Samsung is staying true to tradition this week as it releases the September 2021 security patch before any other company, in some cases before August had even finished. This update includes a new version of One UI for the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G, bringing features from the new Z Flip3 to the older devices internationally.
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.
Samsung started updating its phones with the June security patch before May was out, but the S21 series seemed to be having issues. Now things seem to be back to normal as the update is rolling out widely.
Samsung's June security patch rollout may be in full swing, but there are quite a few phones and tablets that still await their April patch. Over the last couple of weeks, AT&T and T-Mobile bumped many of their remaining Galaxy flagships and mid-rangers to the April security level, covering devices like the Galaxy A12, the Tab S5e, and more.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 5G has just picked up a permanent price drop. When it launched last year as a slightly refreshed version of the original Z Flip, it came with a price bump to $1,450. But in the wake of the S21 series launch, Samsung cut its entry-level foldable's price down to "just" $1,200 in a permanent adjustment.
IJP, maker of a few popular Android battery meter replacements, has merged Energy Ring support for different devices from separate apps into a universal app and has announced further support for the Galaxy S21 and Pixel 5 along with other developments in the pipeline.
Windows Insiders who own a 2020 Samsung flagship phone are due for a big improvement in their continuity experience as their PCs will be able to stream not just one, but multiple Android apps at a time through Your Phone.
Samsung released its first clamshell-style folding phone earlier this year, the Galaxy Z Flip. Although still a niche device, it seemed to capture the attention of buyers more than the original Galaxy Fold. Samsung announced last month that a slightly-upgraded 5G version was on the way, and now you can buy one from select carriers and retailers.
Samsung has just formally revealed a 5G-equipped successor to this winter's Galaxy Z Flip: The (obviously titled) Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Five months is a pretty fast turnaround for a sequel, but it brings the company's smallest foldable up to network parity with the Galaxy S20 as well as the upcoming Note20. In short, it's the same Galaxy Z Flip, but packing the latest internals and 5G support — sans mmWave.