Samsung the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer and sadly, the slowest software update provider, may have finally decided to introduce Android Oreo update to some of its last year’s midrange devices. As we reported last month that Samsung’s A series is getting Android Oreo update and eventually it has reached to Galaxy A5 (2017).
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has started receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update weeks ahead of the formal schedule. The new update reportedly brings Samsung Experience 9.0 as well as a bunch of performance improvements and tweaks. The handset was notably launched back in January last year with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and received an update to Android Nougat in September.
As reported by users on XDA Developer forums, the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy A5 (2017) is initially rolling out in Russia and Romania. The update package comes in 1.2GB and brings software version A520FXU4CRD5/ A520FOXE4CRD3/A520FXXU4CRD3.
Among other features, the latest Android version includes Samsung Experience 9.0 that uplifts the original user interface and comes with an improved keyboard. The keyboard has standard emoji characters, GIFs, and stickers. Also, there are Bixby automation features and improved security integration.
Users are recommended to back up their data before proceeding with the update process. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Android 8.0 Oreo update also requires the latest version of some preloaded apps, including Samsung Pay, Samsung Internet, Samsung Notes, and Email, that users can install individually.
Though the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy A5 (2017) is initially live in select markets, it should roll out in other markets soon, and you can check its availability manually by going to Settings > Software updates.