Google made a promise last year to keep their Nexus line of devices secure by providing them with regular security updates. Taking a a note from this, Samsung made a similar guarantee, and has thus far followed throuh with the promised updates. This means that if you own any device released as a flagship handset then you should see the latest Over The Air security patch hit your device, anytime soon. Unfortunately, the 'flagship' title is a bit vague. Therefore, we are not sure, which devices exactly Samsung considers their flagships but generally the high-end models of 2014 to the present, seem to fit the bill. Past updates can be used a benchmarks to get an idea of the specific models that should expect this said security patch. Seemingly, the Galaxy S4 isn't among the lucky Samsung flagships, but for folks who own the Galaxy S5 and all the Galaxy S6 variants, can take a sigh of relief. The Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note 5 made the cut, as well as the Galaxy Tab S and the Tab S2. The expected OTA update will bundle all the fixes Google listed on February's bulletin along with covering memory corruptions and attack vulnerabilities on buffer overflow that are Samsung-specific. You can also expect patches for several non-disclosed bugs or safety issues, after which will be made public.
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