It’s great to see that Samsung and T-Mobile are still working to keep older devices that go as back as 2014 up to date.
The last time Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini received an update is more than six months ago, but it’s happening. The Magenta carrier is now rolling out a new OTA update to the Galaxy S5 Mini. The update installs a new Android security patch for the month of August and even though not the latest, as noted earlier, it’s a great thing to see such an old device as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini still receiving software updates, more so a carrier-locked model.
If you still own a Galaxy S5 Mini, watch out for an update that carries software version G800FXXU1CQK1, but there is no change to the OS on board, which is Android Marshmallow. Besides installing the new security patch, we can’t determine if the update also brings fixes to the KRACK and Blueborne issues, but hopefully it does.
T-Mobile is also rolling out an update to the budget Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Similar to the Galaxy S5 Mini, the update also installs August’s Android security patch in the shape of firmware version G850FXXU2CQK1. Right now, it’s still unclear whether more variants of the two phones will also receive new updates across the globe, but we do hope this will be the case.
Since these are OTA updates, not all Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy Alpha users on T-Mobile will receive the notification to download and install it at once. Rather, the entire process will be staged, with some people getting the updates ahead of others, but there’s no need to fret because it should only take a few days before you get the OTA.
Still, you might want to do a manual check through Settings>Software update menu, but make sure you have a Wi-Fi connection and at least 50% battery juice.