The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge will come equipped with Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box – this will mean a few things for the user experience as far as software goes.
Firstly, even though Android 7 will be running behind the scenes, many of the UI elements and visual appearances will be familiar to you if you have used previous Galaxy devices, such as the Galaxy S7 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, there will be a number of differences, especially on the performance and utility side of things that will be noticeable to those that have come from 6.0 Marshmallow.
The first thing you’ll notice are the improvements to the always-on display. Android 7 on both the Galaxy s8 Edge the Galaxy S8, notification icons will appear on your display when it’s on always-on mode. For example, if you get a message from Facebook messenger, a black and white icon will appear to indicate that – you can then tap the icon to bring yourself straight to the application to view your notification.
The fingerprint scanner has had an improvement on Android 7, and along with a hardware upgrade on the Galaxy S8, unlocking your phone with your fingerprint will be faster than ever.
Visually speaking, the Galaxy S8 on Android 7 will include more customization for your app icons. Whilst the icons have now become more circular in size, you’ll be able to add your own touch by downloading icon packs – these will change the icon appearance, but each icon pack will be designed in a way that makes it easy to distinguish which app is which.
Another big change is the difference made to the notification menu available to users by pulling down from the top of the display. Android 7 on Galaxy S8 will have a much slimmer design when compared to Android 6.0 on the Galaxy S7. The icons for connectivity are smaller, for example, and further details, such as your notifications, will be invisible until you double tap on the existing menu.