July security update now available for the Galaxy A3 (2016) and Tab S4
Samsung has started rolling out the July 2019 security update to the Galaxy A3 (2016) and Tab S4 in many regions. Though the former is a midranger from 2016 and runs the outdated Android Nougat, the Korean company continues to push security updates whenever necessary. It is currently receiving the July Security Maintenance Release (SMR) in Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, Ireland, Germany, and a few other markets.
The update for the Galaxy Tab S4, on the other hand, is out in Panama, Columbia, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile so far. Currently, it appears only the LTE variant of the tablet is receiving the update, but you can expect that to change very soon.
The release doesn’t seem to bring any new features to the Galaxy A3 or the Tab S4, which isn’t surprising given that the former is an old model and the latter received a major Android version upgrade just a couple of months back. According to Samsung’s monthly security bulletin, the July SMR includes Google’s patches for ten critical and over a dozen high-risk Android vulnerabilities and 13 Samsung-specific threats.
As is the case with these software rollouts, not all eligible devices may receive the update at once. If you haven’t received the update yet, go to Settings, select Software Update, and tap on the Download updates manually option to trigger the update. If that doesn’t work and you want to have the update right away, you can consider downloading the new firmware for your device from our database and manually flash it. You can find the latest Galaxy A3 (2016) firmware here and the Galaxy Tab S4 firmware here.