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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series October update brings digital car key support to phones in South Korea: report

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 series devices are reportedly getting a new update that, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings digital car key support to South Korea. Samsung is also said to be rolling out the new update along with the October Android security patch for the Galaxy S21 series phones in Germany, India and the Philippines. The latest security update is said to have been rolled out for Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra devices.

According to a post on Samsung’s community page, the Galaxy S21 series, the smartphone is getting the update with firmware version F711BXXU2AUI1G99*BXXU3AUIE. According to a report by TizenHelp, the update comes with digital key support for Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in South Korea.

The digital flagship feature is said to work with select models from Audi, BMW, Genesis and Ford. Once updated, it allows users to register their car keys to Samsung Pass, which uses biometrics to sign into websites and apps on Samsung phones. The user will then be able to open and lock the car doors using the Near Field Communication (NFC) tag. The user can also start the engine by placing the phone on the car’s wireless charging pad.

Samsung is yet to officially announce the release of the latest security patch, but it reportedly includes general bug fixes and security-related upgrades.

It is advised to update your smartphone when your smartphone is on stable Wi-Fi connection and on charging. The latest updates should automatically arrive over the air. You can also check for updates for your Samsung Galaxy S21 series phone manually by tapping Settings > Software Update > Download and Install.

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S21 Series

Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series in India in January this year. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones. All three models feature adaptive 120Hz refresh rate and Exynos 2100 SoC under the hood. The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ in the series have a triple rear camera setup, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra sports an improved, quad rear camera setup with a 108-megapixel primary sensor.


Is Samsung Galaxy S21+ the right flagship for most Indians? We discussed this on the Orbital, Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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