Samsung is releasing the February Android Security Update for a handful of smartphones in the last year's Galaxy J lineup, namely the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016), Galaxy J3 (2016), and the Galaxy J1 Ace Neo. The package is currently distributed as an over-the-air (OTA) update and pushes the software build numbers to ‘J120FNXXU1AQB1,’ ‘J320MUBU0AQB1,’ and ‘J111MUBU0AQB2,’ respectively.
As an Android security patch, the new software package won’t bring any changes to the user interface but instead, it addresses numerous vulnerabilities of varying severity. Having said that, owners of the aforementioned Samsung devices are advised to download and apply the latest Android security patch sooner rather than later and can either do that once they receive an update notification or can manually check for the update from the Settings app. Not unlike other software updates launched in this manner, the latest Android security patch is being distributed in phases, which means that some devices will receive the update notification before others. Fortunately, there’s always the alternative of trying to manually trigger the update at any time by accessing the “About device” > “System Updates” sub-menus within the Settings app. Keep in mind that the updating process will reboot your device and will require enough battery juice to be completed, so make sure you have at least 50 percent of battery life to spare before proceeding.
The Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016), Galaxy J3 (2016), and the Galaxy J1 Ace Neo were launched in 2016 running Android Lollipop. While it seems unlikely that any of these devices will be upgraded to a new major iteration of Android in the near future, the good news is that Samsung is working on bringing Android 7.0 Nougat to a fairly large number of smartphones released in both 2015 and 2016, including top-tier models like the Samsung Galaxy S6, as well as more affordable models from the Samsung Galaxy A and the Galaxy J series – namely the Galaxy J5 and the Galaxy J7. It’s also worth noting that Samsung is currently preparing to launch the Galaxy J3 (2017), and according to a recent listing by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the upcoming model should be running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.