Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Android Security Update, October Patches (G920PVPS4CPJ1 & G925PVPS4CPJ1)

Sprint  has pushed an OTA update for Galaxy S6 (SM-G920P) and the Galaxy S6 edge (SM G925P), bringing the new Android security Patch for the month of October. The update came out as build version G920PVPS4CPJ1 (for the Galaxy S6) and build G925PVPS4CPJ1 (for the Galaxy S6 edge). Both updates are still base in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and not the much awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update.  The released  were still part of the monthly security maintenance that fixes the recent Android vulnerabilities.

What’s New : 

October Android Security Patches

The October Android security packaged will address around  68 Android Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) and 7 Samsung security patches for Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE), according to Android Security Bulletin.  But then again, there are no exploitation or abuse has been reported of these vulnerabilities.

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Technical details:

Sprint Galaxy S6  SM-G920P

  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Android security patch level: September 1, 2016
  • Baseband version: G920PVPS4CPJ1
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-8847946
  • Build number: MMB29K.G920PVPS4CPJ1

Sprint Galaxy S6  SM-G925P

  • Android version: 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Android security patch level: September 1, 2016
  • Baseband version: G925PVPS4CPJ1
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-8847946
  • Build number: MMB29K.G925PVPS4CPJ1

The update is officially live via Over-The-Air (OTA) and it weighs at approximately 50 MB in file size.  The rolling out usually takes into several days, so better check the update manually by going to Settings > About device > Software Update > Check for updates, if you haven’t prompted the availability of the this update yet. You must also ensure that your phone has not been rooted or otherwise the update may fail and you may not successfully get the update.

How to Update the Galaxy S6 Edge via Over-The-Air (OTA)

This is the usual method on how to check and to perform an update on Galaxy S6 edge  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 edge 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 edge first, and or removed any modification that has been installed in it.

Update the Galaxy S6 edge using Smart Switch for PC

Download Smart Switch for PC

You have to choose the one that is specifically built for computer, depends on what you have either a PC or Mac.  Once you installed Smart Switch, all you need to do is to connect your Samsung Galaxy S6 edge on your  computer using the supplied USB  cable.

  1. Open Smart Switch in your computer.
  2. Connect the Galaxy S6  edge into the computer using the supplied USB data cable.
  3. Smart Switch will automatically prompt you if the update is available. Just click on the “Update” then the “OK”  button to start the update.

[Thanks’ to Lauren]