Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (unbranded) get December’s Android security patch

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Most Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users are eagerly waiting for the release of the stable Android Oreo OTA update, but in case you haven’t heard, the wait might still be on for a longer period than initially thought.

Before then, Samsung has something for you. A new security update is rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets in South Korea. As you would expect, the update installs the latest Android security patch for the month of December. There isn’t anything else of significance the update brings, but of course, you can be thankful of the more than 70 bug fixes the update brings from both Samsung and Google.

Those using the Samsung Galaxy S8 can expect a firmware with build number G950NKSU1AQL3 while those on the Galaxy S8+ are receiving firmware version G955NKSU1AQL3. The story is the same as far as Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are concerned. The two are also receiving the December Android security patch, but this is happening in the Netherlands.

So far, the OTA is available for non-branded models, which suggests that other regions that are notorious for using non-branded variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will also join the party sooner than later. The update follows an OTA release that was directed to T-Mobile users in the same market, but for the unbranded, the S7’s firmware has build number G930FXXU1DQL5 while the S7 Edge is receiving software version G935FXXU1DQL5.

Note that both updates are rolling out over the air. This means that it will take some time before all units receive the OTA notification. On the brighter side, you can try your luck by heading to Settings>Software update and attempt to download the updates manually.

Verizon has already rolled out December’s security patch to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and we are hoping that other carriers will be doing so sooner or later.

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