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While the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates promised a number of significant upgrades including Galaxy Gear support and Galaxy KNOX for added security, it now appears that they have also brought some Android 4.3 Jelly Bean problems to owners of these three Galaxy devices.

Back in September, Samsung announced that it would be delivering a brand new update to owners of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. The update, it said, would bring Galaxy Gear support to users. The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s smartwatch accessory that has been promoted alongside the Galaxy Note 3 since October.

In October, Samsung revealed those updates to be the long awaited upgrades to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and promised a host of enhancements for owners of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, enhancements that would come in addition to the Galaxy Gear support. Chief among them, Samsung KNOX for those who want to separate work and play on their device. Samsung declined to offer specifics on release dates but shortly after its announcement, the software started rolling out for the Galaxy S4.

Several weeks later, the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update arrived. And then, a few days after that, the Galaxy Note 2 update rolled out. In the United States, the Galaxy S4 update has landed for all five major carriers and today, started rolling out for users on C Spire. The Galaxy S3 update still needs to land on Verizon and the Galaxy Note 2 update is only available on Sprint and U.S. Cellular. In most cases, being without a major Android update is agonizing. However, in the case of Android 4.3, those without the software might actually be the fortunate ones.

Problems haven’t been a stranger to these Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates. Already, we’ve seen Samsung pull a number of updates due to issues. And while the company appears to have gotten back on track, there is still, according to its massive user base, a ton of work left to be done.

Now that the dust has settled on many of these Android 4.3 roll outs, we’re getting a good look at the aftermath and from here, it doesn’t look pretty. Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 uses are complaining about a myriad of issues with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The problems aren’t just limited to one carrier either. They appear to be across the board.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 users, across carriers, are complaining about a number of issues with their device after installing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. On Verizon, the problems include slow charging, battery life problems, and Wi-Fi connectivity issues. On AT&T, users are echoing Verizon users as they too are experiencing issues with Wi-Fi, battery life, and a drop in Bluetooth connectivity.

On the Galaxy S3, we’re seeing Sprint users are seeing video skip in applications like Netflix and Chrome. This doesn’t appear to be widespread and it may depend on updates to both Chrome and Netflix.  On AT&T, there is a thread where users note a number of smaller issues in addition to larger ones like sluggishness and battery drain.

December could bring the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update release in some regions, with Galaxy Note 3 features.

The one Galaxy Note 2 update that is out right now, the update for the Sprint Galaxy Note 2, seems to be causing problems as well. There is a fairly lengthy thread on XDA-Developers forum wherein a Sprint user outlines the many problems affecting his device after the update.

These issues are much bigger than they appear. One, these carriers are typically slow to push out bug fix updates which means that those who are experiencing issues are unlikely to get a fix in the immediate future. Carriers like AT&T and Verizon also don’t announce release dates ahead of time and customer service representatives typically don’t have that kind of information.

The other difficult aspect is that many of these issues don’t have fixes that are guaranteed to work, one hundred percent of the time. For instance, there are tons of people complaining about Wi-Fi issues and battery life problems but there isn’t one fix that has worked for everyone. And there may never be.

Look for a new design from the Galaxy Note 3.

Those who are experiencing major issues on the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will likely find the best option to be a hard reset. A hard reset will restore the device to its factory settings, something that has the potential to wipe out the culprits for these issues. More often than not, it’s third-party software that is causing problems, not the software itself.

Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 users should remain hopeful for bug fix updates between now and the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat though nothing is guaranteed. Users will need to trust that Samsung and its carriers are working on solving at least some of these issues but that nothing is going to be fixed overnight. Immediate support like that is usually limited to Google’s Nexus devices which receive their updates, both major and incremental, from Google itself.

95 Comments

95 Comments

  1. T. Laurent

    12/05/2013 at 8:49 pm

    Updated my S4 a week ago. No issues to report. In fact, I have seen a noticeable improvement in battery life.

    • Larry

      12/07/2013 at 2:50 pm

      T. Laurent,
      How and where did you get the update? May I ask what city/state you are in and what carrier?
      Thank you,
      LG

    • Peter Johnson

      12/09/2013 at 4:21 am

      Yes, only few people are facing such type of technical difficulties after update not all! I don’t know why people always make fuss out of problems that most people really don’t encounter.

      • cassyL (@misscassyL)

        12/09/2013 at 11:04 am

        I think you would probably make a “fuss” if you’re phone was suddenly unusable! what a selfish and stupid comment…

        • Hillary

          04/20/2014 at 1:50 am

          I am living in Kenya, and recently upgraded to 4.3. Honestly, its crap, as I’m unable to do what I did with the older version. Forget about Peter Johnson. He probably isn’t using Android to start with. There are people who revel in others’ sorrows.

      • Dieter

        12/15/2013 at 11:14 am

        Lets switch phones, I will be happy and you can join the ones that have issues

      • Paul Ensor

        12/15/2013 at 11:39 am

        Mr Johnson your post has to be the most pointless contribution to a forum I have ever read and makes you look the smug git you undoubtedly are.

        Clearly from the vast majority of posts to this forum people in multiple locations are experiencing varied problems following the 4.3 upgrade. Do you really think we are making them up for the hell of it?

        If you depended on your phone for business and productivity requirements as most of the contributors here clearly do then such “technical difficulties” would give you cause to “make a fuss”.

        As my grandmother once said, “if you have nothing constructive to say then say nothing” the missing element from her advice, which is most applicable to you, is “…and avoid making yourself look a complete twat!”.

        I can only conclude you either work for Samsung or are in fact said twat.

        • dieter

          12/15/2013 at 11:48 am

          Paul, I agree with you, Google his name and see that he has no merit to be on this site, he has no phone and don’t even know how to use one and calls himself an expert. I offered him to switch phones, but surely will not accept this offer because he has no understanding of how to use a phone. Samsung support also is useless, they read the question you give them and search for answers to read back, I asked a dumb question, “my screen goes red” he said please hold and came back that I needed to send the phone in for repair.

      • aaron

        12/31/2013 at 1:09 am

        I got my brand new s4 several days ago and yesterday updated to 4.3 and now have all kinds of issue. You don’t realize how much you rely on your smartphones until it stops working. I agree with cassyL, you’re comment is stupid and selfish.

      • Jonathan

        01/16/2014 at 1:35 pm

        Peter Im from the Philippines and since I have installed this 4.3 updates last month, Im encountering problems with my note 2. The most annoying problem is that my phone battery discharged quickly. On a stand by mode, My phone will only last for 9 hours and when used for call, text and apps, lucky for me if the battery will last for 5 hours.

      • Jackie

        01/18/2014 at 10:16 pm

        Lets swap phones and see how you like to see your fully charged phone go flat after 2 minutes. Just like you we spent alot of money on our phones and we didnt expect this kinda crap to happen

      • Stupid Jellybean 4.3

        01/23/2014 at 10:06 pm

        My phone stopped working over 2 months ago. I only get service maybe half the time if I’m lucky. It has been a major inconvenience!

  2. Vikas

    12/05/2013 at 11:00 pm

    When is samsung going to give an update to these issues..Any new?

  3. Bryan

    12/05/2013 at 11:18 pm

    Galaxy S4 that I updated, my phone randomly restarts about 7-10 times per day now, including back to back times in the middle of the night. So many of these times I was not even touching or using my phone.

  4. Paul Ensor

    12/06/2013 at 1:18 am

    (UK user on Vodafone) Since 4.3 update I am unable to turn WiFi on, the slider simply returns to the off position. I am constantly dropping Mobile (Cellular) signal. As some one who changed from using an iPhone since their first release I am not impressed with Samsung and Android based devices.

  5. Thane Furrows

    12/06/2013 at 2:48 am

    I have the note 2 and most apps wouldn’t open and my phone kept locking up after the update. I hard reset and that fixed most issues but have noticed some if the Bluetooth issues still.

  6. johnjohn

    12/06/2013 at 3:11 am

    Us cellular ga3. I’m having a problem download it a few days ago and as of today the problem I’m having is Google play store keeps crashing help fix this

  7. Laura Forfar

    12/06/2013 at 6:04 am

    Since updating my S4 my wifi keeps disconnecting, the phone is sluggish and freezes a lot – when playing games, texting or just scrolling down a webpage. This is frustrating and I hope they fix it soon.

    • carwyn

      12/22/2013 at 8:07 am

      I have the same issues on my s4 roll on 4.4.2 quicker the better. This is a night mare just want to throw it.

  8. naveen

    12/06/2013 at 7:04 am

    Still no updates in India

  9. swhall70

    12/06/2013 at 7:45 am

    GS4 on AT&T – haven’t seen any sluggishness but biggest problem is that “hidden apps” are now permanently hidden from the app tray. You can find them from Application Manager or Play store, but that’s a pain. I suggest before you upgrade to unhide all those apps and after the upgrade, use the new “disable” feature. Samsung messed up on this.

  10. Dieter

    12/06/2013 at 10:12 am

    I have 3 business email accounts, lots of emails with cad files, pdf images and contracts, I have 2/3 territory of USA and over 3,000 customers to take care of and text for quick images of problem solving with machines, I had Blackberry for 10 years and never failed me, but technology fell behind and updated to HTC and was great till that got old, T-Mobile sales person pushed me the Samsung Note2 as a business phone, in 3 months it became a pain, unstable, rebooting, freezing up, hard re-set did not work, 2 hours with tech and replaced phone, back to same issue. This phone is not for business use, maybe for kids who don’t do volume in technical use. Camera sucks, worst from all of my past phones, night shots are grainy, no real setting, I tried all, looks good on phone but on larger monitor it is bad, HTC had best night images, clear and sharp. Don’t recommend this for business use, unless you are a kid and do small stuff

  11. don

    12/06/2013 at 1:38 pm

    I run 2 businesses. (Construction and real estate) Guess what…..I am not a kid, we did six figs, not much, but with no overhead, not bad. Note 2 all day. Evernote, dropbox, and the S PEN. Obviously, you could be technically ignorant. I been had 4.3. My phone want to reboot and such, there’s a million and one roms for the note 2, I’ll switch, but 4.3 is nice. Yes your comment was lame, unless your 69+

    • Dieter

      12/07/2013 at 8:44 am

      Don, my chat was not directed to you personally, not sure why you got so sensitive and became so childish about this, I added my opinion of frustration I have on my Note 2. For a 69 year old man, I seem to have a lot of knowledge maybe more than your dad. So these blogs are information area unless you own this blog and take it all very seriously. I want to make sure I don’t buy homes from you or have anything built by you, you are way to sensitive like a kid

      • Joe

        12/08/2013 at 9:53 am

        I think you’re both a little childish. The Note 2 is a solid phone for professional use. Mine has run for weeks on end with a freeze or reboot. I use it constantly for email and messaging, remotely managing our servers, accessing our surveillance system, and handling a seemingly endless stream of PDFs. In addition, it spends a fair amount of time in inhospitable environments, usually serving as a radio simultaneously. Perhaps you should reconsider your software choices, or contact your carrier about receiving a phone that works properly. To say it’s “for kids” is a little condescending to those of us that are able to use our phones to their potential. Furthermore, 3 email accounts and “six figures” aren’t likely to impress anyone.
        Don’t be derisive, it’s unprofessional.

        • Joe

          12/08/2013 at 9:56 am

          * “with seldom a freeze or a reboot”

  12. John

    12/06/2013 at 4:50 pm

    My S3 has been running 4.3 for over a week and I have not had any problems that people on the internet mentioned. And use it quite a bit. Streaming video, play games and browsing the internet. I updated via Kies.

    • John Doe

      12/10/2013 at 5:52 pm

      My ATT S3 screen saver/dimmer/off won’t work with Palmary Weather widget.

  13. Joe

    12/06/2013 at 7:34 pm

    I find the reporting from this site amateurish and designed mainly to get page views. There is no differentiation made, for example, between the US phones and the global phones, with different architectures. For the most part, from the anecdotal evidence in seeing in the forums, there are minor problems with some of the US 4.3 rollouts, but nothing significant.

  14. Cole

    12/07/2013 at 10:25 pm

    S4 on Verizon here. Been running 4.3 for a month now and have had no issues. No restarts, the battery lasts me the whole day so just charging it at night so unaware of any slow charging. The fact this article took 7 paragraphs to get to the point just proves they are just trying to make it look like a lot when really it’s nothing.

  15. Rich

    12/08/2013 at 10:27 pm

    GS4 on T-Mobile. After installing 4.3 my NFC stopped working. My wife has the same phone so I checked to make sure it worked before I did the upgrade. After the install it didn’t work. I can program a tag from the app but the phones do not respond. Everything else is working fine.

  16. Himanshu Agrawal

    12/08/2013 at 11:10 pm

    I updated my Galaxy Note 2 about a week ago and have been really unhappy with it. Among other issues, the most lamented loss was that of the personalized/ Custom dictionary. The phone does not learn any new words now. Being from India and having to type many non-English words and names for addresses, email ids etc., the phone’s loss of ability to learn new words is particularly frustrating. Is there a workaround for that? If not, then this is the end of me plugging for Samsung. And, as most marketers know, every voice counts in word of mouth.

    • Yek Llaot

      01/13/2014 at 3:13 am

      I had the same problem here. For me this fix worked: disabled live word update and cleared all learned data till now (remote and personal). Next manual learn again from messages or other source.

  17. ashitosh

    12/09/2013 at 5:03 am

    Updated my Note 2 a day before n facing a biggest problem of lag…after updating my device it is clearly shown that my 2 GB RAM device is running on low memory…very much hurting..available memory is 1.75 GB and almost consuming up to 1.4/1.5 GB with same installed apps as before in my android version 4.1 ,,,resulted poor feel…disappointed :(
    want my 4.1 back :(

  18. gary

    12/09/2013 at 7:11 am

    Just Updated My Note 2 today… Tmobile Finally Got it…

    • dieter

      12/15/2013 at 11:25 am

      T Mobile has sent me now my 3rd replacement, very costly to a carrier when the issue is Samsung. Sad to see all that cost wasted, I suggested T-Mobile to switch me the phone to a HTC one, it is cheaper than keeping me and help support from trying to fix the unit. Reboots on its own, freezes up, no memory and all is as it came with the phone, cannot delete the apps, T-Mobile said I have to wait till February to exchange the phone, because you now have to buy the phone and in 6 moths they buy back and sell you a new one

  19. NoNo

    12/09/2013 at 10:18 pm

    I have updated my note 2 but the biggest two issues I have are the multi windows is not working and it is half lit up ie it is not green neither grey also sometimes the screen doesn’t work.

  20. Larry

    12/10/2013 at 6:56 pm

    Today finally took the plunge and updated our (wife & my own) AT&T galaxy s4 to adroid 4.3. Have not seen any problems like those mentioned here, battery life has not changed, internet fast if not faster, smooth….time will tell.

  21. JLOVE

    12/11/2013 at 1:21 pm

    Issues:

    Samsung Knox & Gear are not showing up in app tray only in application manager. Battery life sucks nnow and takes forever to charge. I let drain to 4% after the update around 6pm. At midnight it charged up to only a mere 80%! And that’s with me not touching it. I haven’t resetted my phone after the update and I really don’t want to.

    Any suggestions ?

  22. Harold

    12/15/2013 at 10:56 am

    I love how people who don’t have problems shrug off any criticism as irrelevant or act like the rest of us are lying. Why even comment then if you don’t have problems? Do you go on car forums and when someone has a problem, do you write, oh your engine failed? Mines working great!

    I have an ATT/Rogers Galaxy S3 747 model. I updated and not only do I have my WiFi disconnect or say it’s unstable 3-4 times a day, but the phone often crashes when using the Internet. I’m noticing a large increase in RAM usage which means it’s not as optimized an update. It also takes longer to charge, had a weird LED flash notification I had to turn off and the lock screen is weird with boxes that are empty or different screens. Not to mention it started to post my text messages on lock screen.

    Here’s hoping a fix is issued soon. I almost feel like buying another phone because of how often the WiFi disconnects, makes the phone unusable because I don’t want to use data if I’m roaming or near my limit.

    • Dieter

      12/15/2013 at 11:10 am

      Agree, so hope the ones who have the phones working and one day have issues, they won’t post, we would be all over them. I’m on my 3rd phone and still issues, one phone heated up so much that it was burning my leg (not on fire) but very hot. I went to the Best Buy Samsung desk and the Samsung guy tells me that my protective plastic is causing to overheat and that the unit needs to breathe…. I shrugged my shoulders and left. Samsung does not have a clue or is ignoring the issues and the fad that it is the best phone will fade away, just like BlackBerry folks that were die hard to the end. I wrote to Samsung on their blog on my issues, they removed it and noting that the comments were not relevant to the product as comparison.
      Looking at the HTC1, my friend has one and he works same company as I and has same email accounts as I do and uses stock apps that came with the phone. Samsung you cannot get out of the website, have to use the back button several times till you are out, most annoying, HTC you can x out the website, so you are not running the internet and using up the GB

  23. Tasha (@xocanadianangel)

    12/15/2013 at 11:08 pm

    Updated my Samsung Galaxy S3 from Rogers in Western Canada a few days ago. Loved it until the next day I noticed that my screen now blacks out at least a few times a day while browsing with Chrome. It’s like it’s some sort of glitch. Kind of annoying. It never did that before. Speed seems ok, sometimes a little leggy now (just upgraded phone a month and a half ago). Battery life hasn’t changed since updating. It still lasts me the whole day with heavy usage. Overall I’m disappointed with the update for the screen blackout issue. (It’s not due to the display screen timeout). I blame the update as I never had this issue before updating. :/

  24. Dave

    12/17/2013 at 11:36 pm

    Hi new to this. I have just updated my s4, which is on Orange. To 4.3. Its terrible. Phone keeps switching itself off, and will not reboot, just keeps going round in circles. The odd time it shows my lock screen it just goes black/off after about 10 seconds. Whilst its doing this the phone gets very hot. Have to take the battery out and let it cool down. It did run for one day, and switched itself off three times. Now though, can’t get it to stay on. Got about 20 vids on the phone, charting my grand daughters (21months old) life from birth to 21 months. And not backed up phone for two months. Heartbreaking. It was fine/great before the uprade to 4.3.

    • Larry

      12/18/2013 at 10:39 am

      @Dave, did you save the movie vids on the phone ot a SD external card? If so, remove it corm your device, get a usb adapter reader and download to your computer

  25. richard

    12/18/2013 at 2:57 pm

    Galaxy note 2 user in the uk unlocked n7100 model no issues everything is working 680 mb ram used much less than 900mb on 4.1 with the same apps. I am happy with the update everything is faster no lag at all, games look smoother and screen loojs a bit sharper, I havent reset the device I just updated ota and that was it.

  26. Doug

    12/18/2013 at 10:03 pm

    I updated my Note 2 last night and now I can not use most of my apps, i can’t use Chrome and I can’t use my email app. Hey Samsung thanks for the great update. I am a small business person and I can’t use Square to take credit card payment’s. This is not acceptable. I am in California on AT&T

  27. Randy

    12/19/2013 at 12:54 am

    Should have read this thread before updating my Note 2 yesterday! Problems: battery overheats, slow charging, stuttering in navigation, apps are slower to react… Noiw I know why some people are Apple fans, though some problems may arise from their updates, however they are immediately dealt with. If it weren’t for their silly iTunes, non replaceable battery, non extandable memory(etc…!)I would have went Apple. Really disappointing from Samsung.

  28. Dave Shu

    12/19/2013 at 5:05 am

    Let’s fight on the mobile phone post!! You are all a bunch of idiots. Dieter if you really had a business that covered 2/3 of the US and over 3000 customers then first of all you definitely wouldn’t be using T-Mobile unless you were mildly retarded, give Verizon or at least Att a try (you’ll have coverage for voice and 4G data at least) , and second of all you wouldn’t be wasting all of your time posting on a mobile phone website. Blow me and quit lying bro.

    • Dieter

      12/19/2013 at 9:32 am

      Gee Dave, you must be 14 years old or maybe 16, but we here are much older and don’t use vulgar language and share our opinions and issues and looking a way to solve the problems. One day when you grow up, I think you will understand what cell phones are really used for. So remove yourself from this chat and join something that you and your high school friends can complain about….

  29. Zac

    12/20/2013 at 7:56 am

    I’ve got a Cricket S4 and 4.3 has been nothing but an improvement over 4.2.2. Battery life is better, phone is noticeably smoother and all around “snappier”, no reboots to speak of, etc. but the issues here are real and really do cause grief for users. My brother has a Sprint S3 and the 4.3 update has rendered his phone almost useless. Extremely slow charging (20 hours on the charger and still not charged) and horrendous battery life. When you’re used to having your phone last all day on a single charge to just a few hours, its an issue.

    Hope a bug fix release is in the works.

  30. Riddoy

    12/21/2013 at 7:51 am

    Serious battery charging problem in galaxy note2 ..WE NEED A FIX

  31. Ron Ronron

    12/21/2013 at 10:00 pm

    Sprint GS3 here. Got the update a few days ago and now 4g Lte is like aol95 dialup speed, if it even connects. Only way to get a decent, but very slow, connection is to disable lte entirely and switch to CRAM only.

    If this doesn’t resolve I will be cancelling my contract with sprint and switching to tmobile. If sprint hits my credit report with an ETC fee Ill sue them for breach of contract. Others should do the same. In the USA we have the slowest and most expensive mobile internet. Sue these idiots.

  32. Theodore41

    12/22/2013 at 3:55 am

    Has anybody the Sony mw1 BT,together with the Note 2?
    I jave one,and after the 4.3 upgrading,the combination fails.It seems that the blame,goes to the smart connect app,which needs upgrade as well.
    Any help?

  33. tariq

    12/23/2013 at 5:24 am

    will i lose my installed apps if i updated my note 2 to 4.3 jelly bean?

    • Larry

      12/23/2013 at 8:46 am

      AT&T S4 user, you wont lose any apps. You may want to proceed with caution as many others after download experiencing problems. Wife and I upgraded to 4.3 and both phones working great, better than before

  34. Steven Anderson

    12/23/2013 at 9:14 am

    S3 Verizon, never had 4.2, was using 4.1 before the 4.3. My battery drains twice as fast now. Only way to charge now is turn phone off. Haven’t done a reset yet but it wasn’t required 3mths ago on that software update.

  35. Josh

    12/24/2013 at 8:14 am

    Sprint Note 2. After update phone has stopped ringing.

  36. jamal

    12/25/2013 at 8:19 am

    Hi .. i had galaxy note 2 . After i did da update jelly bean 4.3 . The battery become short life . And some time it hang … please .. anyone can help me for these issue

    • rasha

      01/04/2014 at 8:55 am

      I had galaxy note2 , after jell bean 4.3 update pop up window disappeared .now I should either choose between turning off videos or just watch them but before update l used to watch videos while writing messages or searching web or any thing on my phone ….any suggestions what should I do ?

  37. amb7247

    01/09/2014 at 6:39 am

    has anyone had issues with the GPS on the Galaxy S3 after the 4.3 Update. I used it yesterday and it was incredibly laggy and slow. I’m miss my turns since it didn’t say when to turn or the screen did update. And if I did turn, it didn’t change until 5-10 seconds later. So by that time, I already passed where I was supposed to turn. It was so bad, I had to bring out the ‘ole Garmin. At least it works.

  38. Dawn Johnson

    01/09/2014 at 11:55 am

    I updated my S3 yesterday – now my battery is only lasts 1/2 as long and all of my pictures since 12/28/14 are nowhere to be found. All my photos have now been transferred to “PHOTOS”, and the “GALLERY” is now empty – grrrrrrr. No New Year’s Eve pics

  39. Dennis Kelley

    01/10/2014 at 9:43 am

    My Note 2 got updated three days ago (Verizon), and I’m disappointed. I have noticed no performance improvement in any area. In fact the phone is much more sluggish in its performance than before the update; the battery life is significantly worse (something is sucking the life out of it); wi-fi connectivity has become a major problem (phone keeps connecting/disconnecting/reconnecting, etc.), and the music player now is plagued with annoying interruptions. Not happy about this at all. Anyone know of any way to go back to the older version of Android?

  40. julia

    01/10/2014 at 7:44 pm

    Updated to 4.3and now my phone won’t hold it’s sync with my car. This is very depressing. We live in Illinois and have to by law use a hands free device. I’m very very unhappy. If anyone knows of how to fix this, I’d appreciate input.

    • Chris

      01/13/2014 at 11:00 pm

      Same here Julia, the in car Bluetooth drops out since updating to 4.3 on my Galaxy S4. Hope Samsung fix it soon.

  41. Suze

    01/11/2014 at 4:59 pm

    I loved my Galaxy S3 for 1 1/2 years with zero problems. As soon as I downloaded the updated a few weeks ago, my phone has been horrible. The browser freezes up all the time or says it has become unresponsive, I will be in the middle of typing and it will freeze up, to name a few issues. I took it into a Sprint repair store today and they did a hard reset, and updated some other stuff. My phone is just a crappy as before. I will be switching carriers so I am able to get a new phone–they will pay me to switch. I can’t afford to stay with Sprint and have a non-functioning phone. They have offered me nothing except to tell me that I will have to pay $75 to fix this mess. I could see that if I had damaged my phone, but they damaged it! Thanks, Sprint.

    • Larry

      01/11/2014 at 5:15 pm

      Suze, beware. Switching carriers wont guarantee problems wont exist. This new update has caused problems with about ALL phone carriers.
      If and when you switch, what ever model phone you purchase, BEFORE you walk out the store, check to see, ot have them show you, what operating system its running. Android 4.2. 4.3. 4.4 etc. Make sure ALL functions you use the most work. If its running 4.2…it will update to 4.3 possibly without you knowing it!
      I have been one of the “lucky” ones who has a new galaxy S4 from AT&T, not long ago updated to 4.3 and have had NO ISSUES. I love this phone!
      Sorry to hear about your troubles, good luck.

      • Suze

        01/11/2014 at 5:27 pm

        Larry, thanks for the advice. I certainly will be careful. I will probably get one that already has the 4.3 version so I can see if it works or not within the 30 day period. My husband’s phone keeps asking him if he wants to update now or later, and he always clicks later because if what happened to mine. I know I may not have that option with a new phone.

        • Larry

          01/11/2014 at 5:57 pm

          Anytime Suze. Your hubby being cautious makes sense, I too was reluctant to update my phone and the wife’s. Decided to take a chance and if it didnt work out, was going to leave the wife’s phone alone.
          You may want to check out the models that have the new Kitkat, 4.4 version.
          Have fun with your new phone!

  42. earl brooks

    01/11/2014 at 5:44 pm

    My spell check has gone crazy not suggesting but inputting misspellings that I can’t go back and respell correctly…. it just rechooses the wrong word when I correct it…..

  43. [email protected]

    01/12/2014 at 11:31 pm

    hi.
    After I upgraded my Note 2, to 4.3,I have problems with my MW1 Sony bluetooth.
    Several days after,Sony upgraded the software of the MW1,but the problen is here.
    I can not hear the sound of the call,through the earphone of the BT,when I make the call,and I can not hear the voice of the other person again through the earphone,while I can hear it through the speaker of the Note 2.
    Can you help to fix the problem?

  44. vashishthamishra

    01/15/2014 at 10:56 pm

    I have downloaded the update thru wifi, and during the download period I was browsing internet for the reviews of update. After reviewing, I’m not interested in updating right now. But package is already downloaded in my phone and it keeps asking to install. When I click Later, there is only 3 hrs postpone is possible. Please help me to get rid of this.

    • Suze

      01/16/2014 at 10:42 am

      My husband will not update due to my phone’s horrible performance after the update. He keeps getting this popup and the guys at the Sprint store tell him there is absolutely nothing he can do to get rid of it, except installing it, of course. But do not install! Just keep clicking “install later” forever.

  45. G Martin

    01/21/2014 at 5:59 am

    S4 Active ATT. Internet glitches, and bluetooth drops so far. Hope they patch soon.

  46. Suze

    01/22/2014 at 12:57 pm

    If you want to cancel within the 14 days, do they give you your old phone hack? This goes for T Mobile.

    • Larry

      01/22/2014 at 2:39 pm

      Suze…you would have to ask them about that policy..sorry dont have better answer

  47. Suze

    01/22/2014 at 1:21 pm

    Back not hack

  48. JOpeth

    01/23/2014 at 8:28 pm

    My T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 now does not hold a stable connection to the wifi network at my job because it has a proxy. I never had this issue before and I’ve been trying fixes with no avail. Sucks because otherwise the 4.3 update has been useful. Pretty serious issue though seeing as how I use my phone as part of my job and my office is in an interior room with service available only through the wifi proxy network.

  49. Kelley

    02/02/2014 at 9:53 pm

    THE Mobile S4 updated last week and now I cannot dial outgoing calls. I can only call from the text msg screen. Very frustrating because I did a hard reset to try to fix the problem and lost all my text messages. So now if I want to call someone I have to send them a text first!

    • Ivan

      09/10/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Any luck on what the issue was? Did u find a solution?

  50. Zurkster

    02/03/2014 at 5:49 am

    Two big problems I have had since updating my Galaxy S4, Firstly the HDMI connection does not work at all now, where I used it daily before the update. Secondly the Wi-fi settings scans for connections EVERY 5 SECONDS, which is killing my battery. There are probably more errors and invisible problems I’ve yet to discover, I just hope they roll out another update to fix these issues. WHY OH WHY COULDN’T THEY ACTUALLY TEST THE UPDATES BEFORE RELEASING THEM. Was ‘GEAR’ connectivity that important that they missed everything important. I used to love Samsung products but quickly losing faith with android firmware. Someone should be accountable for screwing up all our phones?

  51. David Beaver

    02/05/2014 at 4:41 am

    I did the update, this caused my phone battery to drain faster than it did before the update. Video play back freezes. Wi-FI drops some what but not to much. Other than that it is ok for the time being until Samsung gets off their butts and work on it quickly. One would think Samsung would have tried this out on a phone before issuing the update out to the public. This shows Samsung wasn’t thinking on this one.

  52. Jackie

    02/05/2014 at 11:53 am

    My husband can’t use his phone at all he has no network connection tried everything and no luck his phone is absolutely useless all together.

  53. david

    02/10/2014 at 10:47 am

    is anyone getting ther galaxy note 2 restarting out of the blue its happened to me twice plus i cant use multiwindow as its half green and i th9in it takes ages to charge the mobile up also

  54. Enrique Suarez

    02/13/2014 at 7:37 pm

    I have the same issue. My GNII just randomly shuts off. The phone is only 3 weeks old and that’s after I went to get my last one fixed out of warranty at the AT&T regional repair center in Irvine. I told them it was not my fault I ended up updating my phone to 4.3 in November. My warranty expired in November, I argued and after not being able to fix my original GNII because it finally died with a white screen, they just gave me a new one. Now I’m going to go back again and have them reset it to 4.1.2 where I never had any problems.

  55. tom

    02/22/2014 at 6:37 am

    My Verizon note 2 is so slow after update

  56. Cynthia

    02/22/2014 at 7:55 am

    I have a Samsung Galaxy 4 and have had it since last year. 2 days ago my bluetooth and my wifi turned off and won’t let me turn them back on. My battery seems to drain faster also. If I didn’t have wifi connection would I still be able to go online? I know for sure I can’t connect my bluetooth. Going down to t mobile and I hope they don’t tell me to do a factory reset. Had to do that with a phone I had before. I wonder is there a way to save most of the stuff you have in your phone. Last time they say it saved but it really didn’t.

    • Larry

      02/22/2014 at 8:06 am

      Dear Cynthia,
      Most likely you will need to do a factory reset. Save your music, pics, videos, files etc on your external SD card (if you have one installed) and remove it before you do a reset.
      Many apps you have installed will be lost so make a list to reinstall them afterwards.
      Good luck

  57. Gilbert

    02/24/2014 at 6:28 am

    Since updated to Android 4.3 my phone battery (GT-I9506) has been on high usage and it’s draining fast. I dont know why. Reboot and HW rest not working. Please fix this!

  58. [email protected]

    03/17/2014 at 8:41 am

    Upgraded to 4.3 two weeks ago (I’m slow with the upgrading) and now I’m having issues with text messages or input screens. It hangs and then tries to “catch up” with my typing. It then enters multiple phrases of what I typed. THEN it will hang again and the on screen keyboard vanishes. It won’t come back up until I exit the program and go back in. Very frustrating just to send a text message.

  59. Dominique

    03/21/2014 at 12:18 pm

    I too am slow on updates because I never like them, any one notice most times when they come out with updates, they end up making our phones worse than they were before the update, grrrr. Well I just got a replacement GS3 with 4.3 software and the only thing that I notice I am having problems with is my Internet, every hour or so when I go to any website, the websites that I’ve visited keep freezing and wont let me access them, Ive tried exciting out of them and making a fresh page with that exact same website and still has the same problem. The only way to fix it is by clearing ALL of the settings like cache, passwords, cookies, data and ect, THIS HAPPENS EVERY HOUR, SO FRUSTERATING!!

  60. Kerri

    05/17/2014 at 3:53 pm

    I have a galaxy note 2…I’ve only had it sense December 2013 ….when I first got it I could watch Netflix and only lose 2 % of battery life watching a 45 minute show.. it was awesome and I was so happy with it….now I can’t even get halfway through the show without losing ten percent or more of the battery….the battery takes forever to charge and sometimes when i plugg it in, it does not charge it at all….I had verizon send me a new phone and a new battery….which was like pulling teeth because I was being lied to and told they didn’t have batteries to send me…(and not that this has anything to do with it but when they sent it to me I received the package soaking wet like somebody dropped it in a pool and then sent it to me)…from what I’ve seen here the companies(and I mean the ones you pay monthly for these phones to continue to work when you own them) owe every single person whose bought a Samsung Galaxy Note a new phone that works ….we pay your company’s thousands of dollars a year and so far(and this comes from experience and talking to these assholes on the phone) I don’t think Verizon or any of these other companies give a flying s*** about their customers satisfaction or if our phones we’re using and paying for actually work when we pay these monthly outrageous bills! So far all I’ve seen are a lot of excuses from these companies who are so goddamn busy trying to keep up with how fast they can make the technology newer that they forget to make the technology we already have actually work before they go moving on to making something else…you OWE your customers working phones at all times…I’m a sick person with Crohn’s disease and a 10 year old child and I can’t have my cell phone failing on me…

    • Larry

      05/17/2014 at 4:13 pm

      @Kerrie

      So sorry to hear about the problems you have. I have been one of the “lucky” ones, have a Galaxy S4 bought in Dec. 2013. Both wife and I updated to jelky bean 4.2, experienced no problems. We since then have updated to Kitkat 4.4 and all working fine. Battery life seems a little longer lasting and charge time is much faster.
      Oh yes forgot to mention we on AT&T.
      May want to check out Android forums for suggestions/help on Play Newsstand app.
      Hopefully you soon may upgrade to 4.4 Kitkat and you device will perform better

  61. Kerri

    05/18/2014 at 12:21 am

    Larry I know you’re trying to be a helpful person but I can tell you now(and please don’t take offense to this cause its not meant as a rude thing to say) you sound just like those idiots on the phone ..none of that is going to help me right now ,I need a working cell phone now, not in an undisclosed amount of time and maybe they’ll send out some program that might fix the phone, they owe me a new phone.As far as I’m concerned they replaced the phone replaced the battery I’m still having the problem they need to give me the upgraded phone and not make me pay for it because this is their fault not mine…what is the point of having insurance on these phones if they don’t ever give you a working phone…they make me pay a very large bill every month and so do a lot of other people and we expect phones that work now not next week not 3 months from now when they try to put out some new program to pretend to fix the problem! They’re the ones who sent out this so-called upgrade and broke all the phones not me…I plugged in my new phone and battery tonight at 23% 9:00pm and it’s 3:00am in the morning and it’s still at 23%….how long should I wait for a working phone…it worked for a month …My phone has been broken pretty much sense I got it and I’m just supposed to keep waiting …In the mean time I’m a very sick person and go to a lot of doctors appointments and need this stupid phone to work. …it was a brand new phone ..I don’t think I’m asking too much for it to work! I don’t want to waste anymore of my time reading useless forums anymore they should just give me an upgraded phone…they can’t keep me paying a monthly bill for equipment they sold me and doesn’t work! I’m tired of the whole thing. All I’m getting from the forums is there is a lot of other customers just as pissed off as me and they can’t do anything about it! The companies owe all these customers phone upgrades I don’t care how much money it costs them I’m not going to keep paying monthly bills for a phone that doesn’t work. ….

    • Larry

      05/18/2014 at 8:33 am

      Kerri,
      No offense taken. Good luck.

      Larry

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Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Update Info (2020)

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With the official Android 11 roll out from Google underway, we want to take you through everything you should know right now Samsung’s plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.

In September, Google pushed its next operating system, Android 11, to Pixel users. That’s huge news for the Pixel community and it’s also big news for those who own other Android-powered devices. It means an official release is getting closer for those phones and tablets.

With Android 11 rolling out and Samsung’s Android 10 roll out slowing down, Galaxy smartphone and tablet users are starting to think about the future.

While some Android OEMs started talking about Android 11 months ago, Samsung remained silent. That changed after the launch of the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung’s confirmed early Android 11 plans. And thanks to that information along with rumors and traditions, we can put together an overview for those of you curious about Android 11.

In this guide we’re going to take you through what you should know about Android 11 if you currently own, or if you’re planning to buy a Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or another Galaxy device.

We’ll take you through what we know about Samsung’s version of Android 11. We’ll take you through what we know about the release date and we’ll outline which devices will get an upgrade to the new version of Android.

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Let’s start with what’s coming out before the official version of Android 11. Samsung is still rolling out Android 10 updates and it’s also pushing monthly updates to its stable of Galaxy phones and tablets.

Samsung Galaxy September Update

Samsung’s September update is pushing out right now.

The update is rolling out to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy M01s, Galaxy M31, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, and Galaxy Tab S6 and you can expect it to hit more devices in the near future.

The company’s September update includes a ton of patches including 15 fixes that are for issues related to Samsung’s own software.

If you own a Galaxy Tab S6, your upgrade should include software features from the new Galaxy Tab S7. Namely, Wireless DeX and the ability to request Wi-Fi passwords from people on your network if they’re in your contacts list.

If you want to learn more about Samsung’s September security update, head on over to the company’s website.

As a reminder, here’s the current breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage:

Current Models for Monthly Security Updates

  • Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note8, Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy XCover FieldPro, Galaxy XCover Pro

Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active
  • Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy View2
  • W20 5G

Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
  • Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star
  • Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh

So while devices like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 probably won’t get Android 11, they will get security patches and bug fixes for the foreseeable future.

The company’s pushed One UI 2.1, the interface that arrived on board the Galaxy S20 series, to a number of devices including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy A51, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy M01s, and Galaxy M31.

These updates brought a variety of changes including:

  • Quick Share
  • Music Share
  • Single Take
  • AR Zone
  • Pro Video Recording

That said, the One UI 2.1 update for older devices was missing at least one feature that’s present on Galaxy S20 models: Bixby Routines.

The company’s also released another version of One UI, dubbed One UI 2.5, that brings a number of improvements to Galaxy devices. The software debuted on board the Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung is pushing One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite, and Galaxy Tab S6 with more releases on the way.

The company is also planning to bring One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy Fold. It’s unclear when these updates will roll out.

One UI 2.5 is a fairly minor update, but it does bring a few notable changes including the ability for your device to remember the angle you used for your last selfie.

The camera app will also remember the last shooting mode you used (video, etc). There’s also support for full-screen navigation gestures in third-party launchers.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11: What’s New

Samsung’s version of Android 11 will look a lot different than the version Google releases for Pixel devices because it will utilize the company’s new One UI 3.0 user interface.

While we have some information, we don’t have the full picture because Samsung’s version of Android 11 is still in development. That said, it should bring a lot of Google’s features with it.

Google’s version of Android 11 includes features like:

  • Improved Quick Replies.
  • Mute notification sounds & vibrations during video capture recording.
  • Chat Bubbles.
  • Native Screen Recording.
  • Bluetooth improvements for headphones.
  • Memory Input/Output improvements.
  • Biometric Authentication Strength
  • Low Latency support.
  • Variable refresh rates.
  • Resume on Reboot.
  • And a whole lot more.

You can learn more about Android 11 on Google’s website.

As for Samsung’s version of Android 11 with One UI 3.0, we now have a full change log thanks to the company’s beta program.

As expected, the software is loaded up with changes. Here’s the first Galaxy Android 11/One UI 3.0 change log from the beta, courtesy of XDA-Developers:

Home screen

  • Touch and hold an app to add an associated widget.
  • Turn the screen off by double-tapping on an empty are of the Home screen. You can turn this on in Settings > Advanced features > Motion and gestures.

Lock screen

  • Dynamic Lock screen now has more categories,, and you can select more than one.
  • Lock screen widgets are improved.

Quick panel

  • See your conversations and media more conveniently in their own sections when you swipe down from the top of the screen.

AOD

  • Always On Display widgets are improved.

Accessibility

  • Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device setup.
  • Get recommended accessibility features based on what you use.
  • Set the Accessibility shortcut more easily in settings.
  • Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices such as TVs and lights to give you more visible alerts when the doorbell rings or a baby is crying.

Samsung Keyboard

  • You can find the keyboard in settings more easily under General management in Settings, and the settings have been reorganized to put the most important ones first.

Samsung DeX

  • You can now connect to supported TVs wirelessly.
  • New touchpad multi-gestures let you change screen zoom and font size more easily.

Internet

  • Added ability to block websites from redirecting you when you tap the Back button.
  • Added warnings and blocking options for websites that shot too many pop-ups or notifications.
  • Rearranged menus to make things easier to find.
  • Added several new add-ons, including one that translates websites.
  • Added option hide the status bar for a more immersive browsing experience.
  • Increased maximum number of open tabs to 99.
  • Added ability to lock and reorder tabs.
  • Improved design for tab bar which is now supported on all devices.
  • Ended support for Samsung Internet edge panel.

Contacts & Phone

  • Added the ability to edit multiple linked contacts at one time.
  • Added an option to help you quickly delete duplicate contacts.
  • Enhanced the search experience.
  • Extended the storage period of the Trash bin from 15 to 30 days.

Phone/Call background

  • Added the ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos.

Messages

  • Created a Trash bin to store recently deleted messages.

Call & Text on other devices

  • Added the ability to turn Call & text on other devices on or off with Bixby Routines.

Calendar

  • Events with the same start time are now shown together in month and agenda view.
  • Reorganized options for adding and editing events.
  • Improved layout for full screen alerts.

Reminder

  • Improved layout for full screen alerts

Digital wellbeing and Parental controls

  • Added trends to your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed since the previous week and check your usage time for each feature.
  • Added phone usage time while driving to the weekly report.
  • Added a lock screen widget so you can check your screen time without unlocking your phone.
  • Added separate profiles for personal and work modes so you can track your screen time separately.

Camera

  • Improved auto-focus and auto exposure functionality and usability.
  • Improved stabilization when taking pictures of the moon at high zoom levels.

Photo editor

  • Added the ability to revert edited pictures back to their original versions.

Bixby Routine

  • Grouped preset routines help you get started quickly and learn how to build your own routines easily.
  • You can now see what actions are reversed when a routine ends.
  • New conditions have been added, such as a specific start time, the disconnection of a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network, a call from a specific number, and more.
  • New actions have been added, including talking to Bixby and accessibility actions.
  • You can add a customized icon for each routine and add routines to the Lock screen for quick access.

The software is a work in progress and there’s always a chance Samsung adds, or subtracts, features from this list as the beta progresses.

For instance, Google’s smart home controls are reportedly missing from the pre-beta software, but we could see them added into the final version of the software. Time will tell.

Samsung’s also working on the software that will power the upcoming Galaxy S21 series. The firmware was, as expected, is based on Android 11.

We don’t know what the software will look like, but the devices will almost certainly be powered by a new version of One UI, probably dubbed One UI 3.1.

These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android 11

Samsung typically keeps devices updated with major Android software updates for two years. Fortunately, it looks like the company will change this policy for Android 11.

The company says it’s committed to providing three years of major software upgrades going forward. This is obviously a huge development.

Initially it looked like this might only apply to higher profile devices, but according to Samsung, lengthier support will also be extended to other devices.

Here’s the full list:

  • Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20 in addition to Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite and upcoming S series devices.
  • Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices.
  • Galaxy Foldable devices: Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Fold and upcoming Z series devices
  • Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices.
  • Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 5G, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices.

As for Android 11, Popular phones like the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S10Galaxy S10+Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note 10 are shoo-ins. The Galaxy Note 20 will make the move to Android 11 as well.

As for the company’s tablets, the Galaxy Tab S6 and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) will get upgraded to Android 11. You can also expect the new Galaxy Tab S7 to get upgraded as well.

Mid-range phones and tablets from 2019 should also move from Android 10 to Android 11.

Here is a preliminary list of device we think will get upgraded to Android 11 in 2020 and 2021:

  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy Note 10
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy Fold
  • Galaxy Z Flip
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy A10
  • Galaxy A10e
  • Galaxy A10s
  • Galaxy A11
  • Galaxy A20
  • Galaxy A20e
  • Galaxy A20s
  • Galaxy A21
  • Galaxy A21s
  • Galaxy A30
  • Galaxy A30s
  • Galaxy A31
  • Galaxy A40
  • Galaxy A41
  • Galaxy A50
  • Galaxy A50s
  • Galaxy A51
  • Galaxy A60
  • Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy A70s
  • Galaxy A71
  • Galaxy A80
  • Galaxy A8s
  • Galaxy M01
  • Galaxy M11
  • Galaxy M21
  • Galaxy M30s
  • Galaxy M31
  • Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy Tab S7
  • Galaxy Tab S6
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S5e
  • Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019)
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These Galaxy Devices Might Not Get Android 11

Any Galaxy device that’s not on that list is currently on the fence when it comes to Android 11. That means popular devices like the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 series are very much in danger of getting left behind on Android 10.

Here are a few Samsung Galaxy devices that could stick around on Android 10:

  • Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy S9+
  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Galaxy A7 (2018)
  • Galaxy A6 (2018)
  • Galaxy A6+ (2018)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)

Older models like Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 probably won’t get upgraded to Android 11 either. Neither device has been upgraded to Android 10.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Beta

Google’s Android 11 beta included the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the Pixel 4a.

Other companies that took part in the Android 11 beta included OnePlus (OnePlus 8 series), Xiomi (Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and the POCO F2 Pro), and OPPO (Find X2 and Find X2 Pro).

As for Samsung, it will host its own Android 11 beta for Galaxy devices.

The company has launched its Android 11 beta program. The program has started in the pre-release phase which requires users to register to become a Samsung developer partner. You can do that over on its website.

Samsung’s Android 11 pre-beta is limited to Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra models in South Korea and the United States, but the company will open the beta up to users in China, Germany, India, Poland, and the United Kingdom once the pre-beta process ends.

As for the start of the public Android 11 beta, it looks like it could happen soon. An update for the company’s Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app includes support for Android 11.

Samsung used to keep its Android betas exclusive to its Galaxy S flagship models. In 2016, the Android Nougat beta was exclusive to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users. In 2017, Samsung limited the Android Oreo beta to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

It took a different approach with Android Pie. Instead of keeping it limited to Galaxy S flagships, Samsung expanded the Android Pie/One UI beta to former flagships and mid-range devices. The Android 10 beta reverted back to the old days with a far more limited release.

While we don’t know how the Android 11 beta will work exactly, you can expect the Galaxy Note 20 to take part at some point. We also expect to see a release for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 models down the road.

For more on the Samsung Galaxy Android 11 beta program, take a look at our guide.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Release Date

So when will Samsung release its first Android 11 update? Let’s start with what we know.

Now that the Galaxy Android 11 beta program is live, we know that the company is hard at work on updates for the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The Galaxy S20+ Android 11 update recently appeared in a benchmark on HTML5test which is a sign that testing is underway behind the scenes. The device being tested was running the company’s unreleased Samsung Internet 13.0.

The company is reportedly testing Android 11 on the Galaxy S10+. Earlier this year the device showed up in a Geekbench benchmark.

Last year, Samsung pushed its first public Android 10 beta in October, or, several weeks after Google pushed the official version of Android 10 to Pixel devices. With the official version of Android 11 out for Pixel devices, the public beta is getting close.

Samsung says the Galaxy S20 series will be the first to Android 11 and we expect the Galaxy Note 20 series to follow closely behind. These devices will followed by older models like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10.

And while a lot of Galaxy models will probably get Android 11 in the second half 2020, many others will have to wait until 2021. Samsung’s Android roll outs typically span across several months.

We’ll continue to update this post with new information as the year goes on so make sure to check back in with us.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

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You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

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While you might have your sights on the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, the Galaxy S10 series, the Galaxy Note 10 series, or another device, some of you might want to think about holding out for the Samsung Galaxy S21/Samsung Galaxy S30.

The Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are the company’s current flagships and they’re certainly worth of consideration if you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone in 2020.

If you’re looking to stay in the Galaxy family, you’ll also want to check out Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ from last year. They’re dependable devices and they’re much cheaper than they once were.

Outside of the Galaxy family you’ll want to take note of devices like Apple’s flagship iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. They’re excellent alternatives to Samsung’s top names.

If you’d prefer to stick with Android, make sure you look into the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as well.

You’ll also want to take note of some of the phones that will arrive later this year. The list includes the 5G-powered iPhone 12 and the Google Pixel 5.

We’re also hearing about the phones coming in 2021. We’ve heard a lot about Apple’s iPhone 13 and we’ve also heard about the Samsung’s Galaxy S20’s successors.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Rumors

According to one leaker, the next Galaxy S is dubbed “Project U” behind the scenes. Presumably called Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30, the new models will almost certainly take the popular Galaxy S series to greater heights with improved hardware and software.

According to Samsung-centric blog SamMobile, Samsung is developing three versions of the Galaxy S21 which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that that’s been the company’s formula for a couple of years now.

The models in development are reportedly dubbed SM-G991, SM-G996, and SM-G998. These likely correspond to the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

One rumor suggests Samsung will stop selling phones with a bundled charger as soon as next year in an effort to keep costs down. Apple is reportedly doing the same with the iPhone this year.

Another rumor suggests Samsung is currently testing screen sizes for the largest Galaxy S21 model with 6.911″, 7.076″, and 7.095″ supposedly under consideration right now.

While the Galaxy Note 20 is built out of “glasstic,” one leaker claims the smallest Galaxy S21 is not made out of the material, at least not yet.

One report claims Samsung will bring the Galaxy Note’s S Pen stylus to the Galaxy S line starting with the Galaxy S21 Ultra model.

Ice Universe, a respected leaker, says that while the S Pen might come to the Galaxy S21, it won’t prevent Samsung from releasing a Galaxy Note 21.

Another leaker says the Galaxy S21 won’t take a significant leap from the Galaxy S20 series. He says the devices are more like “S20.5” or “S20s.” Galaxy S20 sales numbers haven’t been great so it’ll be interesting to see if that plan sticks.

We’ve seen a steady stream of Galaxy S21 rumors and that means we can start to piece together some expectations. From there, we can help you make a decision about whether to buy a new phone now or take a wait and see approach as we push deeper into the year.

The Galaxy S21 release date is months away and many of you can’t or simply won’t want to wait until 2021 to upgrade. That said, the Galaxy S21 should definitely be on your radar if you’re planning to upgrade your phone later in the year.

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You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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With the Samsung Galaxy Android 10 update rolling out and new info starting to emerge, we want to take you through everything you should know right now about Samsung’s Android 10 plans for Galaxy phones and tablets.

In this guide we’re going to take you through what you should know about Android 10 if you currently own or if you’re planning to buy a Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or another Galaxy phone or tablet.

We’ll take you through what we know about Samsung’s version of Android 10. We’ll take you through what we know about the release date and we’ll outline which devices should, and shouldn’t, get an upgrade to the new version of Android.

Samsung Galaxy September Update

Samsung’s September update is pushing out right now.

The update has landed for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, and Galaxy Tab S6. You can expect it to hit more devices in the days ahead.

The company’s September update includes a ton of patches including 15 fixes that are for issues related to Samsung’s own software.

If you own a Galaxy Tab S6, your update should include software features from the company’s new Galaxy Tab S7. Namely, Wireless DeX and the ability to request Wi-Fi passwords from people on your network if they’re in your contacts list.

If you want to learn more about Samsung’s September security update, head on over to the company’s website.

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As a reminder, here’s the current breakdown of Samsung’s current Android security update coverage:

Current Models for Monthly Security Updates

  • Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note8, Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
  • Enterprise Models: Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy XCover FieldPro, Galaxy XCover Pro

Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active
  • Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8 Plus (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy View2
  • W20 5G

Current Models for Other Regular Security Updates

  • Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
  • Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star
  • Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J5 Prime, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh

So while devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 won’t get Android 10, they will get security patches and bug fixes for the foreseeable future.

Samsung Galaxy Android 10: What’s New

Samsung’s version of Android 10 looks a lot different than Google’s version because it utilizes the company’s One UI user interface.

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The company’s developed multiple versions of the One UI. The first, One UI 2.0, is on board all of Samsung’s Android 10 updates. Some of the highlights on board include:

  • A new streamlined design.
  • Enhanced Dark Mode.
  • Improvements to Device Care.
  • Enhanced Biometrics.
  • New features for One-handed Mode.
  • Full screen gestures.
  • Improvements to apps like Calendar, Reminder, and My Files.
  • DeX for PC. (Galaxy S9 & Galaxy Note 9).

Samsung’s also released Good Lock 2020 with Android 10 support. The customization app includes support for Dark Mode.

Samsung’s version of Android 10 also sports features from Google’s version of Android 10 including Focus Mode and improvements to Digital Wellbeing. Others include:

  • Improved Privacy Protection & Controls
  • Privacy Manager
  • Expanded Location Controls
  • Multi-Tasking Bubbles
  • Support for Foldable Displays
  • Sharing Shortcuts
  • Smart Reply, Suggested Actions
  • Live Caption
  • Settings Panels
  • Gestural Navigation
  • Theme Controls
  • Notification Assistant
  • Improved Peer-to-Peer and Internet Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Performance Mode
  • Dynamic Depth Formats for Photos
  • New Audio and Video Codecs
  • Native MIDI APIs
  • Improved Vulkan Graphics & Neural Network APIs

If you’re curious about Google’s Android 10 features, we recommend checking out our walkthrough. It’ll take you through all the key changes.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series debuted with Android 10 and a new version One UI, dubbed One UI 2.1, on board.

Samsung’s pushed the One UI 2.1 out to the Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Note 10 series. This means these devices now have official access to Galaxy S20 software features like Single Take and Pro Mode for Video.

One UI 2.1 has also rolled out to the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy A71, and Galaxy A51. It’s also pushing out to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9.

The Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 One UI 2.1 updates bring a variety of changes including:

  • Quick Share
  • Music Share
  • Single Take
  • AR Zone
  • Pro Video Recording

The One UI 2.1 update for older devices is missing at least one feature that’s present on Galaxy S20 models: Bixby Routines.

On top of that, the company has released a new version of One UI, dubbed One UI 2.5, that brings several improvements to Galaxy devices. The software debuted on board the new Galaxy Note 20.

Samsung is pushing One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Tab S6.

The company is also planning to bring One UI 2.5 to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy Fold. It’s unclear when these updates will roll out.

One UI 2.5 is a minor update, but it does bring a few notable changes including the ability for your device to remember the angle you used for your last selfie.

The camera app will also remember the last shooting mode you used (video, etc). There’s also support for full-screen navigation gestures in third-party launchers.

These Galaxy Devices Will Get Android 10

Samsung typically keeps devices updated with major Android software updates for two years. That’s changing as the company says it’s now committed to providing three years of major software upgrades going forward.

Initially it looked like this might only apply to higher profile devices, but lengthier support will also be extended to a number of other devices.

Here’s the full list directly from Samsung:

  • Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20 in addition to Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite and upcoming S series devices.
  • Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy Note 10+, Galaxy Note 10 5G, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices.
  • Galaxy Foldable devices: Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Fold and upcoming Z series devices
  • Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices.
  • Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 5G, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices.

As for the devices moving to Android 10 in 2020, here’s what we know so far:

  • Galaxy S10 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10 5G (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10+ (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10e (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10 Lite (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 10 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Fold (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S9 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S9+ (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 9 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A9 (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A7 (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A6 (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A6+ (2018) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A80 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A70 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A70s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A71 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A50 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A50s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A40 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A40s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A30 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A20 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A20e (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A10 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy A10s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy J6 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy J6+
  • Galaxy J8 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy J8+
  • Galaxy M10
  • Galaxy M20 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy M30 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy M30s (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy M40 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab S4 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab S5e (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab S6 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018)

These Galaxy Devices Probably Won’t Get Android 10

Any device that’s received two major software updates (Oreo and Pie) is currently on the fence when it comes to Android 10. This means popular devices like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 will most likely get left behind on Android Pie.

Here are a few Samsung Galaxy devices that will probably stick around on Android Pie:

The Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ aren’t listed on Samsung’s Android 10 roadmaps.

The Galaxy S8 has appeared in a GeekBench benchmark showing Android 10 on board, but this doesn’t confirm a release for the aging device.

In fact, it looks like the Galaxy S8 in question was running the LineageOS custom ROM. An official Android 10 update for the Galaxy S8 series is reportedly not in development at this time.

Samsung customer service reps have repeatedly told disgruntled Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 users that their devices will get upgraded to Android 10 down the road, but Samsung reps are extremely unreliable.

Samsung itself has reportedly confirmed plans to leave these devices behind on Android Pie so barring a change of heart, these devices won’t get an official version of Android 10.

Older devices like Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge probably won’t get upgraded to Android 10 either. Neither device received an upgrade to Android Pie.

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Samsung Galaxy Android 10 Release Date

The million dollar question: “When is Samsung planning to release Android 10 for my device?” Here’s what we know.

Galaxy S10 Android 10 Update

Samsung is rolling the official Galaxy S10 Android 10 update out to those on Android Pie. The update is widely available in many regions:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Kuwait
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Others

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have pushed the Galaxy S10 Android 10 update in the United States. T-Mobile’s also pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy S10 5G.

If you own an unlocked Galaxy S10 model in the United States, you should see Android 10. It’s rolling out to unlocked models right now.

As for Canada, the update is currently available on most carriers. If you own a Galaxy S10, you’ll want to check your phone for the download.

Samsung is also now pushing Android 10 and the One UI 2.0 to the Galaxy S10 5G. It’s also pushing Android 10 with One UI 2.1 to the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 Update

The stable version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 update is rolling out to the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G right now.

The upgrade is currently rolling out to those who participated in the Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 beta program and those running Android Pie. Here’s the list of places where the Galaxy Note 10 Android 10 update is currently available:

  • Austria
  • Baltic countries
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Nordic countries
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Others

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are currently pushing Android 10 to their Galaxy Note 10 models. The update’s also moving out to unlocked models in the U.S.

Galaxy Fold Android 10 Update

The Samsung Galaxy Fold Android 10 update is finally rolling out in the United States and the update includes features from Samsung’s One UI 2.1.

It’s also pushing out in other regions so if you bought Samsung’s foldable phone you should keep an eye out for your upgrade as it should arrive in the near future.

Galaxy Note 9 Android 10 Update

Samsung’s now pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy Note 9 and it’s available for beta testers and those currently running Android Pie in Canada, Germany, India, Turkey, and many other countries.

The Galaxy Note 9 Android 10 update is also moving out in the United States where it has landed for devices on smaller carriers like Comcast, Spectrum Mobile, US Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile.

It’s also pushing out to Galaxy Note 9 users on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and to unlocked Galaxy Note 9 models.

Galaxy S9 Android 10 Update

The Galaxy S9 Android 10 update has left beta and the official software is now pushing to users in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Many others

In the United States, the Galaxy S9 update is pushing to users on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular and Xfinity Mobile.

The update is also available for the unlocked model.

Galaxy M Android 10 Update

Samsung is also pushing Android 10 to mid-range devices.

The Galaxy M40 Android 10 update has made the move to Android 10.

The Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20 Android 10 roll outs have begun. The two updates are currently rolling out in Germany, Greece, India, and Luxembourg. The Galaxy M30s Android 10 update is also pushing out.

Turkey’s also rolling out the Galaxy M20 Android 10 update and we expect the roll outs to pickup steam as we push deeper into the year.

If you can’t wait for the OTA, you can manually install Android 10 right now. If you own a Galaxy M20, head here. If you own a Galaxy M30, head here.

Galaxy A Android 10 Update

The company is pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy A80, the Galaxy A71, the Galaxy A70, the Galaxy A70s, the Galaxy A51, the Galaxy A50, the Galaxy A50s, the Galaxy A40s, the Galaxy A30, the Galaxy A20e, the Galaxy A20s, the unlocked Galaxy A20s, the Galaxy A20, the Galaxy A10, the Galaxy A10s, the Galaxy A7 (2018), the Galaxy A6+, and the Galaxy A6 (2018).

Galaxy J Android 10 Update

Samsung is pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy J series with the Galaxy J8 and Galaxy J8 picking up the update.

Galaxy Tab Android 10 Update

The Galaxy Tab S6 Android 10 update is rolling out in several countries and the upgrade brings the company’s One UI 2.1 along with it.

Verizon is also pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy Tab S6 in the United States though it looks like the update brings One UI 2.0 and not One UI 2.1.

Samsung has pushing Android 10 to the Galaxy Tab A 10.1, Galaxy Tab A 8.0, Galaxy Tab S4 LTE and Galaxy Tab S5e after a lengthy wait.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Update

Google’s released the official version of Android 11 and Samsung is currently working on its own version of the update.

The Android 11 update is available for the Google Pixel 4a, Pixel 4/Pixel 4XL, Pixel 3a/Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL.

As for Samsung, the company has confirmed the start of its Android 11 beta program. The program is currently in the pre-release phase which requires users to register to become a Samsung developer partner.

Samsung’s Android 11 pre-beta is limited to Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra models in South Korea and the United States, but the open beta will expand to users in China, Germany, India, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

The company is testing Android 11 on the Galaxy S10+. The device showed up in a Geekbench benchmark with Android 11 on board earlier this year.

Look for the Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, and the Galaxy S10 series to take part in the Android 11 beta at some point down the road.

Also of note: Samsung’s version of Android 11 has the company’s new One UI 3.0 on board. We initially thought One UI 3 would arrive alongside the Galaxy S21 next year, but Samsung will issue it with its first batch of Android 11 updates. We now expect One UI 3.1 to roll out alongside the Galaxy S21 series.

We don’t expect the official release for Galaxy devices anytime soon, but users should keep an eye out for more information as we push deeper into the year.

While you wait, have a look at our early guide to Samsung’s Galaxy Android 11 release. We’ve also put together a guide to Samsung’s Android 11 beta.

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You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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5 Things to Know About the Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Beta

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Samsung’s confirmed its Android 11 beta program and it’s running it a little bit different than it has in past years.

After staying silent for several months, Samsung’s finally talking about its plans for Android 11.

The company has confirmed an Android 11 beta program for Galaxy devices and the confirmation came a lot earlier than usual. Samsung typically announces its plans after Google’s pushed the official version of its new operating system to Pixel devices. This year, the company’s revealed its plans ahead the official Android 11 release.

Samsung’s Android 11 beta program allows you try out Android 11 features and the company’s brand new One UI 3.0 interface. You’ll also be able to help Samsung squash bugs and performance issues before it releases the official firmware. The company also says beta testers will be able to provide suggestions about the new UX.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed all of the pertinent information yet, but we can give you a rough outline based on official info, traditions, and our own expectations.

In this guide we’ll take you through everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Android 11/One UI 3 beta. Our walkthrough includes information about the beta’s release date, regions, the signup, and more.

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Samsung Android 11 Pre-Beta

This year, Samsung’s launched a pre-beta phase for developers. The company says this phase will “help ensure application store applications are compatible with the beta software before the public beta period.”

This isn’t an open beta that’s available to all users. Instead, Samsung says it’s limited to partner developers that want to perform compatibility testing with specific service providers and device models.

How to Signup for the Android 11 Pre-Beta

In order to participate in the pre-beta process, you’ll need to apply to become a Samsung partner developer.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner developer, you can submit an application on Samsung’s beta site. Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Apply for Partnership” and follow the instructions.

Samsung says it will get back to applicants within 5 business days after applying.

If your application is approved, you’ll be able to learn about the installation through the “ONE UI BETA FOR PARTNER” tab on the company’s beta page.

Samsung Android 11 Pre-Beta Devices

Samsung’s Android 11 pre-beta phase is limited to specific Galaxy devices.

As of right now, the company is focused on the Galaxy S20 series which includes the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra LTE/5G.

It’s unclear if other devices will join the Galaxy S20 series in the pre-beta process, but at this point, you shouldn’t hold your breath.

Samsung Android 11 Pre-Beta Regions & Carriers

The pre-beta is limited to two regions.

Developer partners in South Korea and the United States can take part in the pre-beta phase. And in order to join, you’ll need to own an unlocked Galaxy S20 model or a model tied to a specific carrier.

In the United States, you’ll need a Galaxy S20 model attached to Sprint or T-Mobile. In South Korea, you’ll need a device that works with KT, LGU+, or SKT.

Samsung Android 11 Public Beta

Samsung’s started with a pre-beta phase, but at some point it will open up the Android 11 beta to the public. If you can’t participate in the pre-beta process, you’ll be able to take part in the public beta whenever it becomes available.

The company hasn’t said how long the pre-beta process will last, but it looks like the Android 11/One UI 3 beta might open up to the general public in the near future.

An update for the company’s Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app includes support for Android 11 and that means we could see a public release soon.

Like the pre-beta, the public beta will be limited in scope. The public beta will be available to users in China, Germany, India, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

While the company might start with the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, there’s a good chance the public beta expands to other devices.

It probably won’t open up to the company’s entire portfolio of devices, bu you can expect the Galaxy Note 20 to take part at some point. We also expect a release for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 models down the road.

For more about Android 11, head on over to our walkthrough.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

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Wait for Even Better Performance

You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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Android 11 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Google’s Android 11 is out of beta and available for Google’s Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. The operating system went through extensive testing, but issues have slipped through the cracks into the final release.

After a fairly lengthy wait, Android 11 is finally live for Pixel devices. The update is pretty extensive and comes with a long list of changes including built-in screen recording, improved notifications, and a variety of under-the-hood improvements.

While some Pixel owners should install the Android 11 update right now, others might benefit from waiting.

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Android 11 has been out for a short time, but we’re already hearing and seeing complaints about bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues are brand new, some have carried over from Android 10.

If you’re thinking about downloading the Android 11 update on your Pixel, you should be familiar with these issues before you tap download.

In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android 11 problems. We’ll also provide you with some potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android 11 update, show you where to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next from Google.

Prepare for Android 11

You might be tempted to install Android 11 right now. However, before you tap download, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move up from Android 10.

You can’t predict exactly how Android 11 will run on your Pixel. Some of you might see a performance boost, others will run into bugs or performance issues. Preparing for the installation will help you cut down the number of potential issues you might encounter.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we use before we install new Android software on our Pixel devices.

If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to make sure all of your files are all properly backed up.

Data loss issues are rare these days, but this is still an important step to take before you make the transition from Android 10 to Android 11.

Pixel Android 11 Problems

The beta squashed a number of bugs and performance issues ahead of the public release, but the final version of Android 11 is causing problems for some Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4 users.

Some Pixel users are running into installation issues. If you’re experiencing issues with the Android 11 installation process, take a look at our guide.

Pixel users are also complaining about a variety of other problems including connectivity issues, abnormal battery drain, touchscreen issues, UI lag, sound issues, and more.

It’s a short list, but we expect the list to grow as more people download and install the new operating system.

Where to Find Feedback & Report Problems

We’ll start to see more feedback about the Android 11 update on sites like Twitter and YouTube.

You’ll also find useful Android 11 feedback on Google’s Pixel Help Forums and sites like XDA-Developers.

Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android 11 users if you’re feeling leery about the move to the operating system.

If you do run into an Android 11-related issue on your Pixel you’ll want to report your issue to Google. You can do so via the company’s website or via the Pixel Help Forums.

How to Fix Pixel Android 11 Problems

If encounter problems on your Pixel you can’t rely on Google to fix them. New Android 11 builds won’t come every week and every new release will have its own set of problems.

If you encounter a bug or performance issue, you’ll want to try fixing it on your own before getting in touch with Google’s customer service.

We’ve put together guides that will take you through the most common issues impacting the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4. You can start there.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum or XDA’s Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4a forums.

What’s Next

We haven’t heard anything about Android 11.1 yet. And given that Google failed to release Android 10.1, there’s a chance we don’t get a big maintenance update in 2020 or 2021.

The only Android 11 updates on our radar right now are Google’s monthly updates. These updates always bring new security patches and bug patches. And that means the first batch of bug fixes for Android 11 issues could roll out in October.

We expect Google’s October Android 11 update to roll out early next month. The company almost always rolls its monthly updates out on the first Monday.

If you’re dealing with Android 11 issues keep your eyes out for it.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

Wait for Even Better Performance

Wait for Even Better Performance

You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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