Samsung Galaxy S20 and Razer Phone 2 receive updates with July 2020 security patches
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S20 series has once again broken its own record of getting monthly security updates ahead of the Google Pixel lineup. Just like the previous month’s incident, the company has now been able to deliver the July 2020 security patchset to the regular Galaxy S20 as well as the “Plus” and “Ultra” variants. And in a bit of a surprise, the Razer Phone 2 has also picked up an unexpected OTA, which similarly bumps the Android security patch level (SPL) of the phone to July 2020.
Samsung Galaxy S20
At the time of reporting, the Korean 5G editions of the Galaxy S20 (model number SM-G98xN) are the only variants that have received the new update. Unlike the global models, these are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, which means cross-flashing firmwares is impossible. The updated firmware, tagged as G98xNKSU1ATFD, brings in camera enhancements in zoomed-in shots and improves video stabilization. This update also deprecates the MirrorLink service, as mentioned by Samsung some months ago.
Razer Phone 2
Amidst all the uncertainties with Razer’s smartphone business future, the new update for the Razer Phone 2 is indeed a breath of fresh air. The version number of the new build is P-SMR4-RC001-RZR-200616.3181, i.e. it’s the Android Pie-based MR4 update for the global variant of the device. The MR3 build came out nearly three months ago, thus the jump from March 2020 patch level to July 2020 is quite significant.
Razer has yet to publish the updated factory image on their official download portal, so you have to wait for the OTA to hit your device. Galaxy S20 users, on the other hand, can use tools like Frija to download the new firmware straight from Samsung update server.