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Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE updates hub. Here you’ll find the latest information on updates to Samsung’s latest “fan edition” phone. We’ll detail the current software versions for the device and alert you if there’s a new update rolling out. Samsung usually pushes out One UI updates regularly, but availability may be affected by variant, carrier, and region.
The Galaxy S21 FE launched with Android 12 and Samsung’s One UI 4 skin on top. Samsung will offer four major Android OS updates to the device. The company also guarantees five years of security updates for this phone.
Current stable version: Android 13
When will the Galaxy S21 FE get Android 14? December 2023 (Estimated)Latest Samsung Galaxy S21 FE updates Previous updates
March 21, 2023: Samsung’s March security update has finally arrived to the Galaxy S21 FE, but it’s only available in India at the moment. According to SamMobile, the patch comes with firmware version G990EXXS4EWC2 and offers a variety of fixes, including a fix for the series bug Google’s Project Zero found recently. However, the S21 FE, fortunately, wasn’t effected by the bug, so you don’t have to worry.
February 14, 2023: The latest version of Samsung’s Android skin has found its way to the Galaxy S21 FE and the 5G variant (via XDA Developers). The One UI 5.1 update is available for the SM-G990B and SM-G990B2 variants of the S21 FE across Europe. For the 5G model, however, the update is available in several Asian and European markets. SM-G990B and SM-G990B2 will get firmware versions G990BXXU2EWAJ and G990B2XXU1EWAJ, respectively. The 5G model will receive firmware version G781BXXU4HWB1. Along with the incremental update, the phones get February’s security patch.
January 18, 2023: As Samsung prepares to debut One UI 5.1 on the upcoming Galaxy S23, the company has released its January security patch. According to SamMobile, the international version of the phone is getting firmware version G990EXXS3DWA6. The update is currently available in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico.
December 23, 2023: About a week before the month comes to an end, Samsung has started rolling out December’s security patch to the Galaxy S21 FE (via SamMobile). The latest security update comes with firmware version G990BXXS2DVL1, hitting Europe first.
November 21, 2023: Initially said to be arriving before the end of November, One UI 5 is finally making its way to the Galaxy S21 FE. According to SamMobile, the firmware version G990BXXU2DVK3 is available for the international Galaxy S21 FE with the model number SM-G990B. The update brings multitasking gestures, a new way to check background app activity, a new lock screen, and more.
June 15, 2023: Samsung introduced the June 2023 Android security patch to the Galaxy S21 FE (via SamMobile). The update was initially made available in Thailand and rolled out to other markets in the following days. The firmware is version G990EXXU2CVF1 and included some stability fixes along with security enhancements.
April 13, 2023: Samsung started rolling out the April 2023 Android security patch to the “Fan Edition” model of the Galaxy S21 series (per Droid-Life). The update appears to be mostly centered on the patch, though, with no other new features known at the moment. This makes sense considering March’s update brought One UI 4.1, so this one is a bit leaner.
March 22, 2023: Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 4.1 update to the Galaxy S21 FE in Asia, Europe, and the US. The latest update also brings the March 2023 security patch to the phone. According to SamMobile, the Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S21 FE in Europe is getting the new update with firmware version G990BXXU1CVC3. In Asia, the Exynos 2100 variant of the phone has started getting the update with firmware version G990EXXU1CVC5.
March 2, 2023: Samsung started rolling out the February security patch to the Galaxy S21 FE. According to SamMobile, the software carried firmware version G990BXXS1BVB3 and fixed over 60 privacy and security-related vulnerabilities.
January 17, 2023: Samsung rolled out the first official update to the Galaxy S21 FE in the US (h/t SamMobile). The firmware version, numbered G990U1UEU2BUL8, included the January 2023 security package and fixes for more than 60 pressing issues.
If you’ve spotted an update that we haven’t, tip us! Are you looking for another update? Be sure to visit our Android 12 update tracker.
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Current stable version: Android 13
Will the Samsung Galaxy S20 series see Android 14?: NoLatest Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra updates Previous Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra updates
May 22, 2023: The Galaxy S20 family is starting to get Samsung’s May security update. At the time of writing, the update is coming to unlocked devices in the US. It rolled out to carrier-locked Galaxy S20 models last week. SamMobile reports that the update features firmware version G98xU1UES4HWD5, which patches over 70 security flaws on Galaxy devices.
April 5, 2023: Right on time, the Galaxy S20 family started to get Samsung’s April security update. The update came with firmware version G98**XXSGHWCF.
March 7, 2023: March’s security update is available to download starting today, according to SamMobile. The latest patch appears to fix dozens of bugs for Android OS and Samsung’s software.
February 14, 2023: Samsung has begun rolling out the One UI 5.1 update to the Galaxy S20 series. As per SamMobile, the update is currently available in some European countries with firmware version G98xxXXUFHWAK. It should roll out more widely in other markets in the coming days.
February 9, 2023: The three Galaxy S20 phones got the February 2023 security update with firmware version G98xBXXSFGWAD. It fixed over four dozen security issues.
January 13, 2023: Samsung rolled out the January security update to the Galaxy S20 series with firmware version G980FXXSFGWA7. It fixed 52 security vulnerabilities.
December 6, 2023: Samsung rolled out the December security update to the Galaxy S20 series. The entire series got firmware version G98xBXXSFGVK7. December’s patch fixed 67 security vulnerabilities.
November 7, 2023: The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are receiving the stable version of One UI 5. At the time of writing, the major OS update is only available in Switzerland and Germany. Other markets should follow soon.
November 1, 2023: The latest security update for unlocked versions of the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra is rolling out for users in the US. According to SamMobile, this is the October 2023 security update and comes with firmware version G98xU1UES3FVI6. The new update will fix a variety of privacy and security issues and may also provide stability and bug fixes.
September 15, 2023: Samsung has rolled out its September security update for the Galaxy S20 series. According to SamMobile, the LTE versions will receive firmware version G985FXXSFFVHA. As for the 5G variants, they will get firmware version G986BXXSFFVHA.
July 28, 2023: The August 2023 security update is arriving for the Galaxy S20 series in Germany (via SamMobile). As usual, the update is expected to hit other countries in Europe before coming to other parts of the world. Firmware version G98xBXXUEFVG5 will be coming to the Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20 Plus 5G, and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. The LTE versions will instead be getting firmware version G980FXXUEFVG5.
July 11, 2023: Samsung has started rolling out the July 2023 security update to Galaxy S20 series devices in Europe (via SamMobile). The update is firmware version G98xxXXSEFVF4 and appears to only contain the security patch with no other new features.
May 12, 2023: Samsung has started rolling out the May 2023 security update to carrier-unlocked Galaxy S20 series devices in the US (via SamMobile).
March 28, 2023: Samsung has started pushing out the One UI 4.1 update to the Galaxy S20 series in some parts of the chúng tôi the US, the update is going out to carrier-locked models with firmware version G98xUSQU2FVC5 (h/t SamMobile). It also adds the March security patch to the phones.
January 31, 2023: Samsung pushed the February update to the Galaxy S20 series ahead of time. Firmware versions G98xFXXUDEVA9 and G98xBXXUDEVA9 came to 4G and 5G devices, respectively (h/t SamMobile).
January 13, 2023: Samsung rolled out the January 2023 security patch to Galaxy S20 devices in the US. Per SamMobile, the update included firmware G98xU1UES2DUL2 and ten fixes from Samsung, with an additional 52 from Google.
December 28, 2023: Samsung kicked off the stable Android 12-based One UI 4 rollout to the S20 family starting in Switzerland (h/t XDA-Developers).
November 10, 2023: According to Droid-Life, the Galaxy S20 series is now receiving the November Android security patch through the Verizon network. Usually, a Verizon rollout means most other countries/variants are getting it at the same time. Unfortunately, the security patch appears to be the only thing that’s new in this rollout.
September 30, 2023: Next month’s security update is rolling out now to the Galaxy S20 lineup in South Korea. Per SamMobile, the update carries firmware version G98xNKSU1EUI3 and should have some other fixes included aside from just the October 2023 patch. However, we won’t know what’s included until the rollout comes to other countries.
September 17, 2023: The Galaxy S20 trio gained the September 2023 Android security patch across the world, including unlocked and carrier-locked models. According to SamMobile, the update brought firmware version G98xxXXSADUH5.
If you’ve spotted a Samsung Galaxy S20 update that we haven’t, tip us! Looking for another update? Be sure to visit our Android 11 update tracker.
Sony PlayStation 5 review: A beautiful, speedy upgrade from last-gen, and yet more praise for the DualSense controller — by Sarah Chaney.
Samsung Q950T soundbar review: at $1,800, this would want to be good, but thankfully it is —by Chris Thomas.LG: Wing
The novel phone with a swiveling display offered something truly different from LG’s usual flagships. The LG Wing showed that LG can create what we called an engineering marvel in our review, with brilliant hardware and capable software.
Plenty of phone makers are willing to show off prototypes that never see the light of day. LG went for it. At $999, it was far cheaper than other first innovations from others, too.
I didn’t buy one in 2023, but it’s possible LG’s Explorer Project lineup can shake up smartphone design in the same way that Samsung is trying with its foldables. Speaking of…Samsung: Galaxy S20 FE Google: Pixel 4a
The Pixel 4a arguably represents the strongest Pixel product Google has ever put forward. The price tag at $350 made it super attractive, and amazingly, went on sale with better specs and a cheaper price than the Pixel 3a. The flagship camera and Google’s software easily made up for some missing features.
Personally, I bought the Pixel 4a 5G, because I was happy to pay a little more for some of those higher-end features including the better processor, 5G, and the additional wide-angle camera. But the Pixel 4a was even on sale for as little as $299 this year at time.
What a bargain, and what a no-brainer for those looking for the best of Google on a budget.Apple: iPhone SE (2023)
Apple cramming flagship speed and top-notch features — including IP rating and wireless charging — into an iPhone SE at $400 changed smartphones in 2023. At that low price, this became a default upgrade for many Apple-friendly consumers, and even Android fans were quick to appreciate what was on offer. Apple’s 2023 edition of the iPhone SE sold well all year, but it was especially relevant during the early pandemic period back in April.
Also: It alone may have been a catalyst for Google’s attractive Pixel 4a price, and may have driven OnePlus to debut its OnePlus Nord line at under ~$400 in Europe and other markets. But I’m only giving it a side-mention because the Nord didn’t hit the US. Instead, OnePlus kneecapped it , and brought out the almost bad Nord N10 in North America instead, leaving the true Nord for everyone else.
Microsoft Surface Duo
Here’s one that was important for almost all the wrong reasons.
The Microsoft Surface Duo was a super interesting device from Microsoft. The dual-screen smartphone/tablet/tiny workstation showed a lot of ambition, and potential around a new kind of way to work. It was also priced at $1,399 as part of a presumed branding strategy to make this feel like a premium device.
But, it fell completely flat. The hinge and innovations around dual-screen usage were great, but disastrous software bugs at launch, the $1,399 price tag for yesteryear’s specs, a roundly bad camera, fragile USB-C port, and performance issues made it a must-avoid.
Microsoft can take these lessons and do better — I’ve read long-term reviews that have sounded encouraging for smoothing out the software issues at least. But why release it with those bogs? Microsoft will have to learn a lot if it wants to keep its Surface phone dreams alive. And I really hope it does, because competition and innovation are vital for Android.
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Very thin and light
Several models available
Anti-slip matte surface
Back cover is a little sharp
If you want the thinnest possible case, we recommend this ultra-lightweight case from Spigen. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a heavy phone, and we love how this case protects from simple drops and scratches without adding any bulk whatsoever. It won’t hold up to serious drops and falls, but it does come in two colors: black and clear.
Looking for more thin Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 cases? We also recommend:
The Incipio Grip is one of the most popular cases on the market, and the version of the case for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is yet another winner. We love the extra grips along the sides of the phone, which serve to prevent damage before it happens by preventing drops. If the phone does somehow slip out of your hand, it still has shock-absorbent technology baked in, plus raised bezels to protect the screen.
Best clear Galaxy Z Fold 4 case: Spigen Ultra Hybrid
Crystal clear design
Difficult to keep clean
If you want a simple clear case for the Z Fold 4 that won’t break the bank, Spigen once again has your back. The Ultra Hybrid is one of our favorite clear cases for normal phones, and the version for Samsung’s foldable is yet another winner. It’s significantly more resistant than the clear Air Skin above with a mix of polycarbonate and TPU materials. However, like all clear cases, we found it a bit difficult to keep clean.
Looking for more clear Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 cases? We also recommend:
Speck Presidio Perfect
The Presidio Perfect is remarkably similar to the case above. It’s a simple clear case with no major frills, but it offers up to 13 feet of drop protection, which is above and beyond what Spigen promises. Obviously, we wouldn’t recommend taking them up on that claim, as the hinge is still left unprotected while the phone is closed. It comes in clear and glittery finishes, both with an antimicrobial layer to prevent bacteria buildup.
Kate Spade New York Protective Hardshell
Want a bit more class and brand value? This Kate Spade New York Protective Hardshell case uses fairly simple materials, but makes up for it with two eye-catching designs: Hollyhock Floral and Scattered Flowers Iridescent. Both are clear cases with a simple, elegant floral design. Despite the name, we also found it to be rather slim, although it won’t offer too much in the way of protection beyond basic scratch resistance.
Best rugged Galaxy Z Fold 4 case: Spigen Slim Armor Pro
Unique sliding hinge
Spigen offers a wide variety of cases, and the Slim Armor Pro for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 features an all-new design that really won us over. It still offers excellent protection with several layers of Air Cushion technology, but the new hinge mechanism keeps the most vulnerable part of the phone protected at all times. Naturally, this does add some bulk to the device. There’s also a model with an S-Pen holder, which keeps your pen secure in a slot at the end of the phone.
Looking for more rugged Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 cases? We also recommend:
Best S-Pen case: Standing Cover with S Pen
Integrated S Pen holder
Includes S Pen
Nice color options
Samsung doesn’t sell many first-party cases for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, but this is easily one of the best around. The Standing Cover with S Pen is slim and form-fitting, but with an integrated slot for the new S Pen Fold Edition. Even better, the S Pen itself comes with the case. There’s also a kickstand to hold it up while open, although it only works in horizontal format and isn’t adjustable. This case comes in three colors: Black, Graygreen, and Sand.
Looking for more Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 S-Pen cases? We also recommend:
Samsung Galaxy S7 camera details: bettering the best
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are likely headed toward a full reveal on the 21st of February, complete with a new set of cameras. Today we’re having a peek at some of Samsung’s newest in camera technology – mobile technology, that is to say – revealed in part all the way back in November. This camera tech will make the next Galaxy smartphone’s camera powerful in all conditions. Not just outdoors. Not just in high lighting conditions. All places.
Again – as we noted earlier today – Samsung has not yet revealed the full collection of official details surrounding this device. Or these devices. Samsung has been tipped to be revealing two smartphones later this month, one a Samsung Galaxy S7, the other a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Both with the same camera setups.
The information we’re working with here comes from a Samsung Electronics Investors Forum, one which took place on the 16th of November, 2023. Samsung never explicitly mentions the Samsung Galaxy S7, but does speak about the innovations that’ll be making their way to their best devices in the near future…
I.E. the Galaxy S line and Galaxy Note line eventually.
Using what’s branded BRITECELL technology, Samsung will bring the light to the darkness with their mobile cameras on Galaxy smartphones. This technology resides inside the device’s image sensor, where it allows the device to perform far better than its predecessors in low light situations.
To do this, the Galaxy S7 will reduce the amount of color artifacts present in modern day mobile photos. Less mess, basically.
Above you’ll see a chart showing how Samsung smartphones did in the camera department according to DxOmark.
A very TINY change in the size of the pixels you’ll be working with in the camera for the Galaxy S7 also makes a difference in light sensitivity. Somehow. Perhaps by magic – Samsung hasn’t made that trade secret entirely clear.
What they have suggested is that their next big jump in mobile camera technology’s module height (pixel) is reduced by 17% while, at the same time, you’ll be getting similar low light sensitivity as a 1.12um pixel.
Samsung concentrated on these four features in their hero line of smartphones over the past year:
• Small Pixel Size
• Wide Dynamic Range
• Low Light Sensitivity
• Instant Auto Focus
Not that the Galaxy S6 didn’t have these features, but the Galaxy S7 will be improving on the lot.
The Galaxy S7 will have the finest “Smart WDR” (wide dynamic range) in any Samsung smartphone. This means a better range of color and resolution throughout each image.
The Galaxy S7 will also roll with better PDAF. That’s Phase Detection Auto Focus – faster speeds on your snappers. Better photos of seagulls.
Samsung Galaxy S7 details (pre-official)*• Dimensions: 143.4 x 70.8 x 6.9mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.27-inch)• Display: 5.2-inch Super-AMOLED with 1440 x 2650 pixel resolution (that’s Quad HD, or 2K) (or 5.5-inch for the Edge)• Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Samsung Exynos 8890 (octa-core)• RAM: 4GB RAM• Camera: 16MP back-facing camera – 4K video, dual-LED flash, BRITECELL technology• Front-facing camera: 8-megapixel (similar to last year’s model)• Battery: 3,500mAh (guesstimate based on historical precedent)• Internal Storage: 16, 32, 64GB, microSD card slot for storage expansion• Special Features: Fingerprint scanner, Force Touch pressure-sensitive panel (under display), Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back panels, curved glass edges on rear, similar to Galaxy Note 5*NOTE: that the information in the specifications run-down is NOT direct from Samsung. Instead it is based on analysis based on precedent as well as data from anonymous sources and leaks from over the past several weeks.
Stick around for the March 21st Samsung Unpacked event which will be taking place in Barcelona, Spain, amongst other locations we’re sure. We’ll be covering the event right up close and personal. Hit our Samsung tag portal for more. Until then!
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hands-on with photo examples
This week SlashGear has had the opportunity to have an up-close-and-personal look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, taking photos and a bit of video as we did so. What you’ll see here is the machine’s ability to capture high-quality media in several different situations both light and dark, indoors and out. We’ll also be getting to a full-on comparison run-down of this machine with the abilities of the Samsung Galaxy Camera as well – but for now, the smaller and newer of the two.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom takes the body of what’s essentially the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and applies one big fat camera to its back. That’s not to say that this machine is fat – not by a long shot. It’s a bit thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Camera and feels like a whole different ball game in practice.
This device boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display on its back with a lovely piece of Gorilla Glass 3 to keep it all safe. While the touchscreen interface can control the majority of the bits and pieces you’ll be working with on this machine, you’ve also got a physical home button, back and menu buttons below the display (or to the right, depending on the orientation of the device when you’re holding it.)
Up front of this machine you’ve also got a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with optical image stabilization working with 24-240mm 10x optical zoom, this paired with a F3.1-F6.3 lens with a Samsung Zoom Ring. We’ll get into the abilities of this ring as we move along into the full review – for now you’ll be glad to know that this ring’s abilities are not just limited to zooming in and out.
As it was with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, so too do you get a physical camera shutter button here. This device is made on one hand to be a phone – and it certainly looks the part from one side – and on the other a camera.
While you’ll get another healthy set of hands-on photos of this machine via Chris Davies from earlier this year in London, we’re kicking out the photo examples here and now. We’ll begin with a lovely macro photo of some wood.
As with the majority of the photos taken in this article, the above is snapped with the Galaxy S4 Zoom’s back-facing camera. As the above was taken with Macro mode, below you’ll see a shot taken from afar using the device’s Landscape mode.
While we’re in the graveyard, it makes sense to get outdoorsy with several shots both close and far away with a near “magic hour” timing. These photos were taken mostly with the camera’s smart auto mode, selecting the modes based on the suggestions of the software.
Next you’ll see two shots, one from afar, one up close. Closer, that is. These shots are taken from the same location in a department store, one of them with the lens working with no zoom whatsoever, the other at 100% zoom – 10x zoom, that is.
You’ll see a photo taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom’s flash on full blast next, taken of a wheel of a cart with a bit of dirt on it.
Finally you’ll see a collection of odd shots – both up close and afar, with the photos showing the Galaxy S4 Zoom taken in mirrors. The photo of my face (me, Chris Burns, that is), was taken with this machine’s front-facing camera. It’s surprisingly good, don’t be alarmed.
Let us know what other subject matter and situations you’d like us to dive in on and we’ll deliver! This is only the first step in a full review process for this machine that’ll take the previous king Samsung Galaxy Camera to the cleaners!
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