Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 consumers still have hope. The Korean giant released software updates for discontinued 2016 and 2017 models. The latest versions are geared at correcting and upgrading the GPS on these smartphones. It’s not the massive Android or security upgrade most people are expecting.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S8 models have ceased receiving firmware updates. The Korean company has opted to upgrade these devices again.
Galaxy Club says (via SamMobile) that the Galaxy S7 and S8 are getting GPS upgrades. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge firmware version G93*FXXU8EVG3 is 31MB. Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus update is G95*FXXUCDVG4 and 420MB.
No one expected Samsung to maintain older smartphones. The Galaxy S7 received its last major upgrade in November 2016, while the Galaxy S8’s last software release was April 2021.
New patch fixes GPS difficulties on the Galaxy S7 and S8. Firmware version G93*FXXU8EVG3 for the Galaxy S7, S7 mini, and S7 Edge is 31 MB. Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have 420 MB G95*FXXUCDVG4 firmware.
The upgrade lacks a security fix. Those expecting more will be disappointed. It’s fantastic to see Samsung fix 2016 and 2017 devices.
GPS update for discontinued Galaxy phones
Samsung will also upgrade the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy J7 2015 features the GPS fix. Samsung didn’t say if it will help other older phones, including the Galaxy Note 9.
Manufacturers are introducing multi-year Android upgrades and security patches as iPhone security and software support become selling advantages. Nothing Phone 1 promises three major OS upgrades and years of updates. Galaxy S22 will get four years of updates, while Pixel 6 will get five.
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