Even though each Android security update has a specific month in the name, the patches are usually provided to manufacturers a week or two in advance, so phone makers can have the system upgrades ready in time (or not). Samsung has been known to pull the switch before the first day of a given month, and that's happening again for the February 2021 patches.
There's a little tip making the rounds today: If you pick up a used Galaxy S20 somewhere like Swappa or eBay, where they run around $500, you can get yourself a brand new Galaxy S21 for just $100 more. That's because Samsung's trade-in values for the smaller Galaxy S20 are outrageous, earning you $700 toward an $800 phone.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is an absolute powerhouse of a phone, and unfortunately the price when it came out reflected that. The phone was originally $1200 when it launched, putting it out of reach for many of us. Fortunately, after some time has passed, the price has fallen — and it's reduced even further thanks to a sweet deal this Cyber Weekend. You can get a factory-unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20+ for just $842.13 ($157.86 off), the cheapest the US model has been, on Amazon.
Wireless charging is a notoriously finicky technology, with different standards and implementations for faster speeds that aren't compatible with each other. However, there appears to be a growing number of people experiencing problems with fast Qi charging on Samsung phones, even with docks that worked perfectly before a few months ago.
The One UI 3 beta is the first version of Samsung's custom Android skin to run on Android 11, and over the Halloween weekend, the company has started rolling out the third version of the pre-release firmware to testers using the S20 series. It looks like it's a fairly small update with a short changelog, but that's to be expected as Samsung is getting ready to launch the new software this month.
When the Samsung Galaxy S20+ launched, it was $1,200 — a darn good phone at a darn high price. The price has dropped a bit to $1,000, but wouldn't it be nice to pay even less? If you want the flagship experience without paying the price, you can grab the dual-SIM international model of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ for just $635 on eBay.
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Samsung got incredibly fast when it comes to security patches, often beating even Google to the punch. The story is different for carrier-issued updates, but compared to prior years, they've gotten quicker, too. As such, AT&T has started pushing the update to the S20 series and the Note9 while the Verizon S9 and S9+ are in for the patches.
Samsung just released the Galaxy Note20 series, and it might be the most polarizing Note lineup yet. The Note20 Ultra is undoubtedly an excellent phone, but it’s incredibly overpriced at $1,299, and the base Note20 is missing a few important features (even compared to the S20 series). Samsung’s overlapping product lineups can make it difficult to determine which exact model is best for you, but that’s what we’re here for.