Samsung updates 9 Galaxy devices to January 2023 security patch in Australia


Samsung is currently updating its Galaxy devices with the January 2023 security patch; now, it released the update for some Galaxy devices in Australia. Including Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy A51 devices. As per the previous timeline of the update, all devices have received the Android 13 update.

Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21 is the company’s flagship device of 2021; it came with Android 11 on board; the device recently received Android 13, the second major Android OS update (Android 14). However, the Galaxy S21 is still eligible for one more Android update and will receive a number of security updates in the future. As of now, the Galaxy S21 devices are receiving the 2023’s first security update in the form of January 2023 with version numbers G991BXXU5DWA3, G996BXXU5DWA3, and G998BXXU5DWA3 for Galaxy S21 general, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra respectively.

Galaxy S20

Being a three years old device, it has now limited to Android 13, but Samsung is committed to serving a minimum of 5 years of security updates for its Galaxy devices. The company is distributing the latest security patch update for the Galaxy S21 devices to keep the promise. The update comes with new firmware version numbers G980BXXUFGWA4, G985BXXUFGWA4, and G988BXXUFGWA4 for Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, respectively.

Galaxy Note 20

Galaxy Note 20 series devices are the last ones which are representing the Note lineup because Samsung has stopped introducing new models in the Note series. Now the company has introduced all the features of the Note lineup in new S series devices, starting with Galaxy S22 devices, and because of this, the S22 device is also called the Note series killer smartphone. But Samsung hasn’t forgotten about the Note series devices and now updating the devices with January
2023 security update. Users who own Galaxy Note 20 series devices can identify the update by the version number N981BXXU5GWA5 and N986BXXU5GWA5 for Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, respectively.

Galaxy A51

According to the information, the device is listed under the biannual security update list, so the device is eligible to receive two security updates per year. The Galaxy A51 device has now received the January 2023 update with version number A515FXXU5GWA2. It is also noticeable that the update is currently available for the LTE variant. However, the 5G variant of the device will receive the update in the next few days. The device was launched in 2019 and came with Android 10; now, it is running on Android 12. And the device is no longer eligible for any Android update; however, the Galaxy A51 device should get more security updates in the future.

What is the January 2023 security patch?

The latest update is part of the security maintenance program, which is run by Google to provide better security for Android devices, so it generally improves the overall security of the device. Still, sometimes it comes with important enhancements for the device that make the working of the device smooth and give its internal function more stability.

The January 2023 update brings the latest Android security patch. It includes around 52 patches which are added by Google and targets the Android OS specifically, while Samsung has also attached 20 more patches for its Galaxy devices.

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How to install

Users who own the above mentioned  devices in the Australia can install the January 2023 update by following the given steps

  1. Go to the device settings
  2. Then click on the software updates button
  3. Now tap on download and install 
  4. wait until the search is finished,
  5. If it shows the security update is available, tap on the install button, 

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