for more feedback from Galaxy Note 8 Android 8.0 users to emerge.
If there’s negative feedback about your version of Oreo, it might be a good idea to hold out and wait for the first major Oreo bug fix update from Samsung or your carrier.
You should also wait until you’re ready to face Oreo problems head on. We’ve put together a list of fixes for common Galaxy Note 8 issues and you’ll want to commit these fixes to memory (or bookmark the page) before you install Oreo on your phone.
Don’t Install If You’re Traveling
If you’re preparing to travel or if you’re currently in the midst of a trip, think about taking a raincheck on Android Oreo until you’re back home.
Over the years we’ve spoken to travelers who wind up with a bricked phone or a busted app or service because they decided to install a new operating system.
If you’re on an important business trip or if you’re traveling in a new city or country for the first time, you probably depend on your phone to get you through the day.
If you’re out of your comfort zone or in the middle of an important work project, it’s probably a good idea to hold off on the Android Oreo update until you’re back at a base of operations. Maybe that’s your hotel room, maybe that’s back home.
Android Oreo comes with some awesome features for your Galaxy Note 8, but there’s no reason to jeopardize an important meeting or ruin a vacation day.
The Oreo update isn’t going anywhere. It’ll be waiting for you when you get back.
Don’t Manually Install If You Feel Uncomfortable
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo update is rolling out, but it could be weeks before it hits your device. If you don’t want to wait for the update to roll out OTA, you can manually install the firmwareahead of time.
The official Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Oreo firmware is out which means you can skip the OTA (Over-the-Air) roll out and get Android 8.0 and Samsung Experience 9.0 on board right now.
If you’re feeling impatient you might be tempted to install the update right now. However, if you feel uncomfortable with any part of the installation process you should sit back and wait for the update to arrive OTA. Manually installing software can have unintended consequences if you aren’t careful.
We expect most Galaxy Note 8 Oreo updates to go out soon so there’s no need to panic or rush into the upgrade.
If you do decide to sideload the software, make sure you take your time.