Samsung is pushing a new update to its 2023 and 2022 foldable smartphones in the US. While Android 14 isn’t here just yet, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are getting the latest security patch. All four foldables are picking up the November SMR (Security Maintenance Release) stateside ahead of other markets.
The November update is available for Samsung foldables in the US
Yesterday, Samsung released the November security patch for the carrier-locked variant of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 stateside. The update came with the firmware build number F731USQS1AWJ7 and didn’t bring anything more than the latest security fixes. That was expected as the company is gearing up to push the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 to the phone, adding tons of new features and improvements.
While we wait for the big update, Samsung has now released the November SMR for the unlocked Galaxy Z Flip 5 and expanded the coverage to all of its recent foldables. Users with an unlocked 2023 clamshell foldable are getting the new security patch with the build number F731U1UES1AWJ7. Once again, the changelog is bland with no additional goodies in tow.
For the Galaxy Z Fold 5, the update is available for both carrier-locked and unlocked units with firmware versions F946USQS1AWJ7 and F946U1UES1AWJ7, respectively. Likewise, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is getting the latest security patch with build numbers F936USQS3DWJ4 and F936U1UES3DWJ1. The update for the carrier-locked Galaxy Z Flip 4 bears the build number F721USQS3DWJ4.
As of this writing, the unlocked variant of the 2022 Flip model doesn’t seem to have received Samsung’s November update. However, it should be just a matter of time before the company covers those units. A global rollout of the latest security patch for these devices should follow in the coming days. Don’t expect anything major here, though. One UI 6.0 will arrive soon with new features and improvements.
This month’s security update patches more than 60 vulnerabilities
Samsung’s November SMR for Galaxy devices contains patches for 65 security issues, including five critical and more than 40 high-severity Android OS vulnerabilities. The remaining issues are Galaxy-specific, meaning that they don’t exist on Android products from other brands. Every Galaxy phone and tablet is affected by at least one of these vulnerabilities.
If you’re using any of Samsung’s recent foldables in the US, you will soon receive an update that safeguards your phone from these security issues. The Korean firm has also released the November security patch for the Galaxy S21 series in international markets. A US rollout should be in the pipeline too. You can always check for new updates manually from the Settings app.
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