Original Galaxy Fold gets Samsung’s February 2023 update
Samsung is rolling out a new software update to the Galaxy Fold, the world’s first globally available commercial foldable smartphone. The update is available for the 4G model in Latin America. It brings the February 2023 security patch to the device. The company should soon cover the foldable with the February SMR (Security Maintenance Release) in other markets too, including the US. The 5G model, which wasn’t sold stateside, should also get the new security patch in the coming weeks.
The latest update for the original Galaxy Fold 4G in Latin America comes with the firmware build number F900FXXS6HWA2. The rollout is live in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama (via). Unsurprisingly, the new software release doesn’t bring anything notable for users. Samsung is only seeding the latest vulnerability fixes. The February SMR patches more than 50 vulnerabilities, including at least five critical issues. Seven vulnerabilities patched this month were Galaxy-specific. Samsung eliminated some major security issues with the Contacts and Phone apps, Secure Folder, and more.
All of these vulnerability fixes should reach the Galaxy Fold in other markets over the next few weeks. As usual, you can check for updates from the Software update menu in the Settings app. Simply tap on Download and install to see if you have any OTA (over the air) updates pending download. If available, you’ll be prompted to download it. If there’s no update waiting for you, wait a few days and check again. You may also get a notification once the OTA release hits your Galaxy Fold unit. Note that updates are released in batches and may not be available to everyone immediately.
Samsung’s first-ever Galaxy Fold will not get the One UI 5.1 update
This week, Samsung released the One UI 5.1 update for millions of Galaxy users around the world. Debuted with the Galaxy S23 series earlier this month, the new One UI version has reached the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy ZFlip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and many other flagship models. The Korean firm is also expected to roll out the update to some premium models in the Galaxy A lineup.
However, the original Galaxy Fold will not get One UI 5.1. In fact, the aging foldable didn’t even receive One UI 5.0 or Android 13. The handset arrived running Android 9 Pie and will end its life on Android 12. It will now only get security updates. Those won’t come for much longer either. Samsung will likely offer official support for the device until September this year, which is when it will four years in the market. Meanwhile, the company is expected to launch its fifth-gen foldables in August. We will keep you posted.