Samsung has begun issuing a new update to its Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S5 handsets today, which will apply the March Android security patch to these slightly older smartphones. However, the update only looks to be heading out to the UK and the Netherlands, at least for now.
Interestingly enough, the Dutch Consumers’ Association filed a lawsuit against Samsung over its update policy, or lack thereof, a couple of months back. It’s just speculation, but this may have had at least some small influence over Samsung’s decision to roll out the update in these particular regions. Although Samsung is no stranger to sporadically rolling out its updates in Europe either.
Regardless of the motivation, it’s good to see Samsung providing security updates to some of its older devices, even if updates to the latest version of Android Marshmallow are still taking some time. The March security update still hasn’t appeared one Samsung’s Android Security Updates web page, but we know from Google’s patch log that this update should address a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device email, web browsing, or MMS. In total, the March patch addresses 6 critical issues, 8 high severity bugs, and 2 moderate ones.