Google usually releases a security update for all Android devices monthly. However, Google is not responsible for which device gets this update. The OEMs will decide whether to release this security patch to their devices. Whenever Google releases this update, Pixel smartphones are usually the first to get them. This is because Google is directly responsible for its Pixel smartphones. However, for the month of April, there was a little change. A few days ago, a couple of Samsung devices started receiving the April security update.
Now, there are reports that Google Pixel smartphones are now getting the April security update. According to Google’s schedule, this update will commence rollout on April 5th. However, a bulk of Pixel devices are getting this update today.
Developers can now view the April 2021 Android Security Bulletin, which details multiple security vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities affect open source components, as well as some closed source components from vendors such as Qualcomm and MediaTek.
The announcement also mentioned some vulnerabilities for Google Pixel phones. The vulnerability is classified as “medium” and will affect the Android framework and Qualcomm location/GPS implementation of Pixel phones. In addition, Google also fixed some user-oriented issues in the latest update of Pixel phones. Furthermore, the update comes with camera quality improvement of some third-party applications.
See the image below for the complete changelog of Google’s April security patch
Here are the Samsung devices already getting this update
Like we said earlier, it is not very common for other OEMs to get the monthly security update before Pixel phones. However, a couple of Samsung’s flagship smartphones already have the April security patch. The changelog is technically the same as what we have above.
However, Samsung did some extra work before pushing this update to its devices. The South Korean manufacturer extends the scope of camera portrait mode. This upgrade is active for the ultra-wide-angle lenses, telephoto lenses, as well as the main camera.
Here is the complete list of Samsung devices currently receiving the update
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- Samsung Galaxy S21+ — G99xxXXU2AUC8
- Galaxy S21 Ultra — G998BXXU2AUC8
- Galaxy S20 FE — G780FXXS2CUC8
- Samsung Galaxy S10 — G97xxXXU9FUCD
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ — G97xxXXU9FUCD
- Galaxy S10e — G97xxXXU9FUCD
- Galaxy S9+ — G96xFXXUFFUC6
- Samsung Galaxy A52— A525FXXU1AUC5
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 — F916BXXU1DUCE
- Galaxy Fold — F900FXXU4EUCF
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — N986U1XXX2DUC8
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 — N986U1XXX2DUC8
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 — N97xFXXU6FUCD
- Galaxy Note 10+ — N97xFXXU6FUCD
Also, the Galaxy Tab S6 with Snapdragon 855 SoC is getting this update.