Verizon Grants Samsung’s Galaxy S7 with FM Radio, Barcode Beaming Support in New Update

Verizon has begun rolling out a new update for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which include a couple of new features alongside some improvements and fixes for issues previously found on the smartphones.

For starters, Verizon has opened up the ability to use FM radio apps on the Galaxy S7/Edge like NextRadio, an app built for just listening to FM radio. Nowadays, it seems that carriers are locking (and unlocking, in this case) the ability to use FM radio using your phone’s built-in sensors. It may be because they want you to use your data to stream your music and hopefully have to overcharge you, however nothing’s really confirmed or known for certain.

Second, a service called Barcode Beaming has been added which gives the ability of scanning various kinds of barcodes such as coupons, gift cards, receipts, tickets, and more to users who can then store the data within Samsung Pay for use later. This will probably come in handy for most as it’ll be a very convenient way to store your entire physical wallet right on your phone.

Finally, a fix for calls dropping during an HD Voice conversation is also included within the new software, while a patch for devices reported to be shutting down and restarting randomly is also present. All in all, this is a pretty capable update I suggest many users should upgrade to. Hey, you never know if it could fix something extremely critical within your phone, so what the heck, right?

To download the new software to your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on Verizon, head over to Settings > About Device > Software updates and tap “Install now” under the update’s listing. I highly suggest having at least 80% battery life on your phone while also being on a stable Wi-Fi connection, as you don’t want to run into any problems while downloading and/or installing.

Source: Verizon (1),(2) via Android Police