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Considering that older Galaxy flagships only recently received One UI 3.0, we weren’t exactly expecting Samsung to be pushing the new Galaxy S21 version 3.1 on these phones anytime soon. However, the company decided to give its existing customers a pleasant surprise by giving the deployment a quick start. Right now, the Galaxy S20 FE is already receiving its One UI 3.1 update, leaving behind its more premium siblings from last year.
Many Galaxy S20 FE 5G owners in Europe took to Reddit earlier today to report that they had received a 1.7GB update that includes One UI 3.1 and the February security patch. With this release, you can expect Google Discover integration on the Home screen, Google Home device controls in Quick Settings, and several new inter-app video call effects, among others. . Early adopters noted that some S21 features, like Director’s View, weren’t ported to the budget flagship.
SamMobile was able to confirm that the update has been released so far in European markets including the Baltic region, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Nordic countries, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. If you are in one of those countries that have a Galaxy S20 FE 5G, you can go to the software update section of the settings app to check for the update notification.
It should be noted that only the 5G model of the S20 FE is currently receiving One UI 3.1, while we have no news on the 4G only variant. Since the update is already available for the Tab S7 / S7 + and is now hitting non-flagship phones, we’re hoping more Samsung phones join the list sooner rather than later.
According to a report from SamMobile, Samsung blocked the One UI 3.1 update for the S20 FE a few days after its release. We don’t have an official word on exactly what prompted the move, but a small subset of Reddit users have started to experience performance issues, faster battery drain, and sluggishness. unreliable SMS notifications after installing the latest version.
Something similar happened last month when Samsung had to pull the Android 11 update from the Galaxy S10 due to heating and camera issues, which took a few weeks to fix. With no official announcement from Samsung, you can also expect a comparable timeline in the case of the S20 FE.