Samsung was once one of the slowest smartphone brands pushing software updates. However, the company changed its own story in recent years, especially with the advent of One UI. Nowadays, the company rolls out new Android versions for the big majority of its smartphones. Since the last year, the company promises at least three major Android updates for its flagships. Some mid-range smartphones will also get three Android updates. In addition to Android upgrades, many of these devices will receive four years of security patches, which is another area where Samsung improved its game. Today, the company is rolling out an August 2021 security patch for its Samsung Galaxy S21 series.
It’s a big surprise to see the August 2021 security patch coming when we’re yet in July, technically. However, this has been a common behavior for Samsung in recent times. It’s interesting to see the Korean firm managing such a feat when some companies are still rolling out June or July security patches for their smartphones. Now, the Galaxy S21 series will be running the latest batch of security upgrades. Interestingly, the 2021 flagships weren’t the first to receive this update.
A couple of days ago, Samsung brought an August 2021 security patch to the Samsung Galaxy A52. It’s a mid-range smartphone released in March this year, the company proceeded with the update for the Galaxy A72 and the Galaxy A8. Yes, the Galaxy A8 from 2018, may not be running One UI 3.0 with Android 11, but at least it gets the latest possible security patch from Google.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series joins the list of smartphones running the August 2021 security patch
Now, the new build carrying the August 2021 security patch is rolling out with firmware version G99x0ZCU2AUGE. The update for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra requires around 300 MB of download. The update is currently rolling out in China and will begin rolling in Hong Kong and Taiwan in a few days. As usual, we expect the full rollout of this update to start in a couple of weeks. Customers that live in China and haven’t received the new firmware on the Galaxy S21 / S21+ / S21 Ultra, can try checking it manually by going to your device’s Settings >> Software update menu.
In related news, Samsung is gearing up to introduce its Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 in August. The first will be the company’s first foldable smartphone to support an S-Pen. Earlier today, we got a set of details revealed about the new S Pen Pro.