Google has a tradition of rolling out Android security patches on the first Monday of each month, but that doesn’t mean other OEMs can’t beat the Mountain View giant at their own game. The latest Android Security Bulletin and Pixel Update Bulletin for September 2020 have yet to go live, but severalSamsungphones have already started to get the new security update. Three more phones, the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and the Galaxy A50 are now receiving the same treatment from the Korean OEM across the globe.
Galaxy Note 20
Tagged with the version number N98xxXXS1ATH9, the new OTA for the Galaxy Note 20 series is intended for the Exynos-powered international models. Both the 4G (SM-N980F and SM-N985F) and the 5G (SM-N981B and SM-N986B) variants are now getting the update in Germany and the SEE region, which is Samsung’s code for South East Europe. The official changelog doesn’t mention anything other than the obvious bump in the Android security patch level.
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The mid-ranger Samsung Galaxy A50 was well received by its target audience, and the swift update frequency now makes this device even more attractive. Two different variants of this popular phone – SM-A505F and SM-A505FN – are receiving the September 2020 Android security patches in the form of software version A505FDDU5BTH8 and A505FNXXU5BTH8, respectively. As reported by SamMobile, the new build also improves AR Emoji stability as well as compatibility with third party apps.
The bootloader version remains unchanged from the last stable build in both cases, thus owners of these phones are free to downgrade if required. The new security bulletin, as well as more regional OTAs, should be available in the near future, albeit people can use tools like Frija to bypass the waiting queue and download the new firmware packages right away.