If you are on the U.S. network operator Verizon Wireless and own the latest flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, then you will be pleased to learn that the carrier is pushing out the June patch for the two handsets.
Earlier in June, we reported that Samsung was pushing out the June security patch for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in Spain. So it comes as no surprise that the update has made its way to the U.S.
Verizon began rolling out its monthly Android security patch for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on Friday, June 10.
"Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a software update for your device. This software update has been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches," notes the carrier. Adding that the "current software update gives you the most up to date Android security patch on your device."
The June security patch for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge from Verizon has the software version MMB29M.G930VVRU2APE1 and is an over-the-air (OTA) update.
The patch addresses a severe security susceptibility, which could potentially allow "remote code execution on an affected device." The vulnerability could compromise the security of the affected Android device through several methods such as web browsing, MMS (when processing media files) and email.
This critical security vulnerability was brought to light by Google in the June Android security bulletin. However, Android users can breathe easy, as Google disclosed that the vulnerabilities were not exploited so far and no devices were affected. Nevertheless, it advises that all users of Android-powered mobile devices download the security patch when it makes its way to their device.
Verizon has been prompt when it comes to pushing out software updates for its variants of the Samsung devices. Earlier in May, the carrier rolled out an update for the older-gen Galaxy S6 edge and the Galaxy S6, which not only brought in its folds bug fixes but also addressed the bloatware and Google Play issues users were encountering.
Moreover, in March, as we reported, the U.S. carrier pushed out a firmware update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones to counter the Wi-Fi connectivity issues on Android Marshmallow.
Samsung is not the only OEM whose phones get swift security updates on Verizon. The carrier also rolled out Android security patch for the LG G4 and LG G3 in March.
Since the June security patch is being pushed out by Verizon in phases, it could take some time before it hits your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. To manually check if the patch is available for download, navigate to Settings > About Device > Updates > Check for Updates.
Remember to have over 50 percent charge and a stable Wi-Fi connection before you download the patch.
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