If you are in Europe and you have an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, you will be prompted to download a new OTA update soon, if you haven't been prompted already. Go to Settings > About device > Software update and search manually for the update to see if it has arrived on your smartphone yet. Even if it hasn't, don't worry, as it takes time for updates to reach all customers.
After you download and install firmware version XXU1BPHJ on to your device, it will become compatible with Samsung Cloud, which had so far been exclusive to the Galaxy Note 7 only. The new Gallery app from the phablet will also now become a part of your S7 or S7 Edge in addition to the SMR security patches for the month. While it is standard for Samsung to release monthly security patches for its flagship smartphones, the changelog for this particular patch was not detailed on their blog, like they usually are. Nevertheless, since it can only make your device more secure and brings some new features to the smartphone, we recommend downloading and installing it as soon as you can.
If you own a Galaxy S6 Edge+ or a Note 5 on the Verizon network, you will soon receive a notification prompting you to update your smartphone. There is a good chance that you have already been notified, but even if you hadn't, you will be very soon. Alternatively, one can always check manually by going into Settings >About device > Check for updates.
The post Marshmallow update includes both security patches and general bug fixes, in addition to overall improvements. Notably, the misleading "No SIM card detected" error often encountered on the Note 5 will be fixed. You can also expect improved audio routing for better experience in call quality during both voice and video calls on the two smartphones.
In other news, Verizon's version of the LG G5 is simultaneously receiving an update via OTA as well. Unfortunately though, the monthly security patches have not been included in that update. It was mentioned in the change-log that the package will bring "enhancements for Visual Voice Mail, Airplane Mode and reporting Microsoft Exchange Active Server data usage." Hopefully, another update will be rolled out with the necessary security patches soon enough.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Ever since Stagefright came into public limelight in 2015, Samsung had taken up a policy to keep all its top-tier handsets updated with the latest security patches on a monthly basis. This was a step by the Korean smartphone manufacturer to ensure that this chink in Android's armor cannot affect its flagships. So far, Samsung has kept its promise and as a result, all the major smartphones under the company's banner usually get monthly security patches.
2015 is behind us now and the January, 2016 is coming to an end, but Samsung still makes good on its promise as January security patches for the S5, Note4, S6, S6 Active, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 are now going live OTA. The update is designed to not only thwart present attacks by hackers, but also has elements programmed into the kernel to prevent attacks that have not yet been exposed.
In fact, the security update won't even have a fully disclosed changelog accompanying it as that would make it accessible to hackers, who can then use that data to penetrate the security system of Samsung smartphones. Nonetheless, Samsung has assured its users that this will fix prime susceptibilities that the aforementioned smartphones may have to remote code execution. Although this is good on Samsung's part, it leaves us with a question, what about the other, cheaper Samsung smartphones and their users?
Reports from the UK have confirmed that Samsung just released the June security updates for the country, along with other improvements within the package. This is good news particularly for our readers in the UK because the S7 and the S7 Edge did not get the security updates for May last month.
The most prevalent issue with the camera was observed when you tried to playback a video recorded by the device's own camera. It would initially flicker, but note that it happened ONLY when trying to play a video recorded by the device. Fortunately, it has been addressed successfully. Along with multiple improvements in the camera application, a rare but existing S View cover recognition problem has also been solved. This one was a tricky problem which prevented the user from activating the phone's camera from the lockscreen, if the S View cover was on.
The update has also been noticed in various other regions around the world apart from the UK, but Europe is the only region to get a 329MB package, whereas the rest of the world received much of the same in a much shorter 73MB update. We are not really sure about the differences in between the two updates, but they look to bring in more or less the same improvements.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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The BlueBorne security threat had been bugging Android, iOS and Windows devices for quite a while now but full marks must be given to Samsung because they had been patching their old and new handsets against the vulnerability even before it became public knowledge. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were slightly late to the party because less premium handsets had been given the necessary security update before them. Nevertheless, the two flagship smartphones had started to receive their security patches in the last few days in Europe and now the same update has also reached India.
The update will come in at 476.55MB and should carry the build number G955FXXU1AQI7 with it. In case you are wondering, this OTA package does not include the September security update from Google in it, which means that Samsung will likely skip it and move straight to pushing out the October security update later in October. We recommend downloading and installing the update as soon as possible because the BlueBorne security threat is a serious issue that can leave your phone vulnerable to attacks from any hacker with the knowhow as long as the Bluetooth on your handset is active.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)