Samsung Galaxy Note January 20th patch update fixes fingerprint sensor bug

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra devices are now getting the Android security patch for January 2021, and this update brings several security improvements, along with a fix for fingerprint sensors on the two handsets. Samsung notes that the January 2021 patch fixes a bug that could allow fingerprint sensors to function “abnormally” when installing a screen protector and access false positive readings. Several other phones, like the Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S20, have also received the patch.

On his firmware site Samsung details The January 2021 patch fixes an issue where the scanner was misreading false fingerprints. The problem is detailed as “an abnormal behavior related to the screen protector results in a high FRR of the fingerprint identification. The patch adds correct image compensation to avoid inversion for fingerprint registration with screen protector. “The issue was reported in October 2020 and has now been patched with the January 2021 update.

SamMobile Reports Selected Samsung Galaxy Note 20 models will receive the security patch from January 2021. It is imperative that all users download this update as soon as it reaches them. However, it could take a while as the company may be rolling it out gradually.

In addition to the Galaxy Note 20, the report also states that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 Lite have already received the patch. It may take a few weeks for all users around the world to receive the update.

SamMobile also reports that Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 + received the patch for January 2021 in Germany. The firmware version for the Galaxy S9 is G960FXXSDFTL1 while the firmware version for the Galaxy S9 + is G965FXXSDFTL1.

Also have Snapdragon models from the Samsung Galaxy S20 series According to reports received the latest security patch. The unlocked variants of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra receive the update, and the firmware version is said to be G98xU1UES1CTL5. It is also reported that Sprint and T-Mobile customers have received the latest security update.

If you have any of these Samsung phones mentioned above, you can manually check for the update by going to Settings>Software Update> Download and Install.


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