Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Android 11 (One UI 3.0) update timeline

Updated on December 12, 2020: After T-Mobile and Verizon, Today AT&T started rolling the stable Android 10 update to Galaxy S20 Plus with the software version G986USQU1CTKH. The update brings all-new One UI 3.0 goodies and Android 11 features to the top.

Updated on December 7, 2020: The unlocked variant of the Galaxy S20 Plus is also grabbing the Android 11 One UI 3.0 update in Poland. One of the users on reddit confirmed this piece of information. The update arrives with software version G985FXXU5CTKG and brings all-new One UI 3.0 and Android 11 features along with December 2020 security patch update. This is interesting as the carrier-locked variants of Verizon and T-Mobile are getting November 2020 security patch while the unlocked variants are getting December 2020 security patch. For more information on this, you can head here.

Updated on December 7, 2020: Verizon Galaxy S20+ is also receiving the Android 11 update. Note that the update brings November 2020 security patchset along with. It is quite surprising to see Samsung bundling a month-old security patch as it is known for rolling out the latest security update for its devices. The update arrives with build ZTHK. For more information on how you can update your Verizon Galaxy S20+ device with Android 11, you can head here. Here is the complete changelog:

What’s changing:
This software update brings the latest Android OS 11, with new features including Conversations, Bubbles, Categorized Notifications, and One UI 3.0.
The latest Android security patch is also included in this update.
Android OS 11 Update
Android OS 11 offers some of the newest ways to control your privacy, customize your phone, and get things done. It’s Android, just the way you want it.

  • Conversations
    See, respond to and control your conversations across multiple messaging apps. All in the same spot. Then select people you always chat with. These priority conversations show up on your lock screen.
  • Bubbles
    With Android 11, you can pin conversations so they always appear on top of other apps and screens. Bubbles keep the conversation going—while you stay focused on whatever else you’re doing. Access the chat anytime or anywhere.
  • One UI 3.0
    The new One UI 3.0 improves user interaction for Quick Panel, Toolbars, Notifications, Settings, and more.
  • Privacy Controls
    One-time permissions – Give one-time permissions to apps that need your mic, camera or location. The next time the app needs access, it must ask for permission again.
    Permissions auto‑reset – If you haven’t used an app in a while, you may not want it to keep accessing your data. So Android will reset permissions for your unused apps. You can always turn permissions back on.

Updated on December 7, 2020: So, the Galaxy S20+ phone, both carrier locked and unlocked variants are now picking up the Android 11 One UI 3.0 update in different regions. Talk about carrier-locked models, the T-Mobile Galaxy S20+ device is now receiving the Android 11 One UI 3.0 update. Let us talk about the update in more detail.

T-Mobile Galaxy S20+ is getting updated with build number CTKH. The update weighs in around 2GB and it brings November 1, 2020 security patch along with it. For more information on how you can update your T-Mobile Galaxy S20+, you can head here. Here is the complete changelog of the update:

One Ul 3 Upgrade (Android 11)
One 3 is designed to help you focus on what matters. Our visual redesign has improved the places you visit the most. like the Home screen and quick panel, to reduce distractions. highlight important information and make your experience more consistent. Performance improvements will help apps run quicker while using less battery power. And One Ul 3 puts control in your hands with new privacy controls, one-time permissions, and enhanced Digital Wellbeing.

Scroll down for a full list of changes.

  • Visual design
    We’ve refreshed the look and feel of One Ul 3 in lots of ways. big and small, from new, more consistent icons to smarter organization of the quick panel and notifications. Motion is smoother and more natural than ever with improved animations and haptic feedback for common interactions. And the interface responds to different screen sizes to provide the best experience on any device. whether it’s a phone, foldable, or tablet.
  • Improved performance
    We optimized One Ul 3 with enhanced dynamic memory allocation, so apps run faster and perform better. We’ve also restricted background activities to provide better performance and power usage.
  • Better customization
    • New image categories have been added to Dynamic Lock screen. and you can select up to 5 categories at once.
    • On the Lock screen, you can add a widget to check your usage time.
    • Get an interactive preview when setting a wallpaper.
    • Adjusting the Always On Display and Lock screen is easier.
    • Add a call background to see a picture or video when you make or receive a call.
    • In Samsung Internet, you can reorder and lock tabs.
    • Bixby Routines has even more controls to help you automate your life.
    • New icons and Lock screen widgets make it easier to find and control your routines.
    • Use Digital Wellbeing with separate personal and work profiles.
  • Enhanced features
    Home screen and Lock screen
    • Add widgets by touching and holding an app on the Home screen.
    • Turn off the screen by double tapping on an empty space on the Home or Lock screen. (Set it up in Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures.)
    • On the Lock screen, tap the clock area to see widgets like calendar, weather, and music.
  • Calls and chats
    • See conversations separately in the notification panel. Works with Messages and your favorite chat apps.
    • Easily remove duplicate contacts stored in the same account in Contacts. The storage period for deleted contacts has been extended from 15 days to 30 days.
    • Added the ability to edit multiple linked contacts from a single screen.
    • Added Trash in Messages so that recently deleted messages are stored for 30 days.
  • Pictures and videos
    • Take pictures quicker with improved auto focus and auto exposure.
    • View. edit, and share pictures and videos more easily from Gallery.
    • Find pictures and videos quicker with new search features and categories in Gallery.
    • Revert edited pictures to their original versions at any time. even after they’re saved. so you never lose a shot.
  • Settings
    • Settings has a new simpler look and feel. Your Samsung account is shown at the top, and Home screen settings are now easier to access.
    • Find the settings you need more easily with new Search features. You’ll get better results for synonyms and common misspellings. and you can tap on tags to see groups of related settings.
    • Quick settings buttons have been reduced to provide only the most commonly used features. You can also add buttons to create your own customized quick panel.
  • Samsung. Keyboard
    • Increased the number of input languages to 370.
    • Made it easier to paste copied images and verification codes from text messages.
    • Added emoji and sticker suggestions when you enter a text-based emoticon.
    • Improved the keyboard layout to provide a larger space bar when entering web and email addresses.
    • Reorganized Keyboard settings so it’s easier to access frequently used settings.
  • Productivity
    • Maintain a healthy balance between work and life by minimizing repetitive and complicated tasks and handling them efficiently.
    • New routines will be recommended based on your daily life and usage patterns.
    • Bixby Routines provide a setting to return everything to the way it was before the routine ran.
    • In Internet, you can hide the status and navigation bars for a more immersive experience and quickly translate webpages.
    • You’ll be prompted to block websites that send too many pop-ups or notifications.
    • You can browse and select cloud drive files from the file selection screen in My Files.
    • You can now delete cache files in My Files to easily free up storage space.
    • Events with the same start time are displayed together in the month and list views in Calendar.
    • Use your phone or tablet app icon layout in Samsung Dex so you know where everything is.
    • Open the touch pad from the navigation bar on your phone or tablet.
  • Easy media and device control
    Media and device control is easier with the improved media panel in notifications. You can see recently used media apps and quickly change the playback device. You can also check Android Auto settings in the Advanced features menu in Settings.
  • Identify and improve your digital habits
    Improved Digital Wellbeing features make it easy to check how you’re using your phone or tablet and help you form good digital habits. Check your usage while driving or see weekly changes in your screen time by function at a glance through upgraded weekly reports.
  • Accessibility for everyone
    One UI 3 recommends useful accessibility features for you based on your usage. The improved Accessibility shortcut makes accessibility features easier to start and use. You can use the Speak keyboard input aloud feature to get voice feedback of your typing even when TalkBack is turned off.
  • Stronger privacy protection
    You can now let an app access to your microphone, camera, or location just one time. Any permissions that an app hasn’t used in a while will be automatically revoked. You can no longer give apps permission to always see your location in the regular permission popup. TO let apps access your location when they’re not in use, you need to go to the location permission page for the app in Settings.
  • Additional improvements • In Clock, you can hear the time and preset name of the alarm read aloud when an alarm rings.
    Some apps will need to separately after the One Ul 3 update.
    App copies made using Dual messenger can no longer access SD card files directly. To share SD card files in an app copy, select the files in Gallery or My Files, tap Share, then select the app copy.
    You can no longer use Wi-Fi Direct to send files to Other devices. You can use Nearby Share instead.
    You can still receive files using Wi-Fi Direct. You can no longer connect to Chromecast using Smart View. You can use Google Home instead.

Updated on December 3. 2020: Good news is that after rolling out the Android 11 One UI 3.0 schedule for eligible Samsung devices, the OEM has now started rolling out the stable Android 11 One UI 3.0 update for the Galaxy S20 Plus smartphones. The update is currently live for all the users in certain parts of Europe and in South Korea. There is no official announcement made by Samsung about this rollout however, several users across various platforms have revealed that the stable One UI 3.0 update is now live for the Galaxy S20 Plus smartphone.


The update is rolling out with build CTKG for Europe and CTKF for users in South Korea. And it packs the latest December 2020 security patch for the Galaxy S20 Plus smartphone. For more info on both, you can head here and here.

Updated on October 15, 2020: The US users of the Galaxy S20 are also receiving the Android 11 One UI 3.0 beta update. Note that the public beta recently went underway for the users in the home country of South Korea and now it has been extended for the Galaxy S20 US unlocked users. The update notably brings RCS messaging through Jibe in the US.

One UI 3 Beta for unlocked open as well!! from Galaxy_S20

Updated on October 15, 2020: Good news for all those who were waiting for the Android 11 One UI 3.0 Beta updates on their Galaxy S20 series device. Samsung has started the beta testing of Android 11 for the users of Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. Those who are interested can head over to the Samsung Members App and is limited to only 1000 users. Note that beta updates will be unstable so, make sure to take a complete backup of the data stored on your phone to avoid any data loss. For more information, you can head over here.

Updates are added on August 7, 2020: Rejoice Samsung Galaxy S20 series users, because the One UI 3.0 Android 11 based beta program is now live for users in multiple regions. Notably, participants from China, Germany, India, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States can register themselves for this beta program.

The update will bring all the latest and greatest features that Samsung has to offer. However, this program is meant for the developers rather than normal users. So, it is advisable to update your Galaxy S20 phone only when you know what you will deal with. As being a beta build, the update will carry some bugs and glitches.

The target devices include; Galaxy S20 series (S20/S20+/S20 Ultra LTE/5G). For those who wish to enter this beta program for One UI 3.0 Android 11, can head over here to register themselves. Moreover, the stale update should be hitting the flagship units only once the Android 11 stable update goes live.

Country Service Provider Device Model
Republic of Korea KT / LGU+ / SKT / Unlocked Galaxy S20 (SM-G981N), S20+ (SM-G986N), S20 Ultra (SM-G988N)
United States Sprint / T-Mobile Galaxy S20 (SM-G981U), S20+ (SM-G986U), S20 Ultra (SM-G988U)
Unlocked Galaxy S20 (SM-G981U1), S20+ (SM-G986U1), S20 Ultra (SM-G988U1)

Updates are added on August 3, 2020: Well, for those Samsung Galaxy S20 users who are waiting for any signs of Android 11 update, can rejoice. Because a new Geekbench listing shows Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus running Android 11 update. The Exynos 990 variant of the Galaxy S20 Plus was spotted running Android 11 One UI 3.0 update. However, note that Geekbench listing does not always mean that the update is right around the corner. But at least for now, this gives us a hint that we will soon get to experience Android 11 One UI 3.0 update on the Galaxy S20 Plus phone. Moreover, since Galaxy S20 are the 2020 flagships of the year 2020 from Samsung, Android 11 will soon be available for the phones once it is live for all the OEMs in September by Google.

Samsung is a brand that everyone loves and trusts due to its credibility all over these years. The Galaxy S2 was one of the favorite smartphones for everyone because of its design, camera and it was the best package out there. Like that Samsung went through these years with new “S” series devices. And this year the brand came the Galaxy S20 series. You may have already about why they named “Galaxy S20” for this year’s “S” series devices in our previous posts. Back on February 11, the brand unveiled its new Galaxy S20+ along with other Galaxy S20 series devices and the second generation of Galaxy Fold which is named the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy S20+ comes with several features like a 120Hz screen refresh rate, 8K recording, and many others.

Google has recently rolled out Android 11 Developer Preview update for the developers. It is now made available to the Google Pixel series. With that said, Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 Plus with Android 10 out of the box.  In this article, we will give you a quick glance at all when the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus will get with Android 11.

Nothing is confirmed as of yet! As soon as the Android 11 is made available to the OEMs, it is likely that Samsung will start rolling out beta updates for the Galaxy S20 Plus. In fact, the Korean smartphone manufacturer will roll out the Galaxy Android 11 update roadmap once it is available.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Android 11 (Android R) update timeline

Galaxy S20 Plus Specifications:

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ sports a 6.7 inches Dynamic AMOLED 2x display with a Quad HD+ resolution i.e. with 1440 x 3200 pixels. It has a screen to body ratio of 90.5 percent, an aspect ratio of 20:9, a pixel density of 525 Pixel Per Inch (PPI) and HDR10+ display. The display has also an ultra-sonic in-display fingerprint scanner which also gets protects.


Talking about the internals, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ features the latest flagship SoC from Qualcomm i.e. the Snapdragon 865 SoC and this SoC is built on the 7nm process. While in other markets, the Galaxy S20+ sports the in-house Exynos 990 SoC which is also built on the 7nm process. Coming to the memory options, the device is available in 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage variant. This is further expandable via a micro SD card up to 1TB. The device has a hybrid type SIM card slot where you can insert two Nano type SIM cards or a Nano type SIM and a micro SD card.

About the camera specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ sports a triple rear camera setup that gets arranged in a vertical setup which is placed to the left of the device. The triple rear camera setup of this device includes a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture value, Dual Pixel PDAF, and also Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Finally coming to the front, the new Galaxy S20+ sports a 10MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture value. Further, it also comes with support for Dual Pixel PDAF, and Auto HDR.

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ comes with a large 4,500 mAh battery which charges over a USB type C port. This battery also comes with support for 25W fast charging tech. It also supports USB Power Delivery 3.0, Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W, and it has also Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W. On the software front, the device runs on One Ui 2.0 which is based on the latest Android 10. As usual, this also doesn’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it has speakers with stereo speakers and support for 32-bit/384kHz audio which is tuned by AKG.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC, FM radio (USA & Canada only), and USB 3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go.

Android 11 – Overview

The Android 11 Developer Preview 1 is here and Google is planning to roll out in total, 6 updates before the stable Android 11 update is pushed out for the public. You can check out the image below which depicts the time frame of when the updates will be pushed.

android 11 timelineGoing by the timeline as mentioned above, the developer previews will be rolled out till April 2020 and starting from May 2020, the compatible devices will be served with the Android 11 beta update and finally is Q3 2020, the final and stable build of Android 11 will be made available for the OEMs.

Google I/O event is going to take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California between May 12 and 14, 2020. It is that time, when Google will unveil it’s latest OS i.e. the Android 11 and then in September, probably will roll out the stable update. Talking about the features of the Android 11, you can check out the list of new features and enhancements it brings:

  • Scheduled Dark Theme
  • ‘Conversations’ Section in Notification Shade
  • Built-in Screen Recorder
  • Pin Apps in the Share Menu
  • Send Images in Notification Replies
  • New APIs for 5G
  • Reverse Wireless Charging Support (Google Pixel 4a or 5)
  • Use Bluetooth Headphones in Airplane Mode
  • Scrolling screenshots
  • Bubble Notifications on by Default
  • New Back Cover Gestures (Likely Pixel-Exclusive)
  • Show Refresh Rate
  • Power Menu Toggles
  • Quick Access Wallet
  • New Permissions Options
  • Background Location Access Must Be Granted Manually
  • Auto-Block Spammy Permission Prompts
  • New Scoped Storage Permission
  • New Motion Sense Gesture (Pixel 4)
  • New Notification History UI
  • Increase Touch Sensitivity
  • Better Back Sensitivity
  • Mobile Drivers License Support
  • Changes to BiometricPrompt API
  • Improved Call Screening
  • Support for Punch Hole & Waterfall Displays
  • Disable Vibrations While Using the Camera
  • HDMI Low-Latency Mode
  • Low Latency Video Decoding
  • New Bluetooth Stack
  • Separated Quick Settings & Notification Tray
  • Music Player in Quick Settings
  • Unsupported Bluetooth Codecs Are Now Grayed Out
  • Suggested Apps in Home Screen Dock

 Android 11 for Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Since Samsung is quite busy in rolling out the One UI 2.0 (Android 10) update for the devices and there are quite a few devices waiting in line. So, it seems unlikely that the Android 11 update announcement will be made anytime soon. It is expected that the update will be made available for the Galaxy S20 Plus users only the next year after the stable Android 11 update comes out for the masses. We will keep you in the loop once we have more information in this regard.

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