Samsung has started rolling out new OTA updates to the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A5 2015 phones, bringing the two phones’ security patch level to March 2017.
It is not easy to come by a non-Google device that has already been installed with the latest Android security patch for the month of March, but Samsung has been doing a great job lately, pushing this security patch to a handful of its devices, including others in the budget Galaxy J series.
Well, the latest members to join the party are Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 and the newest Galaxy A5 2017, phones that are separated by a massive two years. Even though both phones are expected to be updated to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS, the time is not now. This small update only ups the security patch levels of the two phones to March 2017, bringing the firmware version of the 2015 model to A500LKLU1CQC1 while the 2017 model gets firmware version A520FXXU1AQC7.
As usual with such updates, you not only get the latest Android security patch, but also a bunch of bug fixes and stability enhancements, among other things. The update is rolling out over the air and as such, some Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 and A5 2017 users will not get the notification today. In fact, the rollout could take days or even weeks before every unit is finally updated.
But the good side of the story is that you can grab the update manually by going to Settings>About device>System updates>Check for updates manually. This will prompt the download process to initiate well ahead of the OTA notification’s arrival. Before you start the update, make sure you are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and that your Galaxy A5 2015 or Galaxy A5 2017 has at 50% battery power, otherwise, connect it to a power source.