Galaxy A8 (2018), T-Mobile Galaxy S7, and more get December security patch

A handful of Galaxy devices are now being updated with the December 2018 security patch. The Galaxy S7 is being updated by T-Mobile in the US, while the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are receiving the new patch on the Verizon network. Over in Russia and some neighboring countries, an update with the December patch is rolling out for the Galaxy A8 (2018).

December 2018 patch available for more Galaxy devices

The contents of the update for each of these devices may be different, although it seems only the new security patch is the highlight. Software versions are getting bumped to G930TUVS8CRL1 for the Galaxy S7, A530FXXS3BRL1 for the A8 (2018), and R16NW.G960USQS3BRK2 and R16NW.G965USQS3BRK2 for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ respectively. The December patch brings fixes for nearly 40 critical vulnerabilities that affect Samsung’s software, along with fixes for six critical vulnerabilities that affect Android in general.

If you own any of these devices, open the Settings app, tap Software update, then tap Download updates manually. If you don’t have the over-the-air update yet, you can download the relevant firmware from our database for a manual install. As always, do tell us if the new update is available for your device in another country and whether it brings anything more than just security fixes.

  • Model: SM-G930T
  • Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.1" (129.2mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • Camera: 12 MP, Dual Pixel F1.7
  • Model: SM-G960U
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Model: SM-G965U
  • Dimensions: 157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 6.2” (158.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS Dual OIS (F1.5/F2.4) & Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4)
  • Model: SM-A530F
  • Dimensions: 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm
  • Display: 5.6"(142.0mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 7885
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS PDAF (F1.7)


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Kathan Gandhi
Kathan Gandhi

Is there Any chance to Get New software update in A8+ 2018 in India? or( I am thinking of throwing my phone in garbage) Shoud I throw away my phone? No updates and No any performance or camera improvement from a long time. The phone has not been updated since July.


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The New Bixby has been introduced to Galaxy Note 9 for providing more natural conversation and comfort in use, based on your valueless opinion and experience.

From this late December, you can experience the New Bixby in your Galaxy S9/Plus, Galaxy S8/Plus, Note 8 in sequence.

You can meet the New Bixby with device software update. We will update you with detailed schedule in near future via Notice.

We will be working hard for making the New Bixby better service. We appreciate your support for us.

Bixby team


Off topic, just saw A5100 get android 7.1.1 update on firmware download, but other A5 2016 just get 7.0, weird


Wish S7 get the Pie Update.



What this mean ?