Friday, March 18, 2016

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Receive Minor Software Update

Late February at Mobile World Congress, the folks at Samsung introduced us to their latest and greatest flagship smartphones, the highly-anticipated Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Naturally, most US operators had announced plans to carry the two new smartphones from Samsung, most of them debuting the pre-orders the next day after the launch. S7 and S7 Edge were supposed to become available on March 11, but the majority of carriers shipped them to the customers who pre-ordered a few days earlier.

Now that the two new flagships are available for everyone and many users already have them in their pocked, T-Mobile announced a software update is rolling out for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. As you might have already guessed, it’s just a minor update.

According to the T-Mobile support pages for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge the new firmware comes with security updates and nothing more. The new firmware for Galaxy S7 G930T has software version G930TUVS2APB8, while the one for Galaxy S7 Edge G935T has software version G935TUVS2APB8 and are sized 41.27 MB and 39.71 MB respectively.

Like all software updates, the new security update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is pushed to the T-Mobile customers gradually, meaning would take a few days until it spreads to everyone. When the servers push the OTA update to your phone a message should appear in the notifications panel. All you need to do is tap on it and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. In case you haven’t received the notification, you can check for it manually under Settings > About Device > Software update > Check for updates. Don’t forget to connect your phone to a WiFi network to avoid unwanted data charges or to make sure that you have enough battery left so it won’t turn off during the installation.

Already, both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, of course, customized with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface. Even though the Marshmallow update wasn’t as major as the previous Android version, Android 6.0 arrived with quite a few notable changes and improvements. It has a new app permissions system which enables apps to ask for permissions only when they need to access a certain feature of your phone, Google Now On Tap which scans the content currently on the screen of your device and pulls out relevant information, and Doze Mode which improves your phone’s standby battery life by putting apps in a deep sleep state. Asides all these, Marshmallow also brought native support for fingerprint readers, Chrome custom tabs, Deep Linking, Direct Share, automatic app data backup, the ability to turn off heads up notifications system wide or on a per-app basis, even more detailed battery stats, a RAM manager, and many more.


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