New Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ software update brings Verizon Gigabit Class LTE support

Not long after updating the Moto Z2 Force with support for Gigabit Class LTE, Verizon Wireless is now ready to push a similar update to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In fact, according to Droid-life, some Verizon Galaxy S8 owners have already received the update.


Reportedly, the new software build that Verizon's Galaxy S8 is receiving is G950USQU2BQK5, while the new build number for the Galaxy S8+ is G955USQU2BQK5 - as the screenshot on the left is showing. In addition to support for Gigabit Class LTE, the update brings the latest (November) security patch to the two smartphones.


Now, Verizon has not launched its Gigabit Class LTE service yet, but it says that the upgraded network should go live before the end of 2017 - which is only three weeks away.


Thanks to Gigabit Class LTE, owners of compatible mobile devices will be able to enjoy download speeds of up to 1 Gb per second (at least in theory). Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ support such crazy download speeds thanks to the Snapdragon 835 chipset and its integrated X16 LTE modem - the fastest Qualcomm-made 4G modem currently available. Now that Verizon is making sure the two handsets support Gigabit Class LTE from a software point of view, too, all that's left is for the carrier to launch its faster network.   


If you own a Verizon Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, have you received this new software update from Verizon?


sources: Droid-life, Verizon support pages: Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ (not yet updated) 

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. mikehunta727 unregistered

I have the November patch on my Note 8 does that mean I have it?

2. nikhil23

Posts: 427; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

you should have it. check the changelog

3. Merze0n3

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Do phones even need that much speed? Thought max that they push is 50mb download. Or did I read that wrong?

7. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No, but the cool thing is that faster maximum speeds for network and phone (modem) in practice usually also result in higher average speeds, even during less than optimal connections. So it should result in better speeds all around.

9. Nopers unregistered

I think that's just because newer modems generally have higher maximum speeds but also focus on better connectivity in poor signal areas, a software update probably won't make your average speed any better or keep you connected in weak signal areas.

4. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

The handset is ready when will the network be ready?

5. airstream25

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 18, 2011

Yes, I got it 12-7-2017 Software Version: NRD90M.G950USQU2BQK5 Android® Security Patch Level: 2017-11-01 The current software update provides the most up to date Android security patches on your Galaxy S8, along with support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) when switching to Verizon from select carriers, as well as the addition of Samsung Pay. Gigabit Class LTE Service Samsung Galaxy S8 can now take full advantage of the most advanced 4G LTE technology when Verizon launches its Gigabit Class LTE service, providing access to peak speeds far exceeding most phones in the market today*. Transfer movies, photos and large files in no time with some of the fastest possible data speeds so you can spend more time watching what you love and less time waiting for it to download.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How fast is Verizon network, 10-50 Mbps? Even iPhone 5s is compatible with that speeds.

8. iczer

Posts: 157; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

1 giga bit per second is about 125 mega bytes per second so it’s a nice upgrade!! 125 mega bytes per second are so reachable nowadays.

10. Nopers unregistered

Ha, really? Well, connectivity is never measured in megabytes per second, always megabits. I think the only things that have reached those speeds are Google fibre and 5G tests.

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