Samsung may not be as fast as Google or even Nokia with software updates, but the Korean company is still one of the best there is when it comes to software support.
Considering the sheer number of devices in the market, it’ll always take Samsung longer to release software updates compared to other Android vendors. No matter how long you wait, though, the update will surely arrive at some point, like it’s happening with a good number of devices ranging from the bottom-end Samsung Galaxy J2 Core to the high-end Galaxy S9+.
All of the devices mentioned in this post started receiving their updates somewhere between April 1st and today, April 15th. The latest to get the nod is the Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260F), which is receiving an update that installs December 2018 security patches – in April 2019. As a testament to what I just said in the previous paragraph, the wait can take ages, but the update will finally arrive!
The update has software version J260FXXU1ASA1 and is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Last week, it was the Galaxy Note 8’s (SM-N950F) turn to receive April 2019 security patches as version N950FXXS5DSC5. Unlike the J2 Core, this one is based on Android 9 Pie, the latest stable Android OS available for the device.
Users of the Galaxy J4+ (SM-J415F), Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935F) got their treats earlier on in the month, jumping to the newer March 2019 security patches courtesy of software versions J415FXXU2ASC2, G930FXXS4ESCB, and G935FXXS4ESCB, respectively. Besides the updated security patch level, the updates also brought along stability improvements, bug fixes, and general system-wide performance improvements.
The Galaxy S9 (SM-G960F) and Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965F) updates arrived on the second day of this month carrying firmware versions G960FXXU2CSC8 and G965FXXU2CSC8, respectively. Besides March 2019 security patches, the updates also come with improved selfie camera performance (default angle of view for taking selfies is now 68 degrees and speed of switching between various camera modes has been optimized) and improved stability of Wi-Fi, Messages, Contacts and Video Editor apps.
As for the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+, their second-ever software updates in Kenya arrived on the first day of this month.
Samsung doesn’t roll out software updates to all devices at once. It’s the reason some users of devices that got their updates earlier this month may still be waiting for the download notification to arrive, so a little patience will be required as you wait for your turn.
Alternatively, you can always go the manual way and find out if the firmware is ready to download on your device by heading to Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.