Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and OnePlus 3, 3T Getting Essential Updates, Including April Android Security Patch

Samsung Galaxy S8 Updates

Even before you get your hands on the new kids in town, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Korean tech giant has an update waiting for you once you power the device on.

According to the latest reports, the two are already receiving an essential update that is meant to take care of a few things. First, the firmware gets rid of the loophole that allowed Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Bixby button to be remapped. This means that you will no longer be able to assign the button a different functionality other than what it’s intended for.

Samsung Galaxy S8 users will be receiving an update that carries firmware version G950FXXU1AQDD while those on the larger Galaxy S8+ will get version G955FXXU1AQDD. Apart from fixing the Bixby bug, the update also brings the latest Android security patch for the month of April. The update is hitting the devices over the air and as such, everyone should be able to see a notification alerting them when the OTA is ready to download on their S8 and S8+.

On the same issue of updates, those using the flagship killers OnePlus 3 and 3T are also receiving a new update, but this one is targeting units with OxygenOS Open Betas. So far, the former is being updated to Open Beta 14 while the latter is receiving Open Beta 5. Unlike the Galaxy S8 and S8+ whose update is based on Android 7.0 Nougat, the version rolling out to the OnePlus 3 twins is based on the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

OnePlus 3

While there’s no April monthly security update included in the update, OnePlus 3 and 3T users still have something to smile about. The phones will get lots of new enhancements and bug fixes, including improved Bluetooth connectivity, more accurate GPS and an optimized Night Mode. The OxygenOS-based launcher also gets a fix that does away with the crashing issue – and so does the issue with setting wallpapers on the phones. Those keen enough will also notice some improvements in the Clock widget, translations as well as Dark theme.

If your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T is not installed with an OxygenOS Open Beta, you won’t get this update. However, you can join the party by following the links below, where you’ll also get full details on how to manually install the ROM on your phone.

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