AT&T Galaxy Note 9 & Sprint Galaxy S10 October security updates arrive, latter includes Note 10 features

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It’s nothing unusual for carrier-branded Samsung smartphones to receive their monthly security updates deep into the month, just like the current case of the Galaxy Note 9 on AT&T and Galaxy S10 series on Sprint.

Carriers have to examine every software that Samsung pushes to their devices before making it available to their customers. This explains why the global Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10 received their October security updates several weeks ago and its now that the same updates are arriving on carrier units.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 October security update

Ideally, it has taken AT&T and Sprint about two weeks to test and certify the firmwares containing October security updates for the Note 9, S10e, S10, and S10+ devices.

Verizon Wireless only needed a little over a week to get things done and begin rolling out the Note 9 October security update. Sprint also needed about the same time to prepare this update for its Note 9 users too.

As of this writing, the AT&T Galaxy Note 9 October security update is arriving as version N960USQS2CSI3 and reportedly brings nothing more than the improved security patch level. Of course, bug fixes and performance improvements are also a part of it.

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AT&T Galaxy Note 9 October security update (Source)

For some reason, though, AT&T has yet to update the Galaxy Note 9 software update tracker, but it should do so pretty soon.

Galaxy S10 series on Sprint gets Note 10 features

The biggest beneficiary with respect to Samsung’s October security updates must be Sprint users of the Galaxy S10, S10e, and Galaxy S10+. Although late into the party, the incoming update adds several Galaxy Note 10-specific features to the S10s.

Those using the Exynos variants of the Galaxy S10 already received these Galaxy Note 10 features with their September security updates, which further adds more weight to the opening argument of this post.

Below is the full changelog for Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ users on Sprint:

· Various camera features have been added and enhanced
– Live focus, Live focus video, AR Doodle, Night, Super steady
· The Link to Windows feature has been added
– You can easily access photos, messages, and notifications from your phone on your PC, and a screen mirroring feature is also provided.
– This feature is available through the Link to Windows in the quick panel or Settings.
· Video Editor has been improved
· DeX for PC has been added
· Dynamic Lock screen has been added
– The wallpaper on your lock screen changes when you turn your screen off and on.
– New wallpaper images are updated every 2 weeks.
Source 1, 2, 3

FYI, the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ already received the October security updates, but the above Galaxy Note 10 features weren’t included in the OTA. It’s possible they could be added in the next update.

It remains to be seen if other carrier-branded Galaxy S10 units will receive these Note 10 features as part of the October security updates. We will keep an eye on the story and bring you updates as and when we get them, so stay tuned to our Samsung section.

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