Samsung is rapidly seeding the February 2022 Android security patch to its US-bound Galaxy smartphones. The Galaxy Note 10 series was the first to receive the new security update in the US. The rollout for the 2019 S Pen-wielding flagships began in the first week of this month. Several more devices are now picking up the latest SMR (security maintenance release). Namely, the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G.
Starting with the Galaxy Note 9, the four-year-old Samsung flagship is receiving the new SMR on both unlocked and carrier-locked variants. The updated firmware versions for the two variants are N960U1UES9FVB1 and N960USQS9FVB2 respectively. The OTA (over the air) update is available on all major wireless carriers in the US.
The Galaxy S21 FE, which went official last month after multiple delays, is also now receiving the February security update stateside. The new patch is currently available to the carrier-locked variants of the phone (SM-G990U) and comes with firmware version G990USQS2BVA4. The unlocked variants of the new affordable Galaxy flagship should also soon pick up the latest SMR.
For the Galaxy S20 FE, the new update is currently rolling out to users of unlocked variants. The update bumps the firmware version of the phone to G781U1UES6EVB1. The rollout has already hit almost all US carriers, SamMobile has confirmed.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is also receiving the February update on unlocked variants. The new firmware version for the 2020 Samsung foldable is F916U1UEU2FVAB. Users on all wireless carriers in the country should be able to download the OTA update over the next few days.
Lastly, the latest security update is rolling out to the carrier-locked variants of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Currently available to users on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks, the update comes with firmware version F707USQS2EVB1. Unlocked variants should also soon join the party.
Samsung releases February update to a bunch of US-bound Galaxy smartphones
Samsung has significantly improved its software game in recent years. Not only is the company promising longer software support for its devices — up to four years of Android OS updates and five years of security updates — but it also now releases new updates much faster than it did a few years ago. An improved pace means the US-bound units, which are usually late to the software update party, are now receiving the latest updates faster. At times, ahead of their international counterparts. Samsung deserves some praise for this.
If you’re rocking any of the aforementioned Galaxy smartphones in the US, the latest update should be available to you anytime now if it hasn’t already. Be on the lookout for a notification for the OTA update. You can also manually check for the update from the Settings app on your phone. Scroll down to the Software update menu and tap Download and install.