Samsung doesn’t have the best kind of support for unlocked variants of its flagships in the US, but it has certainly picked up the slack in recent months. It’s still not perfect, though, as the company is now rolling out the October security patch for the Galaxy Note 8, its latest flagship, and the November patch for last year’s Galaxy S7 edge. But then again, older devices do seem to be getting preference right now, with phones like the Galaxy A5, Galaxy J1 (2016), and Galaxy S6 receiving the November update already.
Note 8 owners on AT&T’s network are seeing the update (with build number N950USQU2BQJA) arrive on their device, and according to users on XDA, the update may disable the ability to get root access. For those who need a refresher, the October security patch fixes 215 Android vulnerabilities and six specific to Samsung’s software. The November patch carries the same number of fixes for Samsung-specific exploits, but only 61 vulnerabilities that affect Android. It also includes a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, which is why it’s slightly disappointing that Samsung’s latest flagship is walking behind.
In any case, should you own an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 or S7 edge, you can see if the update is available by going into the Settings » About phone menu and selecting the Download updates manually option. We will also have the full firmware files in our database shortly for those who wish to do a manual upgrade. Got the update already? Let us know if you notice anything new or different after you’ve updated your phone by leaving a comment.