Samsung’s March 2022 update is now available for Galaxy phones

Samsung's March 2022 update is now available for Galaxy phones

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  • Meanwhile, Samsung’s own patch notes (via SamMobile) – which also list some of the many improvements specific to Galaxy devices – show that the March 2022 patch includes 50 security fixes, 29 of which are tagged as “high” severity and two tagged “critical.” Google’s description of one of the “critical” issues says that a flaw in the Android system could give an attacker escalated privileges on your phone without you needing to tap anything.

  • Samsung is now rolling out the latest March 2022 Android security update to its massive Galaxy device lineup, which includes One UI 4.1 for some devices. As is customary, the first Samsung Galaxy phones to receive the March update did so before the month even began, with the patch arriving on February 25. The patch addresses 19 issues, according to Google’s official security bulletin.

For some of Samsung’s older devices, including the Galaxy Note 20, the March update also includes the upgrade to One UI 4.1, which debuted on the Galaxy S22 and Tab S8. Among the changes in One UI 4.1, you may find an upgraded Expert Camera, an “Object Eraser” in the Gallery app, and “Live Sharing” in Google Duo. Samsung’s own on-device patch notes only include a single line of information on Galaxy S22 phones. However, there is also a second update rolling out to the Galaxy S22 series this month to address issues with the Game Optimization Service (more on that down below). Here are the patch notes for that secondary update:

Next in line, on March 11, Samsung began rolling out the update to the Galaxy S10 Lite, followed very shortly thereafter by 2018’s Galaxy S9. The following week, on March 14, Samsung updated last year’s Galaxy S21 series to the new version, with the more affordable Galaxy S21 FE getting its One UI 4.1 update on March 20. On March 22, Samsung rolled out the One UI 4.1 update to the full Galaxy S10 lineup including the lower-end S10e and the S10 5G upgrade. That same day, the Galaxy S20 series devices were updated as well, with the Galaxy S20 FE 5G a few days behind. The LTE variant of the S20 FE gained its update on March 29.

This month’s security update cycle kicked off with the Galaxy S22 on February 25 – the phone’s launch day – with the patch said to improve the display issues that some early adopters of Samsung’s flagship were reporting. The patch rolled out more widely, including to Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy S22, on March 7, but didn’t reach the United States until March 18.

Samsung is also reportedly rolling out a second March patch to the Galaxy S22 series, intended to disable the Game Optimization Service. This service actually slows down your phone’s maximum performance while playing games in order to keep temperatures down and conserve battery life. However, it has recently become the center of controversy, with many petitioning for its removal. For all other devices getting an upgrade to One UI 4.1, this same fix is also included.

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