At a time when Android 8.0 Oreo is the talk of the town, every smartphone owner, especially those using the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy A5 2017, is eager to know when their phones will be updated to the new OS.
While there are reports that some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users are already using an unofficial version of Android Oreo, the latest update has nothing to do with this OS. As it is, those in the UK can finally rejoice in the fact that the handset is now receiving last month’s Android security patch.
It’s strange that a flagship Samsung phone is receiving December’s Android security patch at a time when the likes of Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 and the lowly Galaxy J1 Mini Prime are receiving the January 2018 security patch. Despite this, it’s what the update brings to the Galaxy Note 8 that really counts.
The update, which has software version N950FXXU2BQKG and weighs a massive 3.8GB, is rolling out to the unbranded version of the Note 8 (SM-N950F) and with it not only comes a new security patch, but you also get new features that had already been rolled out to other markets. Specifically, the phone is finally getting the Secure Wi-Fi feature alongside some needed improvements to the Live Focus feature. Interestingly, this is the first update the unbranded Galaxy Note 8 in the UK is receiving since September 2017, which speaks volumes about Samsung’s messy software updates.
On the brighter side, the Korean tech giant has already started rolling out this month’s Android security patches to the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy J1 Mini Prime. It’s nothing strange that the Galaxy A5 2017 is once again ahead of the rest when it comes to receiving monthly software updates, but it’s not usual for a phone of the Galaxy J1 Mini Prime’s caliber to be receiving this update at such a time.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 users are receiving an update with firmware version A520FXXU4BRA8 and it weighs about 22MB. It brings along new camera features alongside a bunch of unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements. At the moment, this update is rolling out in Europe’s Netherlands, but it should find its way to other parts of the globe sooner than later.
For those using the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime, the update carries software version J106BUBU0ARA1 and so far, it has been reported to be rolling out in Trinidad & Tobago. Unlike the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy A5 2017, don’t expect to receive an update to Android Oreo on your Galaxy J1 Mini Prime handset. In short, make sure you grab the new update immediately it hits your phone because it’s the only hope of staying up to date.
Since the trio of Samsung phones is getting the updates over the air (OTA), it will take time before all units receive the OTA notification. If you can’t wait, try doing a manual update by heading to Settings>System update, but this doesn’t guarantee you an immediate update.