The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Now Runs on Android Oreo


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. / Photo by: Karlis Dambrans via Flickr


Samsung has rolled out the Android 8.0 Oreo on its Galaxy Tab S3 tablets, together with the latest Samsung Experience 9.0 updates and the April 1 security patch, according to Andrew Martonik, reporting for androidcentral. 

Users merely have to tap the update menu and Oreo will be downloaded over-the-air onto their S3 tablets. The update is 1.2 GB in size, and users need to set aside time for it to download and be installed. It also makes sense to back up data just in case some unforeseen event occurs when Oreo is being downloaded. 

Users who have been using a Samsung smartphone running on Android Nougat will realize that Oreo is not vastly different from Nougat. Externally, the Oreo Galaxy S3 tablets will have some color and icon refreshes plus notification badges in the launcher. But internally, Oreo will have new autofill application programming interfaces, improved low-level system control over background processes, and notification channels. The S3 tablets will also have a new home screen, updated keyboard, and the new SmartThings app 

The Galaxy Tab S3’s screen is a 9.3-inch Super-AMOLED display that is very bright and crisp. It is also the first Android screen to feature the High Dynamic Range technology which, according to Samsung, results in better pixels. It also has a built-in fingerprint scanner and a glass back panel, making the Tab S3 as an outsized version of one of the company’s Galaxy S-line phones. The Tab S3 is powered by the Snapdragon 820 mobile chip with 4GB of RAM, and comes with the S-Pen. The stylus enables users to exploit the advantages offered by Android design and productivity apps, and some apps from Samsung itself. The S-Pen draws wireless power from the tablet itself and need not be charged. It also has more levels of pressure sensitivity than the Apple Pen for more detailed input.