Galaxy S8 and S8+ update with fix for red tint issue starts rolling out in the US


Samsung's OTA update which fixes the “red tint problem” on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ has reached the US. 

At the time of writing, T-Mobile users should be able to download and install the patch, and although there's currently no word on the availability of the OTA on other carriers, it's safe to assume that all major telecoms in the country should start rolling it out soon. 


The new update weighs in at about 142MB. It adds a brand new setting option in the Adaptive Display screen mode, which allows users to adjust the full screen color balance. The new setting is meant to prevent the red tint issue from affecting the Galaxy S8 and S8+. There's also an option called Screen Edge Color Balance in the Screen Mode menu which enables users to adjust colors at the edges of the display panel.

As you may know, the problem was first noticed in South Korea following the official Galaxy S8 release on April 17. Several users uploaded pictures of their devices on social media, asking others if they thought that the screens on their phones were too red. The blunder was certainly popular in the East Asian country, but there wasn't that much of an outcry in other major markets. 


Do you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ suffering from red discoloration? Have you been able to download the patch and fix the issue? Let us know in the comments. 

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17 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It's not even an issue. In spite of that reddish tint, most other phones don't even come close to match it's colour accuracy.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If it wasn't an issue, then why is it getting a software update for it?

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Because it was not intended behaviour? I believe it isn't an issue, refers more to, it isn't really going to 'ruin' anything for the user. Yes, colour is off some, but no more then what some users might want with various presets. Obviously seems that some panels didn't arrive with the right settings associated with them, since they can likely read the hardware id of the panels its an easy fix.

9. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Spoken like a true fan. I don't get why you people bash iPhone users so much when Samsung kaboom can sell you any piece of junk made in an Chinese ally and get away with it. I mean there's still idiots who won't let go of their note 7

12. stferrari

Posts: 53; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Just to be accurate (which you aren't either because of ignorance or stupidity), iphones are made in China not Samsung Galaxy phones. Since i am not inclined to bash any great phone either IOS or Android, i won't use the Chinese Ally slam like you. Just made in China (ecept for the many parts they buy from Samsung for inclusion in the Iphone). Just FYI

13. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Parts made in China but assembled in California. Good job you played yourself

14. stferrari

Posts: 53; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

So basically you agree. I phones a MADE in China. I have spent many hours at Apple, eaten with Jobs several times since i designed several technologies Apple used in there computers in the 90s so i think i might know a liitle more about how apple company internals work. I have no respect for bigots or fools. Apple makes a good phone just as Samsung, LG, and others also do. The ONLY real defining difference is IOS vs Android so stop being a blindly bigot and give all good creations their due or just keep your head in your posterior because no really cares.

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hey, look, someone that yet again lumps me together with a group of people I do not belong to. So should I say 'yay' yet another person raging not reading? I was critical against Samsung with the battery issues, however I was also objective enough to know that 100 out of millions of devices is not a grenade as the media made it out to be, and as some that did nothing but wanting to attack samsung, screamed about. 100 phones out of millions is a problem worthy of recall, but again not a grenade. So no, this has nothing to do with a fan, and just pointing out that it is a calibration error to the panels, and they can fix it if they know what panel types have the problem, read the id's of the panels, and apply the right calibrations? If this issue was with iPhone I'd say the same thing, but I would gladly point out to those that would rapidly defend iphone, that see, apple does make mistakes, exactly like everyone else, my stance has always been that mistakes do happen, by everyone, no one is except from it.

8. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Don't try to use logic with these drones. If it were an issue with the iPhone this article would have more comments.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Exactly. The hypocrisy with them is hilarious.

10. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It's only an issue because people who don't know anything about a smartphone are making a big deal about. My S7 Edge gives off a similar tint at night. I have an ambient light that has a blue hue to it. It tint temporarily comes on to keep the eyes from straining with too much bright light. If you go into the screen mode settings and choose AMOLED photo, you get a similar tint to the screen

2. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Just swap it for another one. Probably just the price of being early adapter. Wait for the kinks to work out before buying. Patience is a virtue.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Got the update but my whites have been pearly on my S8+ since day 1...

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I thought you were interested in getting the DreamPack?

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've been replying to your posts lol go back and look.... How much?

6. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

That is just T-Mobile, that doesn't make the whole US ... Verizon and ATT will push it few months later as always ...

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