Android’s Security Updates are designed to improve security on smartphones which run on Android. All changes take place under the hood and consist of vulnerability patches, meaning that these updates should be top priority for any Android smartphone user wanting to access online services and content in a secure environment. Well it is now mid-October and Samsung is rolling out this month’s security patch to all Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices in Europe. It is currently being received by users in Germany and the Netherlands, but users in the rest of Europe can expect it in the coming days.
In the past, South Korean electronics giant, Samsung made a promise that certain devices in its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series will receive Android security updates each month. The company has been delivering but it has been taking some time. This could be due to the manufacturer taking some time in customizing the software update before releasing it to its devices. Google delivers the security updates to manufacturers at the start of each month and its the smartphone manufacturer’s job to tweak the security update to its liking. The October security patch comes in the form of firmware version XXS1BPJ1 and brings along 68 patches for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the Android operating system. However, the majority of the patches are currently listed as “privately disclosed” to prevent hackers from leaking the updates before it reaches all compatible devices. It is likely that Samsung will disclose the fixes to owners once the update has rolled out to all devices.
If you would like to check whether the October security update is available for your device, all you have to do is proceed to Settings, select About Device, tap on Software Update, and tap the option titled Download Updates Manually. On the other hand, you could wait for the system to prompt you to install the security update when it is available for your device. However, for that to happen, you will need to have at least 50% of battery life remaining in your device or it is plugged into an outlet. As the October security update is being delivered over-the-air (OTA), it might take a few days for you to receive it.