Update: March 2, 2021 (12:00 PM ET): Over the past week or so, Samsung has been pushing Samsung Galaxy S20 updates to international and carrier variants. Now, though, it appears the update is making its way to unlocked US-based handsets (h/t SamMobile). This is exciting because the update carries One UI 3.1 with it.
One UI 3.1 is the version of Android 11 that shipped with the Galaxy S21 series. It has a few notable new features, including wireless Dex access, new camera tricks, and more. However, some of the features will be locked to the Galaxy S21 family, such as the ability to access Google Discover instead of Samsung Free.
In addition to One UI 3.1, the new Samsung Galaxy S20 updates also have the March 2021 security patch.
If you’re still waiting for the update to arrive on your Galaxy S20 phone, head to Settings > Software Update > Download & Install. Keep in mind that it might take a while before all phones in the country can get the update.
Original article: February 25, 2020 (1 PM ET): Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S20 update hub! Here you’ll find all the latest information on software updates for the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. We’ll tell you what the current software versions are for each device and also give you a heads up that new updates are rolling out.
Keep in mind that the Samsung Galaxy S20 updates usually roll out to all three devices at the same time. However, different variants of the devices — such as carrier-branded versions and unlocked versions — usually see updates at different times.
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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra updates
- Current stable version: Android 11
- When will the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra get Android 12?: December 2021 (Estimated)
Samsung launched the family of Galaxy S20 phones on February 11, 2020. Pre-orders for the devices started on February 21 and the devices landed in stores on March 6. Every device in the family launched with Android 10 out of the box (skinned over with Samsung’s One UI 2.0, of course).
Samsung has gotten much faster and more regular with software updates as of late. We saw the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 families get Android 10 in record time for the OEM. Samsung continued its trend with quick updates with the Galaxy S20 series. The company has already started rolling out Android 11 and One UI 3.0 to select Galaxy S20 devices.
Read: Where can you buy the Galaxy S20 phones?
Before the Galaxy S20 family of phones even hit store shelves, Samsung already began releasing its first update. According to Tizen Help, the update is rolling out to South Korean S20 Ultra devices, and it fixes a few camera issues while also delivering the March Android security patch. This means that when you take your Galaxy S20 Ultra out of the box on March 6, there will likely be an update waiting for you.
Verizon also began pushing out a pre-release update to its Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra variants on March 2. The update is said to bring performance enhancements to both devices and it includes the March security patch.
Shortly after that, the entire T-Mobile Galaxy S20 line began receiving the March security patch too. The update started rolling out while some lucky customers got their devices a few days ahead of the official March 6 launch date.
A second pre-release update was also rolled out to the Galaxy S20 phone. It brought further improvements to the camera performance and overall user experience, including enhanced touch gestures.
Following the release of the S20 series, Samsung sent out a firmware update to the Exynos variants of the phones. The update brought a new version of the camera app (10.0.01.98) to all three Galaxy S20 phones. It also fixed the slow autofocus problem some users were facing on the new flagships. The Snapdragon models gained this update a few weeks later, bringing an improved camera experience too.
In early April, Samsung started rolling out another software update to the Galaxy S20 family. Users stared receiving a 435MB update (build number: G98x0ZHU1ATCT) on their S20 phones. According to SamMobile, the changelog listed an improved camera experience and the April 2020 security patch.
This April update created a bunch of issues on the S20 phones, especially the S20 Ultra which started displaying an unusual green display tint. Users also reported problems with autofocus and charging. Samsung revoked the update on April 20 to fix the problems and then issued a new update a few days later.
Samsung also pushed out the G98xxXXS2ATD5 update at the end of April, bringing the May 2020 security patch and not much else. The June patch followed shortly afterward for the unlocked models, with US carrier-branded models landing a week later.
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At the end of June, Samsung started pushing out another update to the Galaxy S20 series with the July security patches. Along with the patch, there were some new features, such as the ability to use a Bluetooth microphone when using a voice recording app. The update also permanently removed the MirrorLink function on the phones. The feature allowed users to mirror their smartphone’s display to their car’s head unit.
On August 3, Samsung started rolling out the month’s security patches for the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra in some countries. According to SamMobile, the update was initially rolled out to Exynos-powered Galaxy S20 models in a number of European countries. It should have also hit the Snapdragon models subsequently. If you haven’t received it yet, you might have to wait a bit longer.
Besides the August security patches, the update for the Galaxy S20 series also brought some stability and performance improvements.
On August 21, Samsung started rolling out the One UI 2.5 update to the Galaxy S20 family. This was a big software update for the S20 series and carried over a bunch of new features that first hit the Galaxy Note 20 when it launched. The update added an improved Pro video mode with the ability to record footage in 21:9 aspect ratio, change the direction of your phone’s mic, and more.
One UI 2.5 also brought features such as wireless DeX that connects your Galaxy S20 to your TV, Audio Bookmark to sync your notes with audio recording, the ability to change the duration of the Single Take camera mode, and more.
At the end of September, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series received firmware version G98xxXXU4BTIB with the September security patch and some camera improvements (h/t SamMobile).
On October 5, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series (excluding the Galaxy S20 FE) welcomed the October security patches (h/t SamMobile). The update carried firmware version G98xxXXS5BTIJ and did not add any new features or optimizations apart from the monthly security patches.
On October 7, Samsung started rolling out the first public beta of One UI 3.0 to users in the US. As detailed in a screenshot by XDA user SmileBigNow, the update came just under 2.9GB and with firmware version number G988USQU1ZTJ3.
A week later, the second One UI 3.0 public beta update hit Galaxy S20 phones in the US, per SamMobile. The update carried firmware version G988U1UEU1ZTJA. No significant changes were mentioned in the changelog, but the update did bring the October security patch in tow.
Towards the end of October, the Galaxy S20 series started receiving its second One UI 3.0 beta update. It carried firmware version G98xU1UEU1ZTJG and was around 600MB in size. There weren’t any major new features added with the update apart from a few bug fixes.
At the start of November, Samsung updated the Galaxy S20 series with the November security patch. The update rolled out to phones running One UI 2.5, not the public beta of One UI 3.0.
On November 19, 2020, Samsung rolled out the final One UI 3.0 beta update to Galaxy S20 phones, bringing firmware version G98xxXXU5ZTKF and the December 2020 security patch.
The Verizon Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra were first to receive the stable One UI 3.0 update on December 2. You can read more about the update on Verizon’s official changelog, but it brings Wireless Dex functionality, more granular home/lock screen controls, and Android 11’s improvements.
Samsung broadened its rollout across the US on December 3, as more Galaxy S20 series users received the stable update. The update also started appearing on some European users’ devices.
On December 7, those on T-Mobile’s network in the US received the Android 11 update. A week later, the update arrived for users on AT&T.
On January 5, Samsung rolled out the first update of the year to the Galaxy S20 series. It brought with it the January 2021 Android security patch. Per 9to5Google, the changelog didn’t describe many changes beyond this. The update itself weighed in at around 235MB.
At the end of January, Samsung pushed the February 2021 security update to handsets in Europe and the UK. Phones in the US saw it in early February.
Here are the current stable versions of each device in the Galaxy S20 family.
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