Samsung’s April update is ready for more tablets and Galaxy A phones
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Samsung has put a lot of effort into improving its software reputation, and a big aspect of that change has been a renewed focus on issuing regular security updates. Over the last couple of years, Samsung has frequently managed to beat Google to the punch, and that continues even now as the Galaxy Note10, Z Fold2, and S21 have all received the April security patch, more recently followed by the Galaxy A72, Tab A 10.5 (2018), and Tab S7+.
Left: Altered portrait mode, Right: April changelog
As well as this update keeping our devices secure, the S21 benefits from tweaks to its portrait mode. Ever since Samsung introduced portrait mode (formally known as Live Focus), there was a strange limitation: Portrait mode could only be used with either the wide-angle or telephoto lens. SamMobile reports that the latest update now allows us to use the primary camera, making it far easier to set up and frame portrait shots.
The update is a hefty one, weighing in at 1,140MB on my unlocked S21 Ultra. The changelog lists improvements to overall performance and stability, but only time will tell if there’s a noticeable difference. The patch has been spotted in India and the UK so far, with other regions soon to follow.
The April security update has also been released for a few other Galaxy devices, which you can find below. As always, we’ll keep this article updated as more phones and tablets are updated.
Galaxy S9 series
Galaxy S10 series
Galaxy S20 series
Galaxy S21 series
Galaxy Note FE
Galaxy Note10 series
Galaxy Note20 series
Galaxy Z series
Galaxy A series
- Galaxy A8: various international models, released April 22nd
- Galaxy A20: A205FNXXSABUD1, released April 22nd
- Galaxy A30: A305FDDS6BUD4, released April 22nd
- Galaxy A70: A705FNXXS5DUD1 and A7050ZxS5DUD1, released April 22nd
- Galaxy A31: A315NKSU1CUD3, released April 18th
- Galaxy A42: A426BXXS1BUD3, released April 27th
- Galaxy A52: A525FXXU1AUC5, released March 30th
- Galaxy A72: A725FXXU1AUD2, released April 30th