Samsung, just like many other Android partner OEMs, isn’t a great option if you are looking for fast software updates.
In fact, the hard truth is that only Google is; which is why deep into October is when the Korean company is rolling out the latest Android security patches for the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 (S8+) and Galaxy S7 (S7 Edge).
In comparison, Google Pixel and Nexus users started receiving the latest Android security patch about three weeks ago, but as they say, better late than never. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S8+ or last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, you should be receiving the latest security patch for the month of October anytime from now, if you haven’t already.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users started receiving the update last week and even though this was confirmed in the Netherlands, other markets should be receiving the update as at the time of this writing. The updates carry software versions G930FXXU1DQJ1 and G935FXXU1DQJ1 for the S7 and S7 Edge, respectively, and weigh about 122MB.
For those using the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the update is much heavier at about 480MB and carries software versions G950FXXU1AQI9 for the former and G955FXXU1AQI9 for the latter. With it comes more than just this month’s security patch, but also some stability improvements for the launcher as well as DeX mode. As for the Galaxy Note 8, which is the latest to join the party, the update is rolling out in China and Hong Kong for model numbers SM-N9508 and SM-N9500.
This month’s security patch comes with fixes for over 220 vulnerabilities discovered by both Google and Samsung, so make sure you install the update once the notification hits your phone. Unlike major software updates, this one doesn’t come with major changes to the interface, rather, it’s meant to keep your phone safe from hackers and malicious attacks.
If you are using the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S7 and want to check if the update is ready for your phone, open the Settings menu and tap Software update>Download updates manually. There’s nothing to worry about if you can’t find an update, sit back and in a few days’ time, you’ll receive an OTA notification to install the update.