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Samsung Galaxy A21s, A02s and A03s are receiving Android 12

A trio of Galaxy As phones is receiving Android 12 with One UI 4.1. In addition, the update contains the June security patch, which plugs 65 vulnerabilities. The three phones are the Galaxy A21s and Galaxy A02s (both of which launched in 2020 with Android 10) and the Galaxy A03s (which launched last year with Android 11).

The update improves a number of Samsung apps. The Gallery, for example, improves album sorting and offers an enhanced Stories feature. There is also an automatic way to “remaster” old photos, plus any edits you make can easily be undone. A nice privacy feature lets you scrub time and location data from a photo before sharing it (useful for services that don’t do that automatically).

Another privacy-oriented feature comes from Android 12 – indicators that show whether the camera and mic are in use. There are toggles that let you disable them across the system (rather than per app).

There is a new search widget, which can launch the browser in Secret mode, which can block tracking if you have that option enabled. The Samsung Keyboard now offers language suggestions powered by Grammarly.

Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Samsung Galaxy A03s

Samsung Galaxy A21s • Samsung Galaxy A02s • Samsung Galaxy A03s

This update also revamps Picture-in-Picture mode, the Samsung widgets, the Calendar app, Dark mode and more. Note that the A21s and A02s are getting the full One UI 4.1 pack, the A03s is receiving One UI 4.1 Core.

Here are the firmware versions for the new update for each phone. Galaxy A21s users should be on the lookout for version A217FXXU8DVF6, A02s users for A025FXXU4CVF4 and A03s users for A037FXXU1BVFB. All three are undergoing a trial rollout, but should expand to more countries soon.

Note that all three models are eligible for 4 years of security patches, but weren’t on the list of phones that will receive 3 OS updates (and the A21s and A02s have already had two).

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