Samsung is reportedly rolling out the May 2018 Android Security update for the Galaxy S9 series. Specifically, the update has apparently launched for the Galaxy S9 in Germany and for the Galaxy S9 Plus in the UK, though as usual, availability should expand gradually to additional markets in the coming weeks. The package is identified by the firmware version G960FXXU1BRE5 and G965FXXU1BRE5 for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, respectively, and includes a handful of security fixes for both the Android operating system and the OEM’s proprietary Samsung Experience 9.0.
Samsung has been keeping its latest flagship smartphone series updated at a regular pace, with the new security patch counting as the fifth firmware version released since the duo was introduced back in March. Granted, not all of the previous updates were meant to address security, as the last one launched at the beginning of this month was designed to fix lingering call stability issues that have marred the user experience for numerous Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus owners since the first day of availability. But with these problems now being a thing of the past, Samsung’s latest firmware update seems to focus solely on improving the security level of the latest flagship phones and doesn’t appear to add any new features.
As usual, the update is distributed over the air, meaning it will be accompanied by a notification. Eligible users can also attempt to trigger the update process manually from the Settings application, and as always, regardless of how the update is acquired, it’s highly advised you download and apply it over a Wi-Fi network and while the smartphone’s battery is fully charged. The Galaxy S9 series is expected to receive at least two major Android OS upgrades and continue being updated with monthly security patches over the next three years.