One UI 3.0 (Android 11) update arriving for Galaxy S9 & M20? Samsung support seems positive
The South Korean giant kick-started the Android 11 beta program for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series back in August in several regions.
Since then, we’ve seen a number of One UI 3.0 beta updates being pushed for several smartphones from the company.
Matter of fact, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series has already bagged the stable Android 11 update in multiple regions.
Furthermore, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 users are also beginning to receive the update to One UI 3.0 as we’ve highlighted here.
Having said that, the One UI 3.0 update will not be available on Samsung phones that launched with Android 8.0 Oreo on board. This is because Samsung only provides 2 major OS updates for its phones.
Although, it recently announced that, moving forward, certain models including some from the Galaxy A series will get 3 major OS updates.
According to Samsung, this new 3 software updates policy applies to the Samsung Galaxy S10 series as well, thus making them eligible for the update to Android 12 too.
Unfortunately, Samsung did not confirm the same for the 2018 ‘S’ series flagships — the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. Moreover, the Galaxy S9 duo is not listed on any One UI 3.0 update timeline.
So all official evidence points towards the devices not receiving Android 11, which is something we expected since the beginning. But in a recent report, a Samsung support rep. claimed that the company is indeed working on One UI 3.0 for the S9 duo.
And it appears that another Samsung support rep. has shared similar information with another individual who asked about the availability of Android 11 or One UI 3.0 on the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
While this information cannot be considered as an official confirmation, it definitely adds weight to the possibility that Samsung may in fact release Android 11 for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at some point.
Given the fact that the devices are still pretty capable smartphones, there shouldn’t be any hardware limitations that will prevent the company from rolling out One UI 3.0 for them.
Nevertheless, the good news does not end there since it seems that Samsung may also be considering releasing One UI 3.0 (Android 11) for the Samsung Galaxy M20 too.
In another alleged conversation, a Samsung support rep. has claimed that while the device is not mentioned in any One UI 3.0 rollout timeline, the company is still testing it and it might be added to the list later.
We’ve shared the screenshots from the conversation below:
As you can see, the Samsung support rep. seems positive that the Galaxy M20 will get the Android 11 update with Samsung’s One UI 3.0 skin on top.
FYI, the Galaxy S9 series launched with Android 8.0 Oreo whereas the Galaxy M20 came with Android 8.1 Oreo pre-installed. Therefore, the update to Android 10 was the second and final major OS update for these phones.
Of course, support reps aren’t always accurate with some of the information they provide, however, we cannot downplay the fact that the same information was shared by two support agents, at least for the Galaxy S9.
We will continue to track the situation and will post an update once new details surface. In the meantime, keep an eye out on our dedicated tracker to know all about the status and availability of One UI 3.0.
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