August 2020 marked two important milestones for Samsung. On August 5 of that year, Samsung announced what would be the last Galaxy Note-branded smartphones Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — when the Korean giant decided to shift its focus to its foldable phones.
Samsung that day also revealed said it would commit to supporting many Galaxy phones and tablets (both flagship and mid-range). with three generations of Android improvements. The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are eligible for Samsung’s new three-year upgrade policy, and we thought we’d remind owners of these devices that Android 13 updatethis policy has already expired.
The Galaxy Note 20 series comes with Android 10 out of the box, which means it won’t get an update to Android 14 and won’t be on life support, so to speak, going forward. Before the release of Android 13 for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, owners of both devices had something to look forward to, even though the phones were discontinued and removed from the market.
But when it comes to major Android OS updates, the journey is finally over. The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will continue to receive support with monthly security updates for at least a year, but its Android version will not change.
There is no Android 14, but the Galaxy Note 20 series may get One UI 5.1
As for Samsung’s One UI updates for Android smartphones, we can’t be sure if this is the end of the line or not. It’s possible that the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will get One UI 5.1, which will debut with the Galaxy S23 series in a few months, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s actually the case.
Expected to accompany the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 in the second half of 2023, a UI 5.1.1 could also make its way to the Galaxy Note 20 series before being stuck with security updates, but again, there’s no way to know for sure at this point. there is no way. Moreover, these x.1.1 One UI version updates are mainly aimed at foldables, so One UI 5.1.1 probably won’t be a meaningful update for any Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra owner, even if both phones are compatible.
Fortunately, any Note fan who wants longer software support and access to the next few versions can still get one, only now it’s under the Galaxy S Ultra branding. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a great upgrade over the Note 20/Note 20 Ultra, although we recommend waiting for the Galaxy S23 lineup, especially the Galaxy S23 Ultra, to get an official launch before making any decisions.
Of course, you can also keep your Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra and update it to Android 13 and One UI 5 as much as you can. Since these phones don’t get Android 14, they will suddenly become outdated and useless. It’s not as exciting as it used to be.