US unlocked Galaxy A52 gets Android 14, January patch for locked units

A few days back, Samsung rolled out the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update to the Galaxy A52 5G in the US. The initial release only covered carrier-locked units. The big Android update has now reached unlocked units too. Those with a locked Galaxy A52 5G, meanwhile, are getting a newer security patch, i.e. the January 2024 release.

Android 14 is widely available for the Galaxy A52 5G in the US

Samsung launched the Galaxy A52 in March 2021 with Android 11 onboard. The device received updates to Android 12 and Android 13. It is now picking up its final major update in the form of Android 14. International versions of the mid-range phone jumped to the latest Android iteration at the end of 2023. The US units followed shortly but the company initially only updated carrier-locked variants.

We can now confirm that Android 14 is available for unlocked Galaxy A52 5G units in the US. The update is rolling out with the firmware build number A526U1UEUCFWL3. Since it is a major update, there are plenty of new features and improvements to talk about. Samsung has made some changes to the UI, particularly the Quick Settings panel, to make for a more intuitive user experience.

Android 14-based One UI 6.0 also brings new camera features and editing tools, improved homescreen widgets, smoother system animations, improved stock apps, and more. Overall, this update will inject new life into your aging Galaxy smartphone. You will get to experience new features and improved visuals. This is the last major update for the Galaxy A52 5G, though. It may get One UI 6.1 but won’t add many new features.

Along with these goodies, the latest update for unlocked Galaxy A52 5G units in the US also brings the December 2023 Android security patch. Last month’s SMR (Security Maintenance Release) patches more than 60 vulnerabilities across the Galaxy family. These include seven critical Android OS vulnerabilities and dozens of high-severity issues. A few flaws are exclusive to Samsung devices and don’t affect Android products from other brands.

Carrier-locked variants are getting the January 2024 security patch

As unlocked units move to Android 14, users with a carrier-locked Galaxy A52 5G are getting the latest security patch. They are receiving the January 2024 SMR with the firmware build number A526USQSCFWL4. These units also picked up the December patch with Android 14, so unlocked variants should get the new security release in the coming weeks. This month’s patch contains 80 vulnerability patches, including one critical Android OS flaw.

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