Samsung may have started late this month, but it is rapidly rolling out the September 2022 Android security patch to its devices. Earlier today, the company seeded the latest security update to the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, and the Galaxy A52s. It has now covered the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with the new SMR (Security Maintenance Release).
The Galaxy Note 20 series is getting the September update
The Galaxy Note 20 series is currently receiving this month’s security update in Europe. According to SamMobile, who first reported this rollout, the new SMR is available in several countries in the region, including Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the UK. It should soon cross the European boundaries and reach other markets such as the US.
The latest update bears the firmware version N98*FXXS5FVH7 for the 4G models of the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. That for the 5G models is N98*BXXS5FVH7. None appears to be getting any notable user-facing changes with this release. Samsung is only sending the vulnerability fixes that are part of the September SMR.
Speaking of while, Samsung confirmed that the latest security update contains fixes for over 50 vulnerabilities. These include two dozen high-severity Android OS issues affecting the entire Android ecosystem. Google says some of those security flaws could “lead to local escalation of privilege with no additional execution privileges needed.”
Additionally, the September SMR contains fixes for 29 SVE (Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures) items as well. These issues only affect Android products from the Korean brand. SVE items patches this month include flaws in Photo Editor, Video Editor, Telecom application, call background provider, and System UI.
If you’re using the Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra in Europe, you should get this update anytime now. Users in other regions can also look forward to it. A notification will arrive once the OTA (over the air) package is available. Software updates can also be checked manually from the Settings app, under the Software update section.
The last Note phones from Samsung will get Android 13
The Galaxy Note 20 series is the last Note branded flagship from Samsung. The company has now discontinued the Galaxy Note lineup and merged its distinct features, such as the S Pen and flat body, with the Ultra model in the Galaxy S lineup. Debuted with Android 10 in mid-2020, the Galaxy Note 20 duo will get Android 13 later this year, or early next year. We will let you know when the update arrives.