The July 2021 Android security update is now rolling out to the unlocked units of Samsung‘s Galaxy Note 10 series in the US. Both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are picking up the latest update. The new release is identified by the firmware version N97xU1UES6FUF1. The update is available on all major US wireless networks, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile (plus Sprint), Bluegrass Cellular, Comcast, Tracfone, and Xfinity Mobile. Carrier-locked variants of the Galaxy Note 10 series in the US have yet to receive the July update though.
We don’t have a changelog handy for the new update. But judging by the build number of the new firmware, it’s unlikely to bring any new features or improvements apart from this month’s security maintenance release (SMR). As detailed by Samsung recently, The July 2021 SMR contains fixes for dozens of security vulnerabilities, including three critical issues found in Android OS.
There are fixes for several Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items as well, which are software issues specific to Samsung devices. Among those are a few high-risk vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth core protocol which allowed for impersonation attacks as well as unauthorized remote access to the authentication protocol.
The latest update for the unlocked Galaxy Note 10 phones could also include some Android Auto bug fixes. Several Samsung smartphone users have recently reported an issue where Android Auto crashes if they unlock the phone. The Korean firm last month said that it will release a fix for the issue with the July security update. So we expect the latest SMR to contain that.
Unlocked Galaxy Note 10 phones get the July 2021 security update
Launched in mid-2019, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are nearing their two-year anniversary. That means the devices will receive security updates for at least two more years. Samsung has promised four years of security updates to all its phones, though it is offering updates beyond that period as well.
Nonetheless, the Galaxy Note 10 phones are still quite young and continue to receive monthly updates. Samsung began rolling out the July update to its 2019 S Pen wielding flagships last week. As usual, international versions of the phones were the first to receive the new update. The rollout has now reached the unlocked units in the US. Carrier-locked variants should also follow the suite soon.
If you’re rocking an unlocked Galaxy Note 10 handset, you should receive the new update anytime now. You can check for updates by navigating to Settings » Software update » Download and install.