Galaxy S5 Now Receiving February 2017 Security Update

Samsung started pushing out the February Security Update to the Galaxy S5 in Europe. The package is being delivered as an over-the-air (OTA) update and should be hitting all unlocked variants of the device shortly. Initial reports suggest that the update isn't packed with major features and shouldn't change the end user experience of the Galaxy S5. However, the update will introduce a number of fixes for existing vulnerabilities of the Android operating system and as it brings the security level of the device to that of February 2017, it should make Samsung's 2014 smartphone less vulnerable to potential attacks. The firmware version G900FXXS1CQB5 for the Galaxy S5 reportedly started rolling out on Thursday, meaning it shouldn't be long before it hits your device. Those who aren't willing to wait for an update notification prompting them to install the latest Android Security Update might try scanning for the patch manually. To do that, open the Settings app on your Galaxy S5, scroll down to the bottom and tap the "About device" option, then select the "Download updates manually" command on the top of the next user interface.

Naturally, the latest Android Security Update for the Galaxy S5 won't modify the actual OS version the device is currently running, meaning your handset will still be using Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow after it installs the patch. Those who are still hoping that Samsung may release a build of Android Nougat for the Galaxy S5 are likely hoping in vain as it doesn't seem probable that the 2014 smartphone will ever officially receive another major iteration of Android. In fact, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge that were just released last year are yet to receive the Nougat update in all regions while owners of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ might have to wait until the second half of the year before they get to experience the latest major version of Android.

In related news, Samsung confirmed it will unveil the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus on March 29, so more details on the company's upcoming product lineup are going to follow in just a few weeks.

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