Galaxy S21 FE, S20, A53 & more get January update in the US

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Samsung has released its January 2024 security patch for a bunch of Galaxy smartphones in the US. The latest security update is available for the Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy A53, and the Galaxy Z Flip. Apart from the Galaxy S20 FE, all other devices have picked up the new SMR (Security Maintenance Release) in international markets too.

Samsung pushes its January update to more Galaxy devices in the US

A few days back, Samsung pushed the January SMR to the Galaxy S21 FE in Europe. The update has gradually expanded to more regions, reaching the US. We can see that it is available for carrier-locked units on several networks, including T-Mobile and Dish. The new firmware build number is G990USQS9FXA2. It is just a matter of time before the update reaches unlocked units.

The January SMR rollout for the Galaxy S20 series is also currently limited to carrier-locked units in the US. The new build number for the 2020 flagship lineup is G98*USQS8HWL1. That for the global 5G version is G981BXXSIHWL1 and the global 4G version is G980FXXSIHWL1. Samsung didn’t release the 4G-only Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra stateside.

The Galaxy S20 FE, which also came in 4G and 5G versions in international markets, is another phone that recently started getting the January security update in the US, where only the 5G version was sold. Once again, Samsung is initially only covering carrier-locked units. The updated build number for the phone is G781USQSEHWL2. Its global versions have yet to pick up the new SMR.

The latest security patch is also available for the Galaxy A53 5G globally, including in the US. Carrier-locked units stateside are getting the update with firmware version A536USQS9DXA4. It is A536BXXS8DWL5 for the global units. Lastly, the January SMR is rolling out to the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 5G globally with the build number F700FXXSEKWL1, F700USQS8JXA2, or F707U1UES6IXA1.

This update patches 80 security vulnerabilities

Samsung’s January security update patches 80 vulnerabilities across the Galaxy family. These include at least one critical Android OS issue, over five dozen high-severity Android OS issues, and five Galaxy-specific issues. The Korean firm has already pushed the new SMR to most eligible devices. The remaining few models will also soon get it. As usual, you can check for new updates on your Samsung device through the built-in Settings app.

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