Samsung has been hit by the latest of its many security problems, and now, the company is facing the question of whether or not its smartphone can even be considered safe.
The Galaxy S8 has been one of the company’s best-selling smartphones since its launch, but the company says it has faced a number of security problems over the past year, including an incident where an attacker remotely took control of a Samsung device and installed a malicious version of the OS.
Samsung’s CEO, Lee Jae-yong, told reporters on Tuesday that the company has a number “of new security measures” in place, including the use of “smart home” technologies, as well as additional security measures, such as the use in conjunction with a fingerprint scanner.
The security measures are “all in place,” Lee said, “but there’s no telling what the impact of the problems will be on people using the devices.”
He added that Samsung has already introduced new security features to its smartphone in response to the latest security threats, including a “Smart Unlock” feature that allows users to unlock a device remotely and a new fingerprint scanner for the phone.
Samsung has also released a firmware update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that fixes a number issues with the smartphone’s security features, including those with TouchWiz, the user interface, and TouchWidgets, which enable Samsung to build apps.
The firm also said on Tuesday it is upgrading the firmware of its devices in the US, Germany, and Canada.
“The company is updating the firmware for devices in these markets in response, and we expect to roll out updates to all of these markets as soon as we can,” a Samsung spokesperson told The Verge.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was the first smartphone to receive a firmware upgrade after it was leaked online on August 29, 2017, and it became the first Android smartphone to be updated after the release of the Galaxy Note 7 on October 6, 2018.
A number of Samsung devices are expected to receive firmware updates for the first time later this month, and Samsung will also be updating its devices with the TouchWis software, according to The Verge, which noted that Samsung is also working on a software update that will roll out later this year for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.