Samsung has already detailed out the new Android security patch for the month of May 2017, but as usual with carrier versions, it’s only now that Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ on Verizon are receiving last month’s version of the same update.
Unlocked models of the two phones were updated to April’s Android security patch last month and at a time when fans are looking forward to May’s Android security patch to be rolled out, those on carrier-branded Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ will have to settle for last month’s version.
Still, this is better from Verizon, especially no non-Google phone has been updated to May’s Android security patch as at the time of this writing. The update for the Galaxy Note 5 carries software version N920VVRS3CQD1 while those on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be receiving software version G928VVRS3CQD1.
In addition to receiving this month’s Android security patch, the two Galaxy phones will also be updated with a bunch of unnamed bug fixes as well as stability and performance improvements. So far, we don’t know the exact size of the update, but being a typical monthly security patch, we don’t expect it to be huge.
Nonetheless, you’ll be better placed to connect your Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge+ to the internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot during the entire upgrade period. This will ensure that you don’t get any additional charges from your carrier, but you can still use cellular data if it all you are on an unlimited plan.
These are OTA updates and as usual, not every Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge+ handset will be receiving the update today. Some will have to wait for a few more days or even a week before they actually receive the OTA notification to download the update. To skip the queue, go to Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for updates, but make sure you have charged your phone to at least 50% – or keep it charging all throughout the upgrade process.