Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are barely half a year old and are already on several software updates thanks to Google’s monthly updates program.
While carriers have in the past been associated with delayed rolling out of updates to different devices, the latest moves indicate some changes in this schedule. T-Mobile is the latest to come in with early monthly updates for this year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
The update is currently rolling out to all units of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the U.S. It weighs about 340MB and with it comes this month’s security patch, which is dated July 1. Since it is coming in as an OTA update, not all units of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will receive this update at once. Still, users can check out for the availability of the update by going to Settings>About device>Software update and if the download is ready, an “Update Now” button will show up. If it’s missing, you may have to wait for the OTA notification to show up, which shouldn’t take long.
While this is happening in the U.S., the story is the same for those using the same Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets in Germany. Specifically, Vodafone is the only carrier in Europe that happens to be pushing out the update, which is dated July 5, and it is happening in Germany. However, the Korean tech giant is expected to roll out the same update to units in other European countries.
Just like with the case with U.S.’ T-Mobile, the update from Vodafone doesn’t add any new functionality to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Instead, it simply brings everything that Google has packed in July’s Android security patch alongside other optimizations made by Samsung. One of the issues that have been taken care of with this security patch is a Jack audio service vulnerability which allowed apps to access or even modify values on the device.
The update is also coming as an OTA and, as a result, it will not hit all Vodafone-based Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets. Still, you can check it out manually via Settings>About device>Software update>Update now.