Samsung is rolling out the March 2023 Android security patch to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy A12 in the US. The latest security update has already been pushed to all other recent foldables and flagship models stateside. The new release contains more than 60 vulnerability patches.
The March SMR (Security Maintenance Release) for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in the US is currently limited to carrier-locked units. The update comes with the firmware build number F916USQS2JWC1 and is available for users on Sprint and T-Mobile networks. Samsung should expand the release to factory-unlocked units in the coming days. The firmware version may vary slightly but the content will remain the same.
Speaking of content, don’t expect any new features or improvements here. The 2020 foldable model is only getting this month’s vulnerability fixes. It recently picked up the One UI 5.1 update with tons of goodies. Samsung is now improving the security level of the phone. Those with an unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 2 in the US know that their device hasn’t received One UI 5.1 yet. The March SMR for your foldable may arrive bundled big update.
Coming to the Galaxy A12, the story is a little different. It’s an entry-level phone that arrived on the market at the far end of 2020. The device debuted running Android 10 out of the box. It picked up updates until Android 12 and that’s all it will ever get. Samsung will not push Android 13 to it, and that eliminates the possibility of One UI 5.1 as well. Security updates also come a few and far between for this phone.
But as we speak, Samsung is pushing the March SMR to the Galaxy A12 in the US. The update is available for the unlocked variant with firmware version A125U1UES5CWC3. As you can see in the official changelog, the entry-level handset isn’t getting anything apart from the latest security patch. A wider release covering carrier-locked units should follow in the coming days.
March update for Galaxy devices patches more than 60 vulnerabilities
The March SMR for Galaxy devices contains fixes for more than 60 vulnerabilities across the Galaxy lineup. About 20 of those issues are Galaxy-specific and were duly patched by Samsung. The rest are issues in Android OS and other partner components that various Android OEMs use. They affect the entire Android ecosystem. Respective vendors of those components patched the issues. If you’re using the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or Galaxy A12 in the US, you can check for a new update with all of these vulnerability patches from the Settings app.