Samsung’s November Update Rolls Out for US Galaxy S20 Phones

Highlights

  • Samsung will not update the Galaxy S20 series to Android 14 and One UI 6.0, instead, the phones will end their life on Android 13.
  • The Galaxy S20 series is still getting monthly security patches and will continue to receive those for at least a few more months.
  • The November SMR (Security Maintenance Release) is available for the factory-unlocked and Verizon units of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra in the US.
  • Samsung is reportedly planning to unveil the Galaxy S24 series in January, with the devices said to arrive in stores before the end of the month.

  • Samsung has decided not to update the Galaxy S20 series to Android 14 and One UI 6.0. Instead, the 2020 flagships will conclude their updates with Android 13. Yet, it’s not all bad news. These phones are still getting monthly security patches.

    They’ll continue to receive these patches for at least a few more months. Just recently, Samsung released the November security patch for the lineup in international markets. For those in the US, the latest security update is now available.

    The November SMR (Security Maintenance Release) is ready for the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra in the US. This applies to both the factory-unlocked and Verizon units. Unlocked units are picking up the update with the firmware build number HWK1. Verizon units, on the other hand, have the build number HWJ1.

    Despite the different build numbers, it’s the same update. Samsung is only pushing the latest security fixes with no additional changes. The Korean giant revealed that this month’s SMR patches 65 security issues in Galaxy devices. Google confirmed that at least five of these are critical Android OS vulnerabilities.

    The patches also include a few Galaxy-specific Exynos patches. However, since the US versions of the Galaxy S20 trio came with the Snapdragon 865, they’re immune to the Exynos vulnerabilities. But, other issues might still be lurking.

    Installing this update will protect you from all of them. Samsung has already pushed these security patches to most other eligible Galaxy models. Many received the security patch bundled with the One UI 6.0 update. A few got the patches through a separate update.

    If you’re using a Galaxy S20 model in the US, the latest security fixes will reach your phone soon. That is, if you haven’t already installed it. You can check for new updates by navigating to Settings > Software update > Download and install on your phone.

    Since the 2020 Samsung flagships will no longer get feature updates and will soon stop getting security patches, you might want to consider upgrading. The Korean firm is set to launch the Galaxy S24 series in January 2024.

    Samsung launched the Galaxy S23 in February this year. However, next year, the company reportedly plans to unveil the Galaxy S24 series in January. The Galaxy Unpacked event may take place on January 17 in San Jose, USA. The devices are expected to arrive in stores before the end of the month. The Korean firm will formally announce the dates in a few weeks.

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