Samsung Galaxy S20 series starts getting Galaxy Note 20 features with One UI 2.5

Update: August 21, 2020 (07:30 AM ET): Samsung is now reportedly rolling out the One UI 2.5 update to the Galaxy S20 family. This is the next big software update for the S20 series and carries over a bunch of new features that first hit the Galaxy Note 20 earlier this month.

First spotted by SamMobile, the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra is rolling out with firmware versions G981BXXU4BTH5, G986BXXU4BTH5, and G988BXXU4BTH5, respectively.

The OTAs for all three devices are currently available in markets across Europe, including but not limited to Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, and Italy. The update should also hit other markets soon.

One UI 2.5 adds a bunch of new features to the Galaxy S20 line, such as wireless DeX, improved pro video mode, the ability to change the duration of the Single Take camera mode, and more. It also makes it possible to use Android 10’s navigation gestures in third-party launchers.


Original article: 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.

Have you not yet purchased a Galaxy S20 phone? Check out the deals below. Head further down the page for the historical information on each Galaxy S20 update.

Samsung Galaxy S20
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The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are super-premium 5G smartphones from the South Korean company. No matter what you’re looking for, the Galaxy S20 line likely has something to suit your needs.

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.

Read: Where and when 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.

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.

Here are the current stable versions of each device in the Galaxy S20 family.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra Android 10 Android 11
AT&T Yes TBA
Sprint Yes TBA
T-Mobile Yes TBA
Verizon Yes TBA
US Unlocked Yes TBA
International Unlocked Yes TBA

Let us know which Samsung Galaxy S20 update you’re rocking in the comments. Also, if you’ve spotted an OTA that we haven’t, tip us!

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