Samsung has released the October 2023 security patch for the Galaxy S21 FE in the US. Following its rollout in Europe, the update is now available for both the carrier-unlocked and carrier-locked versions of the smartphone in the US. The firmware versions for the two variants are G990USQS9EWI2 and G990U1UES9EWJ1. In addition to the October security patch, which addresses 12 issues, the update may also include bug fixes and performance improvements. It is being rolled out by major network carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, with other variants expected to receive the update soon. Users can check for the update manually in the settings or download the firmware from the database and install it using Odin. Additionally, Samsung has promised to bring the Android 14 (One UI 6.0) update to the Galaxy S21 FE in the future, along with four Android OS upgrades and five years of security updates.
Samsung rolls out October 2023 security patch to Galaxy S21 FE in the US
Earlier this week, Samsung rolled out the October 2023 security patch to the Galaxy S21 FE in Europe. Now, the company is pushing the same update to the carrier-unlocked and carrier-locked versions of the smartphone in the US, which carry model numbers SM-G990U and SM-G990U1.
The version of the new firmware for the carrier-unlocked version of the Galaxy S21 FE is G990USQS9EWI2, and that for the carrier-locked variant is G990U1UES9EWJ1. As mentioned earlier, it brings the October 2023 security patch which fixes 12 issues. The update might also contain bug fixes and performance improvements. The update is rolling out across all major network carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Other variants of the phone should also get the update soon.
Firmware versions for carrier-unlocked and carrier-locked variants
The carrier-unlocked variant of the Galaxy S21 FE has received the firmware version G990USQS9EWI2, while the carrier-locked variant has received the firmware version G990U1UES9EWJ1. These firmware versions correspond to the October 2023 security patch.
October 2023 security patch fixes 12 issues
The October 2023 security patch brings various fixes for 12 identified security issues. While the specific details of the fixed issues have not been disclosed, the patch is intended to address vulnerabilities and enhance the overall security of the device.
Possibility of bug fixes and performance improvements
In addition to the security fixes, the October 2023 security patch for the Galaxy S21 FE may also include bug fixes and performance improvements. These enhancements aim to optimize the functionality and efficiency of the device, providing users with a smoother and more reliable experience.
Update available for all major network carriers
The October 2023 security patch for the Galaxy S21 FE is available for download and installation on all major network carriers in the US. Users on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon can now update their devices to benefit from the latest security improvements and potential bug fixes.
Other variants of Galaxy S21 FE to receive the update soon
While the current rollout of the October 2023 security patch is focused on the carrier-unlocked and carrier-locked variants of the Galaxy S21 FE, it is expected that other variants of the device will receive the update in the near future. Samsung aims to ensure that all users of the Galaxy S21 FE can benefit from the enhanced security measures and potential bug fixes provided by the October 2023 security patch.
Manual check for software update
If you have a Galaxy S21 FE and have not received a notification for the latest software update, you can manually check for it. Simply navigate to the “Settings” menu on your device, then select “Software updates.” From there, click on the “Download and install” button to check for any available updates. If the October 2023 security patch is available for your device, you will be able to download and install it from this menu.
Manual installation of firmware using Odin
For users who prefer to manually install firmware updates, Samsung provides an alternative method using a tool called Odin. Odin is a Windows-based program that allows users to flash firmware files onto their Samsung devices. To manually install the October 2023 security patch using Odin, users can follow a set of instructions provided by Samsung. These instructions typically involve downloading the firmware file from Samsung’s database and using Odin to flash it onto the device.
Galaxy S21 FE to receive Android 14 update
In addition to the October 2023 security patch, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S21 FE will receive the Android 14 update in the future. The Android 14 update will bring a new version of Samsung’s custom Android user interface, known as One UI 6.0. This update will introduce new features, improvements, and visual enhancements to the Galaxy S21 FE, further optimizing the user experience.
Samsung’s promise of four Android OS upgrades and five years of security updates
Samsung has made a commitment to provide four Android OS upgrades and five years of security updates for the Galaxy S21 FE. This means that users can expect continuous software support and improvements for their devices. With the upcoming Android 14 update and the ongoing security updates, Samsung aims to ensure that the Galaxy S21 FE remains up-to-date and secure for its users in the years to come.