After months of waiting, the Android 13 update is finally available for users of unlocked Galaxy S20 phones in the US. Samsung has also released the big Android update for the unlocked Galaxy A42 5G stateside. Both devices are getting the company’s One UI 5.0 custom software.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update to the Galaxy S20 series in early November last year. Following the initial release in some international markets, the rollout reached the US in mid-November. However, the update was only available for carrier-locked Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. We expected Samsung to cover unlocked units in a week or two, but not to be.
Now, after a wait of two months, users with an unlocked Galaxy S20 are finally getting the taste of Android 13 in the US. SamMobile confirms that the rollout is live for units on pretty much every network, including AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellular South, Comcast, Cricket, Nextech, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile. The remaining few should also get aboard soon. The new firmware version for the Galaxy S20 trio is G98*U1UEU3GVL5.
The Android 13 update is also available for unlocked Galaxy A42 5G units in the US. Unlike the Galaxy S20, users of this mid-range phone weren’t required to wait much longer for the big Android update. The carrier-locked units received it just over a week ago.
The update for the unlocked units comes with firmware version A426U1UEU4DVL3 and is already available pretty widely, including on AT&T, Verizon, Bluegrass Cellular, Xfinity Mobile, Comcast, US Cellular, and other networks.
If you’re using an unlocked Galaxy S20 or Galaxy A42 5G in the US, the Android 13 update should be available to you soon. It brings a host of new features, changes, and improvements to your phone. We have a refreshed system UI, improved animations and transitions, improved privacy and security, and more Goodies. The devices are also getting newer security patches. The December 2022 release for the Galaxy S20 and the November 2022 patch for the Galaxy A42 5G.
The Galaxy S20 series will get one more One UI update
Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series in early 2020 running Android 10 out of the box. Over the past three years, the phones have received updates to Android 11, Android 12, and Android 13. That’s all they are eligible for. Android 14 will not reach them.
However, Samsung will roll out One UI 5.1 to the 2020 flagships. The new One UI version will debut with the Galaxy S23 series next month. The Galaxy S23 trio will likely get it in March. We will let you know when the rollout begins.
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