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.
I used Google devices exclusively for years. At the time, I loved my Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, the first two generations of the Pixel (XL versions), the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets, and even the Pixelbook. But after a few weeks with the Pixel 3 XL, I had to face a truth that I'd been trying to deny: Google hardware makes too many compromises. I went through at least three of each Pixel, all replaced on warranty for one reason or another. And the 3 XL wasn't faring any better in the software department, with the music app constantly being pushed out of memory and the camera failing to save many of the pictures and videos that I took.
Samsung kickstarted its February 2021 patch rollout a bit early this time, with the European Galaxy S20 line being the first recipient. Now, these latest Android security updates are spreading to the US, starting with the unlocked Galaxy S20 models and the Note20 Ultra, and more recently followed by a couple of older and budget devices on AT&T and Verizon.
Samsung has just announced that it's officially bringing its Android 11-based One UI 3.1 software to older devices. Initially exclusive to the S21 series, this wider rollout includes the Galaxy S20 series, S10, Note10, Note20 series, Z Fold2, and Z Flip series, as well as some A-series phones. Better, that also means some features from the Galaxy S21 are trickling down to older devices with it, and the rollout starts tonight.
Samsung made the Galaxy S21 lineup official yesterday, including the new S21 Ultra with S Pen support and a less outrageous (but still prohibitively high) price tag. But how does this new phone compare to its direct predecessor, the first Ultra in the S series? There are some notable upgrades paired with a collection of regressions, which makes the case for the S21 Ultra less than clear.
You might have a reason to want to switch to Google Fi, but maybe you want to tie that onto a cheap or maybe even free upgrade. Well, Google's got ya — it's offering up to $600 off MSRP on a variety of Samsung flagships and Motorola phones.
The Galaxy S21 series is almost upon us, but Samsung's 2020 lineup is still an excellent buy, especially with Android 11 now rolling out. Now you can get the Galaxy S20 Ultra for $1,050, a savings of $150 from the usual price, and $350 lower than the original MSRP.
T-Mobile subscribers with a Galaxy S20 were supposed to be next in line for the Android 11 upgrade following the Verizon rollout, but it looks like T-Mobile's variant ran into some issues that required the carrier to pause the update. We initially received reports of the new software version coming to multiple people over the last week, corroborated by TmoNews, but now T-Mobile's update page states that the update has been halted.