Five year old phones Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S7 get updates

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Samsung releases an unexpected surprise — updates to three devices, the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S7. The handsets launched more than five years ago.

The update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 has the firmware version G93xFXXU8EVG3, bringing a GPS fix. Apparently, a similar fix was ceded to the Galaxy J7, a handset released in 2015.

Samsung Galaxy S8 update
Samsung Galaxy S8

Meanwhile, a similar fix was sent to the Galaxy Note 8, another phone released in 2018. The OTA has the firmware version N950FXXUGDVG5.

Whatever the issue is, it seems to be important enough to warrant a fix, even if the handset in question are over the year limit when they are supposed to receive updates.

The updates are only available in select countries, including Spain, the UK and Ireland, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Belgium, South Africa, Serbia, and Australia. Its unclear if its coming anywhere else.

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For those still rocking the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 can check if they have the OTA update by going to Settings and then Software Update.

Samsung will continue sending the fixes to other old Galaxy S and Note devices. Stay tuned for more information.


Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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