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Category: Samsung Galaxy S7
With the Android Security Update for November expected to be released later today, it looks like T-Mobile is already getting it out to their customers. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on the carrier, there is an update out for you that brings the security patch up to this month. T-Mobile has always been one of the better carriers when it comes to updates but with Samsung in particular, the manufacture has been slow to get updates out to carriers. With the Galaxy S7 lineup, this seems to have changed as updates are coming at a far more consistent increment and much sooner after they are released from Google.
If there is one fact in Android life that remains true, it is that Samsung will be slow in getting updates out to their devices. It was four months after Android Marshmallow was released before the company pushed it out to the Galaxy S6 and they have been even slower on other devices and releases. So when reports that Samsung has a test build of Android Nougat in the wild for the Galaxy S7, just weeks after it was released, it is good news.
Before you get your hopes up, no, a release of Nougat on the S7 lineup is not immanent. In fact it is probably months away. But SamMobile is reporting that Samsung has confirmed to them that they are indeed testing Nougat on a S7.
If have a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on the Verizon network, there is a new software update waiting for you. The new build of Android Marshmallow addresses some call quality issues as well as enabling the FM radio built into the device. Specifically, you are looking for Verizon’s software version MMB29M.G935VVRU2APG5 for those keeping score at home and it is currently rolling out to customers. You can manually check for the update by going to Settings>System Updates. It is a small one as Verizon is allowing users to download it over LTE but you can expect about a 10 minute download and another 10-15 minutes to install and reboot your device.
For readers who have the Samsung Galaxy S7 through AT&T, there is a new and important software update rolling your way today. The new update brings several enhancements and new features including support for Wi-Fi calling. The updated build number is MMB29M and is available for the S7 and S7 Edge.
Wi-Fi calling is probably the most noticeable addition in this update which AT&T has brought to several of the phones on their network already. This feature is pretty self explanatory but it allows you to make calls over Wi-Fi (assuming the quality and strength of that Wi-Fi signal is acceptable). Think of it as mobile Voice over IP (VoIP).
If you are on the T-Mobile network and have a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, you will want to check for a small but important security update that has been released by the carrier. The update brings a security fix to the device although the details of exactly what was fixed is not explicitly laid out in the release notes. It isn’t the May Android Security update as that came earlier in the month so this is a separate fix from that release. On the Galaxy S7, you are looking for build G930TUVS3APD8 while on the S7 Edge, you will want to look for build G935TUVU3APD8.
Android Central is reporting that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users on AT&T are starting to see the May Android security update come to their devices. The update brings a handful of updates that I highlighted when it was released on the 2nd of this month but don’t expect to see any new major features with it. Interestingly, the AT&T support pages for the S7 series has not been updated yet to reflect this update has been released. Android Central users in their forums are reporting seeing the update on both devices.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners on T-Mobile who have had an issue with the volume button on their devices, there is an update out for you that should resolve the problem from the carrier. The update is coming to both devices as an OTA and you are looking for build G930TUVU2APD7 if you have a S7 and build G935TUVU2APD7 if you have a S7 Edge. For those who haven’t run into the issues, you should still get this update on your device as soon as you can as it also contains security updates which will benefit all users.