U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ receive minor software update, includes June 2017 security patch level

It’s the same software update you heard about recently but without the long wait.

With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, you’re getting one of the best Android phones today. Samsung went all-in on design, performance, and software. Not everyone wants to be chained down by a carrier, though. So, like it did in 2016, the company released an unlocked model that’s free to move between networks.

The U.S. unlocked model of Samsung’s 2017 flagship was released at the start of the month, and now it’s already getting a software update. A 149.68MB file for the software update is being pushed to devices this week. Included is exactly what we saw the carrier variants get last week.

Samsung says the phones are getting a security upgrade to the June 2017 security patch level, improved stability for external storage, and visual tweaks for Bixby.

You’re probably as impressed as we are that the U.S. unlocked model is getting this software update within the same month as the carrier variants. In the past, the time for even the same minor software update to go from the carrier variants to the unlocked model was months. Samsung couldn’t explain it then, but with the Galaxy S8 there was verbal commitment that software updates would be executed much better.

When Android O is released this summer, let’s hope Samsung gets the software update out to the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8 around the same time carriers do.


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Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.