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 T-Mobile's Galaxy S20 and S10 series, along with the Tab S6 Lite.
Samsung's Galaxy S10 may not be the new kid on the block anymore, but it's still an excellent value — especially at this price. Right now, Best Buy has 128GB models of the S10 on sale for just $449.99, a significant savings on a device with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ might have been replaced by the Galaxy S20+, but it's still far from outdated — it's very much competitive with this year's upper midrange phones and doesn't come with a battery-hogging and space-wasting 5G modem. Samsung continues selling its old flagship, and right now, you can get the 128GB version for only $549.99 on Amazon, which is $300 off. The 512GB variant is also off $300 and costs $799.99.
Samsung started beta testing its Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update a few months ago, and ever since then it's been expanding to more test devices and locations. Now the company has released official details for when the final One UI 3 release is expected to start coming to many of its handsets in markets worldwide, giving Galaxy users an idea of when to expect the upgrade on their own phones.
The November security patch is slowly coming to more carrier-locked Samsung phones while handsets around the world have already started getting the update in October. This time around, the Verizon Galaxy Note20 series and the AT&T Galaxy Fold were the first carrier-locked devices in line to receive the patch, most recently followed by the Verizon Galaxy Z Fold2.
Samsung's One UI 3.0 on top of Android 11 edges closer to a stable release with news that beta testing has ended for some Galaxy Note20 devices. But with that end comes a new beginning: Galaxy S10 series devices are entering their own beta.
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.
We're all trying to get the most our of our phones for the least cash — you want the best experience, but you don't necessarily want to pay top dollar. If you're looking for a solid phone at a forgiving price, you're in luck: the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is on sale for its lowest new price ever of $600 ($250 off) at eBay.
Samsung has been pretty quick to update their devices with the latest security patches in the past couple of years, and it looks like not much is going to change for the month of September. The company is continuing to update its lineup of phones from the past few years, starting with the Exynos Galaxy Note9.