Samsung Galaxy Note8 on Verizon Update Brings the January Android Security Update Patch

Verizon has released an update to the Samsung Galaxy Note8 on their network, bringing some bug fixes to the device as well as the January 2018 Android Security Update patch.  The new firmware build is version NMF26X.N950USQU3BRA5 for those keeping score at home.

With the January Android Security Update included in this update, it means that the Verizon variant of the Note8 is protected against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities which, if for no other reason, is why owners of the phablet should get this update as soon as possible.  The update also fixes a bug where the screen would freeze during incoming calls, fixes a force closed bug when unlocking the device, and another force closed issue when the method of unlocking for the device was attempted to be changed.

Along with these bug fixes, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 on Verizon can now use the Bokeh camera effect while you are using Live Focus in the camera app.  No other new features are mentioned in the release notes for the update.

The update should be rolling out to all owners over the course of the next few days.  You can, however, manually check for the update by going to Settings>About Device>Software Updates.  You will need to be in WiFi to download the update according to Verizon and, per the norm, you will need to reboot your Note8 once the update is downloaded to install it.

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