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New Verizon firmware update speeds up facial recognition on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

Verizon is rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. While these updates keep the core OS at version 7.0, they’re a bit heftier compared to the average monthly firmware update.

That’s because it bundles many of the tweaks that have been released for these handsets over the past few months. The firmware update speeds up facial recognition on the handsets. It adds a “Faster recognition” option for those who are using Face Recognition as a mode of securing their device.

Verizon recommends that users allow the device to take its time and thoroughly scan their face before turning on the new option if they’ve not yet configured facial recognition on their handset.

Verizon has also added the navigation bar “show and hide button” with this update. It’s a small dot on the left side of the navigation bar. Users just need to tap it in order to show, hide or lock the navigation bar in its place. This was first rolled out as part of a firmware update over two months ago.

The update also brings a variety of other fixes that have been detailed in the official changelog. Firmware version G950USQU1AQGL and G955USQU1AQGL is now being rolled out for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ respectively by Verizon.

Those who own these handsets on its network should expect to see an update notification very soon.

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