March update lands on Galaxy S21 FE and Note 20 in the US

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Samsung‘s March 2024 update is available for a few more Galaxy smartphones in the US. The company is pushing the update to the Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy Note 20 series. The rollout began recently and should reach all users over the next few weeks.

Galaxy S21 FE and Note 20 pick up Samsung’s March update in the US

Over the past three weeks, Samsung has updated all of its flagship smartphones launched since 2021 to the March SMR (Security Maintenance Release) in the US, including foldables. The Galaxy S21 FE was the only model missing the new security patch. The company has just covered the FE phone too, simultaneously expanding the update to the Galaxy Note 20 series. The devices are getting the new release globally.

As of this writing, only carrier-locked variants of the Galaxy S21 FE are receiving the March SMR in the US. The update comes with the firmware build number G990USQSAFXC2. Samsung should cover unlocked units soon. The same update is available in Europe with build number G990BXXS6FXC1 or G990B2XXS5FXC1 depending on the device version. A global rollout should be just around the corner.

The latest security patch is also available for the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the US and some international markets. The US versions are receiving the new SMR with build numbers N98*USQS6HXC1 (carrier-locked) and N98*U1UES6HXC1 (unlocked). It is N98*BXXSAHXC4 for international versions. Like the Galaxy S21 FE, this update for the last Note-branded phones should also go global soon.

Samsung’s March 2024 update has been all about security fixes. It didn’t push additional goodies to any of the 30+ phones it has updated this month. The story remains unchanged for the Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy Note 20 series. These phones are getting the 46 vulnerability fixes that Samsung added to the March SMR, including two critical Android OS fixes. There are no new features or improvements in tow.

Galaxy Note 20 will no longer get feature updates

Samsung will soon release the One UI 6.1 update for Galaxy devices. It will bring new AI features, UI tweaks, camera improvements, editing tools, and more. However, the Galaxy Note 20 series won’t get it. The Note phones are no longer eligible for feature updates. They didn’t even get Android 14. The devices will also stop receiving security updates around September this year unless Samsung decides to extend support by a few months. It is high time you move on from your Galaxy Note 20.

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