Samsung is reportedly rolling out the first software update for its recently launched Galaxy S8+ in Europe. While technically it’s not such a huge feature upgrade per se, the new update does include Android Nougat’s April security patch. The patch in all contains a fix for 49 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in Google’s OS, along with 16 fixes specific for Samsung’s Galaxy-branded phones. The most crucial one of the lot might just be an update to the Galaxy S8+’s face recognition feature.
The update is now reportedly live in Belgium and Germany and is expected to reach other regions in Europe in the days to come.
Recently it came to light that the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+’s) facial recognition feature could be bypassed using a photograph of the user. The new update is said to bring improvements to it, which should hopefully make it safer.
The Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that lies adjacent to the camera module. In addition, the phones also come with an iris scanner and facial recognition for added security.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India recently at a price of Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively. While in India, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for buying starting from May 5, Samsung’s new phones are available for buying in the US starting today.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+, which are successors to last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, come with a near edge-to-edge design, an unusual 18.5:9 ‘Infinity’ display and Samsung’s proprietary Bixby virtual assistant. The phones were first announced at Samsung’s unpacked event in March.
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