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Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus OTA update rolling out with Daydream VR support, hide nav bar feature and more

Verizon is rolling out a new software update to both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ which adds support for the Google Daydream VR alongside a few other new features.

The update is arriving with the software version G950USQU1AQG4 and G955USQU1AQG4 on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ respectively.

What’s surprising, though, is the fact that Verizon is the first carrier to roll out support for Google’s Daydream VR for both the handsets.

Also, now that Verizon has already rolled out the update, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and all the other carriers (alongside the international variants) should soon follow suit and release support for Daydream shortly.

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Anyways, moving ahead, with the update installed on Verizon’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, you can make use of a couple of new features.

Firstly, you get to send animated GIFs to the person on the other side of the phone call. For this to work, however, you’ll have to enable the Profile Sharing option from the Contacts app.

Secondly, you can further increase the screen’s real estate of your Galaxy S8 and S8+. How, you may ask?

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Well, you can turn off the navigation bar to maximize your screen view. There’s a small circular toggle on the left side of the navigation bar which can be used as a lock/unlock button.

All you have to do is tap on the toggle to unlock the navigation bar to hide it. If you want to use the navigation bar, you can simply swipe up to view it again.

In addition to these features, the OTA update also installs the latest Android security patches on the both the smartphones.

Source: Verizon (1 | 2)

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