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Two months after the previous software update Samsung has published another 125MB package for the Galaxy S7. This time, it brings the S7 in line with the September 1st security patch level. It’s always a good idea to keep up with system software for any device you own – so get it onto your S7 if you haven’t done it yet!

The G930FXXS6ESI4 / G930FLUX6ESI4 / G930FXXS6ESI6
update installs quickly…

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I was not planning on continuing my reporting on Android updates for the Galaxy S7, given that Samsung clearly considers this device too old to be worthy of attention. But for completeness’ sake I will tell you that a new update did arrive a few days ago (I missed the exact date, since I’m no longer using the device on a daily base). Basically, it’s a security update, bringing the S7 in line with the June 1st patch level update from Google.

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I wanted to try Android Auto now that I drive a car that is capable of doing so. In theory, that should be simple, no? Unfortunately, no it isn’t simple. First hurdle: officially speaking Android Auto is not available here in Belgium and the Netherlands. But apparently this does not mean that a car salesman has to tell you that: (s)he will tout the availability of Android Auto as an fine feature of the car.

So I downloaded and installed an Android Auto .apk file and installed it on my Samsung Galaxy S7, only to find that the application started up and immediately presented me with the dark message “Google Play services doesn’t seem to be working at the moment“. I tried a few of the “solutions” offered on the internet, but none worked, whether the S7 was connected to the car or not. So I wonder: does this message occur because I’m trying to use the AA mode in Belgium, or is it a Samsung issue?

It’s not really news, of course, but the update stream for the S7 from Samsung seems to have dried up completely. It’s June 17 today, and the latest security patch occurred in March: my machine is still on Android security patch level “1 March 2019”. I suppose an update to Android 8.1 or 9 is completely out of the question…

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I know it’s already April, but I did not want to publish the low solar energy production numbers of March on April 1st. Many readers might have thought I was joking, and that is not the case. Here’s why: March only produced 133.760 Wh of electricity, and that is just a fraction above last years March numbers and 25% below what I expected. Let’s just hope that this is not setting a trend for the future.

Another update is worth mentioning, at least for users and fans of the Samsung Galaxy S7: I was able to install the March 1, 2019 Security patch and the assorted updates on March 26th. This is what your S7 should tell you about its software, at least here in Belgium:

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A few days ago, on Jan. 17 to be precise, my Samsung Galaxy S7 received a software update. Considering the limited info available in the ‘What’s new” section of the update, I’m assuming that the update is limited to the January 1st security patch level…

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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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