Samsung Galaxy A70 receives Android 10 based One UI 2.0 once again
Samsung’s current-gen flagship Galaxy S20 family comes with One UI 2.1, a small increment over the Android 10 based One UI 2.0 skin found in Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lineup. The OEM will eventually deliver the new update to legacy phones, although a proper timeline is not available yet. To Samsung’s credit, the mid-rangers are not exactly left behind in terms of software updates either, as Galaxy M30 secured the Android 10 OTA a few days ago. One UI 2.0 also reached Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50s in February, but the update story has a few twists in case of the Galaxy A70.
As a matter of fact, some Galaxy A70 owners from Ukraine reportedly received a similar treatment last month, as many woke up to find a pending Android 10 OTA update notification on their phones. However, the particular build i.e. A705FNXXU5BTB9 was apparently pulled back. The internal firmware tracker for the corresponding device variant (SM-A705FN) still shows Android Pie based A705FNXXU5ASL4 build with January 2020 security patches as the latest firmware.
In some good news, a new software update appeared on the FOTA server earlier this week. Tagged as A705FNXXU5BTC2, this build is carrying February 2020 security patches like the previous one. There is no advancement in the bootloader version (v5), and it is possible to revert back to Pie due to the same reason.
Seems that Samsung squashed out most of the showstopper bugs, as they decided to resume the Android 10 update rollout with this new build. Once again, the OTA is available only in Ukraine (country code: SEK) at the time of reporting. It may take several weeks to reach other regional markets, but enthusiast users can manually flash the firmware on their phones. Tools like Frija can be useful for downloading the firmware.
Besides system-wide dark mode and advanced app permissions, Galaxy A70 users can now enjoy One UI 2.0-specific features such as an overhauled camera app UI. The built-in screen recorder might also be included in this build, but there is no such confirmation yet.
Samsung has yet to publish the kernel source code for this update. It is worth mentioning that the Indian variant of Galaxy A70 (SM-A705GM) might not be compatible with the aforementioned firmware, so our Indian readers have to wait a little longer to get the taste of Android 10.
Thanks to XDA member C192-0 for the screenshot!