Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 series receive surprise firmware update
Samsung officially dropped support for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 series more than two years ago. The two lineups have enjoyed a couple of Android OS updates and numerous security patches throughout their lifetime, but surprisingly enough, their legacy is not entirely over. In a totally unexpected move, Samsung is now rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 series.
The rollout began in South Korea where the Galaxy Note 5 had received firmware version N920SKSS2DTJ2. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6 edge+ have also been updated with firmware versions G92xSKSS3ETJ1 and G928SKSS3DTJ3, respectively. But although this surprise firmware release took place in South Korea initially, the firmware package is now becoming available in numerous other regions including Europe and LATAM.
Obviously the latest firmware update doesn’t change the version of Android OS. The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 series continue to run Android 7.0 Nougat, and interestingly enough, they also retain the September 2018 security patch that was last released over two years ago. In other words, the latest firmware update claims to add security-related stabilization code but the security patch level remains unchanged.
The changelog is scarce so it remains unclear exactly why Samsung has decided to release this new firmware update for two flagship series that have been abandoned more than two years ago. Perhaps Samsung has found a vulnerability that affects the 2015 flagship models in particular and fixing it didn’t require much effort from the firmware team.
Do you still own a Galaxy Note 5 or a model from the Galaxy S6 lineup? How are these phones treating you in 2020? Have you already received the latest firmware update and have you noticed any changes after applying it? Let us know in the comment section, and as always, you can refer to our firmware archive and browse for your particular smartphone model if you’re looking to acquire the new updates with ease.