August 2020 marked two important events for Samsung. On August 5 of the same year, Samsung announced what would be the last Galaxy Note-branded smartphones, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as the Korean giant decided to focus on its foldable phones.
On the same day, Samsung also revealed that it is committed to supporting many of its Galaxy phones and tablets (both flagship and mid-range) with three generations of Android updates. The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have qualified for Samsung’s new three-year upgrade policy, and, well, we thought we’d remind owners of these devices that that policy has expired with the Android 13 update.
The Galaxy Note 20 series launched with Android 10, which means it won’t get an Android 14 update and will be on life support, so to speak, going forward. Before Android 13 arrived for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, those who owned either device had something to look forward to, even though the phones were discontinued and out of the market.
But the journey is finally over as far as major Android OS updates are concerned. The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will continue to receive support with monthly security updates for at least another year, but will not see a change in its Android version.
No Android 14, but the Galaxy Note 20 series may get One UI 5.1
As for updates to One UI, Samsung’s software overlay for Android smartphones, we really can’t be sure if it’s the end of the line or not. It’s possible that the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will get One UI 5.1, which will arrive with the Galaxy S23 series in a few months, but we’ll have to wait and see if that actually happens.
One UI 5.1.1, which is expected to accompany the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 in the second half of 2023, may also make its way to the Galaxy Note 20 series before security updates get stuck, but again. there’s no way to know for sure at this point. Also, these updates to version x.1.1 One UI are mostly aimed at foldables, so One UI 5.1.1 probably won’t be a meaningful update for any Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra owners, even if both phones are compatible :
Fortunately, any Note fans who want longer software support and access to the next two variants can still get one, only now it comes under the Galaxy S Ultra brand. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a great upgrade over the Note 20/Note 20 Ultra, although we’d recommend waiting for the Galaxy S23 series, specifically the Galaxy S23 Ultra, to get an official launch before making any decisions.
Of course, you can also pick up your Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra and keep using it with Android 13 and One UI 5 for as long as you can. It’s not like these phones will suddenly become outdated and unusable just because they won’t get Android 14. In fact, given that major OS updates aren’t as exciting as they used to be.