T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge receive software updates improving battery life and performance

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge receive software updates improving battery life and performance
Not long after receiving small security updates, T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T) and Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935T) are now receiving new software upgrades. This time, we're talking about more substantial updates, which bring the software baseband version number to UVU2APC8 on both handsets.

Rolling out over the air starting today, April 4, the new software update doesn't change the Android version of the S7 and S7 edge, thus they're still running 6.0.1 Marshmallow. However, after the update, owners of the two smartphones will be able to enjoy improved voice services, optimized battery live, system enhancements, a more stable video recording experience, and improved overall device performance and stability. Also included are updates related to security and Samsung Pay.

The update for the Galaxy S7 weighs in at 215.56 MB, while the update for the Galaxy S7 edge is smaller (146.91 MB).

If you're on T-Mobile and have a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, let us know if you got the new update and if it's significantly improving the device.

source: T-Mobile (Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge) via Droid-life

Related phones

Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

On par with exynos now? The battery consumed by 'android system' on SD 820 based S7 models was the top battery drainer. Something fishy is definitely going on. Hope this update fixes it.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Maybe, the UI speed and battery life of exynos is just to good, the SD820 needs some help so maybe it got it lol.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well its was mostly software based as the G5 is faster with the SD820 than S7 with exynos ( opening apps , UI more fluid ect ) A friend told me now is S7 is lag free but personally cant test we are stuck with exynos version in Canada..

13. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

15. Shocky unregistered

marorun, you're so funny.

16. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No its not. Other than the video provided below, I ve seen many other G5 vs S7(the international version) speed tests, and the Exynos S7 always come out faster. I have had to S7 Edge exynos for 2 weeks now, and I never experienced any lag or stutter what so ever. And I am yet do disable any of the extra bloat that came with the phone.

22. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And for anyone who's interested, you can now find John V on AA.

25. tyrionTheWise unregistered

What do you think: PA paid him less, or did he start to hate so much iPhone that he went to 'android' authority. 'So much iPhone' as in so much iPhone on PA. Just to avoid a grammar nazi telling me: it should be iPhone so much, not so much iPhone.

27. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I always thought he was the least biased on this site, so maybe it is both?

31. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I always thought he was the least biased on this site, so maybe it is both?

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Lol no. A few days ago you said you tested the g5 vs s7 snapdragon. Now you day you have never seen a snapdragon s7. Liar!

19. Shocky unregistered

Thought this was interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRc5JzpbfSs Exynos 8890 throttles like a bitch in the Galaxy S7 Edge, look how low that 3D score got towards the end. DO NOT WANT.

21. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Closed the video after seeing antutu. I saw a much better test from a more reliable source and it throttled around 50%, which is decent for a mobile GPU. Adreno guzzles through battery way faster. I'd like a longer lasting battery since it won't lag in a game anyway.

23. Shocky unregistered

Seems Exynos 8890 throttles GPU performance heavily, or Samsung's cooling is just not doing a good enough job. The benchmark used is irrelevant, the resolution difference between the devices might have influenced this but not by that much. Exynos 8890 / 40098 to 19620 = 51% drop Snapdragon 820 / 55555 to 50738 = 8.6% drop WOW, I'd hate to see how much Exynos 8890 drops in a demanding game, that's just horrible.

24. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It's antutu my friend. And Chinese phones have a weird relation with antutu. I have seen SD 820 throttle 40% easily in sling shot. I just don't trust antutu, especially Chinese phones running antutu. We don't know if it's thermal throttling or kernel throttling. That's why I reserve my judgments. If it's indeed thermal throttling, that's concerning. We'll know when anandtech reviews the phone. It may be so that s7 is just built that way to run cool and last longer rather than provide fps. Anyway, I'll wait for anandtech. Andrei promised a new testing for GPU throttling in twitter. He also said mi5 recorded a new record for overheating. I'd take throttling over heating any day.

28. Shocky unregistered

The worst thing Chinese phones are doing to forcing full speed in the benchmark, but even if that was the case SN820 did not throttle and temps were sightly lower than E8890. I think you're building up Exynos 8890 a little too much, your overly high expectations could bite you in the ass very soon.

32. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I'm not buying the phone. So no issues. And I don't care about mobile GPU since the only mobile game I play is clash of clans. I'm only waiting for the perf/watt scores. I don't care which GPU performs better. I prefer the most efficient one, for those gaming sessions to last hours. Obviously SD 820 won't throttle if xiaomi maintains full clock all the time. You can make any GPU not throttle if you don't care about temperatures or battery life. What's stopping you from doing so? Does the video mention temps? I might watch it if it does. But then again it's 1440p vs 1080p, so unfair on that end too.

34. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

@tyrion this vid show you thermal(atleast with a heat gun) 8890 throttles the most but keep the lowest temps, think it has a lower throttle heat-mark compared to sd820. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rTk0WuWpUY sorry but it`s antutu(I don`t like it either but it`S the only "good" thermal test I could find)

36. Shocky unregistered

But it was the Galaxy S7 reporting highest temps under load. :-)

37. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Does your video has temps, or you're making this up?

38. tyrionTheWise unregistered

OK. I saw your video. That's not how you test things. I'll tell you what's wrong in the test. 1. He ran the whole benchmark just to get 3D score. 2. That's not how you measure temps. There was only one hotspot on the s7 edge near the heat pipe. The rest of phone was cooler. You measure the CPU temps, not the body temps. And if you measure body temps, measure properly, front and back. 3. Exynos didn't throttle in GPU by even 5% for 3 runs and then mysteriously throttled by 50%. Sounds fishy. Also the rest of phone didn't throttle like the CPU. When I used antutu, it was a common issue. Scores are inconsistent. He should have run it one more time just to be sure. Sorry, but this was below the level I expected you to see. These kind of amateurs are good for nothing. If you want to see GPU throttling, run GPU bench.

40. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

@turion Yeah, I know. It was the only video I could find with temp..me personally would never use antutu as reference

42. Shocky unregistered

Sorry for what? you're just making excuses. The scores seemed to drop after every run, he's also done this test previously with similar results so it's consistent and can be reproduced. It's just one phone at the end of the day, not a big enough sample size to draw a conclusion, but so far the claims that SN820 will throttle more is looking pretty shaky. All will be revealed soon I guess. :-)

43. tyrionTheWise unregistered

The GPU score didn't drop at all in first 3 runs. It was 40k -> 40k -> 40k -> 19k. WTF! whatever you say man. I don't care about either chipsets since both fail against A9. I would not buy a phone carrying either chipset. Not to mention the ultimate s**t battery life of S7 and G5 due to SD 820. The 820 is proven s**t. Let's see if exynos is as bad or not.

45. Shocky unregistered

I was referring to the overall score, Exynos 8890 was losing performance after every run as a result of throttling which peaked in the final run. Surprised the GPU performance didn't reduce gradually however a 50% drop in performance seems in line with how much Exynos 7420 throttled although it took a lot more than Antutu to make it throttle that much. It's not conclusive, I've already said as much so stop getting your panties in a twist. :p Proven shite? Really? Battery life may not be as good but the boat is still out with regards to throttling and sustainable performance especially where 3D performance is concerned.

46. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Boat is still out? Yes nothing is out till anandtech posts a review. I have played games on my s6 and I see no noticeable difference in performance even after prolonged use. If anything, s7 should be better. If I want to play a game, I'll rather pay on my iPad considering how better games look on that beast. Plus IOS games are so much more optimised. BTW, have a look at this: https://youtu.be/frzh-l4hceo Slowdragon 820 is slow. And it's not just mi5. The exynos 8890 based s7 beats the g5 and 820 s7 too. Anyway, let's stop the debacle. None of us is interested in these phones

48. Shocky unregistered

Yes, I've seen that. Memory management, nothing to do with throttling.

49. tyrionTheWise unregistered

No, even the first lap is considerably slower. Same with speed tests against SD based S7 and G5. The CPU is a beast. GPU might be bad for performance, but may also be king of efficiency.

2. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Daily updates issued sometimes april security update other times carrier specific. Never recieved any updates for my international version. Here are few things i would like to be fixed 1. Palm rejection issue, its very annoying 2. Fingerprint should unlock with press from device off like apple touch id and nexus 3. Ringtone and notification sound combining option 4. It hangs once in a while. Very poor!! 5. Pixelation when zooming in my samsung isocell sensor compared to sony sensor

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

T-Mobile S7 users who recieved the update. Is the Ram Issue fixed?

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