Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ On Verizon Gets Better With New Features

Samsung Galaxy S8
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Verizon has started to roll out an update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. While the update for Galaxy S8 is tagged with software version G950USQU1AQGL, the update for the Galaxy S8+ gets the build number G955USQU1AQGL.

The main highlight of the latest update is the ability to hide and show navigation bar. The purpose of this feature is to enable you to experience the power of the Infinity display by hiding the bottom navigation bar. You will be able to make use of an additional screen real estate while browsing the web or working with the apps.

After the installation of the update, you will be able to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S8 quickly because of the improvements included with the update. The update also includes several bug fixes including resolution of alarm notification problem reported by users.

If you had experienced problems with music browsing on the in-car Bluetooth music system, the latest update to Samsung Galaxy S8 for Verizon resolves it. The update also removes app notifications that are not important on Briefing card inside the hello Bixby page.

In addition to refreshed caller name ID app, the Verizon update also enhances the usability of the Smart Switch app, VPN connectivity, and improvements to KNOX container initialization.

The update is being pushed via OTA and hence it will take few days for it to hit the smartphones. If your device is eligible, a message notification will be display. It is essential to follow the instructions displayed on the Software Update page.

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The latest update is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. However, Samsung is working hard to release Android8.0 Oreo update either by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

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