Unlocked Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S7 edge getting October and November updates in the US

Samsung doesn’t have the best kind of support for unlocked variants of its flagships in the US, but it has certainly picked up the slack in recent months. It’s still not perfect, though, as the company is now rolling out the October security patch for the Galaxy Note 8, its latest flagship, and the November patch for last year’s Galaxy S7 edge. But then again, older devices do seem to be getting preference right now, with phones like the Galaxy A5, Galaxy J1 (2016), and Galaxy S6 receiving the November update already.

Note 8 owners on AT&T’s network are seeing the update (with build number N950USQU2BQJA) arrive on their device, and according to users on XDA, the update may disable the ability to get root access. For those who need a refresher, the October security patch fixes 215 Android vulnerabilities and six specific to Samsung’s software. The November patch carries the same number of fixes for Samsung-specific exploits, but only 61 vulnerabilities that affect Android. It also includes a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, which is why it’s slightly disappointing that Samsung’s latest flagship is walking behind.

In any case, should you own an unlocked Galaxy Note 8, S7 edge, you can see if the update is available by going into the Settings » About phone menu and selecting the Download updates manually option. We will also have the full firmware files in our database shortly for those who wish to do a manual upgrade. Got the update already? Let us know if you notice anything new or different after you’ve updated your phone by leaving a comment.

Update: The regular Galaxy S7 is also receiving the November update, and we have added its firmware details below. The build number is G930UUEU4BQJ5.

Firmware Details:

Model nameGalaxy S7
VersionAndroid 7.0
Build dateMon, 30 Oct 2017 07:36:18 +0000
Security Patch Level2017-11-01
Product codeUSC


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WTF is Samsung thinking ?
Note 8 August Patch and S7 Edge November Patch. I think it is Time to Change the Brand. Really Bad. We spent a hell of money for the latest and then this. Nö thank you


Nothing on my S7 Edge


Had an update last week on my unlocked s8 (UK) and yet, still stuck with the August android patch. Samsung seems to not like us Brits. Zero offers for pre-orders, more expensive than most other areas, lame update policy and they even disabled the mst functionality on phones and gear s3. That’s like going to your favourite burger bar and buying a fat juicy burger, only to receive a bun full of lettuce. By rights, that goes against the sales of goods act as they have sold something that is not as described.

Big Dre
Big Dre

Tmobile suck ass with my note 8 still on August makes no dam sense

David Gotelli
David Gotelli

Lol it’s so pathetic they forgot about unlocked s8 and s8+’s (me)


This is starting to piss me off. If I didn’t upgrade from my S7 to the note. Then I would have had newer firmware. Samsung has to step it up.