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Samsung's April security patches are arriving in the US — here's which phones have it so far

Samsung's April security patches are arriving in the US — here's which phones have it so far

Samsung’s been on a roll lately, delivering critical security updates consistently month after month. We've closely tracked the company’s performance in this area, and it hasn’t disappointed. With April already here, this month’s Android security patches are now reaching Samsung phones in the US, with the Verizon Galaxy S20 series now receiving the update.

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Samsung's April update is headed to even more phones and tablets — here's the complete list

Samsung's April update is headed to even more phones and tablets — here's the complete list

Samsung has put a lot of effort into improving its software reputation, and a big aspect of that change has been a renewed focus on issuing regular security updates. Over the last couple years, Samsung has frequently managed to beat Google to the punch, and that continues even now as the Galaxy Note10, Z Fold2, and S21 have all received the April security patch, more recently followed by the Galaxy A52, S20 FE, and the S10 line.

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Verizon LG Velvet gets its Android 11 update

Verizon LG Velvet gets its Android 11 update

LG swears that at least some of its current phones will be getting updates, some up to the upcoming Android 12, as it bids the smartphone market goodbye. We can't speak to the likelihood of that outcome (well, we could, but we're being nice), but at least one more current model is getting updated to Android 11. The Verizon version of the LG Velvet is starting to get its Android 11 OTA this weekend.

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Asus is updating the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro to Android 11 around the world

Asus is updating the ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro to Android 11 around the world

The Zenfone 7 is a unique device, bucking the trend of hole punch cameras with a flip-up rear camera module. A lack of timely updates remains a sore spot for Asus hardware (something that is decidedly not unique), but the company's flagship is now getting Android 11 after a long beta process. The update should be ready for all ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 Pro models now, no matter what territory they're being used in.

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One UI 3.1 arrives for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

One UI 3.1 arrives for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

The Galaxy S21 series debuted with One UI 3.1, an updated version of Samsung's software skin that contained several new features, such as Google Home controls in the notification panel. Shortly after the S21 started to ship, Samsung began to update older devices with One 3.1.

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LG's Android dreams may be dead, but software support shall live on

LG's Android dreams may be dead, but software support shall live on

When LG shut down its mobile division last week, a few details remained unclear about its existing products. We initially speculated that the latest flagships should be in for at least another big upgrade to Android 12, but now LG has shed some light on its plans going forward. It pledges to update most of its flagships for up to three years.

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Two more Nokia phones pick up Android 11

Two more Nokia phones pick up Android 11

Late last month the Nokia 3.2 was blessed with an Android 11 update, and today it's time for the previous flagship 8.1 and the budget 2.3 to join the party. For the 8.1, the update was announced on the official Nokia user forum, rolling out to nine territories in Asia: Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Macau, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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If you have a Galaxy S9 or S9+, Samsung will be updating your phone less often now

If you have a Galaxy S9 or S9+, Samsung will be updating your phone less often now

Samsung customers hoping to hold the company to its promises of software updates are keeping a close eye on the update schedule page, and so are we. The latest change to the constantly-updated list features a few additions, a few subtractions, and a significant change for a former flagship, the Galaxy S9. The S9 and its bigger brother the S9+ are now getting quarterly updates, a downgrade from the monthly schedule.

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Samsung's March update is hitting more phones on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile

Samsung's March update is hitting more phones on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile

Samsung started updating some of its international devices to the March security patch last week, and now distribution is reaching unlocked devices in the US. As well as improvements to security, the update includes One UI 3.1, bringing with it a plethora of new features from the Galaxy S21 series to older phones.

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The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are getting another bug-squashing update

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are getting another bug-squashing update

OnePlus's newest phones have only been officially available for a few days now, even if some buyers managed to get their devices before the pre-order period had ended. Since its event last month, the company has been working to ensure as stable an experience as possible when consumers unbox their new gadgets. Another update is following up on last week's launch-day patch, with a few additional stability improvements in tow.

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