The Samsung Galaxy S22 series has been available for several weeks now in many markets around the world.
Part of the success of Samsung’s flagship phones in recent years is the company’s strong software support policy. On some occasions, Galaxy S phones have received security patches even before Google Pixel devices.
However, US and Canadian users of the Galaxy S22 series are not very happy with the initial software support of their devices as they have been stuck on the January patch since its release (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, ten).
US and Canadian series of Samsung Galaxy S22 still stuck on January patch
Like previous Galaxy S devices, the Galaxy S22 series is available globally with different chipsets. Some regions get the Exynos 2200 chipset, while others get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Normally, Samsung Insignia phones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are rated higher than those powered by Exynos chipsets due to performance issues.
However, software support for Samsung Galaxy phones is generally similar regardless of which chipset they implement.
But, for some reason, updates for Samsung devices powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets have been delayed. The North American market (US and Canada) received the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Galaxy S22 series.
Has anyone in Canada received the February/March security update?
Am I the only one who doesn’t understand this? I checked on the telus website and the security updates show up on 25th Feb and 8th March. But I didn’t even have one. I just want to ask even none of you understood or is it just me?
S22 Ultra T-Mobile US software version?
I have the S22 Ultra through T-Mobile, it’s on the Jan 1 security patch. When I check for update it says the software is up to date. Just wondering if other S22 Ultra users through T-Mobile are on the same security patch as me or what are you on?
The issue also affects the unlocked Galaxy S22 series
Sometimes delays in updates are due to the customization that carriers perform on the software. However, that is not the case this time as the unlocked version of the Galaxy S22 series also did not receive any updates.
S22 Ultra Update
Samsung has been pretty good with software updates on Unlocked/U1 firmware. The US Snapdragon variant of the S22 Ultra comes with the January UI 4.1 (UVA6) security patch. We are almost halfway through March and no February update yet. Has anyone received it yet?
It’s worth pointing out that North American Samsung phone users were used to receiving a “Day 1 update” with the release of new Galaxy flagship devices. But that has not been the case with the Galaxy S22 series.
Meanwhile, devices powered by the Exynos 2022 chipset in other regions have already received at least 2 updates since their launch.
I don’t know why there is a problem with updates in the US, but my exynos 22 ultra has already received 2 major updates (1GB and 500MB security patch in March) since launch, maybe a snapdragon problem.
The latest Exynos Galaxy S22 series update also includes the changes to the controversial GOS which was limiting the performance of the devices in many applications.
Waiting for updates might end soon, but without GOS changes yet
The wait for updates to the Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S22 series for North American users may soon be over.
Some users in regions where Snapdragon versions of the devices are available (such as Vietnam and Singapore) have reportedly received an update recently.
However, the changelog does not include changes made to the controversial GOS. It is therefore unlikely that the first update that North American users will receive will include them.
We’ll update this story once more details emerge on this in the future.
NOTE: You can also check the dedicated bug/issue tracker for Samsung Galaxy S22 series.
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