We are in the last week of July, but Samsung is still not done with the rollout of the July 2019 security patch, thanks to the company’s crowded lineup. It has now released the July update for two more devices: Galaxy J8 and Galaxy J7 Max. The former is a budget offering from 2017, whereas the latter made its debut last year.
The Galaxy J7 Max is currently receiving this update in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh, while the update for the Galaxy J8 is currently out only in Guatemala. The J7 Max still runs Android 8.1 Oreo and may not receive an update to Android Pie. The Galaxy J8, on the other hand, was updated to Android Pie and One UI in April this year
As is often the case with these updates to budget devices, the release doesn’t seem to pack any new features and includes only the latest security fixes from Google and Samsung. The July SMR (Security Maintenance Release) patches ten critical and more than a dozen high-risk Android vulnerabilities and 13 Samsung-specific threats.
If you own one of these devices and haven’t received the update notification yet, go to Settings, select Software Update, and tap on the Download updates manually option to trigger the update. Alternatively, you can also download the latest firmware for the Galaxy J8 and the J7 Max from our database and manually install it.