When you’re just starting to delve into the world of computers, there is a lot of new vocabulary to learn. Thankfully, though, much of it can be more easily understood with your common sense intact rather than it being completely random words used that require a bunch of reeducating on your behalf. Take the terms “software” and “firmware” for instance, which suggest there is some relationship between the two. You could even include hardware into the same conversation too if you like.
Hardware is the physical objects that you can see that make up your computer. For example, if you were to open up your computer motherboard or mobile device, everything you see inside is hardware. The devices, whether it be a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device, are also known as hardware when assessing them as a whole.
Software and firmware are more closely related as they are both to do with more of the computer science type of world than engineering. For the sake of making this topic easier to understand, we’ll lump all devices—desktops, laptops and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones—into the category of “computers” going forward, because even a smartphone, is, in fact, still technically a computer.
The software is used to display everything to the end user. It is, in essence, anything data related that’s stored in hardware. Without software, you wouldn’t be able to see anything on your computer’s display. Firmware would come under the same category of software if it weren’t for some slight changes. Any software that runs on an embedded computer system is called firmware. This includes the many parts of a microcomputer that are embedded to a chip or silicon System-On-Chip (SOC).
Many of the so-called “software updates” you get on your desktop computers when running an operating system such as Windows 10 or your smartphones when using an operating system such as Android 8.0 are in fact just firmware updates—this’ll be signified by the “Android build number” or “Windows 10 build number” in the respective Settings apps of each operating system.
Benefits of New Firmware
The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone originally shipped with Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) but has since been upgraded to 7.0 Nougat.
Apart from all the features you get with updating the software from Marshmallow to Nougat, which will mean you naturally land on a new firmware build number as well, there are quite a few others reasons for people wanting to flash a firmware file to their devices.
For starters, if you have any issues with your current ROM, you will find that flashing a new firmware file should result in those problems going away. If you’ve done any customizing of the device, such as getting root access or installing a custom recovery image, then the stock ROM will take away those two things and give you an unrooted device again that has the stock recovery partition as well.
When downloading your ROM files, always make sure you’re clicking on the right link. It’s extremely important to make sure you follow the instructions that the manufacturer has provided or else you can cause damage that isn’t always as easy as reflashing the file to fix the problem. Most manufacturers won’t make it possible for you to flash the wrong files, but the ones that do are the ones you should pay close attention to.
If you do flash the wrong file, you can try again using the correct file. And if that doesn’t manage to flash, get in contact with the manufacturer of your device for further instructions.
Download Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930V (USA) Android 7.0 Nougat Firmware Flash File:
How to Flash a Stock ROM with the Odin Flashing Tool on Windows PCs
1. Firstly, you need to know that the Odin flashing tool is really easy to use, but it only works on the Windows operating system. You won’t get the flashing tool to load on a Mac or Linux computer. It doesn’t really matter what version of the Windows operating system that you’re using as long as it is something above Windows XP.
2. Download and install the Samsung USB drivers on the computer if you don’t have them already.
3. Download the stock ROM from the links above directly to the computer. Extract the file by right-clicking on it and choosing the option to extract. When you do, you’ll see the tar.md5 file inside. That’s the file you’ll be using to do the flashing.
4. Download the Odin flashing tool. It doesn’t really matter what version, but the latest is the most up to date so grab that one. Extract the Odin file and then double-click on the Odin executable file (.exe) that is found from within the Odin folder after extraction. You should now have the Odin interface open on the computer and waiting for you to connect to it.
5. Boot the Samsung mobile device into the Download Mode by first powering it down and then rebooting by holding the “Volume Down + Home + Power” keys at the same time.
6. A yellow warning triangle will come up on the device’s display. At this time you need to press the “Volume Up” button. You’ll then see the device getting into the Download Mode. It’s then ready for the flashing.
7. When in Download Mode, connect the Samsung mobile device to the computer with the USB cable.
8. If you have installed the USB drivers correctly, the Odin flashing tool should detect your device. You can tell this by observing the ID: COM port lighting up with a color, usually yellow or blue. (It doesn’t matter what color, it’s the lighting up that counts.)
9. After the device is picked up by Odin, click on the “PDA” or “AP” button, depending on what button your version of the Odin flashing tool has.
10. Navigate to the stock ROM folder and upload the tar.md5 file to this location in Odin.
11. Without changing any of the default settings, click on the “Start” button in Odin, and the flashing then begins.
12. Wait until Odin shows a “Pass” message before disconnecting your device.
The new Android 7.0 Nougat official stock ROM should now be flashed on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) smartphone. If you plan on getting root access, then you’ll likely need to follow a different guide than the one you used for the Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) software update that you were running before as the root tools often need updating for each major release of the Android operating system. For everyone else, you can always use a search engine to get up to date with what you can expect to find on the Android 7.0 (Nougat) version of Android.
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