July 2020 Android security update rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+ and the Galaxy A70
Samsung is taking the security update game to a whole new level. Google has yet to publish the Android Security Bulletin (ASB) for the month of July, but the Korean OEM has already delivered the July 2020 security patches to a bunch of Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Now, the Galaxy Note 10 lineup and the Galaxy A70 are receiving the same treatment from Samsung across the globe.
Samsung is known for pushing out OTA updates in batches, thus you might have to wait a couple of days before the update notification pops up on your device. Power users, on the other hand, can opt for tools like Frija to download the appropriate updated firmware from Samsung’s repository for their device variant.
Galaxy Note 10
The update for the Galaxy Note 10 series is carrying the build number N97xFXXS5CTFA, and it is currently available in a number of European countries, such as Spain, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Note that only the Exynos 9825-powered global variant of the Galaxy Note 10 (model number SM-N970F) and the Note 10+ (model number SM-N975F) are receiving the new build at this moment.
Despite the generic changelog, the update silently bumps the version of the bootloader from v4 to v5. As a consequence, users can’t downgrade to an older firmware anymore after installing the new build.
Owners of the Galaxy A70 should also expect a similar update prompt on their phones, albeit the July 2020 security update is only rolling out in Australia at this moment. As reported by SamMobile, the SM-A705YN variant the Galaxy A70 is getting a new firmware with the build number A705YNDXU5BTF1. The OTA is rolling out to both the unlocked and Telstra models.
Unlike the Galaxy Note 10, the update meant for the Galaxy A70 doesn’t increment the bootloader version. While you can carry out a downgrade operation due to this reason, we would still advise caution before doing so.