Just a few days after the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy Note8 began rolling out for AT&T customers, Sprint and Verizon customers are now starting to receive the update. It means that three of the four major carriers in the United States have begun the updating process for their customers. Only T-Mobile remains.
For readers who are on Sprint, you are looking for build N950USQU3CRC2 for your Note8. For those of you on Verizon, the company hasn’t officially announced the update is available so a build number is not known. However, multiple sources have indicated that Verizon is indeed rolling out the update.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners on Verizon, time to start checking for a system update. The carrier has released the Android Oreo update for both phones on their network with the roll out starting today.
For those of you who have a S8, you are looking for build R16NW.G950USQU2CRB9 while the S8+ owners are going to be getting build R16NW.G955USQU2CRB9. In both builds, you will be getting the February Android Security Update along with Oreo.
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Verizon has released the Android Oreo update to the LG V30 on its network. It follows the release of the update for the unlocked variant and is the first amongst carriers here in the United States to release the update.
The new build for the V30 on Verizon is VS99620a and it is a hefty 1.7GB in size. You will need to download this update over Wi-Fi and will need to have at least 80% battery in order to install it. You can expect a 10-15 minute install time once it is downloaded to your phone and you will need to reboot complete the install. Once done, you will have all the goodies that Android Oreo brings.
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Facing political pressure to scrap the deal, Verizon is dropping their plans to sell Huawei phones to their customers here in the United States. The plan is a blow to the Chinese manufacture who suffered a similar blow from AT&T earlier this month.
The news comes from sources at Bloomberg who state the main thrust behind the decision was political pressure due to concerns about the company potentially spying for the Chinese government, something Huawei has long denied and there being no evidence from the other countries where their devices are sold as this being an issue.
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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.
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Verizon has become the first US carrier to update the Moto Z2 Force to Android Oreo. The carrier has released build ODX27.109-34 for the Z2 Force, bringing Oreo and all of its goodness to the July 2017 flagship device from Moto.
As you would expect, the update is sizable at around 900MB, making it one that you will want to download while you are WiFi and have at least 80% battery life. Installation should take 10-15 minutes and a reboot is required.
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Verizon customers who are using the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge on the network have a new update rolling out to their phones. The updates bring the October Android Security Update to the phones. The Galaxy S6 will be getting updated firmware build NRD90M.G920VVRS4DQJ1 while the S6 Edge will be seeing build NRD90M.G925VVRS4DQJ1.
The updates are minor in that the only contain the Android Security Update patches for October. There are no new features nor any other performance improvements mentioned in the respective release notes. This isn’t surprising frankly as the S6 lineup is now well & truly in maintenance only mode. Still, it is good to see Verizon keeping these popular mid-2015 phones going and secure.
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Verizon has begun rolling out a new update to the Moto Z2 Force that brings support for their upcoming Gigabit LTE (5G) network. Verizon has been testing faster LTE networks over the course of the past months, mostly in their labs, but have pushed this update out for some real world testing. To be crystal clear on this, you have to have this update on the Moto Z2 Force and be in a test area for Verizon’s Gigabit LTE. Verizon has not begun rolling it out to the public yet so think of this as a “getting you ready” update.
The updated build is version NDX26.183-15 and it brings the September Android Security Update patch along with the Gigabit LTE support.
You can read my review of the Moto Z2 Force here.
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