Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices may currently be at the forefront of Samsung's list of woes, with numerous cases of exploding batteries on Note 7 devices since it launched, but despite its PR spiral, the company hasn't left its other devices behind, namely, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Tech Times previously reported that Samsung is testing its own Android 7.0 Nougat build on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The update is expected to arrive soon, with recent Geekbench listings as the prime indicator. The update will bring Grace UX to the aforementioned devices, along with performance improvements.
No Android 7.0 yet, unfortunately. But good news for S7 and S7 edge owners on T-Mobile: the network has begun pushing out a software update for S7 and S7 edge devices that will include the Sept. 1 security patches, the most recent as of this time. The update changelog lists new Samsung Cloud features as part of the update, adding a new cloud management menu, along with backup and restoration features for apps, homescreen, music files and documents. Also part of the new updates to cloud features is a new synchronization feature for photos, videos and other documents.
Over at its support pages, T-Mobile has published more information with regard to the new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge updates. The changelog lists security updates, time/date updates and various system improvements. It's listed as Android version 6.0.1 Baseband Version G930TUVU4APIA for the Galaxy S7 and Baseband version G935TUVU4APIA for the S7 edge.
If you own a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge device and want to receive the update, you can head over to your phone's settings app, tap "About device," to check if the update is ready. Be sure to have storage, since the update's file size is 376.24 MB. Also, T-Mobile recommends that the device is at least 50 percent charged, so no hiccups occur during the update process.
The new updates don't seem loaded with exciting new features, sure, but it's better than nothing. At least we're sure that T-Mobile is actively doing grunt work to bring improvements to these phones, while they're in a slow, but eventual trajectory toward receiving the Android 7.0 update.
The S7 and S7 edge don't seem to be the only devices getting new updates. The security updates are also coming to the Samsung Galaxy A8, bringing improvements to calls, general performance of the device and memory management. Battery-related optimizations also join this list of updates for the Galaxy A8.
Users who are currently waiting for Samsung to update Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with Android 7.0 should hold their breaths for now, as the company is taking its time in the development hump, implementing features in its custom build, making sure that it's stable and bug-free. Samsung is expected to carry over Grace UX from Note 7 to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, along with Always on Display functionality from the Note 7.
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