The Galaxy S21 series debuted with One UI 3.1, an updated version of Samsung's software skin that contained several new features, such as Google Home controls in the notification panel. Shortly after the S21 started to ship, Samsung began to update older devices with One 3.1.
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.
The Galaxy Z Flip is certainly among the most exciting phones of 2020, but it's also one of the most expensive handsets of the year with an MSRP of a whopping $1450. If you've been eyeing the flip phone, now might be the time to take out your wallet. The Z Flip is currently only $773 on Amazon, which is $607 off the MSRP — the lowest we've seen so far.
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 produced a few foldable phones so far, and its second attempt was the clamshell Galaxy Z Flip. Ever since the updated model with a faster processor and 5G support was released in August, the original has been falling in price, and now you can get one for $971.61 on Amazon.
Many phone manufacturers come out with special color variants of their phones in the months following their initial releases, as an easy way to boost sales. OnePlus has done this severaltimes now, Google released a special blue Pixel 4a earlier this month, and now Samsung has new designs available for two of its flagship phones.
Windows Insiders who own a 2020 Samsung flagship phone are due for a big improvement in their continuity experience as their PCs will be able to stream not just one, but multiple Android apps at a time through Your Phone.
Foldable phones and affordability don’t quite go hand in hand. For instance, the cheapest Samsung device to sport a flexible screen, the original Galaxy Z Flip, cost about $1400 at launch. That’s a lot of money! But if you'd still like to end calls by slamming the phone shut and flaunting your foldable, you can jump on this fantastic B&H deal that is straightaway striking $500 off the Galaxy Z Flip’s sky-high retail price.
The Galaxy Z Flip hasn't enjoyed the same success as Samsung's other 2020 flagship phones, largely due to its high price and niche form factor, but it's definitely not being ignored by the company. In fact, the original LTE version (not the newer 5G variant) is now receiving the One UI 2.5 update alongside Samsung's other phones.