Samsung Galaxy S6, the South Korean company’s flagship smartphone from 2015, will soon receive Android 8.0 Oreo update. Samsung customer care representatives have confirmed Oreo update for Galaxy S6 in the past as well and now one of them has revealed that the update will arrive no later than February.
While confirmation from customer care representatives should be taken with a grain of salt, XDA Developers note that this particular information seems to be based on Samsung’s official software update plan. Samsung has a relatively poor track record when it comes to rolling out software updates for its smartphones.
The South Korean smartphone maker is yet to release Android 8.0 Oreo for its Galaxy S8 duo and the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones. The company has started beta testing Oreo for Galaxy S8 duo but it is yet to confirm when the update will be officially released for its smartphones.
Samsung is expected to launch Galaxy S9, the successor to Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress next month. The smartphone is expected to be the first device from Samsung to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo and most analysts believe that the updated software will be released for other devices after the launch of Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Android 8.0 Oreo, an incremental software update that brings major performance improvements, was released in August last year. The update is currently powering less than 1 percent of active Android devices. Samsung has a smartphone market share of over 20 percent globally and its devices mostly stay on an older version of the Android operating system.
With the estimated release of Android 8.0 Oreo for Galaxy S6 in February, Samsung might be planning to release the software update for older devices as well. The move could benefit a lot of users and also improve the install base of the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.