Galaxy S21 Series Becomes the First Android Phones to Get November Security Update

Say what you will about Samsung, but the fact that on Android, the company has one of the best software supports is something that you cannot deny. Now, the entirety of the Galaxy S21 series has started receiving the November 2021 Android security patch. The update version G99xBXXS3AUJ7 is now rolling out for all three phones of the family.

Samsung Beats the Rest of Android OEMs and Release November 2021 Android Security Update for Galaxy S21 Devices

The early routine honestly does not come as a surprise since Samsung has been pushing the latest updates way before Google or other Android OEMs, and this has been going for two years now and has gotten more traction recently. At the moment, the update is only rolling out to users in Germany, but knowing Samsung, the update will expand to more markets across Europe and then the rest of the world in the coming days.

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While Samsung has not shared any changelog, you should know that the Galaxy S21 series should not be getting any new features or significant features if you are familiar with security updates. Those will come once the stable version of Android 12-based One UI 4.0 rolls out later this year. This update, however, will only bring stability improvements and some bug fixes.

Galaxy S21 users around the world will have to wait for the update to arrive on their phones. At the moment, I have not received it on my phone, either. If you are in a hurry, you can always go for a manual flash or manually check for update by heading to settings > Software Update > Download and install.

While it is no doubt that Samsung’s flagship phones are the first to receive the November 2021 Android security update, it should soon start rolling out to other Samsung phones and tablets as…


OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8T Get New OxygenOS Update With Files by Google App, Latest Security Patch

OnePlus 8 series — including OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro — as well as the OnePlus 8T have started getting the latest OxygenOS update. The update packs the October 2021 Android security patch, bug fixes, and other minor system improvements. The OxygenOS update brings the Files by Google app as well to all three devices. As usual, the update will be released for OnePlus users in a phased manner. It is rolling for global users first and Indian users are scheduled to get it soon after.

OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8T update changelog

The Chinese smartphone major detailed the changelog on the OnePlus forum. The latest update for the OnePlus 8 series — the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro — comes in the form of firmware version OxygenOS and for the OnePlus 8T as OxygenOS But all three OnePlus handsets get similar changes with the new updates. These include the addition of Files by Google app that allows users to find files faster with search and simple browsing.

Files by Google app is a file manager app that comes with cleaning tools for freeing up space and allows users to find files with a browse feature. OnePlus is slowly moving towards integrating more Google apps to replace its own. The company earlier introduced Google’s stock dialler and messages apps instead of OxygenOS’ own to the OnePlus Nord.

The changelog mentions the OnePlus phones are also getting the October 2021 Android security patch, improved system stability, and bug fixes with the new update.

Initially, the OxygenOS update for the OnePlus 8 series will be available for Europe variants, but it will soon make its way to users in India and North America. The latest update for OnePlus 8T is currently rolling out in the North America region and will soon arrive in India and Europe.

OnePlus hasn’t mentioned the size of the latest updates. However, it is advised to update your OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8T smartphones while they are connected to a strong Wi-Fi and are put on charging. The update is scheduled to roll out in a staged manner and should reach all eligible smartphones automatically over the air automatically. Keen OnePlus users can also manually check for the…


Surface Duo’s October 2021 Android security update has arrived

Surface Duo March2021 UpdateSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Another month, another Surface Duo update. This time around, it’s an extremely lightweight 51MB update that “addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin – October 2021.” That’s the entirety of Microsoft’s update log for the month.

Here are the new version numbers:

  • 2021.913.25 (North America)
  • 2021.913.26 (Europe)
  • 2021.913.27 (AT&T Locked Device)

In short, it’s not a grand update. What is a grand update is the Surface Duo 2, which will be getting the lion’s share of Microsoft’s attention from now on. It has a new camera setup and other improvements custom-built to improve upon the original Duo, which is still doing its thing and giving us a reason to post these monthly update logs.

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Stay tuned for any major Android updates that may befall the original Surface Duo in the near future, be that in November or December. Or, if not by the end of 2021, then January or February. Basically, expect a big update at some point soon.

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Apple fixes security flaw, bugs, in iPhones, iPods & iPads; releases new iOS 15 update

After the company stopped signing iOS 15.0 and iOS 14.8, Apple released iOS 15.0.2 on Monday, 11 October 2021. It comes with bug fixes, some of which were reported as iPhone users upgraded to iOS 15.0. As published on its official website, Apple also said that the update fixed a security flaw that might have been under attack. Users are advised to update to the latest iOS version. 

The patch notes for the new Apple update mentions quite a few new modifications and features. For instance, photos saved to users’ libraries from Messages could be deleted after removing the associated thread or message. The update fixes issue of the iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe not being connected and AirTag not appearing in the Find My feature. Some issues regarding Apple CarPlay not opening or disconnecting while playback has also been fixed. 

iOS 15.0.2 fixes security flaw that might have been actively exploited

A major security issue has been fixed in iOS 15.0.2 and the iPadOS 15.0.2, called CVE-2021-30883, that could earlier be used to exploit the IOMobileFrameBuffer, a memory resource, Apple informed. As mentioned on the official support page, an application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges due to the flaw.

The page also says that Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. To resolve the issue, Apple has improved memory handling with the new update which is available for iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad Mini 4 and later and iPod Touch (7th generation).

The first public build of the iOS 15 released by Apple was buggy and a lot of users around the world complained about issues they faced as they updated their iPhones. The issues included an unresponsive screen, non-functional dialer, wrong storage warnings, an unaligned interface for Instagram, iPhone 13 not being unlocked with Apple Watch and more. While Apple acknowledged only a few of them, it released an update that fixed quite a lot of bugs in the latest iOS 15.0.1.