Typically when you buy an unlocked smartphone, you expect to receive speedy software updates since you don’t have to wait for a carrier to approve your phone’s new updates before they’re released. Owners of Samsung’s unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge know that that isn’t the case, though, because they’ve been getting security updates on a quarterly basis instead of monthly. Samsung says that that’ll change soon.
Samsung Mobile Security has said that security updates will be released to unlocked Galaxy phones in the US on a monthly basis. In an email to ZDNet, Samsung said that it’s been releasing security updates quarterly “due to various circumstances,” but that those challenges have been resolved.
Samsung also said that it plans to release this month’s (March) security update “soon.”
It’s unclear exactly what hurdles Samsung had to overcome to make the move to monthly security updates, but it’s good to hear that it’s now happening. Not only is it important for your smartphone to be secure since it’s likely holding a lot of personal info, but as I mentioned before, one of the perks of owning an unlocked phone is that you typically get faster and more regular updates since you don’t need to worry about a carrier slowing things down with its own testing. Now unlocked GS7 and GS7 edge owners in the US will begin to benefit from their phone’s unlocked status with monthly security updates.