Samsung has worked hard to improve the reputation of its software, and an important aspect of this change has been the increased focus on regular security updates. Samsung has often managed to get ahead of Google over the past couple of years, and that continues today with the Galaxy Note10, Z Fold2, and S21 receiving the April security patch.
Left: Changed portrait mode Right: April changelog
In addition to this update to keep our devices secure, the S21 has additional customization options for portrait mode. Ever since Samsung introduced Portrait Mode (formally known as Live Focus), there has been a strange limitation: Portrait mode could only be used with a wide-angle or telephoto lens. SamMobile reports that the latest update now allows us to use the main camera, making it much easier to set up and crop portrait shots.
The update is huge, weighing in at 1140MB on my unlocked S21 Ultra. The changelog lists overall performance and stability improvements, but only time will tell if there is a noticeable difference. As of now, the patch has been spotted in India and the UK, with more regions coming soon.
The April security update has also been released for several other Galaxy devices, which you can find below. As always, we will update this article as we update new phones and tablets.