Update: October 7, 2020 (6:40 AM ET): Samsung is seemingly rolling out the public beta of One UI 3.0 to users in the US, just hours after the update’s rollout was confirmed for South Korea.
As detailed in a screenshot by XDA user SmileBigNow, the update weighs in at just under 2.9GB and bears the firmware version number G988USQU1ZTJ3. The same user confirmed in another thread they gained access to the update through the Samsung Members app. They’re also currently on T-Mobile’s network. Other users on Samsung’s forums spotted sign-up banners for One UI 3.0 on the Samsung Pay app and were redirected to the Members app.
Notably, Samsung hasn’t actually announced the beta push in the US in any official capacity, but the rollout doesn’t seem too out of place though. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 phones have seen a number of rapid fire updates in the past two weeks. While all devices remain on the stable One UI 2.5 build for now, the hastened update frequency suggested the One UI 3.0 public beta update was not far away.
Now that it has reached US shores, expect it to appear in other key markets across the globe in due course.
Original article: February 25, 2020 (1:00 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 10
When will the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra get Android 11?: December 2020 (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 will land in stores on March 6. Every device in the family will launch 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. As such, it’s reasonable to assume the launch of Android 11 will be even faster this year. Although we can’t make any promises, it’s likely the Samsung Galaxy S20 update to the newest version of Android will land before 2020 comes to a close.
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.
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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.
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.
Here are the current stable versions of each device in the Galaxy S20 family.
Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra
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