One UI 3.1 has been rolling out to older Galaxy devices quickly in the last few months. Despite only being an incremental upgrade over 3.0, it carries over several useful features from the Galaxy S21 to its older siblings. Over the last few weeks, One UI 3.1 has arrived for several mid-range devices and some T-Mobile variants.
We may be solidly into May at this point, but who among us doesn't find themselves constantly playing catch-up? The old April security patch has already reached a whole bunch of Galaxy devices in the US, but Samsung continues to update more and more phones as the weeks go on. Some of the latest April updates to land bring Android 11 to the Tab S6, new video features to the Tab S7, and security patches to everyone involved.
Samsung has set a good pace for updating its flagship smartphones to Android 11, and now after a brief beta that kicked off in December, the update has expanded to reach several of the company's mid-range phones. Updates are rolling out way ahead of the roadmap Samsung shared back in December, and are now starting to come to the Galaxy A51 5G, A71 5G, M30s, and M31s.
A bunch of Galaxy phone users got a bit of a head start on the December 2020 security patch when Samsung released the update two weeks ahead of schedule. While that update was meant for some international beta users testing out One UI 3.0, Samsung kick-started the stable rollout of the latest patch in the US at the beginning of the month. The first device to get bumped to the December 2020 level was Verizon’s Galaxy S20 FE, most recently followed by the Tab S6, Tab S4, and the S8 Active.
Samsung has so far kept up with its rollout schedule as almost all its recent flagships have already received (or have started to receive) the latest Android 11 update. One UI 3 builds are now trickling down to the cheaper Galaxy A and M series, starting with the Galaxy A51 5G and the M31. Samsung has now opened its beta program for these two phones, and those in eligible markets can already sign up for it.
The One UI 2.5 software made its debut a couple of weeks ago alongside the Galaxy Note20, Z Flip 5G, and Tab S7 lineup. It's already made its way to the Galaxy S20, and now it's the older Galaxy S10's turn. The unlocked model in Germany is up first, and it includes a ton of new stuff.
The budget smartphone market in the United States is typically underwhelming, but 2020 has turned it (among many other things) upside down. Samsung released the Galaxy A51 earlier this year, packing decent hardware and a massive screen into a sub-$400 phone, and Google just started selling its best budget phone yet.