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 GigabitClass LTE, Verizon Wireless is now ready to push a similar update to theSamsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In fact, according to Droid-life, someVerizon Galaxy S8 owners have already received the update.


Reportedly, the new software build that Verizon's Galaxy S8 isreceiving 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 GigabitClass LTE, the update brings the latest (November) security patch to the twosmartphones.


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 - whichis only three weeks away.


Thanks to Gigabit Class LTE, owners of compatible mobiledevices will be able to enjoy download speeds of up to 1 Gb per second (atleast in theory). Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ support such crazy download speeds thanksto the Snapdragon 835 chipset and its integrated X16 LTE modem - the fastestQualcomm-made 4G modem currently available. Now that Verizon is makingsure the two handsets support Gigabit Class LTE from a software point ofview, too, all that's left is for the carrier to launch its fasternetwork.   


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


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

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