Samsung has so many devices in the market that keeping up with Google’s schedule of monthly security updates for all of them has proven to be an uphill task. This is why some devices, more so those in the budget and midrange Galaxy J and A series, usually receive security updates after two, three, or even four months as opposed to the Galaxy S and Note devices that receive updates on a monthly basis.
It’s for this reason that whenever such an update comes your way, you should grab it without second thoughts because it will take another long wait before a similar update arrives. For instance, the last time we talked about Android security patches in relation to the Galaxy J4+ was back in early December 2018 and this was the November security patch.
Today, the device, alongside Galaxy A8+, has a new software update rolling out in Kenya that tags along new Android security patches for January 2019.
The Galaxy J4+’s update has software version J415FXXU1ASA4 while the A8+ is receiving firmware version A730FXXU3BSA2, both OTA updates. Even though the duo is expected to switch to Android Pie in the coming weeks, both updates are still based on Android Oreo.
OTA updates usually take a few days before reaching all units. With the A8+ update having first appeared nearly a week ago, most, if not all, Kenyans should have received the download notification by now. As for the J4+, the rollout kicked off yesterday, so the wait for the download notification to arrive may go all the way to this weekend, so be patient.
Samsung is expected to launch its 2019 flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, at an event on February 20, with availability these sides expected somewhere in March or April 2019.
When the time comes, you can stream the launch event live from the official Samsung website.