SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

Notifications
    News For You

    Verizon’s latest Galaxy S7 update isn’t Oreo, even though the carrier says it is

    Firmware
    By 

    Last updated: April 20th, 2018 at 12:32 UTC+02:00

    The North American carrier variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were recently certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 8.0 Oreo on-board, suggesting that the anticipated update is right around the corner. However, it looks like Verizon may have jumped the gun and posted details of the Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge a bit too soon. Verizon's support pages for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have been updated with information on a new update that includes the April security patch and, according to the carrier, Android 8.0 Oreo as well.

    A false alarm

    Only that's not the case, as S7 and S7 edge owners who have updated to the latest software available from Verizon – build number G930VVRS4BRC3 and G935VVRS4BRC3 – say it's still Android 7.0 Nougat. This, to be fair, is a worrying development. If Verizon is releasing a minor update with the April 2018 patch here in late April, S7 and S7 edge owners may be in for a few more weeks of waiting. Granted, US carriers aren't the fastest at bringing new versions of Android to devices so the global Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Oreo update might not take as long, but it's best to remain skeptical until the update actually starts rolling out.

    Verizon's support pages do offer something useful, thankfully: They mention the major new features Oreo will bring to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The listed features include core Oreo functionality like autofill, notification dots, background limits for unused apps, and picture-in-picture multitasking, along with Samsung Experience 9.0 features such as App Pair, Dual Messenger, high contrast theme for the Samsung keyboard, and a cleaner interface for the Phone app. You can also take a glimpse of Oreo running on the Galaxy S7 in this video that shows an early build of the OS that was accidentally released two months ago.

    You can grab the security patch update for your phone by tapping Download updates manually in the Settings » Software update menu.

    Via Source 1 Source 2 Firmware Android 8.0Android 8.0 OreoGalaxy S7Galaxy S7 edgeOreoVerizon
    Galaxy AI summarized

    Scroll for more related content
    News For You

    You might also like

    Samsung boss meets Verizon CEO for even closer collaboration

    Samsung boss meets Verizon CEO for even closer collaboration

    Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Jae-yong recently met Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg to discuss how their companies can improve collaboration. Lee recently left South Korea to embark on a trip to meet Samsung's close partners and various political figures across the world. Lee is visiting New York, Washington DC, and Silicon Valley in the US during […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 3 days ago
    Galaxy A23 5G gets May 2024 security update after One UI 6.1

    Galaxy A23 5G gets May 2024 security update after One UI 6.1

    Recently, Samsung released One UI 6.1 to the Galaxy A23 5G. Now, the company is rolling out the May 2024 security patch for the smartphone. At the moment, Samsung has made the latest security update available for the variant of the Galaxy A23 5G that Verizon sells in the United States. It carries the model […]

    • By Abid Iqbal Shaik
    • 5 days ago
    Galaxy S10 gets a year old security update in the US

    Galaxy S10 gets a year old security update in the US

    Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 series in 2019. After rolling out three new versions of Android and security updates for four years to the three devices in the lineup as promised, the company stopped releasing regular software updates to them in April 2023. The last regular update brought the March 2023 security patch. After that, […]

    • By Abid Iqbal Shaik
    • 7 days ago
    One UI 6.1 update now available for Galaxy A54 in USA

    One UI 6.1 update now available for Galaxy A54 in USA

    Yesterday, Samsung released One UI 6.1 to the Galaxy A54. Initially, the company made the new software available in South Korea and then rolled out the update in Europe. It hasn’t been twenty-four hours since then and Samsung is now expanding the One UI 6.1 update to the Verizon-specific model of the Galaxy A54 in […]

    • By Abid Iqbal Shaik
    • 4 weeks ago
    Verizon USA is the first to release One UI 6.1 for Samsung’s 2023 flagships

    Verizon USA is the first to release One UI 6.1 for Samsung’s 2023 flagships

    The One UI 6.1 update is finally here! It is rolling out to the Galaxy S23 series, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, and the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and later today, it will also start reaching the Galaxy S23 FE and Samsung's flagship Galaxy Tab S9 lineup. The first country to get the update for […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 2 months ago
    Samsung starts testing Open RAN networking for Verizon

    Samsung starts testing Open RAN networking for Verizon

    Samsung has announced that it has completed the conformance and interoperability of the Open RAN (O-RAN) technology for its LTE and 5G NR telecommunication equipment on Verizon's network. The two companies are embracing openness in networking hardware, thanks to the South Korean firm's vast experience in O-RAN and V-RAN technologies. Samsung tests O-RAN compatibility with […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 4 months ago