Samsung Galaxy A50 One UI 2.5 update status: Here's what we know so far [Cont. updated]
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on November 03, 2020) follows:
Samsung is currently focused on its Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update but the likes of Galaxy A50 are still awaiting One UI 2.5.
While the device in question was not officially listed to receive One UI 2.5, there were reports of the said update expected to arrive for the Galaxy A50 back in September.
The OEM has already announced that certain devices will get three major OS updates and several Galaxy A series devices are also among them.
However, it is unclear whether Samsung is planning to straight up provide the One UI 3.0 (Android 11) update to the device in question or will push One UI 2.5 first.
Now, a user has shed some light on the fact that the OEM is hiding its plans for the Galaxy A50 as Samsung has restricted the CheckFirm app from getting info about the latest test firmware available.
Few days ago, Samsung decided to hide the latest test firmware information from their server. That’s why CheckFirm cannot find A50 firmware information.
This might mean that Samsung might be hiding the One UI 2.5 but it could also mean that the next firmware might be One UI 3.0 (Android 11).
While all this is still based on our speculation, the OEM hiding firmware details for the Galaxy A50 is a bit off, but it may as well be the sign we all are looking for.
Nevertheless, the most recent development that has made users more anxious about One UI 2.5 is the One UI 2-based November security update which is rolling out to the Galaxy A50 now.
Samsung’s plans for the Galaxy A50 remain unclear as of this writing but the CheckFirm app restriction clearly suggests that the OEM might be onto something here.
Be it the much-awaited One UI 2.5 update or the promised Android 11-based One UI 3.0, users will have to wait until the OEM finally decides to reveal the relevant details.
That said, we will keep tracking this for further development and will keep updating this post as and when new information becomes available.
In the meantime, you can check out our One UI 2.5 update tracker to get the latest updates on the topic.
Also, we have a dedicated Samsung Android 11 (One UI 3.0) update tracker that you can go through as well.
Update 1 (November 06)
IST 11:10 am: An alleged screenshot of a conversation between a user and a Samsung care executive indicates that the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 may come soon. Unfortunately, there is still no expected date.
Update 2 (November 11)
IST 06:12 pm: Apparently, Samsung may have been testing One UI 2.5 on the Galaxy A50 all this while. A user has shared a screenshot of the CheckFirm app showing a new test firmware ending with CTK2 for the device.
This could be the One UI 2.5 update, however, there’s also a possibility that it may be the One UI 2.1 test build. Therefore, we’d suggest taking the information with a grain of salt.
Thanks for the tip, Matthew Reiter!
Update 3 (November 14)
IST 11:15 am: As per a tip we have received recently, the Galaxy A50 has started getting the November patch sans One UI 2.5. This means the OneUI 2.5 update for the device could still be far.
Update 4 (November 17)
IST 01:25 pm: Screenshots of an alleged conversation between an individual and Samsung support indicate that the Samsung Galaxy A50 may get the One UI 2.5 update between November and December in India. Therefore, the update should begin rolling out within the next few weeks.
Many thanks for the tip, Matthew Reiter.
Update 5 (November 18)
IST 02:49 pm: An individual has spotted the firmware details of what seems to be the One UI 2.5 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 in Europe. The update bears the firmware version A505FNXXS5BTK1.
Further, it brings the November patch to the device. We expect to see the update go live in multiple countries in Europe soon.
Update 6 (November 20)
IST 11:05 am: Once again, an individual has reached out to Samsung support with a query regarding the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 in the U.S.
In response, a Samsung support representative mentioned that that update will go live in November or December. However, the rep also stated that “we can expect it sooner.”
Thanks for the tip, Matthew Reiter. You’re awesome!
Update 7 (November 21)
IST 06:20 pm: It now seems that the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 will most likely begin rolling out by early December in regions where the update has not been released.
Once again, one of our readers has shared a screenshot of a conversation with Samsung support where the representative has claimed that One UI 2.5 will begin rolling out in the “next coming weeks.”
Update 8 (December 04)
IST 06:20 pm: In a slight turn of events, it appears that the One UI 2.5 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 might have been delayed to 2021, possibly January.
In an alleged screenshot of a conversation between an individual and Samsung support, the Samsung support agent claims that the One UI 2.5 update will go live in 2021 according to their ‘estimate’.
Many thanks for the tip, Matthew Reiter.
Update 9 (December 05)
IST 11:10 am: Samsung has begun rolling out the December patch for the Samsung Galaxy A50, however, there’s still no One UI 2.5, thus indicating that users may indeed have to wait until next month.
IST 06:10 pm: In yet another twist, Verizon support has confirmed that the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 will indeed be released in December itself. Check out the full story here.
Update 10 (December 07)
IST 11:10 am: While the phone still awaits One UI 2.5 (Android 10-based), it has now surfaced that the US carrier Sprint is now testing the Android 11 update for the device.
Update 11 (December 08)
Samsung has begun seeding the December security patch for unlocked Galaxy A50 models in the US without the One UI 2.5 skin. Therefore, it’s seemingly unlikely that the One UI 2.5 update will be released this month.
Update 12 (December 17)
IST 05:05 pm: Samsung Galaxy A50 is finally getting the One UI 2.5 update in India and Sri Lanka with many changes and improvements. The update comes as version A505FDDU5BTL1. Check out the full story here.
Update 13 (December 18)
IST 04:35 pm: The One UI 2.5 update has begun rolling out in Serbia and Romania for the Samsung Galaxy A50 according to fresh reports.
Update 14 (December 19)
IST 11:45 am: As per the latest reports, the German and Turkish Samsung Galaxy A50 units have started receiving the One UI 2.5 update which also offers the December security patch.
Thanks for the tip, Max Mustermann!
Update 15 (December 21)
IST 02:53 pm: After Germany and Turkey, Samsung Galaxy A50 is now getting the One UI 2.5 update in the UK. The info comes from Twitter where a user has tweeted about the update being live.
Update 16 (December 22)
IST 11:13 am: Samsung Galaxy A50 has started receiving the One UI 2.5 update in Malaysia as well. The update comes as version BTL1 and also offers the December security patch.
IST 04:38 pm: As per a recent report from Twitter, the One UI 2.5 and One UI 3.0 (Android 11) builds are being tested for the Galaxy A50 units on Verizon and U.S. Cellular. Full coverage here.
Update 17 (December 23)
IST 09:45 am: It seems the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 has begun rolling out to users in France. It carries the build number BTK5 and also the December patch.
IST 05:15 pm: New reports from Galaxy A50 users indicate that the One UI 2.5 update for the device has begun rolling out in Hong Kong.
Further, it’s likely that US Cellular may begin pushing the new software update containing One UI 2.5 for the Galaxy A50 as well since the carrier has listed the CTL1 build on its website.
IST 08:00 pm: New developments suggest that US Cellular has released the One UI 2.5 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 in the U.S. with the build number CTL1. Head here for the full story.
Update 18 (December 24)
IST 11:25 am: Samsung Galaxy A50 has started receiving the One UI 2.5 update in Czech Republic and Georgia. The information about the update being live in the regions comes from Reddit.
Update 19 (December 28)
IST 06:25 pm: It seems that the One UI 2.5 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 has begun rolling out to users in middle eastern countries as a user from Iran has confirmed receiving the update.
Update 20 (December 29)
IST 10:34 am: Samsung Galaxy A50 users in Egypt are beginning to receive the One UI 2.5 software update on their devices as per fresh user reports on Reddit.
IST 10:50 am: One of our readers has shared a screenshot of what appears to be a conversation between an individual and Verizon support. In it, the Verizon support agent has confirmed that the carrier will release the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 before the end of the year.
IST 07:15 pm: It appears that Sprit may have begun rolling out the One UI 2.5 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 in the U.S. SamMobile has captured the update rolling out for the SM-A505U SPR model with the build number CTL1.
Update 21 (December 30)
IST 10:10 am: As it turns out, Sprint did release the One UI 2.5 update yesterday for the Samsung Galaxy A50 in the U.S. A user has confirmed receiving the said update on Reddit.
Update 22 (January 01)
IST 12:55 pm: It appears that the One UI 2.5 update for Verizon Galaxy A50 models has been delayed unexpectedly. However, the carrier may start seeding it in the next few days. Head here for more details.
Update 23 (January 04)
IST 03:25 pm: Samsung has started seeding the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 in its home country finally. A user has shared a screenshot of the update page on the company’s community forums.
We’ve shared a translated version of the screenshot below:
Update 24 (January 07)
IST 03:28 pm: After a slight delay, Verizon has started seeding the much-awaited One UI 2.5 update to the Samsung Galaxy A50 in the U.S. Head here for the full story.
Update 25 (January 08)
IST 12:45 pm: Samsung Galaxy A50 users in Mexico and Argentina are taking to social platforms such as Reddit to confirm receiving the One UI 2.5 update. That said, the update should arrive in all other regions sooner rather than later.
Update 26 (January 11)
IST 09:35 am: As per a fresh user report on Reddit, the One UI 2.5 update based on Android 10 has begun rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy A50 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Update 23 (January 13)
IST 10:10 am: Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 in Indonesia carrying the build number BTL1. The December patch also tags along.
Update 24 (January 14)
IST 10:15 am: One UI 2.5 based on Android 10 is now rolling out to Galaxy A50 units in Peru and Brazil carrying the December patch as per fresh user reports.
Update 25 (January 19)
IST 12:33 pm: It seems that the One UI 2.5 update has finally started rolling out for unlocked Galaxy A50 units in the U.S. carrying the build number CTL4 as per a tip from one of our readers. We’ve shared a screenshot below (thanks for sharing the tip and screengrab David Scherschel):
Update 26 (January 22)
IST 09:42 am: Samsung Galaxy A50 users in Italy are now receiving the One UI 2.5 update on their devices. A user has taken to Reddit to confirm the same.
Update 27 (January 25)
IST 09:55 am: Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy A50 in Ireland with the build number BTL9. The January security patch also tags along.
Update 28 (January 27)
IST 04:45 pm: It appears that Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 2.5 update based on Android 11 for the Galaxy A50 in Canada. A user has confirmed receiving the update via a post on Reddit.
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