The Galaxy J4+ got its update to November 2018 security patches last December, but it’s only now that users of the standard Galaxy J4 are receiving the same update here in Kenya.
Not that the two are supposed to receive the same update at the same time, but what makes it funny is that it’s already almost time for February 2019 security patches, yet here we are talking about November 2018 patches for a device that is less than a year old in the market.
The fact that the Galaxy J4 doesn’t receive regular monthly security patches like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 doesn’t give Samsung the reason to delay security patches by this long. Rolling out timely patches to these budget phones is the only good thing Samsung can do for devices that receive updates a few times a year.
The new update is airborne, carries software version J400FXXU2ARK2 and is based on Android 8.0 Oreo. OTA updates take time before all devices receive the download notification, so don’t freak out if someone next to you has the update and your J4 doesn’t.
The J4 and J4+ are both expected to receive Android 9 Pie updates and looking at a recent Android Pie roadmap published by the company (linked below), the OS will begin rolling out in April 2019.