Android 14 January security patch rolling out for Pixel

Google is kicking off the year in Pixel updates with the Android 14 January security patch today for the following devices: 5a, 6, 6 Pro, 6a, 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Tablet, Fold, 8, and 8 Pro.

There are 11 security issues resolved in the Android 14 January patch dated 2024-01-01 and 48 for 2024-01-05. Vulnerabilities range from moderate to critical.

The dedicated bulletin for Google devices has three additional security fixes, with global and Verizon builds today.

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Second Android 14-based Galaxy A52s update brings December security patch

It was merely two weeks back that the Galaxy A52s started receiving the Android 14/One UI 6 update, but Samsung is already releasing a follow-up update to the mid-range phone in some markets.

This is the second Android 14-based firmware for the Galaxy A52s and it is rolling out in India and a couple of other countries in the Indian subcontinent. The update sports firmware version A528BXXS5FWL4, and it comes bundled with the December 2023 security patch.

Security enhancements are all that this update brings to the Galaxy A52s. The December patch fixes a total of 75 security vulnerabilities, 54 of which affect all Android devices while the rest were found only in Samsung’s software. The patch also includes fixes for four vulnerabilities discovered in some Exynos chips, which aren’t applicable here thanks to the A52s being powered by a Snapdragon chip worldwide.

If you own a Galaxy A52s, you can check if the latest update is available by tapping the Download and install option in the phone’s Settings » Software update menu (it may take a few tries for the updates to start downloading). Full-sized firmware available in our archives can also be used to upgrade the phone, but this procedure requires a Windows PC and a USB cable.

Galaxy A52s next and final feature update will be One UI 6.1

The Galaxy A52s, like the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G, is eligible for three generations of Android OS upgrades, so it will not be receiving future versions of Android. As for One UI updates, the Galaxy A52s is likely to get One UI 6.1 sometime next year. After it has been updated to One UI 6.1, the A52s will only remain eligible for security updates.

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Nokia XR21 5G gets new Android 13 build + Camera firmware with November Security update 2023 (Markets)

Nokia Mobile has now expanded the release of new Android 13 Builds to Nokia XR21 5G. The new build also brings the November security update 2023 along with itself. The update also brings a new Camera firmware for Nokia XR21 5G.

For all software update news related to other Nokia smartphones click here. If you want to track November update roll-out to Nokia smartphones you can do it here.

Check below for the November Security update size, list of markets and the update changelog for Nokia XR21 5G. On the basis of tips received from our readers, we will collate a list of markets for Nokia XR21 5G in which updates are now available. So, do let us know if you have received the update in the comments section. You can also try the VPN trick for getting the update and see if it works.

List of markets:

  • Nokia XR21 5G in France & Malaysia

Nokia XR21 5G November security update size:

The update size for Nokia XR21 5G is 176 MB. The new Android 13 build version is V2.300. You will either be prompted to download this update, or you can check by going to Settings and searching system updates and then by checking for the update.

Nokia XR21 5G November update changelog:

Nokia XR21 5G is receiving the 2023 November Android security patch along with new Android 13 builds. The official changelog however mentions generic UI enhancements and stability improvements. As mentioned above there is a new camera firmware too but it is not clear what changes it brings with itself.

Here is what the November security update addresses as mentioned by Google on its official Security bulletin page.

The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in the System component that could lead to

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Play Store adds new badge to signal which Android VPN apps pass a security audit

To give users more peace of mind and show that it’s taking concerns about Android cybersecurity seriously, Google’s rolling out an Independent Security Review badge to highlight which Android VPN apps have gone through an independent security audit. 

Last year, the App Defense Alliance, a collaboration between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium launched in 2019 to solve the Play Store’s persistent malware problem, introduced the Mobile Application Security Assessment (MASA) audit. This process enables software developers to have their apps independently validated against a global security standard as a way to signal to users that what they’re downloading on their phones has been designed to meet industry mobile security and privacy minimum best practices. The logic is that if developers go the extra mile on their end to mitigate security vulnerabilities and users can make more informed decisions prior to downloading new apps, hackers will have a harder time breaking into users’ devices, thus improving the app quality across the ecosystem as a whole if you have one of the best Android phones.

Apps that receive a badge have successfully undergone a MASA audit. To maintain the badge year over year, app developers will need to undergo another independent audit annually. 

“While certification to baseline security standards does not imply that a product is free of vulnerabilities, the badge associated with these validated apps helps users see at-a-glance that a developer has prioritized security and privacy practices and committed to user safety,” Nataliya Stanetsky of the Android Security and Privacy Team said in a Google Security Blog post this week.

Now when you search for the best VPN apps in the Play Store, you should see a banner at the top that points you to the Data Safety Section to better understand what the new badge means. If you click

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Samsung details new Auto Blocker security on One UI 6

What you need to know

  • Samsung details its “Auto Blocker” security, which has arrived with One UI 6, beginning with malware protection when their device is connected via USB.
  • Samsung’s Message Guard has been bolstered by Auto Blocker as the security feature now works with other apps like WhatsApp and Telegram.
  • Sideloading becomes a little easier to stomach as Auto Blocker brings a security feature that can help avoid malicious attacks like voice phishing.

Arriving with Samsung’s One UI 6 (Android 14) software is a new security feature Galaxy device owners may want to pay attention to. Samsung is revealing details about “Auto Blocker,” the latest security feature for Galaxy phones and tablets that users can customize to bring about protection that matters to their digital lifestyle.

One feature most users might enjoy is the ability to turn on “app security checks.” This primarily works whenever your device is connected to another via USB, as it will continuously check for malware while also preventing detrimental commands and other software installations. Samsung adds it could help protect users when plugging their devices in to charge in an unknown environment.

To help ensure safety while using messaging apps, Auto Blocker enables Samsung’s Message Guard to work with apps like WhatsApp and Telegram. With both security features working hand-in-hand, users can find Message Guard’s Zero Click attack protection and its neutralization of malicious images in more apps than just Google Messages and Samsung’s default app.

Auto Blocker is also arriving with a tool to help those new to sideloading get into it with some peace of mind. The press release states the security feature will prevent app installations from “unauthorized sources” whenever a user attempts to sideload. 

This aspect of protection is disabled by default, but those interested might find it appealing as

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