Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy Tab E8.0 to Get Android Oreo 8.0 Update
Samsung is not known for updating their low end to mid-range phones, but it seems that things are different now. According to the T- Mobile Website, 2 unlikely Samsung devices have been slated for an update to Android Oreo (8.0). They are the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 prime.
The Galaxy J7 prime has the following specs; 3GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage. A 5.5-inch screen and a 1.6 Ghz octa-core processor. The Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 has a 1.5 GB RAM with 16 GB Internal Storage and a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor.
Taking a quick look at the specs for these 2 devices you see why many people are surprised by the move that Samsung has taken. They hardly have any flagship features, so quite a strange decision to update them.
The software update for the 2 devices has been placed in “Manufacturer development”. This means the device maker is currently working on fine-tuning the update for the specific device. There has been no timeline for when the update is expected to roll out.
Many people believe that Samsung will release it in the near future. For now, only users of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 can enjoy Android Oreo, at least the beta version of it. The beta version update has been available for the S8 for a few months now.
Why Smartphone Manufacturers Take Too Long to Update Their Phones
Many are surprised by the move as Samsung isn’t known to update the low and mid-range tier of their phones. With that said, it’s going to be a while before the update gets to these phones. This is because the flagship phones have to get the update first before all the others.
You can expect an update to arrive after the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 have been updated first. The electronics giant has always been slow about updating their phones. This is a problem that many of the phone manufacturers have had.
It could be attributed to many factors such as the need of layering their skin on stock android. This takes time as the companies need to add their own look after Google releases the update. In addition, the many models that companies like Samsung make add to the difficulty. They have to make an update catered to every different flagship model which can prove to be time-consuming.
There is a reason why Apple gets their updates to many of their phones quickly. It’s because they don’t have to worry about different models. All models are quite similar in terms of their user interface and OS structure.
Is the Update Going to Be Rolled out for All Variants?
T-Mobile variant of the phones are the ones expected to get the update. The question on many people’s minds is if the update will be rolled out to the international/unlocked variety of the phone? The answer to that isn’t quite simple. The other variants might/might not get the update. It’s for Samsung to decide.
A Partnership with Airtel India
The South Korean smartphone maker has recently partnered with Airtel to offer an exclusive cashback option. The cash back option of Rs. 1,500 is activated after the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy J7 prime in India. This makes the price of the phone at Rs. 12,400 from its original 13,900. The price reduction will be appreciated by many Airtel users who’ll look to take advantage of the offer.
Samsung’s decision to provide these updates is a strange one and it leaves many people puzzled. As said earlier, the devices aren’t flagships nor do they have flagship features. The choice to select them over other devices is a strange one. Either way, users of these two devices will be quite happy whenever the update arrives.
They’ll be able to enjoy most of Android Oreo’s features such as an improved notification panel and much more. There is one problem when is the update going to arrive? The South Korean electronics giant is notorious for delaying updates even on their flagship devices. It might be a while before this update reaches any of the 2 devices