Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +: July update brings RCS support

The update closes numerous security gaps. The update also brings support for RCS.

Samsung has the delivery of the current AndroidSecurity patches for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + completed. The update is available for all model variants delivered in the DACH region. According to the release notes, the update contains no other improvements. A German user reports on Reddit that the update now also makes RCS available. According to Samsung, thanks to RCS messaging, users can also chat with each other via Wi-Fi, create rich group chats, see when the chat partner is writing something, receive read confirmations and share high-resolution photos and videos with each other across platforms.

July security patches

The of Google Published July patches close a total of 20 vulnerabilities on Samsung smartphones, four of which are classified as critical. Critical vulnerabilities allow an attacker to take over the smartphone completely. In addition, Samsung fixes nine security holes in its own software, one of which is classified as critical. Samsung does not provide details of other gaps so as not to encourage attackers to exploit them.

Samsung provides monthly security updates for its current smartphones that are no more than three years old. These include the Galaxy S20, S10, S9 and Note 10, Note 9 and Note 8 series. The three-year-old S8 models only receive updates every three months. However, Samsung will no longer deliver updates for the Galaxy S7, which is over four years old.

Carry out update

The update should be offered for installation under Settings – Software update on the devices mentioned. If this is not the case, you can try the Samsung tool Smart Switch to manually install the update. This is often available earlier for Smart Switch than via OTA. Smart Switch is available for Windows and macOS.

If you are not sure which firmware version is installed on your Samsung smartphone, you can find out with the Phone INFO Samsung app. The app lists the product code, among other things, so that you can use the table below to check whether an update is available. Alternatively, you can access this information by entering * # 1234 # in the phone app. The corresponding provider code is specified under CSC.

Samsung Galaxy S9: Firmware overview (source: Sammobile, as of July 20, 2020)

Android version Security patch CSC (provider code in red) Product Code Provider
10.0 July 1, 2020 G960FOXMAETG3 DBT Free device
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FOVF9ETF5 VD2 Vodafone
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FODX9ETF6 DTM T-Mobile
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FCKH9ETF5 DRE Hutchison Drei (Austria)
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FOVF9ETF5 MOB / A1 A1 (Austria)
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FODX9ETF6 MAX T-Mobile (Austria)
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FOXM9ETF2 ATO Free devices (Austria)
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FOXM9ETF2 AUT Free device (Switzerland)
10.0 June 1, 2020 G960FOVF9ETF5 SWC Swisscom (Switzerland)

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