Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ updated with improved GPS functionality: Details

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ which launched in early 2017 to great acclaim received their latest update in May 2021. The company has now released another update for both smartphones. According to a report, the G95*FXXUCDVG4 firmware changelog says “GPS stability has been improved” and that’s about it. That doesn’t seem like enough to account for the 420MB download size, but if there are other fixes, they weren’t significant enough to mention.

The update appears to be aimed at fixing a GPS-related bug, as the phone remains on Android 9 with an April 1, 2021 security patch, according to a report from GSM Arena. However, the handsets, which are now 5.5 years old, are well outside their scheduled software update window.

The GPS fix appears to be the same one sent to Galaxy J7 phones in Asia. The J7 hails from 2015. Moreover, these might not be the only older phones to be updated, GSM Arena reported.

According to a report from GalaxyClub, several other older phones are about to be updated, including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S9.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, neither of these smartphones are on the official list of supported phones; the oldest S-series handset still receiving regular updates is 2019’s Galaxy S10, which is on a quarterly schedule, while the Galaxy S10 Lite is still on the monthly schedule.

Samsung has extended support for its flagship smartphones to provide four major operating system updates and five years of security patches, but the company’s new pledge only covers handsets launching in 2021 or later. Older devices, including the S10 series, and those of the Galaxy A and M series get 4 years of security updates, based on the company’s update policy.

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