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Samsung is fast this time: the December Security Update is available to Galaxy S7 devices in Belgium. Let’s call it an early Christmas gift ;-)

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On Monday, my S7 indicated that a new software update from Samsung was available for download and installation. This time I didn’t wait. The installation went smoothly, and there you have it: the November 2018 security patch is now on my phone. Too bad even Samsung (in Belgium) is not capable to give us a few details about what the update entails – you’ll have to visit the SamMobile website for that. According to them, the 227 MB download contained only security updates.

The G930FXXU3ERJE software update for the Samsung Galaxy S7

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This time I am the one who’s a bit late with the announcement of the update… But the good news is that Belgian Samsung Galaxy S7 devices can now upgrade their machine to the October 1 security patch level with the latest G930FXXS3ERJ1 update.

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Samsung delivered another Android update for the Galaxy S7 yesterday, this time incorporating the security patches from September 1, 2018. Belgian S7’s are now able to run G930FXXS3ERI4.

I’m happy since it seems things are speeding up in the Samsung software division. Still, I’ld love to get a bit more info about the exact content of the updates.

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Samsung delivered a software update G930FXXU2ERH7 to the Galaxy S7 a week or so ago; I am just a bit late to install it. This time there is no change to the security patch level – we’re still on the August 1, 2018 lebel. So I do wonder what the update really contains.

For those of you who think there is such a thing as “artificial intelligence”, how about this tidbit? Android saved the screenshot nicely, and added that it “estimates” that the picture has something to do with the Spanish city of Burgos… Sure, buddy!

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Just like in 2017, my iPad Mini crashed yesterday. When I picked it up, wanting to catch up my personal email, all I saw was the Apple Logo – for several minutes. I tried shutting it down, but that wasn’t easy. Any attempt to resulted in a new boot cycle. In the end, I succeeded, but it took me more than hour to finally turn it off and launch DFU mode.

From there on, it’s a simple matter to have iTunes massage the machine back into working order. And then you can restore the backup you made – you do make backups from time to time, don’t you? One important tip: if you want to encrypt your backup on your local hard disk, don’t forget to write down the password you use ;-) Otherwise you can spend another hour trying all the passwords you might have invented when taking the backup!

When all that is in the past, the Mini is back as it was – I’m relieved. But I do wonder: iOS may be a reasonably stable operating system, but why does it go bonkers from time to time? The Mini did not fall, did not get bent, did not lie in the sun nor in a freezer, it just lay untouched on my desk the whole day, connected to a charger…

For the record, these are, in my opinion, the best instructions about entering DFU mode: “DFU Mode” on the iPhone Wiki. Thanks for helping me out!

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I don’t think Samsung is reading this blog ;-) But they did manage to send out another “security patch” to bring my Galaxy S7 (running Android 8.0) up to the level of August 1, 2018. Two updates in a single month – I hope they don’t wait 6 months to bring us the next one!

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