Samsung has released the Android 13 update for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G in the US. The rollout has recently started for the carrier-locked variants. The unlocked devices should also pick up the new Android version soon. The major Android update, which also brings the company’s One UI 5.0 custom software, has already reached the device in most international markets.
The Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update for the carrier-locked Galaxy S20 FE 5G in the US comes with firmware version G781USQU9GVK8. As of this writing, units on US cellular networks are only picking up the new version (via). However, it should only be a matter of time before Samsung expands the rollout to the remaining mobile phone providers and also covers the unlocked models.
This update brings a host of new features, changes, and improvements to the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. According to Samsung, One UI 5.0 is the most sophisticated custom software yet. It improved the aesthetics of its Android skin with bolder app icons, an improved color scheme, smoother animations, and new customization options. At the same time, tons of new features have been added for users to explore and enjoy.
The Galaxy S20 FE 5G will also receive the security patch this month
The Android 13 update for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G in the US also brings the December security patch. Samsung’s latest SMR (Security Maintenance Release) contains no fewer than 80 vulnerabilities. While not all of these are present on every Galaxy device, most are. The new security patches fix a handful of critical vulnerabilities, some of which could lead to remote code execution. When exploited by attackers, such vulnerabilities allow them to remotely take over an affected device without the victim’s knowledge. The December SMR also fixes dozens of high-severity bugs, including some Galaxy-specific ones.
If you’re using the Galaxy S20 FE 5G in the US, the latest update for your phone protects you from all these vulnerabilities while giving you plenty of new features to play with. But as usual, Samsung will release the OTA (over the air) package in batches. So you may have to wait a few days to get the update. You should receive a notification when it becomes available. However, Samsung also allows you to check for updates manually. Open the Settings app, go to the Software Update menu and tap Download and Install. If you don’t see any pending updates, wait a few days and try again.