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The force is strong again with the software update game in Samsung’s Galaxy

The latest chapter in the Star Wars saga releases this week (and already has in a handful of countries, in addition to getting positive critical reception), and almost as if to coincide with the movie’s release, Samsung seems to have course corrected its software update game. I don’t know why I’m associating it with Star Wars. Maybe I’m just too happy that The Last Jedi is finally releasing and Samsung has decided to make things right at the same time. Maybe I’m not in the right state of mind as I write this at nearly 5 o’clock in the morning. In any case, it’s great to see the Korean giant has decided to make a comeback and is making up for the software update delays in recent months for flagship phones.

The Galaxy Note 8 isn’t falling behind with software updates anymore

Until the beginning of this month, the international Galaxy Note 8 had not been updated for a long time. We saw one software update in most countries after the phone went on sale, but then, nothing. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ saw updates being delayed as well, but the delays for Samsung’s first 2017 flagships came much later in their time on the market. The Note 8, meanwhile, chugged along with an old security patch for a long time before Samsung decided to bring it up to par with the rest of its Galaxy. But, as it turns out, the company had once again messed up – the update that rolled out in early December only had the November security patch, while Samsung detailed the December security patch soon after.

To make matters worse, Samsung released a more feature-packed update in some markets, while only implementing the November security patch for others. But, earlier this week, it decided to release an update for the Note 8 with the December security patch and, much to our surprise, also brought in the new features (VPN functionality, Live Focus UX tweaks in the camera app) that were missing from the month’s previous update. It’s a rare thing for Samsung to release an update with varying features and changes in different markets, then release a followup to bring them all to feature parity, but that’s exactly what has happened this time around.

The new update is rolling out in France, India, and Taiwan, to name a few, and it’s highly likely it will make its way to most other (if not all) markets in the coming days. Even if it doesn’t, it’s good to see things are getting back on track and Samsung’s latest and priciest flagship is rocking the most recent security fixes in many regions before we’ve reached the middle of the month. The force is strong again with Samsung’s software update game, and here’s hoping the company can continue this streak and apply it to the rest of its galactic smartphone lineup.

Now, where’s that Galaxy Note 8 Star Wars Edition?

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goldiee36
goldiee36

Germany vodafone note8 got the secure wifi update U2BQKG 575MB

JiminyBillybob
JiminyBillybob

Still waiting for the meteor update in ireland left with august security patch. Its crazy on a flagship device.

santeripe
santeripe

Samsung’s 2016 mid-range A5 got the December patch over a week ago, while my Nordic CSC S8+ is still stuck on October patch, I never even got the November patch… I don’t understand why the roll out of updates is so slow across the globe, why purposefully put more users at risk by not only being slow at patch updates, but skipping full months in which an update is rolled out?

leomaxi
leomaxi

missed for italy

popetillox
popetillox

Maybe because its Christmas time ??…and They MUST sell a lot?…still waiting for december security patch unlocked Spain PHE…

Anthony17
Anthony17

Yesterday I received the November update for my Note 5 unlocked vertion. I’m from Panama, Central America.

Kinkytestikle
Kinkytestikle

Still on Aug.! i don’t know where this update is ?

ianowen
ianowen

Unlocked UK Note 8 (BTU) bought directly from Samsung UK seems to be the poor relation for some reason. My phone is also still stuck on August update. First Samsung phone since S2 and starting to wonder why I went back.

drulad
drulad

Couldn’t agree more. I jumped from iphone onto a galaxy note 2 and have mainly samsung handsets since then. This update problem that seems to be getting worse is making me question where I go next.

moffe79
moffe79

No new SW since October in Nordic countries for S8(Unbranded) 🙁

danielgriffiths
danielgriffiths

Rubbish!!! Unlocked device in the uk and still no update!! Even branded devices have recieved it here but the unbranded device has no update!!! Samsung have seriously messed up!! And this is 100% my last samsung phone!!!

RealMichaelToye
RealMichaelToye

Is your Note8 not working in some way? Mine hasn’t been updated for ages, but it’s working flawlessly.

beesee
beesee

I think, the question should not be “is it working or not?”. Since august there are more then 260 known bugs and security problems in android system (some of them are critical) and the Samsung´s most expensive phone has not been patched in some regions. Samsung´s own statement is, that Note 8 should get security updates every month. It is not about new features (this is only a nice bonus), but it is about security.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Really? My two friends based in the UK already have the updates.. I’m in Turkey and got November more than a week ago but the December one is coming shortly. Sometimes carriers are very slow at distributing it, so they’re probably to blame. I’m not making excuses for Samsung by the way. It was ridiculous that it has stayed on August for so long..Just FYI the November updates have already been released by Vodafone, O2 and H3G….

danielgriffiths
danielgriffiths

I have an unbranded model in the uk so it doesnt need to be approved by a carrier. Unbranded models are supposed to recieve the updates first but im still on august security patch and ive been checking for updates everyday and nothing. Ive even spoken to samsung regarding this amd they wont comment on any time scale so it might be weeks before i even get it. Think its a total disgrace from samsung!!!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

It is disgraceful. When I was on the S4 carrier model in the UK. All I ever saw was unlocked models getting updates months before me! so I saved up to buy the S6 edge+ unlocked direct from Samsung, and what happens… CARRIERS get updates first now! I was so frustrated. On the unlocked S8+ now and even this doesn’t get the updates the same; though I did get on the Oreo beta. so, silver linings an all that.

thomas419924
thomas419924

Totally agree it’s a disgrace.

pigglett
pigglett

And in my inbox today was an email from Samsung asking me to rate my note 8 experience so I had a good moan about lack of software updates in the UK (it will fall on deaf ears probably )