Just a few days ago, Samsung started pushing out the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update. The lucky recipient? The Galaxy A52 5G in the US. But here’s the catch – initially, only carrier-locked units got the update.
Now, the big Android update has made its way to unlocked units too. Meanwhile, those with a locked Galaxy A52 5G are getting something else. A newer security patch, the January 2024 release, to be precise.
Android 14 is now pretty much everywhere for the Galaxy A52 5G in the US. Samsung first launched the Galaxy A52 in March 2021, and it came with Android 11. Since then, it’s received updates to Android 12 and 13. Now, it’s getting its final major update – Android 14.
The international versions of this mid-range phone jumped to the latest Android iteration at the end of 2023. The US units followed suit, but Samsung initially only updated carrier-locked variants.
But here’s the good news. Android 14 is now available for unlocked Galaxy A52 5G units in the US. The update is rolling out with the firmware build number A526U1UEUCFWL3. And since it’s a major update, there’s a lot to talk about.
Samsung has tweaked the UI a bit, especially the Quick Settings panel. The goal? A more intuitive user experience. The Android 14-based One UI 6.0 also brings new camera features and editing tools. Plus, improved homescreen widgets, smoother system animations, improved stock apps, and more.
This update is like a shot of adrenaline for your aging Galaxy smartphone. You’ll get to experience new features and improved visuals. But remember, this is the last major update for the Galaxy A52 5G. It might get One UI 6.1, but don’t expect many new features.
The latest update for unlocked Galaxy A52 5G units in the US also brings the December 2023 Android security patch. Last month’s SMR (Security Maintenance Release) patches more than 60 vulnerabilities across the Galaxy family. These include seven critical Android OS vulnerabilities and dozens of high-severity issues. Some flaws are exclusive to Samsung devices and don’t affect Android products from other brands.
As unlocked units move to Android 14, users with a carrier-locked Galaxy A52 5G are getting the latest security patch. They’re receiving the January 2024 SMR with the firmware build number A526USQSCFWL4. These units also picked up the December patch with Android 14, so unlocked variants should get the new security release in the coming weeks. This month’s patch contains 80 vulnerability patches, including one critical Android OS flaw.