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Since the older Galaxy flagships only recently received One UI 3.0, we didn’t quite expect Samsung to release a new build of the Galaxy S21 3.1 for these phones anytime soon. Nonetheless, the company decided to surprise its existing customers by launching a rollout. Right now, the Galaxy S20 FE is already receiving the One UI 3.1 update, leaving behind its more premium siblings from last year.
Many Galaxy S20 FE 5G owners from Europe took on reddit earlier today to announce a 1.7GB update that includes One UI 3.1 and the February security patch. With this build, you can expect, among other things, Google Discover integration on the home screen, Google Home device controls in quick settings, and several new video call effects between apps. Early adopters noted that some of the S21’s features, such as the Director’s View, has not been ported to the budget flagship.
SamMobile can confirm that the update has so far been available in European markets, including the Baltic region, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Nordic countries, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom … If you are in any of these countries that have a Galaxy S20 FE 5G, you can go to the software update section in the settings app to find the update notification.
It is worth noting that for now, only the 5G S20 FE model is getting One UI 3.1, while we have no news of the 4G-only variant. Given that the update is already available for the Tab S7 / S7 + and is now rolling out to non-flagship phones, we hope more Samsung phones will join the list sooner rather than later.
According to the report SamMobile, Samsung has suspended the One UI 3.1 update for the S20 FE a few days after its release. We have no official record of what exactly caused this decision, but a small group of Reddit users began to encounter performance issues, faster battery drainand unreliable SMS notifications after installing the latest build.
Something similar happened literally last month when Samsung had to pull out the Android 11 update for the Galaxy S10 due to some heat and camera issues that took a couple of weeks to fix. In the absence of an official announcement from Samsung, you can expect a comparable timeline for the S20 FE.