Galaxy Note 10 Series Starts Getting August Security Update | #android | #security

Samsung is rapidly rolling out the August 2022 Android security patch to its eligible devices. First released to the Galaxy S22 series last week, the company has already seeded the latest security update to dozens of smartphone models, including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3. More Galaxy devices are joining the party today, with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ being the newest entrants.

The August SMR (Security Maintenance Release) for the Galaxy Note 10 series is currently rolling out to users in Switzerland. The update comes with firmware version N97*FXXU8HVGA and brings the usual system stability improvements. There aren’t any new features or user-facing changes in tow.

However, the latest security patch has plenty to talk about when it comes to vulnerability fixes. Starting with Android OS vulnerabilities, the August SMR patches more than three dozen of those. These fixes come from Google, with the Android maker labeling one issue as critical. Identified by the tracker CVE-2022-20345, it is an Android system flaw that allowed remote code execution over Bluetooth.

Additionally, Samsung has patched 31 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items this month. These issues only affect the Korean firm’s Android products, including smartphones and tablets. SVEs patched this month concerned core device components such as Samsung DeX, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Knox VPN, and App Lock. The company labeled a few of those as critical flaws.

If you’re using either Galaxy Note 10 model in Switzerland, these fixes are on your way now. Users in other regions, including the US, will also get the latest security update soon. As usual, you will be notified by your phone once the OTA (over the air) package becomes available to you. You can also manually check for updates from the Settings app.

The Galaxy Note 10 series will not get Android 13

Android 13 is almost here. Google is expected to release the stable build for Pixel devices early next month. Other brands will also follow soon. But if you’re using Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+, you’re out of luck. The latest Android version will not come to your phone.

Launched with Android 9 Pie back in August 2019, the Galaxy Note 10 series have already received the three major Android OS updates that Samsung promised — Android 10, Android 11, and Android 12. They will no longer receive major feature updates. Even security updates will come less frequently going forward. Perhaps it’s about time you upgrade to a newer phone.

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