Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was released in 2015. The smartphone has long been one of the company’s most successful devices, but, according to the old Samsung tradition, Korean programmers did not really care about software support. The Galaxy Note 5 received its last update three years ago.
The old Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 has received a new software update
And this week, all of a sudden, the company decided to remember the smartphone of the past – Samsung began sending a new firmware update for the Note 5. Interestingly, in addition to the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 also receives the update.
The company began to send a new firmware version for the Galaxy Note 5 in its homeland in South Korea. It also started sending updates for the entire Galaxy S6 line: the regular Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge +. At the moment, updates are available not only in Korea, but also in some countries in Latin America and Europe.
Do not be surprised, there is no need to wait for drastic changes. The firmware is still based on Android 7, and the security patch is still at the September 2018 level. Moreover, the changelog does not provide any explanation, except for an unusual point – Samsung has added a new “stabilization code” related to security. What exactly is meant by the “stabilization code” is unknown.
And while the changes are very small, at least we know that the tech giant is still keeping an eye on older models of its devices. Let’s see what devices will be updated in the future.
Samsung becomes US largest smartphone brand after 3 years
The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the toughest years for the smartphone industry. The COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world and the industry as a whole, especially during the first and second quarters. We saw major drops in sales due to the disruption in manufacture as well as the lockdown restrictions. The customers also opted for spending money on essential goodies rather than smartphones during the first months of 2020.
However, in Q3 2020 we started to see what seems to be a major recovery for the smartphone business. Even companies that have been bleeding for years, like LG, achieved good results. One company in particular is collecting great fruits in 2020 – Samsung. The world’s smartphone leader, during the last quarter, stole Xiaomi’s spot in India; and became the 1st smartphone brand in the market. Now, Samsung punches Apple and becomes the largest smartphone maker in the United States.
According to the Strategy Analytics report, Samsung finally beat Apple for the first time in three years. We can list several reasons for this achievement; but the lack of new iPhones during Q3 2020 certainly was one of the reasons. The South-Korean giant achieved the first position in the US smartphone market during the three months period that starts in July and ends in September 27th. The company achieved a 33.7% share, while Apple came second with a 30.2%. In the third place, we had LG with a 14.7% market share.