Samsung has begun rolling out the Android security patch for December to Galaxy S7 Edge users.

The company had detailed a few days back that apart from Google's regular maintenance and bug updates the December patch fixes 15 Samsung identified vulnerabilities to improve the safety and performance of its devices. Some of these issues patched are:

  • Mobile Hotspot vulnerability by unprotected intent
  • Heap overflow in sensor driver
  • Notification display error of shade locked state
  • BootReceiver security issue patch
  • Heap overflow in "OTP" service

The latest Android security patch will be the last for 2016 for all Samsung phones. As of now only users in Australia have received the update but soon other Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as Galaxy S7 users are expected to receive the update soon. Those on the Galaxy Beta program may however, have already received this patch for their Nougat beta builds.

Samsung has been one of the fastest manufacturers to roll out timely Android updates. Although its Android Nougat OTA update for its flagship Galaxy devices may be delayed until 2017, all other Samsung devices are expected to get this security patch very soon.

If you own a Galaxy S7 Edge and want to check if your region has started receiving the update, go to Settings>About Device>System Updates to check if the patch is available yet. If not, you will have to be patient until the company releases the same for your device.