[Update: Z Flip too] Samsung Galaxy S20 series gets One UI 2.5 update with Galaxy Note 20 features
The One UI custom skin from Samsung is soon going to get its third iteration based on Android 11, but the Korean OEM has been simultaneously working on an intermediate version named One UI 2.5 as well. The recently released Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy Tab S7/S7+, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 come with preinstalled One UI 2.5, while a number of older devices running One UI 2.1 are expected to receive this new version via an incremental update. In fact, the transition has already been started, as some variants of the Galaxy S20 lineup are now receiving One UI 2.5 in the form of a new firmware update.
We knew One UI 2.5 was headed to the Galaxy 20 series as Max Weinbach from our team spotted the internal test builds last month. Talking about today’s stable update, users on our forums have reported that the OTAs are rolling out for the international 5G variants of the Galaxy S20 (SM-G981B), Galaxy S20+ (SM-G986B), and the Galaxy S20 Ultra (SM-G988B) models with the software version G98xBXXU4BTH5. The updates are currently available for download across various European countries, including Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Nordic region.
Samsung’s own software update tracker has yet to list the actual changelog of the new firmware, but SamMobile has confirmed that the One UI 2.5 build for the Galaxy S20 does bring all the new features from the Galaxy Note 20 series. The underlying layer of One UI 2.5 is still based on Android 10, which is why it is possible to port some of the updated stock apps to One UI 2.1. However, a full-fledged official software update unlocks multiple subtle improvements, e.g. the ability to use navigation gestures with third-party launchers.
The OTAs are rolling out in batches, but experienced users can skip the queue and download the new firmware packages directly from the Samsung update server using Frija. There is no change in the bootloader version, though, which means you still have the freedom to revert back to One UI 2.1 if you want.
Update 1: Galaxy Z Flip 4G Too
Samsung is now rolling out the One UI 2.5 update to the unlocked Galaxy Z Flip (first-generation) in the U.S. In addition, U.S. unlocked Galaxy S20 series devices are also getting the update. Samsung will likely follow-up with updates to the Galaxy Fold next followed by updates to its previous-generation flagships. The full list of Samsung Galaxy devices getting the One UI 2.5 update, as well as the new features brought by the update, can be found here.
It’s update day, I guess.
One UI 2.5 rolling out to unlocked Z Flip and S20s in the US pic.twitter.com/60eHCTeQ1b
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) August 22, 2020