Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, A8, A8 Plus, J4 Get Android May Security Update

Samsung has started rolling out May security update for its Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A8 Plus, and Galaxy J4 smartphones.


Samsung has begun the rollout of its May security update for a handful of Galaxy smartphones, a report from SamMobile states. Samsung has started rolling out the update across several tiers of devices, right from flagship to entry-level. Let’s take a look at the smartphones that are receiving the update.

Samsung’s May Security Update: Fixes and Improvements

The May security update comes with a slew of fixes, which also includes six critical vulnerabilities found in the Android operating system. Samsung has also fixed issues in its Experience UI with this update. The update is rolling out for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A8 Plus, and the Galaxy J4. If you have any of these smartphones, then you must have received a notification for the update. If not, then you can manually check for the update by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus Security Update

For the Galaxy S9, Samsung has rolled out the firmware version G960FXXU1BRE5 while the Galaxy S9+ gets G965FXXU1BRE5. The update has begun rolling out in German. Some users in the United Kingdom have also started receiving the update. In China, some Galaxy S8 users have got the update and it has brought improvements in Bixby and WeChat app.

Samsung Galaxy A8, A8 Plus Security Update

As for the Galaxy A-series, the Galaxy A6 has received the security update with version firmware version A600FNXXU1ARE7. The Galaxy A8 (2018) has got the update with firmware version A530FXXU2ARE1 while the Galaxy A8+ has also received the same update. The Galaxy S7 is also receiving the update with firmware version A720FXXU3CRE3.

Samsung Galaxy J4 Security Update

Samsung has also rolled out the security update to its entry-level J-series. The Galaxy J4 has received the firmware version J400FXXU1ARE8. The Galaxy J1 Mini is also reportedly receiving the update.

Android May Security Update Rollout by Other Manufacturers

Samsung is not the first OEM to roll out the May security updates. Many manufacturers completed the deed before the South Korean giant. The first one is HMD Global who has made built quite a reputation for itself when it comes to passing speedy updates to its devices. HMD Global has rolled out May security update to the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 2, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and the Nokia 1. Then we have OnePlus, who has rolled out the security update to the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, and the OnePlus 5T.

Google has updated its Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X smartphones with the May security update. Quite recently, Razer Phone has also been updated with the May security update. Xiaomi’s Mi A1 has also received the update although it is yet to get Android 8.0 Oreo update. Sony’s Xperia XZ, XZs, and X Performance phones have also picked up May security update. It’s worth noting that Sony was among the first OEMs to pick the update within the same week as Google released it. Essential Phone also acted quick and rolled out the update to its Essential Phone PH1.

Monthly security patches are becoming a new standard of judging Android OEMs. If your manufacture lags in rolling out security updates then maybe you should start thinking about shifting to a more reliable one. Many of the manufacturers are still lagging in the race and are taking months to roll out security updates. Nokia, Sony, and Essential have shown their dedication. It’s time other OEMs follow suit.