Last week, Samsung released the highly anticipated January 2024 security patch for the international versions of the Galaxy S23, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. Now, the company has started rolling out the same security update to the carrier-unlocked variants of the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus in the US, which are identified by the model numbers SM-S911U1 and SM-916U1 respectively. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is also expected to receive the update soon.
The latest firmware for the Galaxy S23 is labeled as S911U1UES2BWL9, while the Galaxy S23 Plus firmware is identified as S916U1UES2BWL9. This update addresses a total of 75 security vulnerabilities, with one classified as critical, 68 as high-risk, and six as moderate.
To ensure that your device is up to date, your phone should automatically notify you about the available update. However, if you haven't received a notification, you can manually check for the new firmware by following these steps:
1. Go to Settings on your Galaxy S23 or Galaxy S23 Plus.
2. Scroll down and select Software update.
3. Click on Download and Install to initiate the update process.
Alternatively, you can also download the update from Samsung's database.
In other news, Samsung recently unveiled its latest flagship series, the Galaxy S24, and made an exciting announcement regarding software support. The company has committed to providing seven years of security and operating system (OS) upgrades for all devices in the Galaxy S24 lineup. While many people hoped that this extended support would also apply to the Galaxy S23, unfortunately, that is not the case.
However, Galaxy S23 owners need not be disheartened, as they are still in for a treat. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S23 series will receive OS updates for a commendable four years. This means that users can expect to enjoy the latest features and enhancements for an extended period, ensuring a smooth and up-to-date smartphone experience.
Of course, it's worth noting that technology evolves rapidly, and it's not uncommon for users to upgrade their phones within a few years. With the pace of innovation and the allure of new features, you might find yourself tempted to explore the next generation of smartphones before your Galaxy S23 reaches the end of its software support period.
In conclusion, Samsung is rolling out the January 2024 security patch to the carrier-unlocked variants of the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus in the US. The update addresses 75 security vulnerabilities and is essential for maintaining the security and integrity of your device. While the Galaxy S23 series won't receive the same extended software support as the Galaxy S24, users can still look forward to four years of OS updates. So, whether you choose to stick with your Galaxy S23 or explore the possibilities of future devices, Samsung continues to prioritize the security and software experience of its users.