International unlocked Galaxy Note 8 is getting an update at last

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In what has been an almost excruciating wait for Galaxy Note 8 owners, who spent a hefty amount to buy the device only to see no sign of a software update for more than two months, Samsung is finally pushing an update that includes the November security patch and a slew of other changes. The update, which started out in China and made its way to the T-Mobile Note 8 more than a week ago, is currently rolling out in Taiwan, and it shouldn’t take too long to reach other regions.

Galaxy Note 8 update brings security upgrades and more

In addition to the November security patch, the update brings improved performance in the Calendar, Gallery, Voice Recorder, and Reminder apps, a new secure Wi-Fi function, and a fix for an unexplained Samsung DeX error. The firmware version is N950FXXU1BQK6, and at upwards of 840 MB, is among the biggest OTA updates that don’t bring a major Android version upgrade that we have seen. But then again, with the time Samsung has taken to actually give us an update, it doesn’t surprise us all that much. Hopefully, future updates won’t take as long, especially those that bring the ever-so-important Android security patches.

To grab the update, go into your Note 8’s settings, tap Software update, then tap the Download updates manually option. We also have the firmware (for Taiwan) in our database, and at some point down the line, it should also be making an appearance on Samsung’s Smart Switch software for PC.

Update: We have struck off the mention of a secure Wi-Fi feature, which seems to be an exclusive to Taiwanese devices and isn’t actually a new user-facing feature.

International unlocked Galaxy Note 8 is getting an update at last

Firmware Details:

ModelSM-N950F
Model nameGalaxy Note8
Country
VersionAndroid 7.1.1
Changelist12472670
Build dateSat, 18 Nov 2017 05:48:39 +0000
Security Patch Level2017-11-01
Product codeBRI
PDAN950FXXU1BQK6
CSCN950FOXM1BQK6

 

Thanks, Ray!

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nkolsen
1 month 19 days ago
nkolsen

1k phone and not a single security update for 3 months in the nordics…..Sammy, this might be my last phone from you, and i have been carrying your phones since the S2….

borgarting
1 month 21 days ago
borgarting

Nothing,.. silch nicht njet nada … nordic and this is why I dislike Samsung with a vengance and every time I upgrade have to go quite a few rounds before going for this brand .. again .. But this is most likely the last straw .. selling a 1k phone and can’t even upgrade for close to half a year!?!?!? F*** off …

Matthaus79
1 month 21 days ago
Matthaus79

Still stuck on August in UK, getting fed up

preime101
1 month 21 days ago
preime101

I hope Samsung add the option to manually switch between the main camera and the “zoom” camera in pro mode so I can get RAW files from the 52mm lens.

1 month 22 days ago
Eddygraphic

Downloading now on my BRI! Nice finally a software update!

notemy
1 month 22 days ago
notemy

My Korean variant (340+MB size) got November patch today. Current version: N950NKSU1BQK6/N950NOKR1BQK6/N950NKOU1BQJA.

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