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Samsung's June 2021 security update starts hitting the Galaxy S21 series phones

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S21 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S21 Ultra (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The June 2021 Android security patch has started rolling out to Samsung's Galaxy S21 series phones.
  • The rollout is currently limited to South Korea.
  • Samsung is expected to release the June security update for more Galaxy phones over the coming days.

Samsung's Galaxy S21 series have started receiving a new software update that brings the June 2021 Android security patch. According to SammyFans, the June 2021 security update arrives as version G991NKSU3AUE8, G996NKSU3AUE8, and G998NKSU3AUE8 for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, respectively.

The new security update appears to be limited to users in South Korea right now, but it will expand to more markets over the coming days. Since we're still in May, Google hasn't yet detailed the changes included with the June 2021 security patch. More details are expected to arrive in the first week of June, which is when Google's Pixel phones are likely to start receiving the patch.

Unsurprisingly, the latest update for the Galaxy S21 series doesn't bring any new features or improvements. The next big update for the flagship trio is expected to be Android 12-based One UI 4.0, which could begin rolling out sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. Samsung will also launch a One UI 4.0 beta program for its flagship phones in a few weeks, but no details have been confirmed yet.

Unlike most other Android OEMs, Samsung doesn't restrict monthly security updates to its best Android phones. Its best cheap Android phones will also start receiving the June 2021 Android security patch very soon.

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Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung's vanilla Galaxy S21 is more pocketable than the Galaxy S21 Ultra and offers much better value as well. While it doesn't have S Pen support, the phone is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and features a flat 120Hz AMOLED display.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
4 Comments
  • I received May just last week on my S21. Is this cadence more frequent then normal?
  • I received the May security patch only on Monday, its getting later and later with Samsung, I'll be switching to a Pixel which has always been my preferred implementation of Android and means getting updates first.
  • For the last few months, my Galaxy s20 received the monthly update before even pixels.
  • Yeah but it matters more when Pixels start to get the updates and even if they're sometimes behind Samsung, Pixel updates are guaranteed and get the updates when Google releases its Android security bulletin which is on the first Monday of every month.