Samsung rolls out October 2020 security update to the Galaxy A50
Another month, another new security update. Unsurprisingly, Samsung once again managed to beat Google to deliver the monthly security patches ahead of the Pixel lineup. This time, the Korean OEM has started rolling out the October 2020 security patchset to the mid-ranger Galaxy A50.
As reported by SamMobile, the update is rolling out for the SM-A505FN variant of the Galaxy A50. Other than bumping the Android Security Patch Level, the new build (software version A505FNXXS5BTI9) apparently doesn’t bring in any significant new feature. The size of the incremental update package is about 123MB, and the FOTA is currently available across a number of European countries, including but not limited to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, and the Nordic region.
FYI, the Galaxy A50 also picked up the September 2020 security patches before the Google Pixel series. Moreover, the last month’s update (software version A505FNXXU5BTH8) added a number of fixes related to AR Emoji, Wi-Fi connectivity, and compatibility with third-party applications. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for this month’s build. The bootloader version (v5) also remains the same.
As always, power users can use tools like Frija or Samloader to download the new firmware right now without waiting. Note that the Galaxy A50 is not present in Samsung’s big list of phones getting the One UI 2.5 update, but it is highly unlikely that Samsung won’t bring feature updates to this popular mid-range smartphone anyway.
For those looking for a deeper insight into the new patches, it is worth mentioning that Google usually publishes the Android Security Bulletin (ASB) on the first Monday of each month. Samsung’s own Mobile Security portal has also not been updated yet. As a result, we don’t have all the details on what vulnerabilities have been patched in the October 2020 security update. We’ll follow-up once the ASB for this month goes live.