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PSA: No Project Treble on Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+

One of the most frequently asked questions about Oreo is whether an existing smartphone will get support for Project Treble. While every device that launches with Oreo out of the box is expected to support Project Treble, Google has said that it is also working with some OEMs to bring Project Treble to existing devices. Naturally, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners have been wondering if Samsung is one of those OEMs, but as it stands right now, that is not the case.

No Project Treble on Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Oreo update that’s rolling out in Germany doesn’t have Project Treble enabled, something we have confirmed using an official method that allows one to check for Treble support. Now, it’s possible Samsung will implement Project Treble at a later stage, but if history is any indication, the company is likely to keep it limited to new devices, like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

There’s also no guarantee that major software updates will come out faster on the S9 or future Samsung phones. Project Treble separates the Android framework from the low-level code that lets manufacturers make the OS work with their proprietary hardware, but since Samsung heavily modifies the Android framework, it remains to be seen what kind of a difference Project Treble will make.

For more details on Project Treble, check out the official Android website.

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