Samsung UK Rolls Out Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus Red Tint Fix

Samsung is rolling out a software update to fix the excessive red tint on the display panels of its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones in the United Kingdom. While the incoming update for the Galaxy S8 comes with software version G950FOXM1AQDG, the Galaxy S8 Plus will be updated to version G955FOXM1AQDG after the new software is installed. The update weighs in at 426MB for both devices and, according to the official changelog, brings “improved color optimization and convenient color adjustment” to the handsets. Only the unlocked versions of the two devices are now receiving the new update in the UK, with no official word on when the carrier-locked units might expect to receive the fix.

It's currently hard to say with any certainty whether Samsung is also including other minor bug fixes as part of this latest software package, but the company certainly isn’t pushing the latest Android Security Update alongside the fix, seeing as the Android Security patch level stays at April 2017 even after the new software is installed. The United Kingdom is not the first country where the South Korean phone maker is rolling out the fix for the red tinge on the screens of its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones. The company has already distributed the fix in the United States, Canada, and India, after initially dismissing the complaints as a non-issue that can easily be fixed by changing the default display settings, which should still be the case.

However, after persistent criticism from consumers on social media and internet forums, the company promised to roll out a software fix that will allow users to readjust colors over a wider range. Samsung will be hoping that this is the last time it will have to hear about this particular problem, as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are key products for the South Korean tech firm that is seeking to move on from last year's controversy surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 and its volatile batteries. Interestingly, the company has already announced that it would re-launch the recalled Galaxy Note 7 phablets in some markets as refurbished units, but with smaller and perfectly safe batteries.

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