The unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge models are apparently receiving their September security updates in Europe if reports coming out of The Netherlands are anything to go by. According to reports in the Dutch press, the incoming update carries the firmware version XXU1BPHJ, and has just started rolling out to factory-unlocked versions of the two premium Samsung devices. The update reportedly also brings along the all-new Gallery app that features facial recognition and was first seen on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 last month. Meanwhile, Samsung is yet to release the official changelog for this update on its website, so the exact changes that are being rolled out as part of this latest update are yet to be detailed officially.
One of the changes that users can expect is the patching up of the fourth and final ‘Quadrooter’ vulnerability that was detailed last month at the Def Con security conference by the chief of mobile security at cyber security firm, Check Point, Mr. Adam Donenfeld. While three of the four vulnerabilities were already patched up by Google through its August security bulletin, the fourth and the final one was expected to be patched up this month, so it wouldn’t be too big a stretch to imagine that Samsung is pushing that through with the latest update. In case you’re in Europe and have yet to get a notification about the availability of the new update, you can check for it manually by heading over to the ‘Settings’ menu, tapping on ‘About Device’, scrolling down to ‘Software Update’, before choosing ‘Download Updates Manually’.
The Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge are technically the newest Samsung flagships in the market currently, now that the Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled by the South Korean company following dozens of reports of exploding batteries. While the two devices remain strong performers in their own right having been launched just a few months earlier, Samsung Electronics is expected to take a big hit on its bottom line because of the Galaxy Note 7 recall. The company, however, says that only a tiny fraction of all its handsets are affected by the battery issue, so it remains to be seen how long the company takes before a safe version of the phone is reintroduced into the market.