Google released this month’s Android security updates about two weeks ago. Since then, quite a number of devices have been receiving this new update, with the latest of them being this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
T-Mobile was among the first players to start pushing the update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge units in the U.S., with UK’s Vodafone also following suit. The latest player to jump onto this July Android security patch bandwagon is giant American carrier Verizon. The wireless carrier is now rolling out this month’s Android security updates.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on Verizon will now join the likes of Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and even the recently-announced OnePlus 3 in receiving this month’s updates from their OEMs. Of course, not all units of these mentioned phones are currently receiving the update, it is only happening for users of unlocked variants of the Note 5 and S7, T-Mobile’s S7 and S7 Edge as well as Note 5 and S6 Edge+ handsets on both T-Mobile and Verizon.
Keep in mind that nothing has changed about how this update comes around. Like usual, the OTA notification is expected to show up on your phone, prompting you to download and install the latest firmware update. With this in mind, it might take a few days for the entire rollout process to be complete since not all units will receive the OTA notification at once. Alternatively, there is room to manually check for the availability of the update via the phone’s About Settings.
Interestingly, the new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update on Verizon is dated July 1, yet Google followed up this initial release with another update dated July 5. As a result, expectations in our camp are high that Samsung and Verizon will consider coming in with the second update for the two handsets in the near future.
There are no new features and functionality that the new update adds to the two phones, but it only comes with the usual fixes to errors and bugs as well as patching up the security level to the latest version.