Update [April 20, 2018]: Bummer! See, we really do stand by Verizon’s ability to push out software updates in a timely fashion, which means a tad earlier compared to other carriers in the U.S., but hell, it seems their changelog-provider-guy got a little more excited he should. As it turns out, the BRC3 update that began seeding out today — yes, one that was given a full Oreo changelog to boot — isn’t actually packing anything called Oreo, rather it’s still based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Damn! When Samsung rolled out Oreo for the A5 (firmware here), we really thought S7 users were left behind, and now this, well, our still-S7-rocking friends have our sympathy.
But hey, because they have the changelog ready, doesn’t it mean that the Oreo OTA for the Verizon and other Galaxy S7 variants is really, really around the corner. For what’s it’s worth, AT&T did put out a security patch update today, dubbed G930AUCU2BRC1, when users were really hoping for nothing but Android 8.0. Life goes on, anyway.
A few weeks after rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, Verizon Wireless users of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge can now download and install Oreo on their handsets. The OS is rolling out over the air and comes with this month’s Android security patch.
Verizon has been surprisingly good with Oreo updates (compared to other major U.S. carriers) and so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the giant carrier is the first to release the update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. If using the former, the update installs software version G930VVRS4BRC3 while those on the latter are getting software version G935VVRS4BRC3.
Related: The best Android Oreo features
As pointed out, this is an OTA update, thus, it’ll take some time before everyone gets the notification to download Oreo. You have the option to wait, but you can also try to force the update by going to Settings > Software update > Download update manually.