Android 12 for Samsung’s Galaxy A01 is widely available in the US

Samsung’s Galaxy A01 is widely receiving Android 12 in the US. After a limited rollout for carrier-locked units a few weeks ago, the big Android update is now also available for users with an unlocked model. The budget smartphone has already picked up the latest version of Android in most international markets.

The Android 12 update for the unlocked Galaxy A01 in the US comes with firmware version A015U1UEU5CVL2, reports SamMobile. The device gets Samsung’s custom One UI 4.1 Core software. It brings a host of new features, UI changes, and improvements. The package also contains a relatively old security patch from September 2022.

Given that the Galaxy A01 is only eligible for bi-annual security updates, it’s no surprise to see the phone not receiving a newer security release. The phone will only take a few more security releases before Samsung drops official support for it. And, of course, it won’t get Android 13. The device debuted with Android 10 in January 2020 and will end its life on Android 12. If you’re using this phone in the US, go to Settings > Update software update and tap Download and Install to check for the latest updates.

Samsung’s new budget phones may get faster Android updates

Samsung unquestionably offers the best software support in the Android space today. Its Galaxy smartphones and tablets are eligible for up to four generations of Android operating system upgrades and five years of security updates. No other Android vendor does better. Updates are also quite fast. In fact, Samsung is faster than Google when it comes to monthly security updates.

However, the Korean giant’s smartphone portfolio is so vast that the disparity in support between high-priority and low-priority models is huge. For example, the Android 12 update for the Galaxy S21 series and the Galaxy A01 happened almost a year apart. It certainly doesn’t help Samsung’s reputation in the industry. To that end, the company appears to be downsizing its Galaxy A series this year.

Reportedly, last year’s Galaxy A73 won’t have a successor in 2023. Next year, Samsung will also discontinue the Galaxy A2x lineup. There are even rumors that the company is canceling the Galaxy S24+ in 2024. If true, these measures could allow the Korean company to further improve the quality of its devices as well as after-sales support. New budget Galaxy models can get those important updates faster. We’ll have to wait and see how true these rumors are.