Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, & S21 Ultra new update, bugs, issues, problems tracker [Cont. updated]

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series came earlier this year with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 out of the box. The flagship series from Samsung is in line to get major Android updates till Android 14 with security patches for at least four years.

The series includes the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra all of which have the Snapdragon 888 5G (US and China variants) or Exynos 2100 (International variants) SoC.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

While the next major update for the Galaxy S21 series is still in development, multiple speculations have been rife about the One UI 4.0 (Android 12) update for the series.

However, there have been no comments from Samsung on the matter so far and only time will tell when and how the OEM plans to proceed with the Android 12 update.

Thus we will keep tabs on all the updates, bugs, and issues related to Samsung Galaxy S21 series in this post.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series software updates

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S21 series already offers the latest stable release from Google i.e., Android 11. Now, the wait is on for the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update.

Back in July, a Samsung official reported on the Samsung Community that the One UI 4.0 (Android 12) beta update for the Galaxy S21 series was coming soon, however, that post was later removed.

With all that in mind, we will be tracking all the software updates, including security patches and bug fixes, coming to the Galaxy S21 devices in this section.

Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / Update contents
Aug. 26 Android 11 US and Canada One UI 3.1.1 features
Sept. 06 Android 11 | G99xBXXS3AUHD Europe September security patch
Sept. 15 Android 12 | One UI 4.0 beta China, Germany, India, Poland, Korea, UK, and US Changelog
Oct. 02 Android 12 T-Mobile/USA Development stage
Oct. 05 Android 12 | One UI 4.0 beta 2 China, Germany, India, Poland, Korea, UK, and US Report
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / Update contents
Oct. 16 Android 11 | G99xBXXU3AUIE Germany, USA October 2021 security update
Oct. 23 Android 12 Beta 3 Multiple countries Released
Oct. 23 Android 12 Beta 3 hotfix update Korea Released
Oct. 27 Android 11 | G99xBXXU3AUIF Germany November 2021 security update
November. 03 Android 12 | One UI 4.0 beta 4 USA Link
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / Update contents
November. 11 Android 12 Beta ends, Stable expected soon Global Link
November. 13 Android 12 Canada (TELUS) Released
November. 15 Android 12 China One UI 4 Beta 3
December 07 Android 12 | One UI 4.0 US, Germany, UK, Canada and others One UI 4 stable update
November. 24 Android 12 | G99xUSQU4BUK7 (BUK9) Verizon US Bug fixes
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / Update contents
December 2 G99xBXXU3BUKG India Android 12
December 8 G99xUSQU4BUKF US (Verizon) Android 12
December 29 G99xBXXU3BUKA Australia Android 12
December 30 G99xUSQS4BULC Verizon (US) Android 12
January 07 G99xBXXU4BULF Netherlands Android 12
Info. last updated on Version Region / Download Changelog / Update contents
March 22 Android 12 | One UI 4.1 Canada, Europe, US (T-Mobile & Sprint, Verizon) One UI 4.1 update
April 06 G99xUSQS5CVCB Verizon (US) (1, 2, 3) April 2022 security patch
April 12 G99xBXXU4CVD2 Germany April 2022 security patch
April 13 G99xUSQU5CVCG/G99xU1UES5CVCB US (AT&T & Xfinity Mobile) April 2022 security patch
April 27 G99xWVLS5CVCE Canada April 2022 security patch
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May 02 G99xBXXU5CVDD Italy (Europe) May 2022 security patch
May 10 G99xUSQU5CVDB US (Carrier-locked) May 2022 security patch
May 12 G99xBXXU5CVDD UAE May 2022 security patch
May 31 G99xBXXU5CVEB Europe June 2022 security patch
June 24 G99xBXXU5CVF2 India June 2022 security patch
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June 30 G99xUSQU5CVF1 Verizon (US) June 2022 security patch
July 8 Fido (Canada) June 2022 patch expected on July 12
July 11 G99xU1UES5CVF5 US (Unlocked) July 2022 patch
July 25 G99xUSQU5CVG4 T-Mobile (US) July 2022 patch
July 29 G99xBXXU5CVGB Germany August 2022 patch
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Aug. 9 One UI 5.0 beta Expected soon

Bugs, issues, and problems

For major software system updates like Samsung’s One UI 4.0, bugs and issues are an inevitability. While Samsung has been doing a pretty fine job with its software updates lately, there still have been some problems with the Galaxy S21 series devices.

Among them, the issues with a camera where the Ultra Portrait was not working and the low call waiting for notification sound problem.

With all that in mind, it is imperative to keep an eye on all the bugs and issues that are still present or may occur on the Galaxy S21 series in the future. That said, be sure to keep an eye on this section for updates regarding the same.

Info. last updated on Bug description Status
Feb. 12 Low call waiting notification sound Fixed
Mar. 05 Ultra Portrait mode not working Unacknowledged
Jun. 02 Camera video stabilization, telephoto, and dim home screen Acknowledged
Oct. 18 Video/image quality from Exynos Samsung Galaxy S21 poorer than Snapdragon variant Comes to light
Oct. 23 Browsers not working, Gallary app crashing, and Samsung Music app issue Fixed
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
Nov. 06 Lockscreen and homescreen brightness not the same Fixed
Nov. 15 Video freezing on many apps while audio keeps playing Allegedly aware
Jan. 01 Apps crashing after Android 12 update Allegedly fixed
Nov. 25 Android 12 User Interface Lag Fixed
Nov. 25 No vibration on notifications Workaround
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
Nov. 25 No notification for new incoming text messages Workaround
Nov. 26 Notifications text way too small Workaround
Dec. 02 Issues sending videos on WhatsApp Fixed
Jan. 07 Camera viewfinder turns green when using portrait mode Allegedly fixed
Dec. 28 Google Play System not working Fixed
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
Nov. 28 Wi-Fi connectivity and/or cellular broken after the update Unacknowledged
Jan. 12 Dialog member selection field and text written both are white in dark mode Fixed
Jan. 12 Samsung Notes not working/crashing Workaround
Feb. 03 Bluetooth disconnecting issue after Android 12 update Unacknowledged
Feb. 19 Users getting error 5.7 when watching Netflix Acknowledged
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
Feb. 22 Battery draining issue after Android 12 update Likely fixed
March 28 Recent app suggestions not working after One UI 4.1 update Unacknowledged
April 11 5G exclusive network mode missing on KT units May arrive in June update
April 15 Android Auto crashing after One UI 4.1 update Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3, 4)
April 28 Bluetooth audio issues after April 2022 update Unacknowledged (1, 2, 3, 4)
Info. last updated on Bug description Status
May 26 Volume automatically gets lower Workaorund
May 26 Notification sound cuts out halfway Unacknowledged
August 1 Not receiving calls or texts after June update Allegedly fixed
July 18 Verizon users facing call quality issue Unacknowledged

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