Since the beginning of 2022, Samsung has been offering super-fast updates for its Galaxy series of handsets, but how is the Korean giant coping with the June security patch update? Here is every device that is currently updated.
Samsung June 2022 Security Update – What’s New
Samsung is once again the first OEM to offer Galaxy owners the very latest security patch, which will start rolling out as early as May 30. It’s worth noting that for many devices, the previous May 2022 security patch fixed the widespread “Dirty Pipe” exploit.
This issue mainly affected Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel smartphones, and if it did, vulnerable devices could be accessed remotely with full control. This was limited to Galaxy S22 series handsets due to this exploit directly affecting models shipped with Android 12 and with kernel version 5.8 or later.
Samsung’s own release notes for the June update detail the fixes of 65 device-related vulnerabilities, including 5 marked as “critical”, 14 as “high” and 2 as “moderate”. This update also includes over 48 software-related patches that ship with Google’s own June OTA.
Fixed issues range from accessing data on the SIM card to direct camera access on the device, where attackers can take remote control of your Galaxy device. Several other issues related to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity have also been resolved.
It is also worth noting that some Galaxy smartphones are still waiting for the One UI 4.1 update. This mid-cycle Android 12 build includes a number of features and functions that were initially launched as exclusive additions to the Galaxy S22. As the rollout has not yet been completed, some Samsung Galaxy phones may also receive the June 2022 security update in addition to One UI 4.1.
Devices with Samsung security update April 2022
The current pool of Samsung Galaxy smartphones with the June 2022 security update is very small, but is constantly expanding by device and region and more is expected in the coming days and weeks.
This list includes a note about where the update first debuted and whether it’s also available in the United States. As usual, the latest additions will be shown in bold.
Galaxy S Series
Almost always at the forefront of Samsung’s smartphone efforts, the Galaxy S lineup is one of the most recognizable in tech. Despite the recent release of the S22 series in early 2022, the first Samsung smartphones to see the June update were in fact the previous generation.
Those in Europe began to see the June 2022 security patch arriving as an OTA update on Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra units from May 31. The rollout is expected to expand in the coming weeks for those with Exynos 2100-powered devices. However, it is unclear when Qualcomm models will be updated.
The latest and greatest Galaxy S22 series now starts with the June patch in European regions. This includes Exynos variants of the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra after our own UK units got the OTA update from June 2. to come to more regions in the coming days.
In Korea, the update for the Galaxy S22 series includes some additional tweaks and tuning for the camera settings on the latest trio. These include better white balance performance, AI detection improvements for pets such as dogs, refinements in portrait mode, plus improved memory usage while recording video. This update is much more voluminous in Samsung’s home country, weighs in at about 1.7 GB and started rolling out on June 9. It’s not clear if these tweaks will come in a secondary patch in global regions or if a future patch could add the software improvements.
The rollout of the latest patch for the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra started on June 8. The Exynos 990-powered trio (including LTE variants) is now receiving this update in a number of European markets, including Switzerland. Both LTE and 5G variants of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE are now starting to see the June update in various locations. The Galaxy S20 FE is being updated in Russia, while the 5G rollout is wider. It includes the Baltic region, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia from June 10.
- Galaxy S20 – G98xxXXSEFVE6 (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S20+ – G98xxXXSEFVE6 (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra – G98xxXXSEFVE6 (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S20 FE — G780FXXU9DVE7 (first released in Russia)
- Galaxy S20 FE 5G — G781BXXU4FVE8 (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S21 – G998BXXU5CVEB (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S21+ – G998BXXU5CVEB (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S21 Ultra – G998BXXU5CVEB (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S22 – S906BXXU2AVEH / S90xNKSU1AVF1 (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S22+ — S906BOXM2AVEH / S90xNKSU1AVF1 (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy S22 Ultra — S906BXXU2AVEH / S90xNKSU1AVF1 (first released in Europe)
Galaxy Fold Series
Since the ill-fated release of the Galaxy Z Fold in 2019, we’ve seen Samsung step up and solve many of the sustainability questions with their flexible phone lineup. In the three years since this foldable first-generation, the Korean tech giant has practically conquered the entire chunk of the smartphone space.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 owners in Germany can now get their hands on the latest security patch starting June 3. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, this should mean a wider rollout in the coming days and weeks.
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 – F916BXXU2GVE9 (first released in Germany)
Galaxy Flip Series
Samsung’s growing line of foldable phones includes the impressive folding Z Flip series. While it’s not quite the best line considering the Galaxy Fold’s existence, its lineup of small devices includes impressive hardware and quick software updates.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 will begin to see the June 2022 OTA security update in Samsung’s home country of South Korea. In addition, this patch even includes some new features that are not available on other devices. Once updated, you have the option to place Smart Widgets on the Z Flip 3’s mini outdoor display. For those who don’t know, Smart Widgets lets you stack multiple widgets on top of each other and access each with a swipe left or right. This will expand the lockscreen widgets beyond the built-in presets already available and we expect this to come to more regions soon.
- Galaxy Z Flip 3 – F711NKSU2CVEE (first released in South Korea)
Galaxy A Series
As an entry-level model in the Samsung range, you could be forgiven for expecting little to no software support for a Galaxy A-series smartphone. That couldn’t be less true, as Samsung is quickly making many of its affordable lines safe and secure in the same way that flagships do.
For those in Asia with the Galaxy A73, you can now get the June 2022 security update on your device. The rollout started in Malaysia, but this Exynos-powered smartphone should be updated in even more regions in the coming days.
Despite being replaced by the A53, the Galaxy A52 is starting to see the latest security patch with its rollout in Russia on June 7. This update includes all tweaks and fixes and is the first post-Android 12 update for the Qualcomm-powered device. The 5G-enabled A52 is now starting to see the very latest patch after the rollout began in South American markets on June 10.
For those in the United States, the budget Galaxy A21 also sees a rollout of the latest update as the patch started seeding to Verizon handsets. While it is one of the cheapest Samsung phones on the market, it is the first Galaxy device to be updated in the region.
- Galaxy A21 — A215USQS7BVE1 (first released in the United States)
- Galaxy A52 – A525FXXU4BVE2 (first released in Russia)
- Galaxy A52 5G — A526BXXS1CVE4 (first released in South America)
- Galaxy A73 – A736BXXU1AVE3 (first released in Malaysia)
Galaxy Tab Series
For those wondering, the very first Samsung device to get the June security patch, since an OTA update wasn’t actually a smartphone, it was a tablet. The Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G started getting the update in much of Europe including Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK and many more. As of May 30, the expansion will include a number of regions.
Samsung has expanded the rollout of the June patch to more tablets, including the Galaxy Tab Active Pro and its LTE-enabled counterpart. The rugged tablets are made to withstand more abuse than the average Android tablet with rugged builds, IP68 ratings and larger frames. The rollout to enterprise devices began on June 9.
- Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G — T976BXXU2CVE5 (first released in Europe)
- Galaxy Tab Active Pro – T540XXS3CVE1 (first released in UK)
- Galaxy Tab Active Pro (LTE) — T545XXS3CVE1_B2BF (first released in the UK)
Check for the latest OTA on your Galaxy device
If you are still waiting for the OTA notification of the June 2022 security patch on your Samsung Galaxy device, you can try to get it manually. To do this, open Settings > Software Update > Download and Install.
This article was first published on May 30 and last updated on June 10.
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