Updating phone software how to
If you want to check on the status of your device firmware, simply navigate to the "Software Update" option in the settings menu and select "Download and install" to check if you are running the latest updates; if not then the download will start and the update can be completed in a matter of minutes.As Kuprins said, doing so means that the "updates are guaranteed to come directly from the vendor," as well as being free of charge.More than 10 million users of Samsung smartphones have done the right thing in looking to manage firmware updates that improve and secure the running of their devices.Unfortunately, they may well have done so in such a way that has the potential to impact device security negatively as well as cost them money for installing updates that should be free of charge. Aleksejs Kuprins, a malware analyst at CSIS Security Group, has revealed how an app called "Updates for Samsung" has been installed by more than 10 million users who have downloaded it from the official Google Play app store.This request will appear as a message on your phone's display.Check for the latest software update for your Samsung phone or tablet to increase the functionality and security of your device.While the app does, indeed, enable the user to search for firmware specific to their device, Kuprins found it to be "stuffed with advertisement frameworks," and distributing Samsung firmware as part of a paid subscription scheme.The app developers are not, Kuprins said, officially affiliated with Samsung and charging an annual fee of .99 to access what is actually a free of charge update process.
My advice would be not to download apps such as this, but instead follow Samsung's procedures for downloading updates which will be shown on your smartphone as a notification and walk you through the simple, speedy and secure process for doing so.
-- "I think the original article misunderstood the purpose of the Updates for Samsung application," the Updato spokesperson says, adding "but we understand how the confusion was created and that it is on us to properly correct."Updato says that there "is a community of people (techies) who like to mod their phones with different versions of Android firmware from different release dates, versions, carriers and countries around the globe." Finding these is difficult, the spokesperson insists, and so the Updates for Samsung app "aggregates them for the convenience of our audience." The Updato database "allows people to easily search for firmware in any location for any version for any device," the spokesperson insists, continuing "saving them many hours of potential searches and uncertainty of the origin or safety of the file."Updato insists that the app was "never intended for the typical Android phone owner to update their phones with the standard, latest firmware." If you're simply looking to upgrade your device, Updato recommends using Samsung Kies, the Key Intuitive Easy System as it used to be known, or by way of the over the air (OTA) upgrades on the device itself.
"We specifically state this on our download pages," the spokesperson says, and included a screenshot that urges caution and advises people should only use Updato if they know what they are doing as well as pointing to Samsung Kies and including a disclaimer that the company is not responsible for any damage caused by the information or files on the Updato site.
As first reported by ZDNet, the app "promises firmware updates, but, in reality, redirects users to an ad-filled website and charges for firmware downloads." This is particularly concerning not only because, as I write this morning, the app is still available for download at Google Play but also as it undermines the message that so many of us try to get across about the importance of keeping up to date with the latest updates for your smartphones in order to stay one step ahead of those who would do you harm.
Installing firmware updates is recommended not only to ensure your device is running with all the latest features and at peak efficiency, but also for reasons of security.