Samsung Galaxy S21 became the world’s first smartphone lineup to get the June 2021 security patch, even before Google Pixels. Later on, more Galaxy flagships such as Galaxy S20, S10, Note 20, Note 10, as well as some mid-rangers had also joined the party with the latest security update.
Now, the South Korean tech giant pushed a new firmware update for the Galaxy S21 series devices in the US, which installs the latest Android and One UI patches released in June 2021. Do note that the update is rolling out for the carrier unlocked Galaxy S21 phones.
It bears firmware versions: G998U1UES3AUE3, G996U1UES3AUE3, and G991U1UES3AUE3 for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 respectively. Samsung has recently detailed this patch, which brings fixes for 47 CVEs from Google and 19 SVEs from Samsung.
After the unlocked variants, Samsung and the US carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint will soon release the June 2021 security patch to the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10, and all the other Galaxies, as per their eligibility.
Coming back, the latest Galaxy S21 series software update changelog doesn’t show any new features or major system optimizations except for the security improvements. However, the S21 line smartphone users will be the first to get the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 Beta and Stable update later this year.
How to check for updates manually?
- Open device Settings
- Select the Software updates menu
- Tap on Download and install.
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Samsung Galaxy A03s, M11 grabbing November 2023 security update
The fresh software brings system security improvements, stability optimization, functional enhancement, and bug fixes to deliver a better performance. The latest patch fixes 48 CVEs related to the Android operating system, 15 SVEs related to One UI software, and 2 CVEs related to Samsung.
- Galaxy M11 – M115FXXS5CWK3
- Galaxy A03s – A037FXXS5CWK3
Users can check new software updates manually with a handful of simple steps. Firstly, visit your Galaxy device’s System Settings, once done, scroll down and tap the Software Update tab, followed by the Download and install button.
Verizon releases One UI 6.0 with Android 14 update to Galaxy S21 in the US
In an exciting development, Verizon started to release Android 14 and One UI 6.0 update to the Galaxy S21 family in the US. The major firmware also installs the November 2023 Android patches, as part of enhancing system security and stability.
Verizon-locked Galaxy S21 lineup’s Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update can be identified via the PDA build version ending with FWK5. The carrier’s support page reads “This software update includes the latest Android OS 14 (U) and One UI 6.0, with improvements for user experience and performance.”
The Quick Settings layout has been updated to enhance usability. Talking about the Weather Widget, a new weather widget was added to provide weather forecasts and insights. You can now check the local weather on a map without adding a current location.
It also adds a Bixby text call button to easily switch to text calling. Bixby Text call must be first enabled in Call settings. In the Camera department, the One UI 6.0 brings a separate picture resolution button in the Camera quick settings menu. Now you can easily change picture resolution by tapping the 12M button.
Additionally, there’s a new separate video size button in the Video Quick settings menu. Select Video mode and tap the FHD 30 button at the top to show more options. Moreover, Samsung’s Android 14 release has a Custom camera widget to quickly launch the Camera with your saved settings.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra One UI Software Update Tracker
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is eligible for new software update until February 2028. Within its five-year software update lifespan, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will receive several new security patches, and feature drops as well as a total of 4 Android upgrades by Samsung.
The company listed the Galaxy S23 Ultra along with the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus for new software updates every month. This means, your device will get the latest Android patches every month until February 2027 (at least four years).
S23 Ultra Software — Current Status
- [Stable] Android & One UI — Android 14 & One UI 6.0 | US Carriers
- [Next UI] Android & One UI — Android 14 & One UI 6.1
- [One UI] Security Patch — November 2023
- [Android] Google Play System — October 2023
Future Software Update [Expected]
Samsung will provide a total of four major OS upgrades and five years of security patches.
- One UI 6.1, powered by Android 14 – February 2024
- November 2023 Android security patch — Rolling out to Public
The page is refreshed on December 1, 2023.