First Galaxy S7, S7 edge update fixes your touchscreen troubles

Has your Galaxy S7 had it yet? Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Android

Has your Galaxy S7 had it yet? Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Android

Samsung has rolled out its first software updates for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to fix problems some users have experienced with touch input.

The release also delivers a new “shape correction” feature for the Camera app that hopes to prevent distorted images.

This update, which sports build number XXU1APD1, is currently rolling out to all versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge “in various regions,” according to SamMobile. However, those without an unlocked device will have to wait for carrier approval before receiving it.

Its biggest fix, which will benefit S7 edge owners the most, improves palm rejection. Its aim is to prevent accidental touches when your thumbs and fingers get too close to the edge of the display — a common problem when using the S7 edge in portrait mode with a tight grip.

The second big change hopes to improve your photos by trying to correct distorted shapes in your images. This will be particularly useful if you regularly capture images of moving subjects and your handset is moving when you hit the shutter button.

You’ll have to enable “Shape correction” within the Camera’s settings menu to use this feature; it isn’t activated by default. It’s unclear how well the feature works; I did a couple of tests with my Galaxy S7, but my sample photos looked the same with and without it enabled.

Finally, this update brings “further improvements to performance,” Samsung says. The releases weighs in at 156MB, and you’ll be able to download it over-the-air or through Samsung’s Smart Switch app when it’s ready for your handset.

If you don’t want to wait for it to reach you, you can download the software for manual flashing from SamMobile by following the source link below.