Verizon rolls out new Galaxy Note 8 update, Live focus and security improvements included

Verizon has released a new OTA update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The latest upgrade should bump the software version of the 6.3-inch phablet to N950USQU2BQJA

So, is there anything new worthy of mentioning? Well, Live focus (Samsung's own take on Portrait Mode) is getting some neat quality-of-life improvements. 

The "Live focus ready" button now has a bright yellow background, which should make it super easy to spot. When you switch to that mode, you should notice that there are new "+" and "-" icons on each side of the "background blur" slider for easier navigation. 

Live focus also needs a certain amount of light to work properly, so the camera app will now notify you if additional lighting is required. Last but not least, a new "back" button has been added to the app in order to take you to the normal camera mode. You can see the new changes below.

The update also brings a bunch of security enhancements. On board is the Android Security patch for the month of October. This is a bit strange, as the November patch has been out for some time, but, at the end of the day, any additions to security are welcome. A fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit is also included.

The update is available OTA, but it might need some time to reach all compatible devices. You can check for it manually by going to Settings > About Device > Software Updates. As always, make sure that your phone is sufficiently charged and connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding with the patch.

source: Verizon

Related phones

Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)



1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah finally was waiting on this

2. LordGeek

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I'm not getting the OTA ! Even when using the Verizon Wireless Software Upgrade Assistant .. it states my phone is up to date !! I'm still on QI5 !

4. LordGeek

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

EDIT : Update finally received

3. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

T-mobile got this a week or two ago. Any stories about Verizon show start of with "The evil company that created and paid Pai to destroy the internet as we know it...." Anyone tech savvy enough to be on this site should be so mad at Verizon that they ditch them for lobbying to end Net Neutrality.

5. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

That's exactly why I'm planning on leaving Verizon. I'll probably end up at Project Fi with a Pixel device. Trading one giant company for another, but Verizon's actions against net neutrality are inexcusable.

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