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Samsung's August 2021 update arrives for the Galaxy S10 series and the Galaxy S20 on T-Mobile

Samsung's August 2021 update arrives for the Galaxy S10 series and the Galaxy S20 on T-Mobile

Every month Samsung continues to impress with its commitment to timely security updates. Right now, the August 2021 security patch is rolling out to a number of high-profile Galaxy phones in the US, less than a week behind international models.

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Samsung's May 2021 security patch comes to more phones on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon — here's the complete list

Samsung's May 2021 security patch comes to more phones on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon — here's the complete list

Samsung was ahead of the curve again this month when it released the May 2021 security patch for the international Galaxy S21 before anyone else. That continues now as several devices on T-Mobile receive the same update, even as the June security patch arrives for several devices.

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Samsung's May 2021 update arrives for the Galaxy Tab S6, Note8, and more — here's the full list

Samsung's May 2021 update arrives for the Galaxy Tab S6, Note8, and more — here's the full list

Samsung has been trying to improve its image in software lately, especially when it comes to security updates for Android devices. What better way than to release an update several days early? That's the case with the May security update, which is already rolling out to several devices, with new features coming to select flagships.

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The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

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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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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This company will sell you a modified Galaxy S9 without any proprietary Google software

This company will sell you a modified Galaxy S9 without any proprietary Google software

We're big fans of Google, obviously. But we also live in the real world, where Google does a lot of stuff that's unambiguously bad. If you want to use open source Android without getting its parent company involved, then you have a few options. Previously only available in Europe, the eSolutions shop is now selling versions of the Galaxy S9 scrubbed clean of all proprietary Google software to the US and Canada.

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LineageOS brings Android 10 to the Nextbit Robin, Moto G5, and more

LineageOS brings Android 10 to the Nextbit Robin, Moto G5, and more

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, as it has extended the life of many phones and tablets that would have otherwise been abandoned. Even for phones still receiving software updates from the original manufacturer, Lineage can sometimes work better than the stock software, and it's a popular option for 'de-Googling' Android devices. Since our last roundup, several more phones have been added to the official Android 10 build roster (and a few have been removed).

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January 2021 security patch reaches international Galaxy S20 and S10 Lite

January 2021 security patch reaches international Galaxy S20 and S10 Lite

Samsung has been on fire with updates over the last couple of years. That continues into 2021 with the release of the January patch for several international Galaxy devices, including the S20, Galaxy Fold, and more.

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Samsung December patch now reaching Tab S6, Tab S4, and S8 Active

Samsung December patch now reaching Tab S6, Tab S4, and S8 Active

A bunch of Galaxy phone users got a bit of a head start on the December 2020 security patch when Samsung released the update two weeks ahead of schedule. While that update was meant for some international beta users testing out One UI 3.0, Samsung kick-started the stable rollout of the latest patch in the US at the beginning of the month. The first device to get bumped to the December 2020 level was Verizon’s Galaxy S20 FE, most recently followed by the Tab S6, Tab S4, and the S8 Active.

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The Verizon Galaxy Z Fold2 receives Samsung’s November security patch

The Verizon Galaxy Z Fold2 receives Samsung’s November security patch

The November security patch is slowly coming to more carrier-locked Samsung phones while handsets around the world have already started getting the update in October. This time around, the Verizon Galaxy Note20 series and the AT&T Galaxy Fold were the first carrier-locked devices in line to receive the patch, most recently followed by the Verizon Galaxy Z Fold2.

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