Dec 11, 2017 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ Receives Android Pay, Full Bixby Experience, UI Changes From Verizon And T-Mobile Updates

Jun 16, 2017 09:49 AM EDT

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were reported to be running several updates from renowned carriers: Verizon and T-Mobile. The update was said to include the latest Android security patch, several bug fixes and full Bixby experience along with Android Pay.

According to Android Headlines, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus update from Verizon and T-Mobile allows users to use the Android Pay feature if they aren’t fond of using the Samsung Pay. Android Pay was said to let users pay their credit, debit, loyalty, and gift cards through their smartphones. It was also said to already support a number of banks and card issuers already.

With that said, the T-Mobile and Verizon update on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus also brings UI changes along with enhancements for Samsung virtual assistant, Bixby. Easier access to Bixby’s Vision and Reminder is already provided in the update. Users’ data regarding their use of Bixby features are now also separated and will not be joined in the users’ single Samsung account ID.

Aside from that, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus update now prevents unintended Bluetooth disconnections and allows normal playback of the Visual Voicemail app as well. In order to update one’s smartphone with a T-Mobile or Verizon carrier, it was identified to first go to the phone’s Setting. Next steps include clicking on the About Phone option then selecting the Check for Updates.

Phone Arena also reported that an upcoming 453.72MB update is rolling out for U.S. owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The update was said to change the navigation bar so that users could choose new lighter color shade backgrounds since the RGB scale option was replaced.

For Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users, they could change the navigation bar color through Settings > Display > Navigation bar. Hiding the navigation bar completely was also mentioned to be included in the update. Another change expected is the improved quality of the Panorama images.

Nonetheless, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus must remember that it is always safer to update with a 50 percent or more battery juice. Users must also note to turn the Wi-Fi on before updating in order to prevent the smartphone being bricked.

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