Today in Android: Verizon Galaxy S8 Gets July Security Patch and More

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In a surprising turn of events, the Samsung Galaxy S8 received the July security patch for Android earlier than usual. Carriers in the US have been notorious for delaying critical security updates for months on end. The carrier-unlocked version of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus had it worse, having to wait for three months before it saw a security patch. The latest security patch is now available for Galaxy S8 owners on Verizon in the US. The software version of the device is getting a bump to SQS5CRF5 with the latest update. The update has no new features and is primarily meant to patch the latest security vulnerabilities in the device. A similar update for the S8+ is also expected soon. You should be able to download it from the Settings » Software update menu on your phone.

Samsung rolling out July 2018 security update to the Galaxy A7 (2017)

Following the footsteps of other mid-range Samsung devices, the Galaxy A7 (2017) is all set to receive the July security patch. Samsung has now released the July security patch to the Galaxy A7 (2017) in Iraq, Tunisia, Turkey, Algeria, and other regions are expected to follow suit soon. The new update doesn’t bring any features to the Galaxy A7 (2017) and is focused solely on improving the security and stability of the device.

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MIUI Team explains why the latest MIUI 10 came with rollback protections

Rollback protection is one of those 'features' nobody asked for but still ended up with. We got to see it in action last year with the Google Pixel and Android Oreo 8.1, and today, history repeats itself with Xiaomi implementing similar measures for their latest MIUI 10 Beta. Rollback protection prevents you from downgrading your device to an older version of Android and bricks your device in the process. Several unsuspecting Redmi Note 5 Pro users were in for a shock when they attempted to downgrade to a previous version of MIUI 10, only to discover that they had bricked their device. The MIUI Team released a statement on the MIUI forums stating that the anti-rollback protection was for “system stability” and “security of the device.” They are urging users to not downgrade if they have already updated to MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.5. People with bricked devices are being asked to visit the nearest Mi service centre. We're not entirely sure what a service centre can do to revive a hard bricked phone, but we'll know soon.


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