T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and S8+ receiving software updates ahead of official launch

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If you’re one of the lucky folks that got your Galaxy S8 or S8+ before the official release date, then you may want to check your phone for updates.

T-Mobile is now pushing a software update to its Galaxy S8 and S8+ that bumps the phones to version G950USQU1AQD9 and G955USQU1AQD9, respectively. The GS8 update comes in at 395MB, while the GS8+’s update is 392MB.

As for what’s included, GS8 and GS8+ owners can expect improved face recognition performance, a user interface adjustment for the camera, and some security improvements.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ aren’t officially launching until April 21, but we regularly see device makers push software updates before a phone’s launch to make some final improvements and squash last-minute bugs. That appears to be what’s happening here. If you got your GS8 or GS8+ early, you can check for this update by going into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.

Thanks, Danny and Mike!

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Sources: T-Mobile Galaxy S8, S8+

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  • Erik Papesh

    Got it a few hours ago…

  • rex2745

    Do androids phones still update constantly? Or do they get abandoned after like a year?

    • Prode

      Unless you buy flagship android phones after about 1.5 years no more updates. You may or may not still get updates after 1.5 years but history shows that no one cares about you after about 1.5 years. There are some cases you get lucky and still get a update at say 2 years but not often. Only Google based phones get updates for 2+ years.

      • …iPhone gets updates for longer than even Google phones. It’s remarkable really from both a technical perspective and a business one.

        • metalspy8

          Apple Sucks

        • Prode

          That’s what you think but its not what a lot of others think. If you want to be able to keep a phone longer then say 1 to 2 years and get updates, sadly apple is close to your only option. A 2 year old iPhone runs very close to the same as a brand new iPhone which is what so many ppl love about iPhone.

        • metalspy8

          APPLE SUCKS people like you are isheeps ..if you like a sucky overpriced apple product go right ahead..

        • Prode

          Maybe if you understood how hardware and software worked you wouldn’t think it is over priced as much. Look at the cost of the current s8 that thing is more then the current iPhones and the iphone is still faster and better in some areas. Learn before you talk.

        • metalspy8

          In had an iPhone 6s ,,,I believed the hype for some stupid reason!!!! it crashed more than me note 5 did. I now have a galaxy s8 plus and it is the best phone right under the google pixel. You believe what you want .. and keep coming to all these apple unrelated articles to express your insecurities.

        • Prode

          I owned close to every high end android phone T-Mobile ever had up until the after the Galaxy S6 and I finally learn how much fail that Samsung brings to the table with Android. If you are not buying a Google device you are being left out which pissed me off. Samsung says they will fix issues they have but they never do. Take there ram Management in this case. Their Ram management is just POS. How can you have 4gb of ram and always have more then 1gb free. That is just a pure waste of resources. That means that apps are not being kept in ram for faster multitasking. This is one thing Apple does way better with on ios. Their multitasking is way faster. Also a look at the hardware Android has compared to ios. ios runs way better on slower hardware. If you do not believe me look at the reviews and you will see this.
          I have only ever owned an Iphone 6 plus, 6s plus, and now the 7 plus. All three of those phones hands down even on ios beta software have run better then any Android phone I have ever owned outside of the Google devices. Google devices are really nice but lack in areas that the avg person wants.
          I am sure you will irgone this post and that’s fine.
          The only reason I even posted in this was because of my first post which you clearly did not read or you would of knew why. I did not post here to bash Samsung or Android. All you had to say was “Apple Sucks.” Maybe you came here to bash Apple.

        • metalspy8

          You must think I’m new to this. I’ve had more phones than you. Apple is boring. It always has been boring to me. I always bashed apple for never innovating and playing catch to android. They are ridiculously overpriced. They are okay phones but nothing revolutionary. In had all high end android phones since the first google phone. Pixel XL is by far the best smartphone period. From my experience. I bash apple caus3 I had it and when i see people praising apple in a non apple article thwy get the hammer.

    • Brian Richards

      We have two s6’s and they got updates like a month ago.

      • Prode

        not major Android updates just security ones since Google I think has a rule now that you need to provide security updates I think for 18 months.

        • Sayahh

          “…Google I think has a rule now that you need to provide security updates I think for 18 months.”

          Where am I going to learn how to come up with security upgrades? I don’t even know how to code! ;)

    • T Redd

      not completely abandoned. kinda get updates slower. some s6 and note 5s haven’t got the nougat update yet.

  • Jeremy Keeler

    I got the S8+ Wednesday night, wow this thing is crazy good looking!
    So far it’s a huge update from my Nexus 6, which I did love, but destroyed the screen by accident. It was time to move on.

  • StevenM

    Just installed. I noticed before the installation that the Facebook App notifications were in a white bubble (hard to see) and now the bubble is red. Not sure if all of the app notifications were white before, but they’re now all red.

  • KOLIO

    Anyone know if this update kills the ability to remap the Bixby button?
    Remapping apps do actually work on the initial release software.

    • Zee Masai

      Yes it kills the ability to remap the Bixby button.

  • steadymobb

    It mainly disables Bixby remapping… Just in time for launch

  • RJ Scott

    I mapped the Bixby button on my 8+ to turn on the flashlight with a single press. How great is that! Now when this update is installed it will lock the button. Samsung sees remapping as a system level security issue. I see it the other way around. Samsung are intercepting system level legitimate Android inputs and redirecting them. Oh well. This phone is awesome by the way!

  • renzo

    What If you remap the button then update will it overwrite with Bixby?

    • gpt2010

      Yes. That happened to me. It will revert the button back to Bixby.

      • Vlad

        My button stopped working completely after update

  • KC

    Is anyone having an issue adding credit and debit cards to Samsung Pay on the Samsung Galaxy S8? I keep getting a registration failed error. Samsung pay works fine on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

    • I seem to have noticeably better results manually entering the data vs snapping a photo of the card, in case that helps you.

      • KC

        I ended up doing a factory reset on my phone and restored all my apps and data except for Samsung Pay and Samsung Gear app (had Samsung Pay on my Gear S3). Then I installed Samsung Pay and login. My cards finally showed up in the credit/debit tab. I had to verify all of them again but that process was easy. I’m not sure if transferring all my data from my S7 Edge to my S8 through smart switch screwed up Samsung Pay the first time around.

    • StevenM

      I had to delete my existing card and re-add it.

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      I’ve been having this issue with Chase cards on my Gear S3. No issues on the GS8 thus far.

  • J. Martinez

    If any fine gent or gal wants to take this update and strip it of the button remap then rerelease it for consumption lmk…im down.

  • Vlad

    After updating, Bixby button stopped working completely…

  • samsung freud

    How much of the installed software is bloatware?

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      Very little in my opinion, but YMMV. I happen to think Samsung knocked it out of the park with their software. Tightly integrated and useful for the most part. Touchwiz is very unobtrusive. Just my opinion.

  • Lawrence C

    Personally, Android usually come with almost everything I need and the rest I can install from third party if really needed. The slow or lack of update doesn’t really bother me. After all, one of my iPhone 6s+ is still IOS10.1.1. with jailbreak. and iPhone 7+ “Work issued” is still sitting at IOS 10.1.1 as well. I don’t think I’m missing anything.

  • Phone Guy

    Getting 179GB download speeds and over 40GB upload speeds now. (in parts of Los Angeles). How fun is that.

    • James Thomas

      technology like that doesn’t exist for consumers yet.

      • Phone Guy

        Yes, it does. Nice try.

        • James Thomas

          The internal hardware isn’t capable of that and i got links to back up my words

      • Phone Guy

        They have gigabit speeds in the labs, and now this new phone has different aggregations of connecting different frequencies. You need to do your research before you make false comments. If I could attach a photo of two different speed tests engines, I would, but don’t see that option on here.

        • James Thomas

          The phone isn’t capable of that. upload it to a cloud like dropbox and put the link here. Through data connection the phone is only capable of 1gb

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    • Eric Harlow

      I am getting 100GB download speeds and 43GB upload speeds now is parts of Chula Vista, CA and around 80 download / 35 upload in San Diego

  • vinnyjr

    That is Fantastic. In suburbs of Boston I’m getting 110mb down & 40mb up. That’s on my iPhone 7. When I get my Samsung Galaxy S8 I’m sure I’ll be seeing faster speeds. Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.