Samsung beats Google again! Rolls out November security update in October!
Samsung releases the November security patch for the Galaxy S21 Ultra before Google’s Pixel devices. Here is all you need to know about it.
In 2021, Samsung is among the leading names releasing latest Android updates almost on par with Google's schedule. Occasionally, Samsung also ends up releasing its updates ahead of Google and other manufacturers, which is impressive considering it maintains a customised version of Android. As you read this, the company has done it again by releasing the November security patch for the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Yes, you read it right. Samsung has released the November Android security patch for the Galaxy S21 Ultra almost a week before October 2021 ends. Google's latest Pixel devices are still on the older October patch! The November patch is currently rolling out to S21 Ultra users in Germany only but users in other regions to should keep an eye out.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gets November update in October
Now note that this is just a security patch and hence, you don't get to see any new features yet. The November patch states a couple of big fixes and improvements as part of its package for the One UI 3.1 version based on Android 11. The update package weighs 222MB and is available via OTA solution.
Going by this rapid deployment of Android updates, it seems that Samsung could end up releasing the One UI 4 update sooner than expected. One UI 4 based on Android 12 is currently in the beta stage.
At last week's, Samsung event, One UI 4 was showcased to feature a dynamic theme engine similar to the Material You design system on Pixel devices. Early versions of the One UI 4 have shown a mildly updated interface with colourful elements and easy to access layouts.
One UI 4 based on the Android 12 update is expected to come out for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 handsets initially, followed by the Galaxy Z series devices. Note that Samsung currently promises three Android OS upgrades and four years of software support for its devices.
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