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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Starts Receiving Software Update with April Android Security Patch: Report

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Starts Receiving Software Update with April Android Security Patch: Report

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was launched in August 2017

Highlights
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 update brings fixes for a number of vulnerabilities
  • Google Pixel phones received the April security update last week
  • The update is available over-the-air (OTA)

Samsung has started rolling out the April Android security patch for the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. The latest security patch has reportedly been released in Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Italy, and few other regions. The software version for the April security patch is N950FXXS5DSC5 in Netherlands. The latest security bulletin published by Samsung details that the April 2019 Security Maintenance Release (SMR) comes with five critical fixes and fifteen other issues of varying severities. One major critical fix included in the update is a patch for a remote attacker's ability to execute arbitrary code on a target's device using a specially crafted file.

Sammobile reports that the update has been released for Galaxy Note 8 users in Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Italy, and few other regions. The update is likely being rolled out in a phased manner, so it could be a while before all users in the region will be able to see the update. To check manually, head to Settings > Software Update > Download and Install.

The website has also published the latest Galaxy Note 8 firmware, and users who cannot wait, can manually flash it as well. The security bulletin also notes that fixes related to Emergency Mode are included with the latest update as well. The detailed April 2019 Security Maintenance Release (SMR) can be seen on the official website.

To recall, Google released the April 2019 Android Security Patch for Pixel phones last week. Samsung has been very quick in updating its security software for the Galaxy Note 8. We expect other flagship phones to get the update soon.

The Galaxy Note 8 was launched in August 2017, and it recently also received the Android Pie update. The key specifications of the phone include a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440x2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display, a dual rear camera setup, complete with Dual OIS (optical image stabilisation), and a 3300mAh battery.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent buildquality, design and display
  • Useful stylus
  • Very good cameras
  • Speedy performance
  • Bad
  • Slightly heavy
  • Battery life could be better
Display 6.30-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 8895
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3300mAh
OS Android 7.1.1
Resolution 1440x2960 pixels
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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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