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Verizon Rolls Out Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Update: Buh-Bye Bloatware, Google Play Issues

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U.S. network operator Verizon Wireless is pushing out a software update for its variants of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, which brings some bug fixes that counter the Google Play and Bloatware issues plaguing the Samsung smartphones.

On Tuesday, May 24, Verizon started rolling out the latest update which addresses the above-mentioned issues, and also brings some tweaks and fixes for the Galaxy S6 edge and the Galaxy S6 smartphones.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a software update for your device. This software update has been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches," noted the carrier in its changelog.

The update is an over-the-air (OTA) one and has the firmware version VVRU4CPD2 for both the Galaxy S6 edge and the Galaxy S6. It is the monthly security patch update for the Verizon-branded variants of the Samsung smartphones.

Earlier in April, the carrier updated the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones to the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software. This update also included the monthly security patch for the two handsets.

Thanks to the update, users of either of the handsets will no longer encounter the update or download errors with the Google Play Store app. The issue with accessing Visual Voice Mail is also resolved post the update.

Bloatware also gets addressed in this software update as the Amazon Music app has been removed. Some welcome changes include the availability of Google "Search" in the Settings menu.

Users of the Galaxy S6 edge or the Galaxy S6 will also have the option to answer a video call as a voice call. While doing so, the audio of the call is automatically routed to the earpiece. The audio for the video calls comes from speakers by default.

Moreover, now when you plug a USB into either of the phones, the default mode will automatically show alternate USB options such as File Transfer. The update also adds the "Send Premium SMS" option in the settings for Application manager.

The Application manager also benefits from a new setting for Memory, which basically allows users to check the amount of RAM an app is using, as well as the free memory.

To check if you have received the OTA software update from Verizon for your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge smartphone, navigate to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for Updates. If the update is available, select the Update Now option.

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