Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 3 getting an "emergency" S Finder software update

Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 3 getting an
Samsung today started pushing out a software update to Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 owners. It’s not a major update (we didn’t expect it to be, anyway), but it seems pretty important. Samsung says that the update is being rolled out because its S Finder universal search app “needs emergency updates for security and fundamental error correction.”

It’s not clear if this S Finder update will hit S5 and Note 3 owners around the world, or just in select markets. Samsung has yet to mention what specific problems S Finder is having, but users who are prompted to install the update should nevertheless do it.

Later this month, Samsung may also start updating the Galaxy S5 to Android 4.4.3 KitKat. As you may know, at the moment the flagship smartphone is running Android 4.4.2.

Meanwhile, is your Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 3 getting the S Finder update? Let us know!


via: Android Central, XDA Developers forum

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18 Comments

1. WinC76 unregistered

My one updated as soon as I enabled WiFi on my Note 3 with no question asked.

2. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Just update it

3. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Hope everyones devices are secure.

4. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I already disabled the S Finder.

5. tempdogg74

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

got it

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

More likely it's a patch to close the Towelroot exploit.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wouldn't that be nasty.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"More likely it's a patch to close the Towelroot exploit." Exactly.

15. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Can't be, Towelroot uses a vulnerability found in the linux kernel, and hence it can only be eliminated by google itself issuing a path for towelroot. S Finder is completely unrelated to the kernel.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

True, but a manufacturer could still put something in their software that blocks a specific application from running. Of course, it'd take all of 20 seconds for Geohut to rewrite Towelroot to bypass that. In any case, there's nothing on the xda thread about this patch closing or preventing Towelroot from working, so I think everyone's in the clear.

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Immediately got it after hooking my international Note 3 to Wi-Fi. It's good Samsung is fixing small problems with some updates, keep them coming..

9. ingmang

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

Got it in my Note 3, it's only ~3mb. I'm from Colombia

10. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

My note 3 is rooted so cant update. Just Froze s finder

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Have you tried updating through Kies (on your computer)? An update that way should work. You'd probably lose root, but you can just re-root. Might want to check on xda to be sure though.

16. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Thanks for suggesting. Will check it out

12. jakece

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Yeah i got it too yesterday afternoon. Im from Malta and i usually have to wait a lot to get updates.

14. jpd514

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

Updated yesterday in French Canada but not for the best. Always bugged. Will work perfectly the first time you enter keywords, as soon as you search with other keywords, will search for ever and find nothing.

18. kashhef

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

yeap received it in Pakistan also.

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