Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S5 may no longer be the darlings of Samsung, but these two aren’t missing from the company’s radar.
Given that the two have over a year separating them, the kind of software updates that Samsung is rolling out to them are quite different. Where the Galaxy Note 5 is still within the covered period for major software updates, Samsung Galaxy S5 users should consider themselves lucky for the monthly updates that Sammy has been pushing to the 2014 flagship.
In the latest attempt to keep the two phones in the best shape possible, Samsung is rolling out the new Android 7.0 Nougat OTA to the Galaxy Note 5 while the Galaxy S5 is receiving the latest monthly security patch for the month of March. The Nougat treat on the Note 5 comes a few days after the first unit received the same update in Turkey, but this time it’s happening in India.
The Galaxy Note 5 update to Android 7.0 Nougat in India doesn’t come as a surprise, especially since the region’s variant of the phone, which carries model number SM-N920G, recently appeared on GFXBench with the Nougat OS running the show. The update carries software version N920GDDU3CQC7 and it weighs a little over 1GB. Since it is coming as an OTA, it may take time before all Indian users of the Note 5 are actually able to download and install the OS on their phones.
The story is not different when it comes to the smaller Galaxy S5. The OTA update that is currently rolling out to this phone has firmware version G900FXXS1CQC8 and looking at the phone’s model number, this update is rolling out to the European market. The Galaxy S5 is still based on Android Marshmallow and it won’t be leaving this status ever unless you take the custom ROM direction.
Being a security patch, the update weighs about 65MB, but this doesn’t mean it’s not essential. In fact, this update has fixes for about 85 vulnerabilities that were found by both Samsung and Google, which makes it a vital update for all Galaxy S5 users.
If you don’t see the OTA notification on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S5 by the end of today, try forcing a manual installation of the updates via Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for updates. Make sure you are connected to the internet using Wi-Fi and the phone’s battery is at least 50% full before proceeding with the upgrade process on either phone.