Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Android May Security Status Update: Is Your Device Protected?

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Android May Security Status Update: Is Your Device Protected?
Samsung Galaxy Note 5, IFA 2015 Kārlis Dambrāns / Flickr cc

Samsung may have more devices in line for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update but it appears the company is not falling behind in terms of security upgrades. According to reports, its Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge units are now in line to receive Google’s May Android security update.


Google unleashed the May security update for Android last May 2, but those were initially for Nexus devices. It appears that AT&T and Samsung are catching up, because Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge under the carrier reportedly now have access to the security patch. When it comes to security upgrades and Android updates, this is comparatively fast.

According to Phone Arena, there is still no change log for the patch, but people should know there isn’t much in tow. Nonetheless the May security update does have more than 40 security patches that should keep Android devices safe and less vulnerable.

“Partners were notified about the issues described in the bulletin on April 04, 2016 or earlier. Where applicable, source code patches for these issues have been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository,” wrote Google on its Android website.

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“The most severe of these issues is a Critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files,” it added.

The patches address the current security issues but they cannot solve any future threatsAndroid has not taken into account. Ideally, users should receive the notification about their security update. However, just in case the prompt still does not appear, it is best to check for it manually. To do this, open About Device > Software update and see if the download is available. Some users may have early or delayed access to it.

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