Samsung has started rolling out an update for the Galaxy S20 series. This includes the Android security patch dated January 2021. This update campaign is international and initially concerns unlocked terminals. It follows the minor update of the Galaxy S9 and S9 + by just a few hours.
The eyes of all Samsung fans are on the near future. Indeed, on January 14, 2021, the Korean firm will organize an Unpacked conference during which three smartphones will logically be announced: the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21 + and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The three phones will certainly come with a few accessories, such as an optional S-Pen touch pen for the larger model and a new pair of TWS headphones, the Galaxy Buds Pro.
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However, Samsung is also working on its installed base and does not forget the buyers of its smartphones already on the market. In particular the brand’s latest flagships, Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra which were launched just under a year ago. Even though some disappointing figures show that the S20 series does not meet the expected success, Samsung will of course continue to update them. Like the S9 and S9 + which can migrate to the latest version of One UI for two months.
An update to correct and protect
Today, Samsung therefore begins the deployment of a minor update to the S20 series. The identifiers of the firmware are as follows: G981U1UES1CTL5, G981U1OYM1CTL5, and G981U1UES1CTL5. These are files for Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra respectively. The file is not particularly heavy, since it weighs 235 MB. It obviously includes some fixes for recalcitrant bugs, but also, and above all, the Android security patch dated the month of January 2021.
Obviously, the rollout of the update is gradual, wave after wave. But it is not confined to South Korea or the United States. It is also offered everywhere else in the world, including in Europe. You should therefore potentially see a notification appear on your screen, if you haven’t already. On the other hand, the update is first intended for unlocked smartphones. Additional time is granted to operators. Note that Samsung also started this week rolling out a similar update aimed at Galaxy S9 and S9 +. It is very likely that all terminals under One UI 2.5 will be affected in the coming days.