Verizon is on a roll (for once) in terms of major software updates for new and old devices locked to the nation's largest wireless network, recently delivering Android Pie goodies (with 5G Moto Mod support included) to the Moto Z3
, as well as camera stability improvements and enhanced overall performance for the Galaxy S10 family
Up next, Big Red's Samsung Galaxy S8
, and Galaxy Note 8
are officially scheduled to receive their own Android 9.0 Pie updates over-the-air starting tomorrow, April 4. That's according to the carrier's support webpages, which also list a number of details about the specific new features, UI tweaks, add-ons, and system enhancements S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 users on Verizon are looking at.
We're talking things like Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness functionality, as well as App Actions, Slices, and a whole new type of Intuitive Navigation based on gestures rather than standard button interactions. On top of all that, Samsung's proprietary One UI
adds a battery-friendly night mode to the mix, as well as a series of changes designed to greatly improve one-hand operation, an intuitive new camera interface, and much more.
Last but not least, Verizon promises to roll out March security patches as part of these major OS promotions, which is pretty much the best you could have asked for. After all, Google has barely released April security enhancements
for its own Pixel
Of course, we shouldn't exactly shower the number one wireless service provider in the US with praise, as Verizon actually follows in Sprint
and AT&T's footsteps
today. T-Mobile has also managed to beat Big Red to the punch a few days ago as far as the Galaxy S8 duo is concerned
, but the "Un-carrier's" Note 8 is still stuck with Android Oreo. The same goes for the US unlocked variants of all three phones, which are likely to follow suit on the Pie bandwagon in the near future as well.