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Owners of a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge connected to Verizon have just received a new update that unlocks FM Radio capabilities, but it also brings other performance improvements. The update is rolling out in phases, but users who want to manually download and install it will go to Settings > System.

The update is available as software version VRU2APG5 and it comes with NextRadio and the “free live FM radio” service. Normally, devices are equipped with FM Radio hardware, but carriers or manufacturers disable this feature for various reasons. In addition, the “unintentional powering off and restarting” issue has been solved and the quality of voice calls has been improved.



Verizon has added Barcode Beaming for UPC codes, so now, users are able to scan common barcodes (digital coupons, event tickets, library cards, loyalty, and membership cards) while using Samsung Pay and Beep’n Go. On the other hand, there are some downsides of this update, as Verizon is using DT Ignite to install NextRadio and some users may be bothered by the bloatware.

The retail price of the Galaxy S7 is $672, but Verizon is also selling it with a two-year contract and customers must pay $28 per month. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 Edge is $100 more expensive and it’s also available for $33 per month.

The S7 and S7 Edge have been released this March and besides the different screen sizes (5.1-inch and 5.5-inch) and batteries (3000mAh and 3600mAh), they have identical specs. They’re both available in two variants of internal configurations: a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset + a Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) processor + an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM or an Exynos 8890 chipset + an octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) processor + a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU and 4GB of RAM; 32GB or 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 256GB and a primary camera of 12MP (detection autofocus, OIS, and LED flash) + a secondary camera of 5MP.

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