In order to keep the Android ecosystem protected from the ever-growing malware threats, Google releases security updates each and every month. While the Google-brand Pixel and Nexus devices are first to receive them each month, OEM’s such as Samsung also drop in their own bug fixes and optimizations with security updates each month.With the month of January ending, all the top flagship devices have already received the January security update. However, the older flagship devices like Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge are only now receiving the new update. The current Samsung firmware update for the devices above has been brought to U.S. users under the network carrier Verizon. Sized at about just 30MB, the tiny OTA update brings 67 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), along with 28 security patches exclusive to Galaxy devices.The Verizon update comes with build number MMB29M.N910VVRS2CQA1 for Galaxy Note 4, MMB29M.N915VVRS2CQA1 for Galaxy Note Edge, and MMB29M.G900VVRS2DQA1 for Galaxy S5.However, Verizon is not the only U.S. carrier rolling out an update for the Galaxy S5 this month, as Sprint is also reportedly sending out the January security update. To check for the update manually, head over to Settings » About Device » Download Updates Manually and check if you have received the OTA already.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool