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August Update Live For Galaxy S20 FE & Galaxy A73 5G

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Samsung has released the August 2022 Android security patch to couple more devices. The Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy A73 5G are the newest recipients. This month’s security update has already rolled out to over a dozen other Galaxy smartphones, including the three non-FE Galaxy S20 models.

As of this writing, the Galaxy S20 FE is receiving the August SMR (Security Maintenance Release) in Russia. The update is only available to the LTE variant (SM-G780F) of the phone. It bumps the firmware version to G780FXXU9DVG5. Samsung’s official changelog mentions stability improvements along with the latest vulnerability fixes. This update should soon roll out to the 5G model and also cover users in other regions, including the US.

The Galaxy A73 5G, meanwhile, is already picking up the latest SMR in several Asian countries, including Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The update comes with firmware version A736BXXU2AVG3 and brings optimizations related to the camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The new premium mid-ranger is also gaining some improvements to system stability with the latest update. The rollout should go global soon.

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As far as the content of the August SMR is concerned, Samsung recently revealed that the new patch fixes over 60 vulnerabilities. The majority of those are Android OS issues, including a critical flaw that allowed remote code execution over Bluetooth if an attacker exploited it in the wild. The release also contains fixes for dozens of other issues that only affect Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The company mentions patches to issues found on components such as Samsung DeX, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, Knox VPN, and App Lock. Several of these issues are labeled to be of critical severity.

Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy A73 5G will get Android 13

Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 FE duo in September 2020. The phones came with Android 10 onboard and have since been updated to the Android 11-based One UI 3 and the Android 12-based One UI 4. They will also get Android 13 with One UI 5.0 later this year, or early next year. It will be the last major update for the FE phones.

The Galaxy A73 5G, on the other hand, is new to the market, having debuted in April this year. It ran Android 12 out of the box and will get four major Android OS updates. So you’ll bet updates to Android 13, Android 14, Android 15, and Android 16. The first of those will likely come before the end of this year.

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