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Android security update tracker, August 2020: Rankings for popular smartphones

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Major updates of Android don't matter as much as they used to. Many components of the operating system are updated through the Play Store, so even if you're on Android 8 or 9, you can still access most of the same apps and features as someone on the latest release of Android 10. However, the security updates that Google releases on a monthly basis are still critical to keeping your phone or tablet safe. Dozens of security flaws are discovered in components of Android each month, which is why Google releases monthly security patches.

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Samsung just announced it's committing to 3 years of Android OS updates

Samsung just finished unveiling the Galaxy Note20 series, along with the Tab S7, Watch3, and a few other electronic gizmos. That's all par for the course in Unpacked, but Samsung also snuck in a surprise near the end of the stream. Because Samsung (apparently) supports using smartphones for longer, it now promises OS updates for up to "three device generations."

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OnePlus teases OxygenOS 11 update with 'fresh design' and highly anticipated features

OnePlus has developed its own custom flavor of Android for years, nicknamed OxygenOS. The software has some lingering issues, like over-aggressive battery management and a few strange changes compared to stock Android, but it's generally well-regarded among OnePlus fans. Now a few details about the next major update have been published in a forum post.

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The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S20 is getting the August security patch

Samsung has just started rolling out the August security patches to its Exynos-equipped international models, but the company isn't thinking about slowing down. Today, it has released the latest security updates to unlocked US models, as SamMobile reports. T-Mobile also jumped on board and has started rolling out the patches to its S20 models.

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August 2020 security patches land for Pixel phones

August updates are live for Google's Pixels — notably behind some Samsung devices. The trend of intermittently skipping those "functional patch notes" continues this month, so we can't tell you what sort of user-facing changes or fixes you might see (if there are any at all), but it does include a good number of "high" and "critical" labeled fixes, so you'll want to pull them down sooner rather than later anyway.

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Samsung Galaxy S20, Note 10, and more already receiving August security patch

Samsung has been killing it with system updates lately, often beating even Google to the punch when it comes to security patches. This isn't different this month around, as the manufacturer is already distributing the August security update. First we saw a few Galaxy S10 units in Germany start picking it up, followed now by S20 and Note 10 models.

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OxygenOS 10.3.5 for OnePlus 6/6T brings Buds support and July patches

OnePlus’s cheap AirPods knockoffs debuted last week alongside the Nord to much attention. Now older OnePlus flagships are getting deep integration with the Buds thanks to some OTA updates. The newer 8 series has already picked up the relevant updates, and now the two-year-old 6 series is following suit with its latest OxygenOS build.

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The AT&T Galaxy Note9 is receiving the July security patch

Shortly after the Galaxy S20 series started receiving the July security patch in Korea and Europe, all kinds of unlocked US Galaxy phones started receiving it, too, as 9to5Google and Redditors reported. And now, the update is also available on the Galaxy Note9 on AT&T.

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Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy A20 units finally receive Android 10 along with One UI 2.0

The Galaxy A20 launched in April last year for only $120, providing a compelling little package. You'd be forgiven for assuming that Samsung would forget about its existence when it came to software support, given the track record for all non-Android One budget devices. Although several months late, Samsung did update this little guy to Android 10 and said update is now coming to Sprint models.

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The Verizon Galaxy Note9 gets updated to One UI 2.1

Samsung has been doing better with Android updates lately, often deploying monthly patches in lock-step with Google. That's only for the latest generation phones, though. Samsung's older devices will wait a bit longer, but it does still update them more reliably than a lot of OEMs. Case in point, the Galaxy Note9 got an update with One UI 2.1 back in June, and now the new experience has arrived on the Verizon variant of the phone, complete with the July security patches.

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