June 10, 2023

Samsung‘s brand-new Galaxy S23 phones are getting their first software update in the US. The rollout began earlier today for all three models. The update is already widely available for both carrier-locked and unlocked units. All users should receive it shortly.

The Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra started getting their first software update just a few days after Samsung opened sales. European versions of the phones received the update ahead of others, but the company quickly brought it to more markets.

And in no time, it became live for users in the US as well. If you’re using a carrier-locked unit, the new firmware build number for your Galaxy S23 device is S91*USQU1AWBD or S91*USQU1AWBE depending on your network provider. The build number for factory-unlocked units is S91*U1UEU1AWBE.

Like in international markets, Galaxy S23’s first update in the US doesn’t bring anything notable. At least not according to Samsung’s official changelog. The company only mentions “improved security” in the release notes, which is nothing but the February 2023 Android security patch.

This month’s SMR (Security Maintenance Release) contains over 50 vulnerability patches. Seven of those are Galaxy-specific patches, while the rest are fixes for flaws in Android OS and other partner components. Five vulnerabilities patched this month were critical issues.

Apart from these security improvements, the Galaxy S23 may also be getting some optimizations that improve the overall functionality of the phone. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t share anything more. Don’t go looking for new features, though. The phones have just hit the market and have plenty to offer.

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The Korean firm may add some features to them in the coming months, but not just yet. We already know that it is working on the next big One UI update. It could be One UI 5.1.1 and may debut with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 foldables later this year. In the meantime, install the latest update to improve the security of your brand-new Galaxy S23.

How to update your new Galaxy S23 phone?

If you’re upgrading to the Galaxy S23 from another Samsung phone, you are probably familiar with One UI and know how to manually update the phone. But for those who are new to the Galaxy ecosystem, simply navigate to Settings > Software update and tap on Download and install. Your phone will then look for available updates.

If it finds any, you will be prompted to download it. Once the download is complete, install it to complete the process. Note that Samsung phones don’t support Seamless Updates. So your brand-new Galaxy will be unusable throughout the installation process, which can take several minutes. It will restart automatically to complete the update.