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

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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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VIRGIN KLM
13 days 13 hours ago
VIRGIN KLM

Wasted opportunity. I mean it’s mostly the biggest feature of Oreo but they didn’t bother. It has done wonders over XDA on the devices that got Treble and it might have proven a good foundation for future updates for them. But then again, they always mess up with something on updates, this time was the absence of Treble.

Gin boy
13 days 20 hours ago
Gin boy

Please download the 7.1.1 update S6 Note5 and fix problems such as the system interface and the consumption of battery and Cradh some applications and stop the Samsung keyboard and the addition of reducing the screen resolution S6 & edge.

n900mixalot
13 days 20 hours ago
n900mixalot

“Project Treble” brings absolutely nothing useful to Samsung flagships. It’s just a marketing gimmick.

Samsung is better off focusing on optimizing things like Bixby’s language comprehension, and getting security updates out for all of their devices. My Tab A with S-Pen is on something like November 2017.

neflictus
13 days 18 hours ago
neflictus

On the contrary. it’s a big thing. And it’s a must, especially for Samsung. It will shame them when S10 appears if they deliver Android P in February again.

fcaroll
13 days 18 hours ago
fcaroll

Treble does not bring nothing useful to you, but it’s very useful in terms of updates on the long period and custom ROMs development

fcaroll
13 days 22 hours ago
fcaroll

Asus did bring treble to already existing devices but Samsung did not.. what a pity

Samsungkid20
13 days 23 hours ago
Samsungkid20

change.org. If we create a ticket and we all complain here, Samsung will see the impact that missing Treble in the s8 (more than valid device to support it) they must have to change their mind…

n900mixalot
13 days 20 hours ago
n900mixalot

What impact? No one will notice the difference other than those who read Sammobile.

preime101
14 days 52 minutes ago
preime101

so basically the main reason for wanting the upgrade has been left off? Does Oreo actually offer anything substantial that hasn’t already been a feature on Samsung phones for years?

n900mixalot
13 days 20 hours ago
n900mixalot

Better keyboard with gif input capability. February security update. A lot of other stuff. Samsung Experience UX 9.0 which is a major update.

Did you see any of the articles?

o0MHJ0o
13 days 23 hours ago
o0MHJ0o

enhanced notifications is about the only extra added functionality, most things are just menu clear ups, and added aesthetics.
enhanced notifications is actually a big thing though!

yannick930
14 days 26 minutes ago
yannick930

No

o0MHJ0o
14 days 1 hour ago
o0MHJ0o
Not surprised by this news. BUT I am surprised to hear about Project Treble when Google announced that NOUGAT was supposed to bring more seamless, less waiting, updates to phones. No more waiting for android to update because it was all done in the background etc. whatever happened to that?! or was it just announced then and not ready – because it sounds an awful lot like project treble. Samsung and Google were said to be working together to bring nougat and later android versions quicker to Samsung devices too – it was all the rage back then. why is… Read more »
sagarsiddhpura
14 days 51 minutes ago
sagarsiddhpura

That was just cosmetic type of change where “optimizing apps” step was performed in background. Also there was mention of A/B partitioning and on devices that have this, update would install while phone is on and you boot next time and new version is live. But as all samsung phones does not have two partitions, it is not applicable here. Also this all applies once update is out for device. This has nothing to do regarding developing update for device.

neflictus
14 days 1 hour ago
neflictus

Big surprise there.
Guess we’ll have to wait until the winter of 2019 for the Android P update.

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