Samsung pushes May update to Galaxy S21 FE, S20 FE & more

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Samsung‘s May 2023 update is now available for the Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S20 FE, and Galaxy A73. These phones join dozens of other models in the party, including the Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy S22 series, and all recent foldables. The company will roll out the new SMR (Security Maintenance Release) to more eligible models in the coming days.

The May SMR for the Galaxy S21 FE is currently limited to select Latin American countries. More precisely, the latest update for the last FE phone isn’t available outside Brazil as of this writing. The new firmware build number for the device is G990EXXS5EWD4.


The handset doesn’t seem to be getting anything more than this month’s security fixes, which we will go into detail later in this article. Samsung should expand the rollout to other markets in the coming days.

In the case of the Galaxy S20 FE, Samsung is initially updating the 4G model to the May SMR. The new security update is currently available in Russia with the build number G780GXXU4EWD2, SamMobile reports. Samsung should soon make the update available in other regions while simultaneously expanding the rollout to cover 5G models as well.

It’s unclear if the May update brings any other goodies to the Galaxy S20 FE apart from the latest security fixes. The company hasn’t added the latest changelog to the official update tracker for the phone.

The Galaxy A73, meanwhile, is now picking up a minor update with the May SMR. Once again, Samsung has begun the rollout in Brazil. It comes with firmware version A736BXXS3CWE1 and brings nothing more than the May 2023 security patch to the device.

The OTA (over-the-air) package weighs about 228MB (via). We expect the Korean firm to release this update in more markets soon. The Galaxy A73 wasn’t released in the US. The 2022 mid-range device isn’t getting a successor this year.

The May 2023 update patches several dozen security issues in Galaxy devices

This month’s security update for Samsung Galaxy devices is a pretty big one. It contains patches for more than 70 vulnerabilities across the Galaxy lineup. These include over 50 Android OS flaws that affect devices from other brands as well.

The remaining 20-odd patches are Galaxy-specific. At least six vulnerabilities patched this month were labeled “critical” by Google and Samsung. If you’re using any of the aforementioned Galaxy devices, these security fixes should be available to you in the coming days if they haven’t already. You can check for updates from the Settings app.