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While a lot of users and even some critics are still touting the Galaxy S9 and S9+ as two of the best Android smartphones in the market, there's plenty of news that contrasts this fact. The calling issues of the S9 and S9+ are no secret and the latest lawsuit in Israel is proof of the fact that it's actually quite serious.


Apparently, a number of users in Israel have sued Samsung Electronics and Suny Cellular Communications Ltd (regional importer and partner) on the basis of selling smartphones that cannot perform even the basic cellphone function of making and taking calls properly. You can read the details of the class action lawsuit below.


"The applicant has discovered that during cellular conversations, the user encounters alternating loss of hearing on the other side of the call for a few seconds at a time (usually between 5 and 10 seconds). In other cases, the fault is expressed in a fragmentary sound (which creates a feeling of distorted reception) that does not allow for an audio conversation at all, and requires the severance of the conversation and the creation of a renewed connection."


Perhaps the most worrying fact in all this is that although Samsung has already rolled out multiple updates to fix the issues related to calling, they have been mostly ineffective, indicating that this could be a hardware issue. In fact, the plaintiff has even confirmed this fact from their side by saying that according to their investigations, the problem is being caused because the cellular networks in the country are incompatible with the Exynos chip powering the device. This could be a big problem for Samsung if they don't address it soon.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



We have good news for all the Note 5 owners today. Android Nougat is now officially out and about for the Note 5. The only thing is that as of now, the OTA update is only live in Turkey, but more countries will follow suit soon enough. In the meanwhile, the update is available for download from our firmware section here.


The package comes in at a whopping 1.3GB size as expected and will carry the firmware version N920CXXU3CQC7. It isn't surprising that Europe is the first region to start getting the much awaited V7.0 updates for the Note 5, as that's how Samsung mostly rolls these out. Other countries in the continent will likely be next in line for the same, but even if you are somewhere else, don't worry because it's coming soon.


It seems like Samsung is trying to follow the Nougat update release schedule which had been made public by one of their VPs earlier in the year. Even then, it is falling short as there have been no reports indicating that Android v7.0 rollouts have begun for the S6 Edge Plus.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although the Galaxy Note 5 on T-Mobile is running on the latest version of the Android Nougat OS upgrade offered by Samsung yet, strangely enough, it did not receive the April security update for some reason. However, that should no longer be an issue because T-Mobile has already started to roll out the May security Update for its users across the US.


The firmware version of the update is N920TUVU4EQE1 and it comes in at a decent size of 209.56 MB. Even though it's not a particularly big file, use your Wi-Fi if you have it (you better get one soon if you don't!). Check out the improvements it brings to the Galaxy Note 5 below and in the screenshot.



• Updated Application: GMS
• The Security of your device has been improved.
A software update can include but is not limited to:
• Device Stability Improvements, bug fixes
• New and/or enhanced features
• Further improvements to performance


Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.



The Galaxy S8+ had started to receive the June Security Patch in Europe a few hours ago and now a new report has confirmed that the same update has also started to land on the Indian variant. It is just a maintenance update but it is quite a significant one for a number of reasons. Firstly, the monthly SMR for June actually addresses 96 vulnerabilities in the base Android OS; which is in itself quite a large hole to fill! Add to that the fact that it also carries a few of Samsung's own updates to the UI and it suddenly begins to seem like quite a significant update.



Apparently, the most prominent change which this update brings to the S8+ are new colors for the navigation bar background. Given all that it is carrying, the 453.72MB size is quite understandable. Did you start to receive the update in your location yet? If you did and you don't live in Europe or India, please let us know in the comments.


Source: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


 

The latest versions of the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 have just started to receive their security patches for the month of June in India. Both updates will fix 23 security vulnerabilities unique to the Samsung phones, in addition to the 96 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) currently shared by all smartphones running on the Android OS. If you are reading this in India and you own either the Galaxy A5 (2017) or the Galaxy A7 (2017), look out for the update because it's about to land on your smartphone, if it hasn't already.

 

The Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) joins the list of Samsung phones that had also started to receive the same security patch recently. In case you are not aware, models reportedly getting the June security patch include the Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 4.

 

Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.

 

Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It has now been more than two years since the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones were released and unfortunately, neither of the handsets will be getting Android O officially from the OEM as they have already received two major OS updates since release (Marshmallow and Nougat). Nevertheless, Samsung is not going to abandon the handsets completely anytime soon and as a testament to that, the S6 Edge Plus is now receiving the latest Android security patch for June. If you have not received any such updates yet, do not worry because it will take a while before the OTA files reach all users across the globe. Also, this is only valid for the unlocked version of the smartphone and not carrier versions because as always, they will be receiving their security patch for the month separately.


The firmware comes in as version G928FXXS3CQFA and should fix a few bugs that are unique to Samsung Android smartphones, as well as the 96 fixes and patches expected from every June SMR Android update. So hook your Galaxy S6 Edge Plus up with your Wi-Fi and start downloading now if you have already been prompted for the update. Also let us know if you experience any extra fluidity or additional problems post the update.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Anyone following Samsung's latest update schedule knows that they have been quite unpredictable lately. After skipping the September patch altogether in favor of patching the BlueBorne threat, Samsung decided to roll out the October security update in mid-November for even flagship handsets such as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Just as we had started to think they might skip the November patch as well, the OEM proved us wrong by releasing the November security patch for a number of its smartphone and tablets. The Galaxy Note 5 happens to be the latest of the lucky handsets that are getting the OTA November security updates, but instead of starting in Europe like these usually do, the roll out was seen first in Taiwan according to SamMobile.


You probably know this already, but just in case you don't, here are the major fixes included in this patch.


·        Fixes for 61 vulnerabilities in the base Android OS

·        Six fixes for Samsung's own overlying UI

·        fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi threat


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Samsung has always been favorable towards the Galaxy A devices when it comes to providing fast, security updates and the month of July is no exception either. The Galaxy A6 is being updated with the July patch in Europe (Netherlands, Spain and Germany), but if you own the handset in some other region, it should not take too long for the patch to be released everywhere. The firmware version released for this month is A600FNXXU2ARF7 for the A6.


The Galaxy A8 and A8+ has already been updated with the July patch in most sections, but just in case you won one of the two handsets and have not received it yet, don't worry because it will probably arrive by the end of the week. Although the update is routine security and does not mention any specific big bug fix, each and every one of the security patches are very important these days so download and install it as soon as it becomes available. The only visible change you will see after the update is that a "Secured by Knox" image will pop up each time the phone boots on.


Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


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