Find out how Samsung sent out the January Android security patch before Google did

Find out how Samsung sent out the January Android security patch before Google did
The Google Pixels are usually the first phones to receive Google's monthly security update. But jaws dropped and people freaked after Samsung dropped the January Android security update to the Galaxy Note 10 today in Germany. What has everyone shocked and dazed is that the January update has yet to be disseminated to the Pixels. Sure, this looks bad for Google, especially in light of the problems it has had pushing out the December security patch to Pixel handsets. As a result of these issues, it plans on combining both the December and January updates into one for affected Pixel models.

There is actually a good reason why the Pixels have yet to receive the January update. Google doesn't disseminate it until the first Monday of each month which falls next on January 6th. If you own a Pixel, don't feel bad because some Galaxy Note 10 owners in Germany ended up with the January Android security patch before you did. It was just Samsung taking advantage of Google's punctuality.

Of course, Pixel users can also point out that they will be receiving a feature drop every three months from Google. The first feature drop added an automated call screen for Pixel models starting with the Pixel 4, allows users to add a bokeh blur on older photos with a person or a face in it (Pixel 4 models) and centers a user making a video call on Duo even if he or she is moving around. While some of the new features being dropped quarterly could end up on other Android models, Pixel owners can gloat about getting them first.

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Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, this is why I used to change my Samsung devices CSC to DBT (Germany), as this is the CSC that usually got updates the fastest vs the others CSCs.

2. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

The question is why would I care if my phone gets the update like 10 days later?

6. cevon3239

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Because there are people who live and love to just sit and update their phones, because there phones don't do anything else worth talking about.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4393; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Because one day, many years from now, someone somewhere is actually going to be taken advantage of via a security loophole.

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