Samsung has already detailed out this month’s Android security patch, which is expected to start rolling out to the unlocked models of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 and other handsets.
Interestingly, the South Korean tech giant has just started rolling out last month’s Android security patch to the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge as well as 2015’s Galaxy Note 5 in India. Note that these handsets are unlocked, with the standard S7 carrying model number SM-G930FD, the S7 Edge has model number SM-G935FD while the Note 5 has model number SM-N920FD.
Samsung confirmed in its bulletin that the May Android security update comes with fixes for up to 14 vulnerabilities labeled as critical. Given these issues were discovered during the month of April, it means that Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Note 5 users will still be vulnerable to them even after updating to April’s Android security patch, which has fixes for bugs discovered during the month of March 2017.
Nonetheless, it’s still important that you download and install this update as soon as the OTA notification hits your handset. For Samsung Galaxy S7, the update weighs about 170MB while those using the Galaxy S7 Edge will get an update that weighs about 176.5MB. The Galaxy Note 5 gets the smallest size, weighing only 14MB.
In addition to bringing April’s Android security patch, the update also improves the phones’ overall stability and performance. So make sure you do update your phone. But since OTA updates take time to reach all devices, you may have to wait for days or even a week before your Galaxy S7 or Note 5 gets the update. You may also try forcing the update via your phone’s Settings>About phone>System updates.
You may also try forcing the update via your phone’s Settings>About phone>System updates.
Before you begin the update, it is recommended that you connect to the Internet using a Wi-Fi hotspot, unless you don’t mind using cellular data. Also, ensure the phone’s battery is at least 50% full or keep it charging when downloading and installing the update.