The Samsung Galaxy S7 launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and has already received its first update in the form of Android's March security patch, and a minor update with a new camera setting and improvements to the touch screen. And now we've learned that a security patch and firmware update is already hitting European devices. Here's everything else you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S7 Android update.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Marshmallow update
The Galaxy S7 came running Google's latest version of Android, 6.0.1, right out of the box. No device has seen an update beyond this version yet, not even the Nexus range. The Galaxy S7 did, however, receive a minor update on March 17, starting with T-Mobile customers. The update was one of Android's monthly security patches, which should help keep your device secure.
On T-Mobile, the software version is now UVS2APB8, and Verizon is beginning to issue the same update, under version number VRS2APB4.
Devices in various regions began seeing a minor update on April 11, bringing improvements to touch features on the screen (this is mostly aimed at the S7 Edge) and an additional settings in the camera settings menu that corrects for skewed images. The build number is XXU1APD1 and weighs 157 MB.
A new security patch and firmware update for European devices was spotted on a Dutch blog by GSMArena. The update brings the firmware version to XXS1BPJ1. This patch is currently only available for unbranded units in certain European countries. We'll let you know as soon as we find out when it will hit US devices.
To check if your device is ready to download the patches, head to Settings > About device > Software update.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update
The next installment of Android, Nougat, was unveiled at Google I/O in 2016 and it could be coming soon to the Galaxy S7. And now GSMarena has reported that Grace UX could come with this fresh update. Soon we'll know more but for now we know that the Always On Display could be a feature. We'll keep you informed as more information is made available.
Given that Samsung has been somewhat sluggish to deliver Marshmallow to its devices, we're unlikely to see Android Nougat hit any of its devices until early next year, but we'll keep you posted.
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