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Samsung is very punctual when it comes to providing software updates and support for its devices. And in the previous month, Samsung rolled all the latest updates with August based security patches. But it seems still in the current month too many devices are getting the firmware updates with August security patch. Also, most updates are carrying a build timestamp dating to the last week of August. This is true even for the latest flagships like Galaxy Note 8. Recently, August 2017 security update for Verizon Galaxy Note 8 was rolled out. It was quite interesting to note that the build dated to the first week of September. Yet, the security patch update is of August 2017. This update is rolling as an OTA (over-the-air) for the US variants of Galaxy Note 8.
This update will take the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to the software version N950USQU1AQI5. The update is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The concerned update aims to fix the Blueborne security vulnerability. This vulnerability will allow any hacker to steal your device data by simply controlling your device’s Bluetooth. It also fixes the GPS for better implementation of the navigation apps. The Swype keyboard also gets a minor upgrade for improved input word auto detection.
Changelog: August 2017 Security Update for Verizon Galaxy Note 8
This firmware update from US-carrier Verizon updates the kernel with the latest September build. But the security patch update dates back to that of August 2017. Yet, the update packs the following changes for the US variants of Verizon Galaxy Note 8.
- Comes with the fix to patch the Blueborne security vulnerability.
- Improved GPS signal strength for efficient use of Navigation apps.
- August 2017 security patch
- More accurate word prediction using Swype keyboard.
Here, have a look at the official changelog from Verizon Software Support team.
Firmware Info: August 2017 Security update for Verizon Galaxy Note 8
Let’s have a glimpse on the firmware info of the latest update which Verizon is seeding for Galaxy Note 8.
|Model name||Galaxy Note 8|
|Build date||Fri, 08 Sep 2017 05:45:55 +0000|
|Security Patch Level||2017-08-01|
Download August 2017 Security Update for Verizon Galaxy Note 8
Usually, the software update rolls in as OTA for all devices. The update installation takes place automatically. But it might not be immediately available. For that purpose, you can yourself manually check for the availability of the update. All you have to do is Go to your device Settings > System Update and check if the update is available yet. If available, download and install it.
Another simple way to grab the firmware update is by directly downloading it from Samsung servers. For that, we have to use a tool called SamFirm.
Firmware download using Samfirm is absolutely free and the download speed is faster.
How To Install the Latest August Firmware Manually on the Verizon Galaxy Note 8
You can manually install the firmware update on your device by using the Odin Tool.
With Odin Tool You can install the latest firmware update on your device to complete stock.
Therefore, use any of the above two methods and install the August 2017 Security Update for Verizon Galaxy Note 8. The Blueborne vulnerability is a serious security flaw that this patch fixes up. So make sure You catch the software update.