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Software support win? Galaxy Note 9 is already getting August security patch update

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Last updated: July 20th, 2018 at 23:05 UTC+02:00

The Galaxy Note 9 is no longer a secret, with a couple of leaked photos having revealed Samsung's upcoming flagship in the flesh. And, well, it seems like the first leak that came up, the one with a cracked Galaxy Note 9 in the frame, had another image that we missed. And, would you believe it, Samsung is already pushing the August 2018 security patch to the device with a software update.

Galaxy Note 9 testing is likely in its final stages

DJ Koh wasn't looking very happy when he was spotted using the Note 9, so maybe the Note 9 development team is pushing out an update to fix whatever was bothering their CEO? That makes for interesting fiction, but the fact is that software updates are a general part of the development process for an upcoming device. After all, Samsung wouldn't want its employees and retail testers around the world to be downloading the complete firmware (which can be as big as 3GB) to the device every time there's a newer build ready for testing, right?

What does stand out here is that Samsung already seems to have the August patch ready. Does Google actually give OEMs the next security patch so well in advance? That would defeat the purpose of security patches, as they are supposed to include fixes for all the vulnerabilities discovered in the OS in the previous month. But then again, there aren't going to be any hackers sitting around trying to exploit unreleased phones, so Samsung may just have bumped up the security patch date ahead of time.

Here's hoping the company can be quick with software updates once the Galaxy Note 9 goes on sale.

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