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Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Galaxy S9 is right around the corner

The Samsung Galaxy S9 could be the first smartphone in Samsung’s line-up to receive the Android 8.1 Oreo update.

The Exynos variant of the Galaxy S9 (SM-G960F) was spotted on benchmark engine Geekbench’s online database over the weekend, with the accompanying documentation listing the handset as running Android 8.1 Oreo, indicating that Samsung is in the final stages of testing the upgrade for its flagship smartphone.

We don’t know when the update will start rolling out, however. All we know is that it’s in the works and is set to bundle all the changes Google baked into the release, including the much-requested option to automatically disable the fingerprint reader once an unregistered fingerprint is attempted multiple times.

Related: Google I/O 2018

Here’s a full list of the (notable) changes bundled in Android 8.1 Oreo:

  • Battery: If a user has a Bluetooth device connected to their smartphone, they’ll be able to see how much power it has from the Quick Settings shade.
  • Browsing: Safer Browsing allows applications from third-party developers to detect WebView attempts, which could point to malicious URLs.
  • Fingerprint: Users can instruct their unit to disable the fingerprint reader once an unregistered fingerprint is attempted multiple times.
  • Fixed:
    • Android 8.1 Oreo fixes an issue that resulted in the Nexus 5X not playing audio through the speaker.
    • Android 8.1 Oreo fixes an issue that resulted in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL distorting audio while streaming video.
  • Notification: Applications are restricted to pushing one notification chime per second – and can, of course, be muted altogether.

Samsung is also expected to release the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 Plus, as well as a number of its budget, mid-range and former flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – though there’s no word on when exactly that will take place.

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