A second software update this week for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones is being pushed to users in Europe and Asia. According to the update's changelog, this one improves the "fingerprint recognition process," brings some updates to Samsung's apps, and improves compatibility with an unspecified list of hardware accessories.
This 159.29MB update carrying the build number XXU1AOE3 comes after Samsung rolled out a minor update just this past Friday to these same devices in Europe. Users reported great improvement to the software's memory management routines from that update, which bares the Android version number 5.0.2 and the build number G920FXXU1AODG, and weighs in at 138.32MB.
As was the case with the Friday update, this latest one's changelog is light on the details of what changes it delivers to Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners. Though it does mention a few specifics. The first is the arrival of a "new feature" to the Photo editor app – no word yet regarding what this new feature is, because Samsung didn't give us any further details about it. The second highlighted change is "enhanced interface" (read: greater interoperability?) of Samsung's Email, Music, and S Planner apps and others. The third is a general improvement to the phone's compatibility with hardware accessories.
These quick updates to quash bugs and deliver new features rapidly are clearly part of the way Samsung is working to keep their latest-generation flagships fresh and their customers happy and satisfied. Good on them. Android manufacturers have routinely – and justly – been criticized for being slow to update their devices to the latest Android versions and incorporate maintenance releases. So much so that promises-to-update with solid timeframes are being issued by Samsung and HTC, as examples of responsible companies in this regard, as a tool of their marketing departments in order to gain a competitive edge for their lines in the ever-more-competitive Android market. The arrival of two separate updates in the span of a week – rather than both sets of changes being packaged into one – may unsettle some users who are skeptical of such a delivery plan, but from what users are reporting and we're hearing, there's nothing fishy about it – the updates bring positive changes to the phone's operation, albeit in two payloads, each of decent size.