Samsung has begun rolling out the January 2020 security update for its 2019 flagships. Both Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series are now receiving the latest Android security maintenance release over the air (OTA) in some markets. The update for the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus is currently available in Switzerland, while the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus are getting this update in Germany. It should be making its way to more countries this week.
The latest update bumps the software version of the Galaxy S10 series to G970FXXS3BSL4, G973FXXS3BSL4, and G975FXXS3BSL4 respectively for the Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10 Plus. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, meanwhile, are getting updated to software version N970FXXS1BSLD and N975FXXS1BSLD respectively.
This is the first software update for these phones since they were updated to Android 10. And unsurprisingly, it does not bring any new features or improvements. The update only includes the latest security patch. Both Google and Samsung have yet to detail the contents of the January 2020 Android security maintenance release.
Samsung beats Google to Android security updates, again
Samsung has significantly upped its game lately when it comes to rolling out software updates for its phones. The company rollout out the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update to as many as five handsets before the end of 2019, including a couple of budget phones. This is a big improvement compared to a year earlier.
Not just major OS updates, but Samsung has been quick to push out security updates as well. In fact, for the third month running, it has released monthly security updates for its phones ahead of Google. Google is yet to push the January 2020 security patch to any of its devices. Samsung, meanwhile, began the rollout in December 2019 itself.
The South Korean giant has since pushed the update to over 10 Galaxy devices. The Galaxy A50, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, and the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series phones have all received the January 2020 security patch already. Of this lot, only the Galaxy A50 seems to get additional features with the January update, though. The rest of the devices are getting a generic update that only packs the latest security fixes.
Samsung should be expanding the January 2020 security update rollout to more Galaxy devices over the next few days. If you own a Samsung device, you can check for updates by tapping Download and install in the Software update menu of the Settings app.