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August security update now making the rounds for the Galaxy J3 (2017)

Samsung has started rolling out its first significant maintenance update for the recently-released Galaxy J3 (2017) in Europe. The upgrade—J330FXXU1AQH4—includes all of the patches included in last month’s release, as well as a handful of miscellaneous bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Here’s the full changelog:

  • Applied Monthly Google Security Patches (August)
  • Improved Auto Brightness Control
  • Improved PC Connection Stability

For those unaware, the August maintenance release, which started making the rounds for the Galaxy S8 more than a month ago, bundles patches for a total of 40 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures; twenty-eight in the Android operating system and twelve in Samsung’s in-house firmware.

Related: Samsung details the August security patch

To check to see if the update is available for your Galaxy J3 (2017), open up Settings, select Software Update, then tap Download Updates Manually. If you don’t feel like going down that route, you can wait until you receive an alert instructing you install the OTA, but that typically takes a little longer to arrive.

Time is on your side though, seeing as the Galaxy J3 (2017) is part of Samsung’s quarterly upgrade program, meaning it won’t receive its next maintenance release until December, while its flagship and former-flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S7, are treated to the latest patches on a monthly basis.



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I do not understand why Samsung has not yet released the Galaxy J3 (2017) in some countries, such as Brazil.
They still rely on the Galaxy J3 (2016), which is already lagging behind everything from hardware to software (continues with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop).

Same thing the Galaxy J2 (2016), which also did not arrive in those countries, which remain only as option of the series the 2015 model, which is also stuck in Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.


Where is my Marshmallow on The 2016 Varient, all the people from Samsung said it was Out!

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Sorry, but if your device is on 5.1.1, it will stay stuck there forever. The variants released with an Exynos 3475 were released with 6.0.1 and, surprisingly, received the August patch early in August. These variants were certified with Android 7.0 recently on the WiFi Alliance’s website. The SM-J320A, AZ, V, VP and W8, which are respectively ATT, Cricket, Verizon, Verizon Prepaid and Canada variants, are all using the E3475 and will get Nougat. You may blame the other chip maker for not providing drivers, thus preventing any OTA.