Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30s receive Android 10 with One UI 2.0
Samsung kickstarted the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 rollout via an introductory beta program back in October 2019. While several devices from the flagship Galaxy S and Note lineup were part of the initiative, the company did not include Galaxy M series as well as Galaxy A series of smartphones under the beta program. Interestingly, the Indian variant of the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 directly received the stable version of One UI 2.0 out of the blue in December. Since then, Samsung has extended the stable rollout to a number of mid-ranger devices in the Galaxy M and the Galaxy A lineup. Now, the company is reportedly rolling out the One UI 2.0 update for the Galaxy M30s and the Galaxy A50.
The update for the Galaxy M30s (SM-M307F variant to be precise) is currently available only in India and it carries the version number M307FXXU2BTC6. Samsung has not incremented the bootloader version (v2), thus it is possible to revert back to Android Pie though manual flashing. Regarding the Android Security Patch Level (SPL), it is the same March 2020 one found in the last Android Pie firmware, i.e. build M307FXXS2ATB3.
The Galaxy A50 update story, on the other hand, is quite different. Two different variants of this popular phone – SM-A505F in India and SM-A505N in South Korea – are getting two separate builds of One UI 2.0. The former is being served with software version A505FDDU4BTC4 along with February 2020 patches, while the Korean model has picked up build A505NKSU3BTC3 with the security patch level of March 2020. Thanks to the unchanged bootloader version in both the cases, the owners of the Galaxy A50 are free to downgrade if required, though we would still advise caution.
The One UI 2.0 layer found in the Galaxy M30s lacks a few ‘premium’ features, which are fortunately present in the Galaxy A50 firmware. Nevertheless, several new functionalities, such as an improved Dark mode, revamped camera UI and Focus Mode support in Digital Wellbeing are now available to the owners of these phones. Tools like Frija can be handy, if you want to download the updated firmware packages right away from the Samsung server. While manual flashing is always an option, Samsung might have pulled back the Android 10 build for the Galaxy A50 in India, as many users reportedly aren’t getting the OTA prompt anymore.
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