Under the hype of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold the older phones from the Galaxy series have not been left behind. Galaxy S8 and its bigger variant Galaxy S8+, which were the flagship smartphones of Samsung in 2017 are getting updated. Like most of the other top-end smartphones of the company, Samsung is rolling out stable Android 9.0 Pie update for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
The new android update is currently live only in few countries namely – Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, but it is expected to reach soon to other countries as well. Last week the company had rolled out the latest Android Pie update for their Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 for few countries.
The new update brings February security patch along with Samsung’s One UI to the smartphones. According to reddit users reports, the update is live over-the-air (OTA) for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The update size of Galaxy S8 is 1,610MB but the update size of Galaxy S8+ is currently unknown. When the new Android Pie update begins rolling out to all the other countries the users will receive a notification of the update. They can click on the notification to download the package and update their smartphones to the latest software.
However, the users can also manually update their devices. For that the users need to go to Settings, then Software update, then Download updates manually. Once clicked, the update will start downloading if it is available for the users’ country, if not, they need to wait for it.
After the update the software built number changes to G950FXXU4DSBA in Samsung Galaxy S8 and G955FXXU4DSBA in Galaxy S8+. Some other changes the new update brings are, improved Bixby, changes in Phone, Contacts, Gallery, Camera, My Files and Samsung Health Apps along with revamped Settings. It also brings One UI to the devices along with improvements to notifications and an updated keyboard. The Always-On Display of the devices has been tweaked too.
Launched in March 2017, the phones cost above Rs 50,000 but now their prices have dropped down to Rs 34,900 for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Rs 41,789 for Galaxy S8+. When launched they came with Android 7.0 Nougat, but received regular updates and currently run on Android 8.0 Oreo.