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These Samsung Galaxy phones receiving the January 2023 security update



Samsung Galaxy S21 FE A73 May 2023 Update

Samsung started rolling out January 2023 security patch to eligible Galaxy devices with new firmware update. The latest security patch brings fixes for 52 high levels of CVEs for the Android operating system along with about 20 SVEs for the One UI software.

For Galaxy Note 10 series, Samsung initially debuted the January 2023 Android security patch, which is continuously expanding to more and more devices. Since software update rollout happens gradually, availability may vary by region or network carrier.

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Your Galaxy device will notify you about the new software update, as soon as it grabs. Meanwhile, it’s quite easy to check for new OTA manually. You just need to navigate to system Settings, then Software update, followed by Download and install.

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One UI 5

First debuted on October 24, Samsung’s latest One UI 5 software has already started to rollout on nearly all eligible Galaxy phones and tablets. According to official status, the company rolled out Stable Android 13 update for over 46 Galaxy device models as of December 9, worldwide.

The new firmware update brought new visual effects and improved system animations. For the user interface, there are new tools so you can customize the lock screen and home screen easily. And the Material You design language now applies even better across One UI elements.

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One UI 5.1

Next month, Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S23 flagship smartphones. Hardware aside, the upcoming phones are likely to run the new One UI 5.1 software iteration, based on the Android 13 OS. The company might start rolling out One UI 5.1 update by the end of February or early March 2023.

Samsung January Updates

Samsung devices that initially started getting January 2023 security patch:

Jan. 28

  • A33 5G

Jan. 27

  • M53 5G

Jan. 26

  • Note 10 Lite
  • S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra [India]
  • A53 5G [Europe]

Jan. 25

  • S21, Note 20 and S20 series [USA]
  • A52s 5G (Repair mode) [Europe]
  • S10 LIte
  • S20 FE

Jan. 21 [Verizon USA]

  • S22 series
  • S20 FE
  • Fold 2/3/4
  • Flip 3/4
  • A53

Jan. 20

  • A72
  • S10 5G
  • S20 FE
  • XCover Pro
  • XCover 5

Jan. 19

  • M42 5G
  • A31
  • A52s 5G [Repair Mode]

Jan. 18

  • A50 [Latin America]
  • S10 Lite [Spain]
  • Z Fold 4 [Europe]
  • Z Fold 3 [Argentina, Brazil]
  • Z Flip 4
  • Z Flip 3

Jan. 17

  • M31 [India]
  • A52s 5G [South Korea]
  • A73 [Brazil]
  • A52 LTE/5G

Jan. 14

  • S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra [T-Mobile]

Jan. 13

  • A73 5G [Asia | 2nd OTA]
  • S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra [Europe | France]
  • S10e, S10 and S10+ [Europe | Switzerland]
  • S21 FE [Brazil]

Jan. 12

  • S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra [Exynos]

Jan. 10

  • M13 5G [India]

Jan. 08

  • A51 LTE [Australia]

Jan. 07

  • S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra [US Verizon]

Jan. 06

  • S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra [US Unocked]

Jan. 05

  • Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra [US Unlocked]
  • S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra [Germany]

Jan. 04

  • A10 [South America]
  • Z Flip LTE and Z Flip 5G [United Kingdom]

Jan. 03

  • A73 5G [Malaysia]
  • S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra [Switzerland]

Jan. 02

  • Note 10 and Note 10 Plus [Switzerland]

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.


Samsung Health launches Olympic Day Step Challenge



Samsung Health Olympic Day Step Challenge

Samsung introduces Samsung Health Olympic Day Step Challenge on the One UI Health app. This challenge is part of encouraging users all around the world to log steps, stay active and enjoy the significant health benefits of daily movement.

Samsung Health Olympic Day Step Challenge

In celebration of Olympic Day 2023 on June 23, the Olympic Day Step Challenge will be available in 18 countries. The Samsung Health’s Olympic Day Step Challenge will appear in a banner on the app on June 8 in anticipation of the event.

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By simply tapping on the banner, Samsung Health users can join the challenge in seconds. The challenge will then begin on June 10 and end on Olympic Day itself, June 23. Users from the below-listed markets will be able to join the challenge on the Health app;

Available in:

  1. Australia
  2. Brazil
  3. Canada
  4. France
  5. Germany
  6. India
  7. Italy
  8. Japan
  9. Mexico
  10. New Zealand
  11. Saudi Arabia
  12. Singapore
  13. South Korea
  14. Spain
  15. Switzerland
  16. The UK
  17. The US
  18. The UAE

With an overall target of 100,000 steps, users will be encouraged by a congratulations message that pops up with each 20,000-step milestone achieved, while the “Together” tab in the app lets users access the “Challenge Map” and check their overall step count and ranking.

Samsung Health Olympic Day Step Challenge

Participants who manage to complete the whole challenge will be rewarded with a unique “Olympic Day Badge,” which will be displayed in the “My Page” section of the Samsung Health app.

With every milestone congratulations message, Samsung Health Olympic Day Step Challenge’s participants will also be invited to join Let’s Move on Olympic Day. Find out how to join the movement at

The Samsung Health Olympic Day Step Challenge is part of the International Olympic Committee’s Let’s Move initiative, aiming to inspire and enable the world to move more every day.

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Samsung Galaxy A24 Software Update Policy: No Monthly Patches



Samsung Galaxy A24

Galaxy A24 is Samsung’s cheapest smartphone, which comes with support for four major Android upgrades. However, there’s news that may disappoint some, who care about software updates. Recently, Samsung confirmed the software update policy of Galaxy A24, revealing its ineligibility for monthly updates.

A few days back, the company published the June 2023 patch details and revised software update chart. In the document, Samsung added the new Galaxy A24 in the “quarterly updates” plan, ensuring regular releases for about four years, followed by an additional year of biannual OTAs.

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Notably, the Galaxy A34 5G is also eligible for the same security updates treatment as the Galaxy A24. Meanwhile, their elder cousin – Galaxy A54 5G matches Samsung’s flagship devices with support for new monthly security updates.

Samsung Galaxy A24 Software Update Policy:

  • Android updates – Up to Android 17
  • Security patches – Until April 2028

The South Korean tech giant is willing to support the newly released min-range devices longer than their predecessors. At the same time, it’s maintaining a gap between flagship and mid-range/budget phones to keep the former ones practically superior.

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Samsung rolling out One UI 5 Watch Beta in the US, register now!



Samsung One UI 5 Watch Beta

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 will debut the new One UI 5 Watch operating system later next month. Meanwhile, Samsung has already started the Beta Program of One UI 5 Watch, based on Wear OS 4, on the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 series smartwatches in the US.

Today, Samsung starting to roll out the Wear OS 4-based One UI 5 Watch Beta update to the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 in the US. Consumers can register their device for Beta activity using the Samsung Members app, or take the help of our dedicated guide.

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In addition to the US, Samsung’s One UI Watch Beta Program would be available in South Korea. With the first build, the company officially brought the new OS to its best smartwatches, it’s now up to testers who help Samsung make the software stable through feedback.

What’s New w/ One UI 5 Watch Beta

The new software makes it easier to add watch faces and tiles, thanks to the new vertical layout. Besides, you will get quick access to timers using the new Timer tile without opening the Timer app. The Buds controller tile makes it possible to turn 360 audio on and off from the Buds controller tile.

You can now make your watch face cycle between pictures in an album or story that you select. Your watch face will change to a different picture each time you turn on the watch screen. It will provide a more dynamic experience to Samsung’s smartwatch users.

Also check | One UI 5 Watch Beta Changelog

For Samsung Health, there are some new functions provided such as automatically recording cycling workouts, heart rate guidance during running workouts, as well as backup and restore. To use the backup feature, your phone needs the latest version of the Smart Switch app.

Thanks to the One UI 5 Watch, you can adjust the call volume, mute sound, and press buttons on the keypad, all from your watch. Moreover, you will be able to dictate text with the Home button, use multiple timers at once, and share your medical info in an emergency.


  • Device care: Check the status of your watch’s battery, storage, and memory and immediately fix any problems to extend battery life and keep your watch running smoothly.
  • Control your watch without touching it: Universal gestures let you control your watch without touching the screen or pressing a button. You can assign various actions to gestures such as shaking your wrist, making a fist, or pinching your fingers.
  • Organize apps in folders: Create folders to keep your apps organized so you can find the apps you need quickly with less scrolling.

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