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Samsung resumes Galaxy S20 FE One UI 3.1 update distribution



Since older Galaxy flagships recently received the One UI 3.0, we did not exactly expect Samsung to push the Galaxy S21’s newer 3.1 build to these phones anytime soon. However, the company decided to give its existing customers a pleasant surprise by giving the launch an early start. Right now, the Galaxy S20 FE gets its One UI 3.1

update, leaving its more premium siblings from last year.

Many Galaxy S20 FE 5G owners from Europe took to Reddit earlier today to report receiving a 1.7GB update that includes One UI 3.1 and the security update in February. With this build, you can expect Google Discover integration on the home screen, Google Home device controls in quick settings, and several new video call effects, among others. Early adopters have noted that certain S21 features, such as Director’s View, have not been transferred to the budget flagship.

SamMobile can confirm that the update has so far been live in European markets, including the Baltics, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. If you are in one of these countries that has a Galaxy S20 FE 5G, you can go to the software update section of the settings app to check for the update alert.

It is worth noting that only the 5G model of the S20 FE receives One UI 3.1 at the moment, while we have no news about the 4G-only variant. Given that the update is already available for the Tab S7 / S7 + and now hits non-flagship phones, we are hoping that more Samsung phones will join the list sooner rather than later.

Update pulled

According to a report from SamMobile, Samsung has stopped the S20 FE’s One UI 3.1 update within a few days of its release. We do not have an official word on exactly what led to this decision, but a small subset of Reddit users began to encounter performance issues, faster battery operation and unreliable SMS alerts after installing the latest version.

Something similar happened just last month when Samsung had to pull the Galaxy S10’s Android 11 update over some heat and camera issues, which took a couple of weeks to fix. In the absence of a formal announcement from Samsung, you can expect a comparable timeline in the S20 FE case as well.

Resumed

Samsung has resumed distribution of the update. This reissue gets the same One UI 3.1 build number as before, so it is unlikely that any software errors were behind the break. Instead, it is possible Samsung may have wanted to persevere on the S20 FE’s One UI 3.1 update until some of the more premium flagships got theirs first. As before, only the 5G model is updated to the S20 FE, while users with only LTE variants will have to wait a bit longer.

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