Samsung Galaxy S20 is getting December 2020 security patches in its latest One UI 3.0 beta
Remember when Samsung rolled out the November 2020 security patches even before Google published the corresponding security bulletin? It was possible because Android Partners are usually notified of all Android framework issues and Linux kernel issues at least 30 days before the bulletin is made public. Nonetheless, Samsung should be appreciated for integrating those patches on top of a heavy Android skin like One UI and pushing the OTA across the globe long before other OEMs. In fact, the company has done it again – the Galaxy S20 lineup is now receiving the December 2020 security patches, albeit through the beta channel.
Samsung has released firmware version G98xxXXU5ZTKA as the latest Android 11/One UI 3.0 public beta for the Exynos 990-powered carrier unlocked Galaxy S20 lineup. For users in the United Kingdom and India, the ZTKA build is beta 4. In Germany, however, this firmware is the sixth beta build of One UI 3.0 that the company has released so far. In both cases, Samsung bumps up the Android security patch level (SPL) to December 2020.
Apart from the new security patches, the changelog also mentions camera improvements. The latest build fixes a bunch of bugs that have been discovered by the beta participants, which suggests that the final release of One UI 3.0 for the Galaxy S20 may not be far off.
Due to the fact that this is a beta channel update, regular users will not get the update prompt on their phones. For those of you who want to get a taste of bleeding edge development without beta enrollment, you need to download the appropriate OTA packages for your model from this thread and sideload them using the stock recovery environment in proper sequence. It is highly recommended that you back up your data before proceeding, though.