Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Update Info (2021)
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Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Update Info (2021)



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

It took awhile, but Samsung is finally rolling out the official version of Android 11. The company is starting with some of its popular Galaxy devices, but the software will spread to other models down the road.

Samsung’s confirmed a lot of its Android 11 plans. And thanks to that information, along with rumors and traditions, we can put together an overview for those of you who are 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 some other 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.

Let’s start with Samsung’s monthly security update.

Samsung Galaxy January Update

Samsung’s rolling out its January security update to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy A50, and Galaxy M31.

If you want to learn more about January security update’s contents, and the contents of Samsung’s other monthly updates, head on over to the company’s website where it outlines the details.

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 S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G
  • 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 Note8
  • 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 Active3
  • 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 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 might not get Android 11, they will get security patches and bug fixes for the foreseeable future.

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The company’s pushed One UI 2.1, the interface that launched with 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, Galaxy M21, 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’s pushed 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 Note 9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy A90, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy M51, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M31, and Galaxy M21.

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 looks different than Google’s version because it utilizes the company’s new One UI 3.0 user interface.

As expected, the software is loaded up with changes. Here’s the Galaxy Android 11/One UI 3.0 change log, 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.


  • Always On Display widgets are improved.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Samsung’s also prepared new software for the Galaxy S21 series (Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra). The firmware is unsurprisingly based on Android 11.

The Galaxy S21 series runs a new version of One UI, dubbed One UI 3.1, out of the box. While these features will initially be exclusive to the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, you can expect to land on the Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Note 20 series, and others as well.

Samsung’s already pushing One UI 3.1 to the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ and it brings new features like Auto Switch, Second Screen, and Wireless Keyboard Sharing.

Now that it’s hitting devices outside the Galaxy S21 family, you can expect it to hit other models in the near future.

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 S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite, and upcoming S series devices.
  • 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 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 A71 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A90 5G, and select upcoming A series devices.
  • 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.

Here is a list of devices that will get upgraded to Android 11 in 2020 and 2021:

  • Galaxy S20 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S20+ (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S20 FE (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 20 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10 5G (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10e (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy S10 Lite (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 10 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 10+ (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Fold (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy Z Flip (Rolling Out)
  • 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 (Rolling Out)
  • Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy Tab S7 (Rolling Out)
  • 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 will probably 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.

Galaxy S20 Android 11 Release

The Android 11 update is moving out to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Galaxy S20 FE.

The software is currently available in the United States for users on T-Mobile (though T-Mobile has halted its roll out for unknown reasons) and Verizon and we expect the other carriers to follow suit in the near future.

Here are other places where the software is rolling out right now:

  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Nordic countries
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Galaxy S10 Android 11 Release

The Galaxy S10 Android 11 rollout is underway and the software is pushing to Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, and Galaxy S10 Lite. It should hit the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ soon.

The update is currently rolling out to Galaxy S10 Lite users in India and Spain and Galaxy S10e/Galaxy S10 5G users in Switzerland.

Unfortunately, Samsung’s had to halt the roll out to the entire Galaxy S10 series. Its reasons are unclear, but it’s safe to assume it was pulled due to bugs.

We’ll let you know when it starts up again.

Galaxy Note 20 Android 11 Release

The stable version of the Galaxy Note 20 Android 11 update is rolling out around the globe.

The software has landed for Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra users in the United States where AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have pushed the software out to their users. It’s also pushing out to owners of unlocked Galaxy Note 20 models.

It’s also rolling out in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Galaxy Note 10 Android 11 Release

In a bit of a surprise, Samsung’s released the Galaxy Note 10 Android 11 update. The software is currently moving out to Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ models in Germany.

Galaxy M31 Android 11 Release

The Galaxy M31 is the first mid-range device to make the move from Android 10 to Android 11 and One UI 3.1. The update is currently rolling out in India and you can expect it to start pushing to owners around the world in the near future.

Galaxy Z Flip Android 11 Release

In a bit of a surprise, Samsung’s fired up the Galaxy Z Flip 5G Android 11 roll out.

The software is currently pushing out to users in Switzerland and we expect more regions to follow shortly.

Galaxy Fold Android 11 Release

The Galaxy Fold Android 11/One UI 3.0 update is officially moving out. The software is rolling out in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the UAE.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Android 11 Release

Samsung’s pushing out the Galaxy Z Fold 2 Android 11/One UI 3.0 update. The software is currently available in Europe and the United States.

Galaxy Tab S7 Android 11 Release

The Galaxy Tab S7 is the first Galaxy tablet to make the move from Android 10 to Android 11.

Samsung’s pushed the software to the Galaxy Tab S7 LTE and the Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G in South Korea and we should see it spread to other models in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy Android 11 Release Date

Here’s what we know about the Android 11 release date for other Galaxy other devices.

The Galaxy S20 series was the first to Android 11 and the Galaxy Note 20 series followed closely behind. These devices will be followed by older models like the Galaxy S10.

Here’s Samsung’s full Android 11 release date roadmap. Note that these are the company’s expected release windows and they’re subject to change based on testing.


  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10+


  • Galaxy A51
  • Galaxy M21
  • Galaxy M30s
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite


  • Galaxy A50
  • Galaxy M51


  • Galaxy A21s
  • Galaxy A31
  • Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy A71
  • Galaxy A80
  • Galaxy Tab S6
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite


  • Galaxy A01
  • Galaxy A01 Core
  • Galaxy A11
  • Galaxy M11
  • Galaxy Tab A


  • Galaxy A30
  • Galaxy Tab S5e


  • Galaxy A10
  • Galaxy A10s
  • Galaxy A20
  • Galaxy A20s
  • Galaxy A30s
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab Active Pro

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

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Wait Because the Galaxy S21 Launch is Close

Wait Because the Galaxy S21 Launch is Close

A report from SamMobile claims the Galaxy S21 series will launch in early January with a release in late January or February. 

These reports have been backed by a different report out of Korea. This one claims that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S21 series in January with a release coming later in the month. 

Leaker Jon Prosser, who has leaked accurate information about unreleased products in the past, says the Galaxy S21 is slated to launch on January 14th.

Prosser also says pre-orders will start on January 14th followed by a release a few weeks later on January 29th. 

A report from Reuters throws its weight behind the early release. The publication says Samsung "may launch its flagship Galaxy S smartphones more than a month earlier than expected in a bid to grab market share from Huawei and fend off competition from Apple." 

Samsung has all but confirmed an early launch in a recent press release and in comments made to Korean outlet ZDNet.

An unnamed Samsung official says because "the market environment is changing rapidly, it is true that it is not possible to guarantee whether the usual unpacking schedule will continue as it is." 

Samsung India has also confirmed the Galaxy S21 launch for January 14th. And in a bit of surprise, the company says it's now taking pre-orders for the unannounced devices. 

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has also been granted regulatory approvals which is a necessary step ahead of a public release.

Everything is pointing to an arrival in January. So if you're interested in a new Galaxy S device, you might want to put your credit card away and wait. 

One additional note: It looks like the Galaxy S21 series will debut by itself. Korean media believes Samsung's new flagship foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip 2, will arrive later in Q1. 

This is notable because the original Galaxy Z Flip debuted alongside the Galaxy S20 series. 

So if you're interested in a new Galaxy flagship, and you want to compare the Galaxy S21 to Samsung's new foldable, you might have to wait even longer.

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