Samsung is reportedly rolling out software updates for its older Galaxy S6 series smartphones from 2015. The firmware updates have been spotted in the Netherlands and Belgium and are expected to cover all carriers and unlocked models in the region soon. Last month, the company released updates to the Galaxy S8 and S7, including a fix for Global Positioning System (GPS) issues. However, the changelog for the latest update of the S6 series only lists stability improvements and bug fixes, along with unspecified “new and/or improved features” and “further performance improvements”.
The updates were first spotted by Galaxyclub in the Netherlands and Belgium. They weigh less than 13MB, compared to the larger 420MB update that was rolled out to the Samsung Galaxy S8. The smaller size of the update indicates that it probably won’t even include a new security patch.
Samsung Galaxy S6 users will receive a notification to install the update once it is ready for their smartphone. They can also manually check for an update to download and install the latest software version.
Considering the phone is now seven and a half years old, the software update is surprising as even Samsung’s recent flagship smartphones get up to five years of software support.
Meanwhile, the more recent 2019 Samsung Galaxy A40 has received its latest September update which weighs 280MB. The phone is currently on the quarterly update schedule and could drop to the biennial schedule as it has been in production for four years. Samsung’s 2018 A-series models and models like the Galaxy A30, A60, A70, A80 and A90 5G are currently on the semi-annual update schedule.
Meanwhile, Android 13 has recently been rolled out for Pixel smartphones and OEMs are already working on updating their handsets with the latest Android software. However, according to a report, companies may need to use the “Seamless Updates” feature for new handsets that ship with Android 13 to receive a GMS (Google Mobile Services) license. Samsung is one of the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have not yet implemented “Seamless Updates” on its smartphones.