Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 has been on sale in the US for less than a week now, but the company has already come up with a new software update for the flagship smartphone. The new update is for the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 units in the country and weighs in at just 81.63MB in terms of size.
Since it is a relatively minor update, it doesn’t bring a lot of new features to the table. In fact, going by the changelog, the only key highlights of the new update include improved stability for the Navigation, Google Maps, and the Weather Widget. Additionally, it also includes a few bud fixes and stability improvements as well. Unfortunately, the update does not include the latest security patch update from Google. It still comes with the August security patch update, which is certainly a disappointment for a premium flagship like the Galaxy Note 8. In the past, unlocked versions of Samsung flagships sold in the US have received spotty software updates, so we are hopeful that things will finally change for the better with the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 units. In fact, earlier this year, Samsung did confirm that it will ensure that its unlocked devices in the US receive software updates consistently.
If you own an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 in the US, it is likely that you may have received an update notification on your device already. If you haven’t, make sure you head over to the Settings Menu and look for the update manually. Since it is a small update, you can start downloading it right away even if your Note 8 isn’t connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, do make sure that it has sufficient juice left. In case it is running low on battery, it is highly recommended that you plug it in for charging before installing the update.
In the coming weeks, we expect Samsung to roll out similar updates for the Galaxy Note 8 in other markets as well. The Android Oreo update is also expected to be rolled out before the end of the year, although Samsung hasn’t promised anything just yet.