Samsung update from May 2022 on Galaxy phones

The May 2022 Android Security Update is already rolling out to these phones and tablets across a wide range of Samsung Galaxy devices.

Samsung Security Update May 2022 – What’s New?

As usual, Samsung started rolling out its May 2022 update before May actually started, with the first patch arriving on Galaxy S22 devices on April 25. According to Google’s security bulletin, this update fixes 14 different issues, while Samsung’s Custom Notes version provides details on several security vulnerabilities specific to Galaxy.

For example, an issue in the weather app allowed an attacker to obtain your location without permission, or at least the location for which you are getting forecasts. Meanwhile, a glitch in the settings app allowed apps to run as if they had system permissions, and another issue in Galaxy Themes could uninstall system apps.

Overall, the May 2022 update for Samsung Galaxy phones includes a total of 32 fixes, including seven for critical issues and 22 for major issues.

Additionally, for owners of select phones – such as the Galaxy S20, S21, Note 20, Z Fold 2, and Z Fold 3 – the May update includes improvements to night photography, auto-cropping, and image quality in third-party apps. All these improvements and more have already been seen on the Galaxy S22. Now Samsung simply supplies them to owners of older devices.

This list will tell you where the update first made its debut and whether it’s also available in the United States. As always, the latest additions will be marked in bold.

Galaxy S series

As always, Samsung kicked off the May update with its latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S22 series. Snapdragon variants of these phones were updated on April 25.

A week later, the same update made its way to the Galaxy S21 series in Europe on May 2, and the Galaxy S20 update arrived the next day. For both of these phones, the update brings improvements to the camera to align it with the Galaxy S22’s improved camera firmware, with improvements such as “Nocography” in portrait mode and improved auto-framing features.

  • Galaxy S22 / S22 + / S22 Ultra – S90xEXXS2AVDD (first released in India)
  • Galaxy S21 / S21 + / S21 Ultra – G991BXXU5CVDD (first released in Italy)
  • Galaxy S20 / S20 + / S20 Ultra – G98xBXXUEFVDB (first released in Germany)

Folding Galaxy Z

While the Galaxy S series previously held the title of Samsung’s “flagship” devices, this crown now belongs to the foldable Galaxy Z series. Being the company’s most luxurious phones, Samsung frequently updates its foldable phones roughly as quickly as the Galaxy S series.

As such, it is no surprise that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 received the latest security update on May 2.

  • Assembling the Galaxy Z 3 – F926U1UES1CVD4 (first released in the United States)
    • USA: Available on unlocked devices
  • Galaxy Z Flap 3 – F711U1TBS2CVD4 (first released in the United States)
    • USA: Available on unlocked devices

Galaxy Note series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

With the launch of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, along with the retractable S Pen, the company has apparently hammered the last nail in the coffin for future Note series releases. Despite this, owners of previous Galaxy Note generations continue to receive updates regularly.

The first phones in the series to be updated this month were the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, which received the security patch on May 2.

  • Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra – N98xU1UES2FVD6 (first released in the United States)
    • USA: Available on devices with operator lock

Galaxy Tab series

In addition to being the most prolific OEM for Android phones, Samsung is also responsible for some of the best Android tablets on the market. That said, the Galaxy Tab series doesn’t have the same monthly security release schedule as the phones. Instead, updates and fixes are only promised quarterly.

The recently released Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra was the first Samsung tablet to receive an update this month, receiving it on April 27.

  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra – X900XXU2AVD6 (first released in the Netherlands)

Galaxy A and other inexpensive series

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G

Samsung also graciously offers consistent updates to its line of inexpensive phones, including the Galaxy A and Galaxy M series phones. As with the Galaxy Tab line, these cheaper phones often don’t get the same monthly update frequency as the flagship is seeing.

The Galaxy M33 was the first inexpensive Samsung phone to receive an Android device this month, May 3.

  • Galaxy M33 5G – M336BXXU2AVD5 (first released in Ukraine)

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