Samsung releases December update to the Galaxy S10 series


Samsung’s December security update is now available for more Galaxy smartphones in the US. The company has released the latest security patch for the Galaxy S10 series and the carrier-locked Galaxy A53 5G. They join more than a dozen other Galaxy devices in the party.

The December SMR (Security Maintenance Release) for the Galaxy S10 series in the US is currently limited to carrier-locked units. Samsung is installing the new security patch with firmware version G97* USQS8IVL1, reports SamMobile. The handsets don’t receive any new features or enhancements, but the latest SMR contains numerous vulnerability fixes. The company mentions up to 80 fixes in its updated security bulletin earlier this month.

As usual, this month’s SMR contains Galaxy-specific fixes as well as fixes for vulnerabilities that affect the entire Android ecosystem. The latter relates to issues on various partner components that Android OEMs use to produce a phone. These include everything from the Android operating system and other Google apps and services to hardware components from Qualcomm, MediaTek, and more. Every device with a vulnerable component is at risk of being hacked by a remote attacker. Worse still, some of the flaws patched this month allowed remote code execution.

Luckily, if you’re using an aging Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, or Galaxy S10 5G in the US, these security fixes are now on their way to you. These phones have already picked up the December SMR in several other markets. Note that Samsung 2019 flagships are not eligible for Android 13. They also no longer receive monthly security updates. Samsung downgraded the phones to quarterly updates earlier this month. The range will end its life on Android 12 with a handful of security updates coming before then.

Galaxy A53 5G widely receives December update in US

The December SMR is rolling out widely to the Galaxy A53 5G in the US. Samsung’s latest high-end mid-range offering started receiving the new security update a few weeks ago. Unlocked units initially picked up version with firmware version A536U1UES4AVK5. The same update is now available for carrier-locked units with build number A536USQS4BVL2.

Note that the carrier-locked Galaxy A53 5G is already running Android 13 in the US, while unlocked units are still running Android 12. Hopefully, Samsung will upgrade these models to the latest version of Android soon. If you are using the unlocked model, you can check for updates in the Software Update section of the Settings app on your phone.