List of Samsung devices affected by Exynos modem vulnerabilities
Google’s Project Zero team has recently discovered severe 0-day vulnerabilities in Samsung Exynos modems. Due to affected modems, a number of Samsung devices are in danger as one of the flaws can let hackers get access to your device with just a phone number.
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In order to meet your expectations and continue to keep Galaxy devices secure, Samsung releases security updates through various channels. The company confirmed that regular firmware updates include patches for Android OS-related security issues released by Google, as well as, patches for SVEs.
However, Samsung semiconductor reportedly responded that “at the end of last year, we received a security issue notification for Google project zero, and Samsung has provided all customers with a patch version for this vulnerability, and the related issues have now been resolved.”
Samsung Semiconductor (January 2023) data reveals that Exynos Modem 5123, Exynos Modem 5300, Exynos 980, Exynos 1080, and Exynos Auto T5123 are affected chipsets. According, Google gathered which devices are possibly in danger due to these vulnerabilities.
Google compiled a list of likely affected products:
- S22 series
- A04 series
- Watch 4 series
- Watch 5 series
Google (fixed with March patch)
- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
- X30 series
- Any wearables that use the Exynos W920 chipset
- Any vehicles that use the Exynos Auto T5123 chipset
These Samsung Galaxy devices are eligible for Android 14: One UI 6.0 Device List
Android 14 officially debuted for testing and development, and a number of Samsung Galaxy devices will receive it with One UI 6.0. Google is likely to push the official version of Android 14 by August this year, whereas the One UI 6 Beta might start by late July.
Millions of Galaxy devices have already upgraded to the Android 13 operating system, but, Samsung consumers have now started to discuss the Android 14 update. Pay attention, Galaxy devices eligible for a more major OS upgrade might get One UI 5.1.1 as well, based on Android 13, before v14.
In early February, Google kicked off Android 14 on the Developer Preview channel, with the 2nd build released in March. April and May are the months of Android 14’s Public Beta rollout (Beta 1 and Beta 2), however, Platform Stability could be reached in June / July.
Various non-Pixel phones are now eligible to install the Android 14 Beta, thanks to Google’s announcement at I/O 2023. Regardless, Samsung hasn’t participated in Google’s activities as it runs its own One UI Beta testing for Galaxy handsets.
The current One UI 5.0 is based on Android 13, whereas the last year’s One UI 4.x versions were based on the Android 12 OS. Accordingly, the company will introduce the One UI 6.0 software for Galaxy devices, which will be based on the Android 14 OS.
Samsung is committed to bringing up to four generations of Android plus One UI and five years of security updates. Thanks to this solid policy, we have a pretty clear idea of which Galaxies will be receiving the next Android version upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy devices eligible for Android 14 (One UI 6.0)
Galaxy Z series
- Galaxy Z Fold 4 (2nd)
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 (3rd)
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
Galaxy S series
- Galaxy S23 Ultra (1st)
- Galaxy S23+
- Galaxy S23
- Galaxy S22 Ultra (2nd)
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S21 FE (2nd)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (3rd)
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21
Galaxy A series
- Galaxy A14 (1st)
- Galaxy A04s
- Galaxy A73 (2nd)
- Galaxy A53 (2nd)
- Galaxy A33
- Galaxy A23
- Galaxy A13
- Galaxy A72 (3rd)
- Galaxy A52s 5G (3rd)
- Galaxy A52 LTE/5G (3rd)
Galaxy M series
- Galaxy M53 5G
- Galaxy M33 5G
- Galaxy M23
Galaxy Tab series
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S8+
- Galaxy Tab S8
- The list is based on update policy and previous rollouts.
- Samsung has not revealed which Galaxy devices will get Android 14.
- Some unlisted devices may also receive One UI 6 update.
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Contacts stored in Google Account may disappear from Samsung phone
Google is changing Android’s sync functionality for contacts stored in the user’s account. As soon as your Samsung phone installs Google Play services v23.20 update, contacts stored in your Google Account may disappear if you turn off the sync toggle.
According to the information, Google Play System May 2023 update includes a major change leading your Samsung phone to lose contacts stored in your account if you switch off the sync feature. People often change synch settings intentionally or it gets changed if you enter Battery Saver mode.
In that case, you may no longer have access to Google Contacts, but there’s no need to worry. You just need to switch on the contacts sync toggle again and let your Galaxy device refresh the contacts list with account storage. You will get them back, check steps below to ensure sync setting for contact.
- Go to Settings > Passwords & accounts, select your Google account, and ensure that the toggle is on for Contacts and it shows a recent date.
- [Phone] Turning off sync with Google Contacts sync will now remove the previously synced contacts from your Android phone.
Samsung Android 14 update tracker for Galaxy S21 series
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series, the models were eligible for three generations of OS upgrades. However, the February 2023 announcement was the happiest one for the consumers as Samsung pledged four Android updates for the Galaxy S21 series, FE included.
Since the lineup came preloaded with Android 11-based One UI 3.1, Android 14 is going to be the third major update, scheduled for late 2023 release. Before Public rollout, Samsung will run the Beta activity, letting consumers experience the new OS and features.
You should bookmark this page to stay up to date with the latest Android 14 update and news for your Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Android 14 Update Tracker
Note: We will add or remove entries to provide you with useful insights only.
One UI 6.0 (Android 14) News:
Samsung could release the stable One UI 6.0 update, based on Android 14 in late October 2023.
One UI 6 Beta Progress:
In time, Samsung may begin the One UI 6 Beta Program earlier than the last year. We are speculating that the Galaxy S21 series may join the Beta testing in August or September.
One UI 6 Early Info/Leaks/Rumors:
– Galaxy S23 series internally testing the Android 14 firmware ahead of Beta activity on a handful of CSCs.
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