A new update for T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has been released. Specifically, it is a security patch bumping the smartphones to July 1 level. Compatible T-Mobile handset devices should bear either the SM-G930T or SM-G935T model number.
To further strengthen the security of Android devices, Google previously announced that it will be bringing in security patches every month. Currently, there are two security updates being offered by Google, one that is dated July 1 and the other July 5, Android Central explained. The latter comes with additional fixes, the report noted.
According to Nashville Chatter, Vodafone, a network carrier in Germany, has already released the July 5 security patch to its variants of Samsung’s 2016 flagship device.
Going back to the July 1 patch for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, GSM Arena noted that the update file which aims to improve the handsets’ security is 350 mb. It can be installed via Over-The-Air, or OTA update process. But since OTA firmware is being rolled out in stages, it may take a while for some users to receive the update.
To manually check if the security patch is already available for your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, simply head to the Settings menu of the phone, go to About Device, tap Software Updates, and then Check for Updates, Android Geeks explained. A notification should appear after the search telling you if there’s an available update. Simply follow the on-screen prompts that will show up if you opt to download and install the new security patch.
Another way to verify the security patch’s availability is to use the Samsung Smart Switch desktop tool, which will obviously require T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners to connect their smartphone to a computer.
To get the update via OTA, a reliable Wi-Fi connection is required. The battery level needs to be at least 80 percent higher for the process to push through. It is also noted in the screenshot posted on the GSM Arena report that the update process is around 10 minutes long. Furthermore, the Android operating system should remain unchanged after getting the security patch — it should still be running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were released by Samsung in March of 2016, arriving with pre-installed Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS which offers new features such as the battery-saving Doze and App Standby, as well as a smarter virtual assistant service, Now on Tap. It also supports a safer and faster wireless payment service, via the Android Pay app, a feature comparable to Apple Pay and the Galaxy smartphone maker’s own online payment solution, Samsung Pay.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s “curved edge screen” is what makes this specific model easily identifiable from the standard flagship, the Galaxy S7. The two smartphones also differ in dimensions, display screens size and battery capacity. As for identical features, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are both equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. Trusted Reviews also noted that the cameras of the two smartphones are the same, each having a 12 MP primary lens sensor and 5 MP selfie shooter.
Describing the camera features of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the post on Samsung’s official website read as follows.
“Say goodbye to dark or blurry pictures. The first smartphone camera with Dual Pixel technology features an autofocus that’s so incredibly fast and seamless, you can capture the most sudden movements, even in low light — and your pictures come out sharp and detailed.”
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