Samsung's may update reaches Galaxy S22 & Note 20 in the US

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More Samsung Galaxy devices are receiving the May 2023 Android security patch in the US. Following the Galaxy S23 series and the recent foldables, the company has now released the latest security update for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Note 20 series. These devices have already received the May SMR (Security Maintenance Release) in some international markets.

As of this writing, the May SMR is only available for the factory-unlocked variants of the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra in the US. Samsung has released the update on most networks, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Xfinity Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and more. Unlocked Galaxy S22 units on other networks should also join the party soon. The updated firmware build number for the 2022 Samsung flagships is S90*U1UES2CWD3.


The story follows a similar pattern for the Galaxy Note 20 lineup as well. Samsung is once again beginning with unlocked units. The May SMR for the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with the build number N98*U1UES4HWD7. The rollout appears wider than the Galaxy S22 series. Carrier-locked variants of all of these Galaxy smartphones should get the latest security update in the US within the next few days.

The latest update for the Galaxy S22 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series in the US doesn’t bring anything notable. Well, it contains plenty of security fixes, but no user-facing changes, improvements, or new features. Nonetheless, the security fixes are pretty important too. According to Samsung, the May SMR patches more than 70 vulnerabilities, at least six of which were critical issues. Most of these patches come from Google and other Android OS partners. But 20-odd patches were Galaxy-specific coming directly from Samsung.

Samsung will push the May update to more Galaxy devices in the US

Samsung has been rolling out the May SMR to eligible Galaxy devices since the last week of April. The Galaxy S23 series was the first to pick up the latest security update in the US. The Korean firm recently added the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3 to the party. The addition of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Note 20 series should be followed by more eligible models in the coming days.

As always, your Galaxy smartphone will notify you once a new OTA (over the air) update is available. If you haven’t received any such notification, you can navigate to Settings > Software update on your phone and tap on Download and install to check for updates manually. If you still don’t see any pending updates, wait a few days and repeat the steps to check again.