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The Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 receive new updates

The Galaxy Note 5 is one of several older flagships to receive a new update. (Image source: Canoopsy)
The Galaxy Note 5 is one of several older flagships to receive a new update. (Image source: Canoopsy)
Samsung has updated the Galaxy S6 series and Galaxy Note 5, years after official support for the devices ended. The four handsets remain on Android 7.0 Nougat and the September 2018 security patch, but Samsung claims to have optimised security-related code in some regard.

The Galaxy S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5 never made it past Android 7.0 Nougat, with Samsung dropping software support for the devices as of the September 2018 security patch. However, there are multiple reports of Samsung distributing new updates to the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5.

According to SamMobile, Samsung has already updated handsets in South Korea and has now moved onto their European counterparts. It is unclear what the updates for the devices bring, though. SamMobile states that the updates add 'security-related stabilisation code', even though the security patch update remains unchanged.

The website speculates that Samsung may have found a vulnerability that needed addressing, but we are unlikely to ever know unless someone delves into the code of the new builds. We would expect Samsung to roll the updates out to the Galaxy S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe gradually, so it may be a few weeks before your handset receives a notification to download anything.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-11-19 (Update: 2020-11-20)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.