The Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update is finally making progress. And while you might be tempted to install it early or the second it arrives for your device, there are some reasons why you might want to wait a few minutes, a few hours, or in some cases, a few days.
After a lengthy wait, Samsung is finally pushing the Android 8.0 Oreo update and its new Experience 9.0 user interface to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The update isn’t pushing out to the Galaxy S7 Active yet, but we expect that to change within the next few weeks as the roll out makes progress in the United States and in countries around the world.
The update is finally rolling out in South Korea with updates planned for June in places like Turkey and Canada.
If you’ve been watching Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out and/or have taken note of the Galaxy S7 Oreo leaks, you know Android 8.0 is a substantial upgrade for the former flagships.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update comes with a lengthy change log that includes:
- A new Samsung Keyboard
- New emojis
- Performance improvements
- Autofill API
- Security features
There’s a lot to be excited about, but there’s always a chance Android Oreo brings trouble your way.
As we push into the summer we’re starting to hear about some of the bugs and performance issuesplaguing Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users who’ve transitioned from Nougat to Oreo.
Common issues include severe battery drain, abnormal amounts of lag, issues with first and third-party apps, and connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc) problems.
Despite these problems, most Galaxy S7 users should upgrade to Android Oreo soon after the update arrives. Some of you might even want to skip the OTA and manually install the firmware right now.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to install the Galaxy S7 Oreo update and some reasons why you might want to wait.
Install Android Oreo for Better Security
If you store sensitive data on your Galaxy S7, and we assume most of you do, you’ll probably want to install the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
The first wave of Galaxy S7 Oreo updates bring Samsung’s batch of April patches. The batch includes security updates from not only Samsung, but Google as well.
Samsung’s released a May security update and the next wave of updates could have those patches on board as well. It’ll also release another batch of patches in early June.
If you failed to download a security update from another month, you’ll also get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S7.
If you’re curious about the contents of Samsung’s latest security update, you can read more about the changes on Samsung’s website.
On top of the latest patches from Samsung and Google, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Oreo update also brings some other important security features to help protect you and your device from harm.
The company’s Oreo update delivers security improvements to Samsung Pay, the Galaxy S7’s popular mobile payment solution.
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update also comes with enhancements to the handy Find My Mobile solution. The updates to Find My Mobile include the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and the ability to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.
Install to Fix Problems & Improve Performance
|If you’re really struggling on Android Nougat, you’ll probably want to manually install Android Oreo or download it soon after it arrives for your device.
Many Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users are struggling on Android Nougat. Android Oreo isn’t perfect, but there’s a very good chance it’ll squash the bugs you’re seeing and iron out the performance issues plaguing your phone.
Galaxy S7 users are reporting improved performance on Oreo. One user goes as far as to say Android Oreo is “blazing fast.” Mileage will vary person-to-person, but this kind of feedback is great to see this early in the roll out.
Android updates, particularly major releases like Oreo, have the potential to fix common performance issues like severe battery drain, random reboots, user interface lag, and issues with connectivity like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular data.
And if your device is tied to a carrier like AT&T or Verizon, there’s a good chance your provider will tack on additional bug fixes. They typically do.
If you can’t find a fix for your Android Nougat problem(s), give Android Oreo a go sooner rather than later.
Install for a New Keyboard & New Emojis
|Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S7’s Android Oreo update delivers Samsung’s Experience 9.0 user interface, the same UI the company brought to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 earlier this year.
Samsung Experience 9.0 brings some big changes with it and we’ll outline some of our favorites in the slides ahead. Let’s start with the new keyboard.
If you use emojis when you chat with your friends and family, you’ll probably want to download Android Oreo right now.
Oreo brings new and redesigned emoji characters to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. If you aren’t familiar, take a look at them right here. They’re much better looking than the emojis found on Android Nougat.
Samsung’s Oreo update also enhances the stock keyboard with some other notable features including a new toolbar with quick access to your most important functions, native GIF support, and a more accessible clipboard.
It might not pull you away from your favorite third-party keyboard, but it’s a much better package than what’s on Android Nougat.
Install for Improvements to Samsung Cloud & Pass
|If you’re a Samsung Cloud user, note that Android Oreo delivers some improvements that make Android Oreo a worthwhile download.
The Galaxy S7 Android 8.0 Oreo update includes the ability to view and manage photos and notes stored only in Samsung Cloud.
You can also now store any type of file in Samsung Cloud Drive, select specific items to delete or restore from backup data, and view the size of all your backups and see how many items they contain.
You should now be able to add an icon to access your Cloud storage from your home screen and you should also be able see your Samsung Cloud storage on the dashboard.
If you use Samsung Pass, Android Oreo allows you to manage usernames and passwords in third party applications.
Install Android Oreo for Dual Messenger
The Galaxy S7 Oreo update comes with Dual Messenger, a feature that’s currently available on flagship phones like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, but is slowly spreading to other devices via Android 8.0.
If you aren’t familiar with the company’s Dual Messenger solution, it allows you to use two accounts for the same messaging application on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.
So once you get Android Oreo installed on your phone, head into your Settings > Advanced Features > Dual Messenger. There, you’ll find all of the apps that support Dual Messenger.
Popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, LINE, and Skype all work with the Dual Messenger platform.
For more information about Samsung’s Dual Messenger feature, take a look at the company’s guide.
Install If You Like Customizing Your Galaxy S7
|If you like to customize the look and feel of your phone, Android Oreo comes with some new customization options that might pique your interest.
Once you install Android Oreo you’ll notice your lock screen clock now changes color to match the wallpaper you’re using on your device.
Samsung’s version of Oreo also includes some brand new clock styles for your device’s Always-On Display. They’re found in the Clock hub.
Galaxy S7 Edge users will also gain access to new Edge lighting effects including a multi-color effect, a glow effect that makes the edges glow, and a glitter effect.
Your Oreo update should also come with custom colored folders to help you stay organized.
Install for Home & Quick Panel Upgrades
|If you’ve used a newer iPhone like the iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 you might be familiar with a feature called 3D Touch. 3D Touch allows you to hard press on an app icon to open up unique shortcuts. Android Oreo brings something similar to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
If you’re running Android Oreo you can now touch and hold an app to display shortcuts to common or recommended tasks within the app.
For instance YouTube app’s shortcuts allow you to quickly view Trending Videos, manage your subscriptions, or Search for new videos.
As for Quick Panel, with Android Oreo on board you can now manage notifications for each app with notification categories. The app must support this feature for it to work.
You’ll also notice icons at the bottom of the Notification panel for Notifications that aren’t visible.
These are small, but extremely useful tweaks that could have a major impact on the day-to-day use of your Galaxy S7.
Install If You Want These Smaller Tweaks
|Like the updates before it, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update also comes with a few smaller changes to the operating system that you should be aware of.
Samsung’s Android Oreo update adds 2x speed controls and Auto-Repeat to the stock video player. If you watch a lot of content, these new controls could prove useful.
The Galaxy S7’s Oreo update also comes with
If any of these changes sound useful to you, you should consider installing the Android Oreo update right away.
Install for These Features from Google
Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UI is a big part of the company’s Android Oreo update, but Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users also get some of the base level Oreo features from Google.
On top of Samsung’s features, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners get Notification dots, Notification snoozing, Autofill API, Adaptive Icons, and improved copy and paste. It also comes with picture-in-picture mode.
If you’re unfamiliar with Google’s 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 to speed in a few minutes.
Don’t Install If You Aren’t Prepared
So those are the best reasons, in our opinion, to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge right now or soon after the OTA lands. Here are a few reasons to consider waiting.
You can’t predict what kind of performance you’ll get out of Android Oreo. Some of you might see a performance boost while others will run into performance issues. This is why we always tell people to prepare ahead of time. A little prep work will go a long way toward preventing issues.
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will take you through the process we use before we hit install on new Android software like Oreo.
If you don’t have a ton of time to commit to the pre-installation process make sure all of your data is backed up via Smart Switch, Samsung Cloud, or a third-party service.
Data loss is rare, but you’ll want to be extremely careful with an update of this size.
Don’t Install If You’re Nervous About Oreo Problems
|If you’re having an excellent experience on Android Nougat and none of Oreo’s features excite you, you might want to sit back for a few days and wait for long term Oreo feedback to emerge.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo users are running into bugs and performance problems including issues with the popular Pokemon Go app.
This is normal for a major Android upgrade and we expect complaints to pickup as more Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users install the software.
If you’re feeling leery, and we don’t blame you if you are, wait for more feedback from Galaxy S7 users. Samsung’s had to halt software updates due to issues in the past and there’s always a chance there’s a major problem lurking on board these updates.
If you discover a ton of negative feedback about your specific version of Android Oreo, it might be a good idea to hold out and wait for Samsung or your carrier to roll out the first Oreo bug fix update. Those typically arrive a few weeks after the roll out finishes up.
You should also wait until you’re ready to tackle Android Oreo issues on your Galaxy S7. We’ve put together a list of fixes for common Galaxy S7 issues that could help
Don’t Install While Traveling
|If you’re about to leave on a trip or if you’re in the middle of traveling, we highly recommend holding off on an install until you’re back home.
Over the years we’ve spoken to travelers who’ve bricked their phone or busted an important app or service because they blindly installed a new software update.
If you’re on an important business trip or if you’re traveling in a new city/country for the first time, you’re probably going to need your phone and the apps on it at full strength.
The Galaxy S7’s Android Oreo update comes with some outstanding features, but there’s no reason to jeopardize an important meeting or ruin a vacation day installing it.
Wait until your back at home base. For some of you, that might be the hotel. For others, that might be the comfort of your couch at home.
Don’t Manually Install If You Feel Uncomfortable
The Galaxy S7 Oreo Oreo roll out is moving slow. If you don’t want to wait for Samsung to push your update you can manually install the software right now provided you have the right device and the right skills to get the job done.
Now that the official Galaxy S7 Oreo firmware is out, some Galaxy S7 owners can skip the OTA (Over-the-Air) release and install the software right now.
If you’re starting to feel impatient, and we don’t blame you given how long you’ve waited, you might be tempted to install the Android Oreo update right now.
Unfortunately, the process takes some time and can be confusing for those that haven’t sideloaded software in the past. If you feel uncomfortable with any part of the manual installation process you should wait for your update to arrive OTA. If you aren’t careful, you could wind up with a major headache.
We expect the Galaxy S7 Oreo roll out to pickup steam in the coming weeks.