Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ (Exynos) Kernel Sources Released for the Android Oreo Update
Samsung has recently started rolling out the official Android Oreo update for the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ The company announced the Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta program back in November 2017 through which it tested several beta Oreo builds before they released the final software update. As of now the Oreo update seems to have rolled out in a limited number of countries, but you can install it right now by following our guide.
Despite the Oreo software update barely reaching the hands of consumers, Samsung has already released the updated kernel sources for the Exynos variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. With kernel sources released, developers can create custom AOSP Android Oreo-based ROMs for the Exynos variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. It is unknown when the kernel sources of the Qualcomm variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ will release, but it will probably be shortly after the official Oreo release for those devices.
It is refreshing to see Samsung release kernel sources of the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ so soon, especially when certain companies are known to hold back on releasing kernel sources for inordinate amounts of time. Kernel sources play a crucial role in facilitating the development of custom AOSP-based ROMs and custom kernels.
Besides the kernel sources, users have a lot to be excited regarding this update. Oreo brings new features to Samsung’s UI like multitasking menu’s compact lists view, Samsung’s overhauled keyboard, new Edge Lighting effects for notifications, and more. There are the usual Oreo features being delivered with this update such as notification channels, adaptive icons, notification snoozing, background app restrictions, and more. Unfortunately, Project Treble compatibility, which theoretically speeds up future software updates and makes it possible to boot a GSI (Generic System Image) without kernel modifications, isn’t part of the latest Oreo update being delivered.
Via: Sam Mobile