Europe Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ December Android Security Updates

Samsung has rolled an update for the international Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F),  and Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925F) during the holiday season. While later this week  the Galaxy S6 Edge+ (SM-G928F) also receives the same treatment. These updates brings the December Android security patches for the said devices, to which also includes  the device stability improvements and to boost its performance.

Anyway, these updates are still in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow base, and it's not the Android Nougat updates we've been waiting for.  The Nougat update for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ might not arrive too early this year, just as long as we have to see it released on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge beforehand.

Here are the technical details of each updates:

What’s New in the Update?

  • December Android device security updates (details)
  • Optimize device performance
  • Resolved known issues, General bug-fixes

Technical Details:

Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) – Update version G920FXXU5DPL4

  • Model number: SM-G920F
  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android security patch level: 1 December2016
  • Baseband version: G920FXXU5DPL4
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-9408889
  • Build number: MMB29K.G920FXXU5DPL4

Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925F) – Update version G925FXXU5DPL4

  • Model number: SM-G925F
  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android security patch level: 1 December2016
  • Baseband version: G925FXXU5DPL4
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-9408889
  • Build number: MMB29K.G925FXXU5DPL4

Galaxy S6 Edge+ (SM-G928F) – Update version G928FXXS3BPL6

  • Model number: Sm-G928F
  • Android version: 6.0.1
  • Android security patch level: 1 December2016
  • Baseband version: G928FXXU3BPJ3
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-9408889
  • Build number: MMB29K.G928FXXS3BPL6

Again, the rolling out has already started in select countries and/or carrier specific devices,  but the rolling out will continue to other countries any time soon.

How to Update the Galaxy S6  to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

  • Make sure to recharge your phone first.
  • Do not forget to backup all of the important data that were stored in the device memory.
  • Your Galaxy S6 must still run on the official software version and has not been rooted nor installed with non-official firmware.

Updating the Galaxy S6 via Over-The-Air (OTA)

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

Update the Galaxy S6 using  a Computer via 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 on your  computer using the supplied USB  cable.
  1. Open Smart Switch in your computer.
  2. Connect the Galaxy S6  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 begin updating your Galaxy S6.

Once the update is made, you may now check the technical details of the new update, from Home screen  simply touch the Settings gear icon and then tap About device.