January 2017 Security Patch Updates Hitting AT&T Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 Active and S6 edge+

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 (G920A), Galaxy S6 edge (G925A), Galaxy S6 edge+ (G928A), and the Galaxy S6 active  (G890A) are all getting the January 2017 Android security patch updates.  The over the air update release schedule starts on February 8, 2017, and the rolls out has begun as we speak. These were just minor OTA updates that varies from 16 MB up to 50 MB on each devices.

In addition, these updates has still stayed in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and not Android Nougat update that we’ve been waiting for. Speaking of the Nougat updates, we already seen that it’s already been lurking around in the corner and are about to emerge anytime soon. So just until then only AT&T will decide to when it could be the roll out begins.

Anyways, here are the technical details on each device updates:

Whats New: January 2017 Android Device Security Patches

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920A

  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android security patch level: January 1, 2017
  • Baseband version: G920AUCS5DPK5
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-9462607
  • Build number: MMB29K.G920AUCS5DPK5

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6  edge G925A

  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android security patch level: January 1, 2017
  • Baseband version: G925AUCS5DPK5
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-8851614
  • Build number: MMB29K.G925AUCS5DPK5

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ SM-G928A

  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android security patch level: January 1, 2017
  • Baseband version: G928AUCS4CQA1
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-8961126
  • Build number: MMB29K.G928AUCS4CQA1

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active SM-G890A

  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android security patch level: January 1, 2017
  • Baseband version: G890AUCS5CPK5
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61.9696102
  • Build number: MMB29K.G890AUCS5CPK5

Device Update via Over-The-Air (OTA)

This is the usual method on how to check and to perform an update on Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, or S6 active to the latest software version.  This method is what we called Firmware Update  Over-The-Air and so-called as FOTA or simply OTA update. In most often cases, a notification message will be directly sent out to you by your network provider and by Samsung itself, telling you that there is a new update that has now available for download.  This approach requires you to prepare a strong WiFi connection,  and so it might happen sometimes that one did not receive any software update notification messages; (1) If and when the device is out of range during the software update roll out  period, (2) Automatic update has been turned off in the device Settings.
However, We can still manually check for the update instead.

Here’s how to do it manually:

  • From your Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, or S6 active  Home screen tap on Apps.
  • Select the Settings gear icon.
  • Tap About device.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap Check for an update.

It will then notify you that a new update is available for download. But it also says that “Your device software is up to date“, and there is no software update is yet available for grab. You can simply choose Install now if you do so or else Install later if you want to get the update in later time.

But if ever you might have had received this message while checking software update that says something like “The operating system on your device has been modified in an unauthorized way. Try downloading software updates using Smart Switch on your computer or visit a customer service center.”  This is a warning message that only appears for those devices that have been rooted and installed with modified and unofficial firmware.  So to be able to get the Software OTA update again, you must Unroot the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge+ first, and or removed any changes that has been installed in it.

via: AT&T support pages [1]  [2]  [3]