Samsung To Roll Out Monthly Security Patches To Unlocked Smartphones In US

14 March 2017, 8:34 am EDT By Steve Bowman Tech Times
Samsung will soon launch monthly security updates for its unlocked devices. This news may come as a surprise for users who are waiting for the Android Nougat update to hit their unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones.  ( Kārlis Dambrāns | Flickr )

In August 2015, Google announced that it would launch security updates on a monthly basis for its operating system. This was due to a huge security exposure which was affecting many users of Android phones.

At the time, manufacturers like Samsung and LG also announced that they would do the same. However, Samsung did not go through with its promise as most of the unlocked phones from the company are yet to get security updates on a monthly basis.

New Schedule For Security Updates

Samsung is about to update its security for the unlocked devices in the United States. This news is most awaited by the ones who use unlocked variants of the company's phones.

The company may start rolling out monthly updates for models like Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.

Moreover, Samsung introduced security and general updates for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, which can be installed on carriers like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

The company also upgraded both the devices in question to Android 7.0 Nougat but the unlocked editions have not been updated yet. In fact, the unlocked variants are still using the version that was released back in December 2016.

Samsung Mobile Security has now stated that it has overcome all the prior challenges and will start introducing security updates on monthly basis.

"Due to various circumstances, we have been releasing security updates for unlocked (open) Galaxy devices in the U.S. on a quarterly basis. However, we have now resolved the challenges; and we are committed to releasing security updates for those devices on a monthly basis," stated Samsung Mobile Security in a email sent to ZDNet.

The email also stated that Samsung will introduce the security update in March. However, it remains uncertain whether it will include Android Nougat with these updates.

Users Are Eagerly Waiting For The Update

The users of the unlocked version of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be pleased by Samsung's decision to regularly update its smartphones with monthly security updates.

The response given by Samsung has given rise to a few queries and the major one among them is about the circumstance, which do not let the company offer the security updates before.

It was logical that the unlocked editions of the smartphones would receive the updates first and not the other way around. However, due to "various circumstances" this was not the case.

The launch date of Samsung Galaxy S8 is nearing and the unlocked version of this latest phone has received the FCC certification. Samsung's confirmation to include monthly security update comes as a pleasant surprise for its fans and may help increase sales of its upcoming flagship.

Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns | Flickr

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