We have already talked about the beta program of Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and today Samsung has finally confirmed its launch. With this initiative, users of a Galaxy S8 or S8 + will be able to test what the company has named Samsung Experience 9.0, the latest version of its visual layer formerly known as TouchWiz based on Android Oreo.
For now, the beta phase will only be available to users in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the United States, but it is expected that there will be a second launch soon where Spain would be among the candidates. These are all the news that will reach the Galaxy S8 and S8 + with Samsung Experience 9.0 and Android Oreo.
Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta is loaded with news, but for now only for a few
As we said, at the moment the beta of Samsung Experience 9.0 based on Android Oreo is only available in three countries, but in addition to belonging to one of them, you also have to meet some requirements. For example, in the United States, only Sprint, and T-Mobile customers can download the beta, while in the United Kingdom it is limited to unlocked devices. We will have to see what requirements they put for Spain, but as long as we see what’s new.
The list of changes in Samsung Experience is quite long and includes both Oreo news and improvements on features and services of Samsung. If we start with the notification panel, now the alerts will be grouped by categories and we will also see notifications icons that are not visible at that moment in the lower part.
On the home screen, the most prominent novelty are the shortcuts in the icons, also known as ‘app shortcuts’. When clicking on an app, several quick actions will appear so that we can execute the option we want without having to enter the app.
There are also improvements in the notification balloons in the icons. Now Samsung ensures that they will be synchronized with the notification panel so that when we read a notification it is updated everywhere.
Samsung Experience 9.0 will bring new features for the keyboard, starting with the toolbar with quick access. There will also be more high contrast keyboards available and you can send GIFs from the Samsung keyboard. In the Edge screen, we will have some design changes focused on better visibility and we will be able to move the panel to the other side of the screen simply by holding down on it.
With this beta also a very interesting feature called Dual Messaging is released. With it the system will allow duplicating any messaging app so we can use two accounts on the same phone. The only exception will be apps like WhatsApp where we need two different phone numbers that will only work on Dual SIM phones.
Another service that will improve with this version is Samsung Cloud, and it will do so by restoring or deleting specific items from a backup copy, as well as allowing us to see the size and content of all stored copies. Speaking of backups, Samsung Experience 9.0 improves the features of Find my Mobile and lets you make a backup of Secure Folder remotely, an option designed for when we lose the mobile.
On the other hand, Samsung DeX releases new full-screen features such as compatibility with a Game launcher for an enhanced gaming experience. But there is not everything left, there will also be other minor improvements such as speed mode x2 when playing videos, a faster and safer Samsung Pay, news in S Health and more.
Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta brings a good list of news, but it is still a test version and Samsung warns that its operation could be erratic in some cases. Now it remains to know when we can get the glove in Spain and, above all, when the final version will reach all users.