Galaxy S8+ April security update released in Europe, facial recognition feature gets an upgrade

Samsung is in the process of rolling out its first Galaxy S8+ update in Europe. The new OTA includes Google's April monthly security update, which consists of fixes for 49 CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) found on Android and a patch for 16 issues which are specific to Samsung's Galaxy devices. 

SamMobile obtained the entire changelog in Dutch, and the translated information suggests that the new update also brings improvements to the algorithms of the facial recognition feature on the S8+.  

As of now, the OTA should be available for download in Germany and Belgium and is expected to reach more countries in the following days. Currently, there's no information if the patch is also released for the smaller Galaxy S8, but it's likely to follow soon as the two handsets are very similar. 

If you've already received your S8+ and you'd like to check if the update has reached you, go to Settings -> Software update.

source: SamMobile



1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Hopefully it will become more resistant to photographs. Reviews showed it's extremely fast and if it becomes secure, it will completely mitigate the issue of fingerprint scanner.

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Downside to facial recognition tech is that the phone needs to be lifted each time for unlocking. Plus it won't work once it's dark.

4. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

You can use the other methods then I guess. I would have used it optimally depending on the conditionally if I got it. Samsung really screwed bad with an almost perfect smartphone. Bad FP scanner and battery life ruined the phone for me. The saddest part is that Note 8 is ruined as well. It will have the same small battery and the same processors.

5. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

My friend already owns it for about a week and he claims battery life is at least 10-20% better than 7edge

6. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

He probably had the Snapdragon S7 edge. The battery is weaker than the Exynos S7 edge. Also another fact to consider is that his S7 edge wasn't performing as good as it did brand new since batteries degrade upto 20% each year or so. 10-20% better than a degraded S7 edge isn't much.

8. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Really true.. Battery life is actually worse than it's predecessors. And FP could've been placed in a reachable spot instead. Perfect phone would've been in our hands already.

9. zebraman

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

The battery life is great just take phone arena battery life tests with a grain of salt.

10. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I'm not even looking at PA battery test. But all other tests show it to be worse than the S7/edge. GSMArena as well as Ars's tests show it to do significantly worse than S7 edge. This is mostly due to the higher voltage bins due to immature 10nm process. This is going to end bad. Are they significantly better than every other SD820 phone? Yes. Does that make them phones with good battery life? No.

11. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

No you dont need to lift it, it can also work in an angle. When you first register your face, do it from different angles.

3. hotdoggnboi2002

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

I got the update yesterday evening for my S8 here in Phoenix, AZ

7. kevv2288

Posts: 304; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

The update was also released on T-Mobile yesterday

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