Samsung’s December 2022 update is rolling out on Galaxy devices

The latest wave of Samsung Galaxy phones is getting the latest December 2022 security update. Here’s how the Korean tech giant is handling the rollout.

Samsung December 2022 Security Update – what’s new:

Each month, Google and its partners release a new Android security patch that provides fixes for known issues with the mobile operating system. The security patch you are receiving on your Galaxy phone includes a number of fixes from the December 1, 2022 bulletin and the previous November 5 bulletin. Between the two, there are 43 fixes that are marked with a severity of “High” and only one that is marked as “Critical”.

Patch notes are provided by Samsung as the updates for their own devices contain a number of Galaxy-specific fixes. According to the company’s official patch notes, the December update for Samsung phones adds another 93 vulnerabilities, including five marked as “critical.”

Samsung has continued the rollout of Android 13 with One UI 5.0, which continues this time. This update is pretty minor compared to what we’re seeing on Google Pixel phones. However, there are still a number of changes and tweaks that you can see in our full hands-on video below:

Devices with the December 2022 security update from Samsung

For the most part, Samsung generally prioritizes its premium phones when it comes to new updates, with a focus on the Galaxy S and foldable Galaxy Z series. From there, Samsung generally rolls out updates to its newer devices before older ones.

This list includes an indication of where the update first debuted and if it’s also available in the US. As usual, the newcomers are marked bold.

Galaxy S series

Samsung August 2021 update

The top of the Samsung range is the Galaxy S series. As you might expect, this series is often the first to get the latest OTAs. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes other devices are given preferential treatment, but more often than not the S-Series comes first.

In a strange move, Samsung pushed the December update to the Galaxy S20 series first. The entire Exynos lineup is already starting to see the patch across much of Europe, including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the Switzerland Baltic States, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Last year’s Galaxy S21 series flagship is only the second S series device to receive the latest patch. Unlocked Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra devices with Exynos processors will now receive OTA notifications in Switzerland. As is often the case, we expect this to be rolled out to more regions in the coming weeks.

Although the Galaxy S10 is now in its final year of regular support, it will continue to receive semi-annual updates for some time to come. If you own the biggest and best Samsung phone of 2019 and live in Europe, you should be able to get the December 2022 security patch for Exynos 9820 powered versions of the S10e, S10 and S10+. Patch rollout has been confirmed in a variety of European countries, including Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Southeast Europe, Switzerland, the Baltics, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and the Nordics Region.

Surprisingly, the Galaxy S22 series is only now getting the December 2022 update, despite being Samsung’s biggest and best flagship yet. This OTA will be launched in India, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. The good news here is that US owners should see the patch on their S22 models very soon as Qualcomm devices are also being updated.

  • Galaxy S10e / S10 / S10+ — G97xFXXSGHVL1 (first released in Europe)
  • Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra – G98xBXXSFGVK7 (First released in Europe)
  • Galaxy S21 / S21+ / S21 Ultra — G991BXXU5DVKF (first published in Switzerland)
  • Galaxy S22 / S22+ / S22 Ultra — S908EXXU2BVKM (first released in India, Europe, Middle East and Asia)

Galaxy Z series

While the Galaxy S series is often touted as the biggest and best Samsung phone line, the unsung star of Samsung devices is undoubtedly the Z series. The future is foldable and the Korean tech giant is the market leader in this new form factor. The Z Fold is the spiritual successor to the now discontinued Note series. This means that features are slowly being added to the Z-Series with each unit revision.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 was updated earlier this month with devices from AT&T in the US, which could grab the OTA file on their foldable phones. At around 400MB, Samsung’s December update is pretty big for a monthly patch, but it includes all those important fixes and vulnerabilities.

In addition to the Fold, the Flip range has grown year on year. It wasn’t until the third generation Galaxy Z Flip 3 that we were able to give the device a full seal of approval. Samsung’s smaller foldable is still a fantastic device, offering the benefit of a compact folded form with a full-sized device unfolded. The 2021 device will be available from August 12th. the December 2022 security patch.

You can also download the latest security patch for the former flagship Galaxy Z Fold 3. Despite being a year old, it’s still an impressive smartphone that takes advantage of the best of Samsung but with the added mini-tablet form factor. The patch was rolled out to the European regions at the same time as the Z Flip 3 update. Carrier-locked devices in the US can now also be upgraded now that the patch has started rolling out Z Fold 3 devices on the Comcast network.

  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 – F711BXXS3DVKB (First released in Europe)
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 — F926BXXS2DVKB (first released in Europe)
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 – F936U1UEU1BVKB (First released in US)
    • Available in the US: AT&T

Galaxy Note series

Note 20 ultra

Samsung has confirmed that we probably won’t see any future Note devices. As sad as that is, we’ve already started to see many Note features like the S Pen making the jump to the Galaxy S range. The advent of Samsung foldable phones was a warning sign that Note days were numbered. However, there is still a sizeable following and the latest Samsung Galaxy Note phones will be supported for a while longer.

The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are one of the few eligible for monthly patches. Samsung pushed the December security update to the Duo, which was released back in August 2020. If you have either phone, you’ll still get monthly patches for another year before quarterly updates become the norm. The update is now being rolled out in Europe.

  • Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra – N98xxXXS5GVK9 (first released in Europe)

Galaxy A series

While not Samsung’s cheapest smartphone in all regions, the Galaxy A series offers affordable prices in many parts of the world but with some flagship features. The A-Series comes in a range of price points, meaning you can choose features for you without a stacking cost.

The first A-series phone to receive the December 2022 security update is the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G. This device has had a limited release and is not available in all regions. Devices in Australia and New Zealand are beginning to see the patch, but are missing the One UI 5.0 upgrade.

Right after the A90, the Galaxy A52s 5G is now getting the December update in select European regions including Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. We expect wider rollout in the coming days as this update has hit carrier-locked and unlocked devices in the areas mentioned above.

That’s not all, because One UI 5.0 is now rolling out for the previous generation Galaxy A51. This major upgrade includes all sorts of software tweaks, but thankfully, with the mid-December rollout, it also includes the latest patch. If you have the 2020 device, you should already be able to get One UI 5.0 and Android 13 in Europe.

Shortly after Android 13 and One UI 5.0 were pushed to the A51, Samsung is now rolling out the update to Galaxy A71 5G devices in select regions. This comes just nine months after the device received Android 12 and One UI 4.0. That’s not all, as this also includes Samsung’s December 2022 security update. Those in the UAE are the first to snap up the sizable OTA, but it’s expected to spread to more regions in the coming days.

  • Galaxy A51 5G – A516BXXU5EVL2 (first released in Europe)
  • Galaxy A52s 5G – A528BXXS1DVL2 (first released in Europe)
  • Galaxy A71 5G — A716BXXU6EVL2 (first released in United Arab Emirates)
  • Galaxy A90 5G – A908BXXS5EVK4 (first released in Oceania)

How to search for the latest OTA on your Galaxy device

Samsung update page

If you think your Samsung device has already been updated but the December patch hasn’t arrived for you personally, you can try to update manually. Just open the Settings app, tap Software Update, and choose Download and Install.

This article was first published on December 7th and last updated on December 13.

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