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April security patch now arriving on the Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy J5 Prime

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Last updated: April 16th, 2019 at 11:06 UTC+02:00

Samsung has begun rolling out new updates for the Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy J5 Prime, which bundle all of the patches included in this month’s security release, with the former receiving it in Canada, the middlemost in Russia and the latter in Panama, Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago.

To be more specific, the upgrade introduces patches for five critical and dozens of high-risk vulnerabilities in the Android OS, and fifteen that are exclusive to Samsung’s firmware, known as Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures — a handful of which have been classified as high-risk.

It’s also worth noting that the release is based on Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy J5 Prime, and Android 9.0 Pie for the Galaxy A8 (2018), which Samsung started treating to the latest flavor of Android last month. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise; Pie won’t reach the first two.

Related: Which Samsung phones are getting Android Pie?

Like usual, the update is being pushed out in stages. To see if it’s available for your handset, head into Settings, navigate to Software Update, then select Download Updates Manually. Alternatively, you can always download the firmware from our database, using the links below, for manual flashing.

Last week, Samsung started distributing a near-identical release for the Galaxy S9. Before that, it touched down on the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy Note 9, as well as the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy J7 (2017). It’s still yet to arrive on the top-of-the-line Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, however.

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