Samsung’s flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, have been quite popular in the market since their launch and users have not faced any major issues with either of the devices. However, one of the most sought after aspects of today’s smartphones is the fact that they need to be regularly upgraded with new features and security patches. In keeping with this trend, Verizon is now rolling out a new update to the two Galaxy flagships.

Verizon updating the latest Samsung flagships

The carrier revealed on Tuesday, July 25, that it has started rolling out a new update for all the users of Samsung’s 2017 flagship device users on its network.

The updates will take the version of the Galaxy S8 to G950USQU1AQG4 and for the Galaxy S8+ to G955USQU1AQG4. This latest addition will introduce some features and support, which may be quite useful for users of the handsets.

First and foremost, the new update will add the support for Google’s Daydream VR and its corresponding hardware necessities into the two flagship smartphones. However, it is unknown why Verizon has suddenly decided to add this particular support, considering that the handsets already support the Gear VR headsets from Samsung. It may have been introduced as an additional option for people who do not own the Gear VR but instead have the Daydream headset.

Another minor but important feature added by this update includes the ability to hide the navigation bar from the screen by using the dot icon at the bottom of the display.

This feature was first introduced Samsung in June, and will now be available in the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 on Verizon’s network. This added feature will let users get the maximum screen view when the navigation bar is opened.

Other features of this update include the ability to send Gifs while on a call. However, this functionality will only work if the Profile Sharing option is enabled from the Contacts tab.

This is an added feature and is not that important for most users. One of the most important additions through this Verizon update is the full July security patch for Android, carrying the latest protections against firmware and other attacks.

Downloading and installing update

Verizon users of the two Samsung phones should start receiving the update within the next few days.

However, if a user does not receive the update, they can manually go to Settings, then About Phone, and finally select System Updates. It is important however to ensure that there is adequate battery life remaining and the device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection before starting the update.