January 2017 Security Patch Hitting Galaxy S5 Plus, S5 Neo

The January 2017 Android Security Update started hitting the Galaxy S5 Plus and the Galaxy S5 Neo. Samsung reportedly started pushing out the update for the unlocked variants of both phones in Europe, but all international models are expected to receive the update in the coming days. The firmware version of the latest security patch for the Galaxy S5 Plus is XXS1CAQ7, but there's still no confirmation of how the version for the Galaxy S5 Neo is labeled. It's unlikely that this pair of updates brings any other changes to the Galaxy S5 Plus and the Galaxy S5 Neo apart from fixing some security vulnerabilities of the Android operating system.

The Galaxy S5 Plus initially hit the market in late 2014, boasting a 5.1-inch FullHD display, the Snapdragon 805 system-on-chip (SoC) and 2GB of RAM. The device featured a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter, as well as up to 32GB of internal storage. Its hardware was fueled by a 2,800mAh battery while the phone itself shipped with Android 4.4.2 KitKat running out of the box. On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 Neo was released in August of 2015 with a lot of identical features but powered by the octa-core Exynos 7580 SoC and sporting a 5-megapixel front camera. The device launched with a pre-installed build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Despite shipping with removable batteries, both the Galaxy S5 Plus and the Galaxy S5 Neo boasted IP67 certification, meaning they were resistant to both dust and water. This combination of features was praised by both consumers and critics alike.

All things considered, this likely isn't the last Android Security Update for either device, though the Galaxy S5 Neo could possibly be supported for a bit longer than the Galaxy S5 Neo seeing how it's almost a year younger than its predecessor. As for Samsung in general, the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is currently preparing to launch its pair of 2017 Android flagships, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus. Before that happens, the company will arrive at Mobile World Congress to showcase a number of other products. Among other things, Samsung is expected to unveil the highly anticipated Galaxy Tab S3 at the Barcelona-based trade show.

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