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Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo review: What to expect from your final software update

After what feels like an inordinately long wait, many versions of the Galaxy S7 have received their Android 8.0 Oreo update. Considering that the phone launched back on Android 6.0 marshmallow, Oreo is the final major platform update for this line, bringing it up to the Galaxy S9's software level before being left to live out the rest of its life on it.

Because this is the last major update these phones will see, finding out how Oreo runs on these "old" phones is rather important. For those holding off on the update, or patiently waiting for the notification on their phone, I want to offer you a look into what to expect when that big download finally arrives on your own Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. Here's what you need to know about your Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Galaxy S7 edge with Oreo

Visual consistency

Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo improvements

Samsung's take on Oreo, first shown off with the Galaxy S9, isn't for everyone. But as far as Samsung's software goes, it's the best it's ever done and a nice improvement in design and functionality over the Nougat builds before it. And a huge benefit of this Oreo update for the two-year-old Galaxy S7 series is that it's near-identical to what comes out of the box on the Galaxy S9.

There isn't a whole lot to talk about here, particularly since you've already been using your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge on Nougat for a year now. Things haven't changed all that much visually with Oreo, but you get a lot of behind-the-scenes improvements. There are new background limits for apps that help improve battery life, notification channels to give you better control over what apps notify you, and the biggest of the group will be the new Autofill APIs that let apps pull usernames and passwords from the cloud to speed up sign-in processes.

This is a near-perfect recreation of the Galaxy S9's software, and battery life hasn't taken a nosedive.

The biggest difference in the Oreo update compared to the Galaxy S9 is the camera interface, which has stuck with the Nougat-style interface rather than the new tab-style interface that lets you swipe between modes. You also don't get AR Emoji, but you probably don't care about that. Camera quality remains unchanged as far as I'm concerned — it's still surprisingly good for a two-year-old phone, but nobody would confuse it for one of the 2018 flagships.

Battery life hasn't changed appreciably for me, which is a positive — I wasn't expecting battery life to improve, but I was definitely fearing that it'd degrade. We're bound to hear many horror stories about how Galaxy S7 battery life takes a nosedive after the Oreo update, as is the case with every major platform upgrade, but that hasn't been my experience. As you'll read below this may be a result of my choice to factory reset my Galaxy S7 edge after the update, which at this point I'm recommending everyone do on their phone if they can stomach the time it takes to set up your phone again.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update: Which versions have received it

My Verizon-branded Galaxy S7 edge updated to the April 1 security patch, which is (somewhat hilariously) a month ahead of the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S9 at the time of writing. I wouldn't expect Samsung to keep rolling out security patches for the Galaxy S7 series for too much longer, but knowing that you at least get a somewhat up-to-date patch on such an old device is good.

Galaxy S7 edge with Oreo

Hiccups

Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo downsides

Starting up my Galaxy S7 for the first time in several months, I feared the worst. I knew I'd be applying a dozen updates or so, all leading to the eventual big download of Oreo. It took most of a Saturday periodically checking and applying several updates, but eventually I got there and had Oreo installed ... but it was horrendously slow. Even after charging up for a few hours, updating all of my apps and restarting multiple times, it just didn't smooth out. Everything was stuttering, apps took several seconds to open, it was a complete mess.

I'm recommending everyone do a factory reset after installing Oreo.

Like so many Samsung phones before it, I decided to factory reset the phone to clear out the junk, start fresh and evaluate a clean slate of Oreo. To my relief, it improved dramatically. But it still didn't do enough — this phone is appreciably slower on Oreo than it was on Nougat. Comparing this Galaxy S7 edge side-by-side with another Galaxy S7 I have that's still on Nougat, it just isn't the same, and that's a shame.

The best way to describe the performance on Oreo is that everything just takes an extra beat to complete. When you open an app, it takes a moment extra to open and then may take an extra few moments to be fully responsive. Scrolling through an app, the movement lags behind your finger enough to be noticeable. Quickly switching between apps or using something intensive, you notice dropped frames and stutters. It's not downright bad, but it's disappointing to see for a device that I felt was still relatively quick and modern-feeling when running Nougat.

The performance isn't downright bad, but it's disappointing for a phone with this capable of specs.

After all, the Galaxy S7 has a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM, running out to a 1920x1080 resolution that's set by default to help performance — that should be enough to get better performance than I've been seeing on my Galaxy S7 edge here. Instead, this latest update makes the phone feel like it's running every action through some sort of extra layer that's getting in between your input and the response from the device.

I won't say that the slowdown is enough to warrant skipping the Oreo update altogether. There are lots of under-the-hood improvements and new features to be used in Android 8.0 and Samsung Experience 9.0 that are worth updating for. But it just rubs me the wrong way that Samsung couldn't retain solid performance on a device with this level of internal hardware, especially one that performed quite well on Nougat.

And yes, how could I forget — Oreo did remove the ability to set individual text message notification sounds on a per-contact basis. I've been reminded of this problem every day by at least one person who's angry about it. Samsung has said that it is working to bring the feature back after facing the wrath of thousands of angry users online. But in the meantime, there are many ways to bring back the feature using third-party messaging apps. I never knew that this was such a massively popular feature, but I sure do now.

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Your final update

Samsung Galaxy S7 With Oreo

It was a long time coming, but the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge finally have Oreo, roughly 27 months after they first launched and 8 months after Oreo itself was released. Samsung has done a really good job of recreating the software experience from the Galaxy S9 back on the two-year-old Galaxy S7, save for a few small differences. You get all of the same features and design elements found across all other devices with the Samsung Experience 9.0 software, and that makes the Galaxy S7 instantly feel more modern and up to date.

Oreo didn't offer these phones a new lease on life, but it gave them another year of usefulness with no use downside.

Nothing in the software is outright broken, buggy or filled with issues. There are no show-stopping problems. Camera performance has stayed the same, and in my experience battery life hasn't changed from Nougat either. In this respect, the update process has gone off without a hitch.

The only downside to speak of, as we've seen time and time again with big platform updates, is a drop-off in overall performance. Even after a factory reset, which I recommend everyone do after updating, the Galaxy S7 just isn't the same on Oreo as it was on Nougat. That's a real shame, but the slowdown isn't big enough to make me recommend that you stay on Nougat. There are enough improvements here, and few (if any) further problems, that it's a clear improvement overall for these phones that have been out in the wild for over two years at this point.

Being the last major software update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, some would hope that these phones would receive a whole new lease on life with Oreo. Unfortunately, they didn't — but they got up to date with the latest software and features to give their users another year or so of modern software while they await the next Samsung flagship release.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

131 Comments
  • The performance issue is really odd. I haven't got that myself (although I have an Exynos model). If anything it's a bit snappier, although I may be imagining that -- and I didn't have to factory reset. I've heard that some people have needed a reset, though. It might depend on what apps are installed. I certainly had to reset my Galaxy S5 after each major update to stop the battery draining very quickly, so it doesn't really surprise me.
  • Same here. Exynos and s7 and no performance slowdowns. I agree with you that it even feels snappier.
  • Same here. Been running S7 Oreo for 2 weeks, performance is at least as good as before. The UI seems a bit snappier.
  • I got the Snapdragon version & there definitely lots of stutters after the update. I think Exynos fairs a lot better because it's an octo-core processor while Snapdragon is only a quad.
  • Is is undeniably faster if you actually use the phone normally (i.e. if you're not a new phone junkie like most people on this site).
  • Same here. On the Exynos chip and the phone performance is a little better. At least that's how it feels.
  • Was thinking about switching to the Note this year from the iPhone, but this pretty much put that to rest, because I'm done buying phones every year and want decent support that won't make it feel like it's aged 2 years in one update. As far as factory resetting, this has been a thing on Samsung devices since forever. Everytime an update would release people would complain and the solution was obvious... Factory Reset. Always do this when you do a major update like this, IMO. These things almost never work out well on Samsung devices, and it probably has something to do with the way their Experience Layer is coded. I have not faced these issues on HTC phones, for example. I ALWAYS had to reset my S and Note devices after major updates.
  • Well, I guess I was lucky. My Note 8 didn't need a reset and it's just as fast as it was previous to the 8.x update. I've had no real issues at all. Of course Bixby is completely disabled along with the other bloat. I doubt I'll still have it by the time they release Android 9 for it but that's another story.
  • Same here, my Note8 has never been factory reset, it's running Oreo like a champ.
    I used to have an S7 and didn't need reset when I updated from Marshmallow to Nougat, however I reset about 3 months after such update because it was suffering from battery drain. Performance had always been top notch, though.
  • If you want better support with updates on Android then the Pixel is your only choice and is one of the reasons I got one. But I accept that stock Android isn't for everyone.
  • I don't like the Pixel Hardware or the anemic software. Don't like having to rely on third party applications for basic features, especially when the phone has no SD Card slot and pretty mediocre storage options given the price bracket they sit in. It's not really about stock, per se. Google's mobile apps are just awful, IMHO. Especially their Camera and Gallery app. Tons of basic features missing, and cluttered A.F. (Google Photos, etc.). I prefer an OEM device, and just disabling the Google Apps, Lol. The device is a lot more capable out of the box, while maintaining a level of cohesion in design and integration that you simply cannot match trying to smush together various disparate 3rd party applications. But I've ALWAYS run into glitchiness on Samsung phones when using them across major updates without factory resetting them. I actually factory reset Android devices after buying them from the carrier, these days, because often they'll run an update before you buy the phone leading to it having glitchiness out of the box in some cases. Tons of force closures, frame droppages, severe battery drain, random heat management issues, etc. I've experienced it all. And it all went away after a reset. So I just always do this.
  • Well I so like OEM bloated Android phones with crappy OEM clones of superior Google apps, I prefer my Android pure, clean and uncluttered which if I slapea launcher like Nova launcher I'll get back 90% of any gimmicks masquerading as "features" oh and did I tell you I have unlimited storage for my photos and videos in full resolution for 3 years? And I'll get 3 years of software updates and security updates for my Pixel 2 XL which has all it needs and doesn't need expandable memory and it has what it needs in terms of hardware with a top of the line SoC a good amount of RAM, the flagship basics.
  • Glad you like your Pixel, or, say you do.
  • I definitely love my Pixel 2 XL. It's a great phone.
  • I never factory reset my S phones after system updates. Only wipe cache. And performance aside try in Developer Options all animations off and force GPU rendering. Never face an performance issue.
  • Won't all that affect battery life though?
  • No it doesn't
  • Cache partition is the way I go
  • My experience as well. Never needed f to factory reset in the last 4 years of Samsung phones. I too disable all animations even from new.
  • just FYI I am developing an in house customer application specifically targeting a fleet of still new T-mobile Galaxy S5's. On my development unit, after biting the bullet and initiating the perhaps 10 iterations of monthly patches/reboots, the unit I am using received its last one which was from about Mar 2017. Of course it only upgraded to Android 6, which was expected. So, that was 3 years of security updates. No, maybe not every month, but, does it practically matter?
  • Yup, 3 years of security patches is nothing new to Samsung flagships. Of course it would be nice to have a 3rd OS update, but security patches are a lot more important in real life
  • The obvious planned obsolescence of the S7 edge, starting almost exactly when the S8 came out, is why my next phone won't be Samsung. Ridiculous how slow this phone is sometimes, and now it sounds like it'll get slower with the forced AT&T update coming. It'll be Pixel or ughhhh, iPhone. Android fanatic for years but the OS has major issues and the iPhones just work.
  • My latest iPhone eBay purchases were a 6s for $159 and an SE for $119 a couple months ago, both with perfect screens and great overall condition, with 2 to 3 years of updates pretty much guaranteed remaining. The teens keep needing new iPhones and I can't stand going to the carrier for brand new payment plan ones. I like the Pixel a lot but its kind of getting to be a no brainier for a cheap ass like me. Also, the 6s you can still send in until the end of the year for a $29 battery replacement (I've heard).
  • Yea, I'd take it to an Apple store and get it replaced just cause I could... That way you won't have to worry about it until the phone is practically not viable any longer.
  • Google10 every OS has bugs and kinks on release accept the Pixel is the only one to have not as much bugs upon release unlike the overprice, restrictive and locked down iPhone but I totally agree with you about planned obsolescence with the S7 Edge and iPhone.
  • Samsung has had far less instability when it comes to OS upgrades in the past except with the recent Oreo issues. I remember the use to be a joke about the Nexus devices, that the users were beta testers because of all the instabilities after every major update. Your memory might just be poor or you are new to these things. Anyway this is your first Pixel your just coming in as a Fanboy
  • Yep this is my first Pixel (2 XL) but it's not my first time with a Google phone as I had a Nexus 6 which I loved after it got marshmallow because Lollipop, the software that shipped was Nexus 6 back then was dreadful and it was that experience with a Nexus that I decided that I'll only get Nexus/Pixel phones because the software experience is the best.
  • Look I'm a google and android fan who also likes iPhones and iPads. I don't understand the "planned obsolescence" claim directed at the iPhone, when they are up to now 5 years of OS upgrades. I know its because "they can" due to their control more easily than any Android OEM, but they could easily deprecate support to 2 to 3 years and I doubt the average consumer would notice.
  • To be clear the planned obsolescence comment was pointed directly at Samsung and not Apple. Look at how my wife's 6S is still getting the newest updates basically right away and still performing fine after a battery replacement.
  • The planned obsolescence should be directed at Apple as well as Samsung as Apple admitted it slows down older iPhones on purpose. oh and the " to prevent batteries in older iPhones from shutting down" excuse is just bullshit to disguise the fact that Apple wants it's iSheep err customers to buy the latest overpriced iJunk every year and I was one of those iSheep until I finally saw Apple for what they really are, a money grabbing, greedy and unethical company and to be honest I've been wanting to come back to Android for a while and this and a number of other things finally made me decide to dump Apple for Android (particularly the Pixel 2 XL) for good.
  • That's not planned obsolescence, that's decreasing your device's power requirements so that it doesn't shut down immediately when you do something heavy - similar to how a socket in your house can get overloaded and turn off all of your PCs because someone is on the PS4 while you're on your Gaming PC playing COD, and you have the Television and air conditioner plugged into the same socket. In any case, Apple basically is giving away Battery Replacements for affected devices, which makes them run like new. Samsung isn't giving you an update to make your phone run better. They're basically doing lazy ports to the older devices simply to shut you guys up, but not caring when the performance gets decimated by it. There's no reason why this software shouldn't run deftly on a Galaxy S7. Those devices are not slouches. Apple has also pretty much put all major new features on hold in iOS and macOS so that they can focus primarily on performance, meaning those older devices will GAIN performance in iOS 12, not lose it... All of this, while your Galaxy S7 runs slower on Oreo than on Nougat. I'm not even sure how you can take yourself seriously trying to put these two situations in the same camp. They are completely different. The iPhone issue was attributed to Power Management and Battery Degradation due to use (charge cycles). The Galaxy S7 Oreo performance is due simply to awful software optimization and lazy porting, in an attempt to shut consumers up and build up or maintain good will for "supporting their phones." This is what happens when people care too much about "getting an update" and not enough about the quality of the support they get; which, given Android's history, is understandable ;-) Apple was still awful for not communicating that to consumers, though.
  • Come on man, do you really believe Apple's BS? Apple has been slowing down older iPhones for years to get people to buy their latest overpriced iPhone, and now they've finally admitted it.
  • If you genuinely believe that statement your deluded, n8ter#AC posted exactly what happened but let’s face it Apple are Evil in your eyes so doesn’t matter what they do it’s bad! though you weren’t saying that posting over at imore a few years back.
  • Things change and I saw Apple for what they really are, a money grabbing and greedy company that no longer innovates.
  • The trouble with these reviews are that they are entirely anecdotal and therefore, may or may not represent the experience of the majority of users. For example, my S7 is noticeably faster after the update.
  • Bullshit, Samsung updates slow down their older devices too. Only Pixels and OnePlus phones don't slow down with updates or any Android phone that's free of LG or Samsung bloatware.
  • For a fact? I don't think so. My S8+ has only gotten faster with the Oreo update. You're so biased. You were the same one that piped in on the MS Launcher saying it's crap and everything Microsoft is junk.
  • Well done, you're obviously a very intelligent man, who knows how to reason analytically and construct a cogent argument!
  • Have you hugged your Pixel today???
  • LOL trolls gonna troll. My S7 is also noticeably faster after the update. One app that continues to be slow as dog **** is Google Maps. Not sure why they can't fix that problem.
  • Every review, by definition, is anecdotal. It's reviewing the devices we have here, not polling people and averaging their opinions of how the update worked.
  • But to make sweeping assertions that an update slows a device down by extrapolating from anecdotal data is not particularly useful. Alternatively, if you make that assertion, then post with a health warning
  • Quote: "Making the sweeping assertion that an update slows down a device, based on anecdotal data, is not particularly useful." It's a review. All reviews do this, for blaringly obvious reasons. Obvious to all but the batsh*t crazy fanboys. It's amazing how defensive people get over a phone on the internet. You people need help, and grammar school.
  • It is hilarious isn't it? Geez, the fanboy stuff is silly.
  • Nothing wrong with being a fanboy and I'll gladly admit I'm a Pixel fanboy and I won't buy any phone that isn't a Google Pixel.
  • Nothing wrong with being a fanboy but preaching about it on every ******* thread that doesn't concern your device is annoying. I left Samsung because of the same arguement you're using as to why they are bad but you don't see me ******** about it on every article. You're just a troll at this point.
  • Troll? No I just like winding up the Samsung shills and sticking it to them.
  • Right, so 'anecdotally, these reviews are you trying to be a star without statistical basis... early on. 'Central', 'Authority' - both go on-and-on-and-on-and-on... It's like this perpetual circle &^%$.
    But definitely an affliction of self gratification that doesn't make many mothers proud. There once was a day when the coverage was straight and to-the-point.
    Concise, some basis of technical prowess and little to no editorial mumbo jumbo.
    Now you have to sift through a mound of rehash and overlap to find valuable nuggets of info. One guys opinion ... anecdotally speaking.
  • I updated my unlocked S7 Edge and it went very smoothly indeed. Just the one restart, no slow-down at all and it works beautifully. No problems to report, and it certainly gives it a cleaner, more modern look with some extra - if minor - functionality. I didn't need to reset anything. I'll be more than happy to keep using the S7 edge for another couple of years. It's got plenty of memory, a very decent camera, enough speed, Android pay & a great screen. Does what I need.
  • Been running S7 Oreo for nearly 2 weeks. No performance or battery issues for me. I find the UI itself snappier, if anything. Like the author, I was considering a full reset after updating, but after everything settled down I found no performance issues at all, so I left it.
  • MyVerizon galaxy S7 started draining the battery at the previous update and has gotten worse since this last one last week. My phone is 2 years old now and it seems that they do this so you buy a new one >:(
    I bought a new battery online and am getting it put in tonite. Hoping that it helps.
    Thinking that I will lose the waterproof part of the s7 after the battery replacement.
    Thoughts?
  • thoughts? replacing your battery is a dumb idea. sorry it is and you won't notice much. Yep, my Verizon S7 is very noticeably more laggy. no one can explain what oreo does that is better.... first person who says "Background apps control" is a fool.
  • So basically Oreo on the S7 Edge will be a laggy POS experience for most users and Samsung's planned obsolescence so Samsung fans expect the same experience on your Note 8 and S9 in 2 years while my Pixel 2 XL will still be going strong lol.
  • You sound so sure of yourself... Lol all power to Google huh? Lol
  • I'm so sure because Pixel isn't full of bloatware on too of Android that makes it lag like Samsung or LG phones.
  • Genuine question if Google are soo great why can’t they match the support of their devices for upto 5 years like Apple does?
  • Because of Qualcomm is why Google can't match Apple in supporting their phones for more than 3 years. At least Google support their phones for that long unlike Samsung and pretty much every other Android OEM and with Project Treble, they have no excuses. And whats the point of supporting a phone for as long as Apple to the point of the phone being slow and unusable?
  • But this is the point Apple said in their keynote they would be making the iPhone 5s faster with the updates/changes they were bringing in iOS12 admittedly it’s a response to the the bad press they got over slowing phones down but still to be making those type of changes to a phone that old has to be commended.
  • Why should it be commended for slowing down older iPhones to get people to buy their latest overpriced iJunk? The only reason Apple is doing anything at all is because they're only sorry because they got caught and on the Android side, only Google can be trusted, just look at the issues with the S7 Edge on Oreo to prove my point.
  • Ok sure just side step the point I made and keep posting crap about google which makes no sense! caught on Android side? what are you on about? where did Google get the idea for a Notch on the pixel 3 ? Oh yeah copied Apple? Apple are doing what they are doing cause despite what you think decisions they make influences others like google? remember google laughing about th headphone jack at the Pixel launch? then what? oh yeah copied Apple and done the same 12 months later.
  • It's funny to see a Pixel fan criticizing other smartphones for (supposedly) having issues.
  • The only bloatware I have on my s9+ is Gmail and Chrome
  • All Samsung apps on your S8 are bloatware except for Chrome and Gmail.
  • BENO just stop already. Change your avatar also!!!
  • This has nothing to do with you so just X your way out of it troll.
  • LMAO
    It kinda freaks me out too!
  • I'll say the same thing to you also, X your way out of this, this has nothing to do with you.
  • Honestly, bloatware is not a problem when it is dormant when not in use. If that's the case, I don't care that it's there. I'm more likely to leave it there, as well. This is the case with Apple apps on the iPhone. A lot of them are basically bloatware (unnecessary preloads), but they have literally no impact on performance beyond the storage they take up (other than iLife/iWork apps - they don't use enough space to care). The issue on Android is that Carriers and OEMs tend to take too many liberties with their software preloads. A lot of that software runs as a services, on boot, and uses non-trivial amounts of RAM and CPU. Some of it is very heavy. Carriers would (not sure if still the case) partner with Amazon and preload the Amazon Store on the device, etc. (was a common thing with Verizon). Those useless VVM, Family Tracking, Account apps. Verizon Nagivator. Various useless Samsung Apps/Components/services that I will never use (i.e. Verizon Message+), but are always running in the background, OfficeSuite/Polaris Office, etc. I think Bixby, BlinkFeed and other Panels (that depended on 3rd party bloatware to function), Twitter, Facebook, etc. fall into that category as well. It was worse than an OEM PC, cause you couldn't just do a fresh install and move on with your life. Often, the bloatware would reappear after major software updates, even if you removed or disabled it. I found I got a bit OCD when I used Android. I was always checking what services were running on my device. How much RAM I had/what usage. Which apps were still running. Etc. On iOS, I just don't care. None of that matters, because apps simply aren't able to affect your device's performance to the extent that they are on Android. I did like the freedom of Android (esp. Pre-iOS 11 which added FLAC support, the Files App, etc.), but it felt like a management nightmare compared to Windows Phone 7 and iOS. Those felt more like smart devices that just managed themselves while enriching your life... Android feels... well... like if I was running Linux on the desktop. Like sh*t to use, basically.
  • Give it a rest.
  • Judging by his tone, I doubt if this guy really even has a Pixel. Just jumps in every article to sing one thing: "Hey, I have a Pixel. Piiiixxeeellll".
  • If I could post images on here I could show you I have a Pixel. Either way I don't give a sh*t whether you believe me or not
  • Nope. Both my wife and I haven't had a single problem on our S7's after the update. The phone's performance has noticably improved, contrary to what the article states, no system reset necessary.
  • I did not do a factory reset on my AT&T S7 Edge (for once) AND my phone actually sped up with Oreo! My notification shade would constant freeze and/or cause my phone to crash to the lock screen. No more. Pretty much all the tasks I used to dread doing are perfectly functional again. The update did not, however, fix how horribly slow and unreliable Google Play Music is. Though the switch from my home WIFI to AT&T's network while streaming as I head up the street is now all but seamless. So there's that. Nevertheless, I am still looking forward to a new phone.
  • If you want a little more of that new phone feeling before getting your new one, install good lock 2018 through the Galaxy app store. Works great on the S7 series and allows for some fun customization.
  • spam jerk!
  • I have an LG G6 as my personal phone and the S7 as my work phone. Both received Oreo. Both seem snappier and both have been better on the battery than Nougat. That said, the S7 didn't remove some Oreo features like turning on wifi at often visited locations (wifi preferences) and even though mine is a test device that gets abused here at work, I have yet to come home with a dead battery. No factory reset either so I guess everyone is having different experiences. The only downside to Oreo has been the really broken DND they are using instead of the one from Nougat. Ick.
  • " But it just rubs me the wrong way that Samsung couldn't retain solid performance on a device with this level of internal hardware, especially one that performed quite well on Nougat." lol, they "could" retain it, but then, why would you want to buy a new phone when your old one works great?
    Although, my S7 Active is running fine on it. My wife was complaining about her S7 Edge being slow, but that was a result of having a nearly full internal memory. I moved stuff to SD card for her, and it got much better. I may factory reset it, just to start her off fresh. I haven't felt the S7A needed that yet though.
  • Looks like all of us sheep are happy to get worse performance (or imagine better performance?) in exchange for the sounds and excitement of bells and whistles. Planned obsolescence wins again. (And what precisely is "planned obsolescence"? It's simply designing something with features that you know you're going to change in a while with something that you'll market as "sexier" or "cooler" or "more useful"... even if they're not. The Microsoft Ribbon is a good example; the 1928 Chevrolet Series AB National is another. [My great-uncle worked with Alfred Sloane on this concept, to our family's present embarrassment.]) Pretty sad.
  • Still no update in sight for my US unlocked S7 Edge (SM-G935U). I was hoping the update would allow me to put the resolution up to 1440p, because on Nougat the only way to get the phone to be consistently smooth is to run it at 1080p. Streaming music and using Google Maps bring it to a crawl on 1440p, this even with a fresh factory reset.
  • I can honestly say that since the Oreo update on my S7 edge, performance has improved if anything. Everything just seems smoother and snappier. I haven't even done a factory reset. Battery has remained the same as far as I can tell. I'm really impressed so far. Far better experience than when I updated to Nougat. Nougat slowed my phone down, bugs everywhere, constant freezes. But Oreo has been a dream. Mine is an unlocked Exynos variant btw.
  • "Oreo did remove the ability to set individual text message notification sounds on a per-contact basis." They've started to roll out an update that brings that back, last I heard. Not sure if the update is for the messaging app or the system though. Also...well, you could skip the Oreo update on the S7 and be fine. You'll still have a phone that is able to do a hell of a lot more than a phone with sh*tty stock Android is able to do or will be able to do in the foreseeable future anyway.
    Which is why updates for Samsung devices are not that desperately needed.
  • With a launcher such as Nova launcher, a stock Android device can do 90% of what a laggy and bloated Samsung device with the she*tty Samsung experience can do without the lag, Samsung shill.
  • What stock Android device are you referring to? The only stock version of Android was on the Nexus phones tablets etc.
  • I'm taking about Pixel devices, they're still stock Android with a Pixel Launcher.
  • Again with your comments. You are polluting this thread.
  • I don't care. Report me then. Because unless I'm abusing people which I'm not, I'm trashing their beloved Samsung software because they suck. Why not lecture the Samsung shills that comment on Google related threads.
  • You honestly think they're shills? i.e. not a genuine customer, but someone pretending to be? If anything, your over-zealous behaviour is making you sound like a shill. It sounds like the Snapdragon S7s might be having an issue with this update (they were originally a lot slower than the Exynos versions at release, so it wouldn't surprise me). Many real customers of S7s (particularly the Exynos version) are happy with them, and also happy with the Oreo update. The great quality screens that Samsung use, along with an oleophobic coating that actually works ( https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/26/pixel-2-xls-oleophobic-coating-... ), and only a fraction of the launch issues that Pixels tend to have may be part of it. Plus there's the June OTA for the Pixel 2 that has caused wakeup slowdowns, of course. You must hate that, as you're being so hard on Samsung for the issue with the Snapdragon phones. Google only have 1 variant each of the Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL, so you'd think they'd get it right. It says a lot that the S7 series only has 4 lines about issues on Wikipedia, while the Pixel 2 has 4 sub-sections of issues!
  • All well documented issues with the Pixel 2 are old news now and Google has fixed them and as for the issues with the slight lag in waking the screen up? It's minor unlike the permanent lag on the S7 Edge with Samsung's blatant planned obsolescence. But hey carry on being a shill for Samsung.
  • Do you take pride in constantly being dumb?
    No it can't.
    It can't do themes, it can't do split screen properly, it can't to a notification panel that doesn't suck, it can't do reverseable navigation buttons, etc etc, the list goes on.
  • I only focus on what my Pixel does, and that's having a bloat free and smooth Android experience with consistent software and security updates. I don't care about your OCD obsession with customising every nook and cranny of my phone as unlike your precious Samsung, my Pixel is far smarter than your dumb Samsung will ever be thanks to Google's superior prowess in AI. And if you cannot see how much superior Google is to Samsung in software (in which Bixby doesn't hold a candle to Google Assistant) then you're as dumb as your Samsung. I know it pains you that Google Assistant sh*ts on Bixby such is your irrational hatred of Pixel phones and stock Android.
  • Sounds like some bad information here: "I haven't touched this phone in months, but I remember exactly how fast it was before then and can now say that it's slower." The phone is much quicker after this update (S7 Active here), and most people in the comments, who have actually recently used the device, agree.
  • I'm running an S7 Edge (Exynos) on Bell Mobility in Canada. Since the update, I've found that battery life has improved, and the device seems snappier than before.
  • Until your S7 Edge starts to lag in a few months lol.
  • You're so frustrated. First I thought maybe this guy is being payed to trash all but google, but no one would pay for empty, ignorant, annoying comments as the only effect you achieve is exactly the opposite of what you want - praise for pixel. So to show you my reaction - go plug your earphones, launch a YouTube and enjoy your "beautiful" pixel screen. If your battery isn't empty, that is. Cos you no - no charge while headphones and no wireless charging... And stop polluting in the threads that doesn't concern your loved device
  • Nah it's way too much fun sticking it to the stupid Samsung shills that trash Google and the Pixel on this thread.