Samsung releases full change log for Samsung Galaxy S8s Oreo update

After Samsung’s Experience UI 9.0 update for the S8 and S8+ was put on a brief hold, the company releases the full list of changes to the UI.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were both being updated with Android Oreo 8.0 when the OTA was momentarily pulled. Now that the update has been rolling back out for a few days, Samsung is releasing the full list of changes for Samsung Experience UI 9.0.

This list of changes applies specifically to the Samsung Galaxy S8 powered by Samusng’s own Exynos 8895. More specifically, this applies to the International Unlocked SM-G950F model.


Any biometric security method used for unlocking will require a screen lock. When the screen lock is disabled, biometrics will merely be suspended.

Quick Panel

Manage notifications on a per-app basis
Apps of notifications that aren’t visible will overflow to the bottom of the notification panel

Home Screen

Tap and hold to display App shortcuts a-la Pixel Launcher
Notification badges on app icons will be linked with notifications (If you clear a notification by tapping the app’s icon, it will clear in the notification shade and vice versa

Samsung Keyboard

Toolbar offers shortcuts to useful functions
New GIF Keyboard
More high-contrast styles are available


Background services are limited to optimize battery life and performance
Currently running apps will always be shown in the notification panel

Edge Screen

Improved overall visibility with font, color, and new settings
Touch and hold edge panel to change its location
Added 3 more edge lighting options

Lock screen and Always-On display

New clock styles for both
Adjust transparency of notifications

Smart View

Let phone’s screen turn off while mirroring

Samsung Account

Control account settings and profile info for a bunch of Samsung apps
Tap profile icon in Settings to access profile info and account settings

Samsung Cloud

View and manage photos stored solely in Samsung Cloud
Store all kinds of file types in Samsung Cloud Drive
Select which items to delete or restore from Cloud Backups
See backup size and how many items it has

Samsung Dual Messenger

Install a second copy of any messaging app so you can use two accounts at once
Tap and hold a messaging app on the Home or App Screen to install the second account

Find my mobile

Back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud remotely if your phone is lost
Lock Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile

Samsung DeX

See more apps by changing the app list view to full-screen
Use Game launcher in DeX to play a game in full-screen
Added support for LED View Cover and Clear View Standing Cover

Other Improvements

Bluetooth supports HQ audio codecs like AAC and Sony LDAC
Video player has auto repeat and 2x speed option
Voice recorder has smart tips to clock calls while recording
Email lets you flag Microsoft Exchange emails
Samsung Health now comes with a permanent notification for step-count view
Clock includes a landscame new and new sound options for the timer
Digital clock widget is now a shortcut to the Clock app
Adds Samsung Pass ability to manage usernames and passwords in third-party apps (Basically Google’s Smart Lock, but by Samsung)

There are many changes on this list. This shows the amount of work that went into a major update bringing the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to Android Nougat 7.0 (yeah, the first version of Nougat) to Android 8.0. Have you gotten the update yet and are you enjoying the changes so far?

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