For some reason, Samsung still pushes monthly security updates to the Galaxy A5 2017, a mid-range device that has been around for over two years. Interestingly, not even the superior Galaxy A7 2017 that launched alongside it gets a similar treat. Let’s not even mention the likes of Samsung Galaxy A50, A70 or even the A80 that are only receiving quarterly security updates.
That aside, the Galaxy A5 2017 is now receiving a new update that bumps the security patch level to July 2019. Yes, OnePlus already dished out the most up to date August 2019 security patch to the OnePlus 7 Pro, but for a mid-range device that came out in January 2017, no one shouldn’t be complaining about anything, really.
The update is arriving as version A520FXXSBCSG2 and fixes 10 critical issues and over a dozen high-risk Android vulnerabilities. Samsung also addresses 13 vulnerabilities targeting Galaxy devices. One particular one that has been addressed made it possible to enable and disable Bluetooth via the lock screen without verification.
You can read more about Samsung July security update here. As for the Galaxy A5 2017 owners in the country, it will definitely take some time before all units get the download notification. You can check if the update is available through Settings > Software update, then manually download, and install it.
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