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.
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 released a handful of excellent budget phones this year, one of them being the A71 5G. We gave it an 8/10 in our review for its great screen and extensive list of features, and now you can pick one up from Amazon for only $399.99. That's $100 off the recent price, and $200 below the original MSRP.
Samsung kicked off this month's security patch rollout last week with the budget Galaxy A50. Within days of that release, some of its recent S Pen-clad flagships are also being bumped to the latest Android security level. Alongside their international variants, the US Note20 and Note10 series have started getting the October update, starting with the unlocked models.
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.
This year's celebration of capitalism Prime Day has finally arrived, and Samsung has a few sales to mark the occasion. You can now get some of the company's top flagship and budget phones at a great price, including the Galaxy S20, A71, and Note20. However, the recently-launched Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is not among the sales.
Google Fi and its customers have nominal access to T-Mobile's 5G network, but frankly speaking, the number of Fi subscribers who have brought their compliant devices onto the network probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans. So, the virtual carrier is taking things into its own hands by selling six of Samsung's 5G phones direct to buyers.
Most 5G phones are exorbitantly expensive right now, but if you want to try the latest and greatest in network tech out without having to drop one or two grand, Samsung's 5G-equipped Galaxy A line is a good option. The top dog in the Galaxy A family, the A71 5G, is currently available for $499.99 on Amazon — that's $100 off MSRP for a phone that just came out.