Changelogs available to those already downloading the OTA in selected regions do note “new and extended functions” but it’s unclear if that is an issue using rudimentary Google Translate features: As with just about any and all regular security update lists, Samsung has plenty of handsets to cover and protect. The list of devices eligible for updates includes over 100 Galaxy-branded smartphones with over 40 able to get monthly patches, 60 able to get quarterly updates, and over 40 more eligible for biannual updates. That doesn’t factor in unscheduled updates for past hardware — something Samsung does offer from time to time. Because of this, it’s unclear what criteria Samsung uses to ensure that all devices are covered.
The monthly Samsung Security Maintenance Release (SMR) report notes that the November patch includes fixes for over a dozen common on-device vulnerabilities. These include a number of fixes from Google including three “critical” vulnerabilities, 20 “high-risk” vulnerabilities, and two “moderate-risk” vulnerabilities. Alongside Google’s suggested patches, this latest update addresses a number of issues specific to Galaxy handsets across the globe. Samsung provides fixes for 13 on-device vulnerabilities including one “high-risk”, one “critical” and two “moderate-risk” vulnerabilities found on Galaxy phones and tablets according to SamMobile.
As you would expect, the current top tier flagship Galaxy S Series was the very first to get the November 2021 update. It began hitting devices in Germany from October 26, which is very impressive. This update weighs in at around 225MB but is based upon Android 11. That does mean that anyone currently running the recent One UI 4.0 Beta will not be able to get their device updated as of late October.
While not available in some regions, the 4G-only Exynos-powered Galaxy S20 FE 4G (SM-G780G) started to see the latest security update as of November 4 with a number of general bug fixes and enhancements in tow.
Despite being in the shadow of the S21 series, Samsung has now pushed the November 2021 security patch to the former flagship Galaxy S20 series. At this stage, it’s unclear just what the changelog introduces other than the latest patch, but the update began reaching S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra handsets in Germany on October 29. For those in the US, it hasn’t taken long for the November patch to come to Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S20 devices. The rollout began on November 5 for those with carrier-locked devices on AT&T, Comcast, C-Spire, and Sprint’s networks.
The first wave of Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S21 devices saw the patch heading out on November 2. This update began heading out to those with carrier-locked devices on AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, C-Spire, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s networks. As of November 1, the former flagship Galaxy S10 series — which includes the S10e, S10+ and S10 5G — started to see the very latest security patch in Samsung’s home market of South Korea. The patch does not detail any new features functions but does include the November 2021 security patch and should spread wider over the coming weeks.
Although not technically part of the regular monthly update plan, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is receiving one of its quarterly updates as of November 2. The November patch is already appearing on devices in vast portions of mainland Europe including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Baltic region, the Nordic region, and the UK.