Today is the first Monday of the month and all Pixel users know what that means. It’s time for the monthly security and functional updates. The former consists of patches to close vulnerabilities, while the latter consists of bug fixes. So as a Pixel user, this writer has been trying to coax an update to my Pixel 6 Pro by going to Institutions > System > System update but in vain. It’s possible that with New Year’s Day being celebrated today (since the holiday fell on a Sunday this year), we won’t see the update until tomorrow.
An older Samsung phone will be the first to receive the monthly update in 2023
But we digress. It’s time you put on your thinking cap. Riddle me this Batman, name the phone that was the first Android device to receive the January 2023 security update today. The Pixel 7 series you say? Sure, these are the latest Pixel models released so they should be the first to receive the update. After all, it’s one of the reasons we Pixel-enthusiastic phone enthusiasts buy Pixel models, right?
No update for the Pixel line today. Try again tomorrow
If you live in Switzerland and own the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, put down your knife and your Little Debbie chocolate bun and grab your phone. Go to Institutions > Software update and tap Download and install. Interestingly, the last major Android update for both the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy 10+ was Android 12, which arrived in late 2021 as part of the One UI 4 update.
You can’t tell the players without a scorecard
Today, the Galaxy Note 10+ received firmware update N975FXXS8HVL3. Both phones receive security patches and bug fixes from the updates. But this is where things can get confusing. Since the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite was released in January 2020, about five months after the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, it came out of the box with Android 10 pre-installed.
And since Sammy offered three major Android updates at the time, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite was updated to Android 13. The other Galaxy Note 10 models were released with Android 9 installed, so neither the Galaxy Note 10 nor the Galaxy Note 10+ were eligible to receive a major Android update after Android 12.