Recent discussions surrounding the Android 14 update for Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series have been riddled with inconsistencies. Initially, there was excitement in the air as reports suggested that these older devices would be on the receiving end of the Android 14 based One UI 6.0 update. However, the optimism was short-lived when an opposing statement surfaced, clarifying that these devices would miss out on the said software enhancement.
The initial buzz was generated from mentions that the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and Galaxy Z Flip were slated to get the Android 14 based One UI 6 update. Given that these devices had already enjoyed three generations of Android updates, a fourth seemed like a delightful bonus. It was also anticipated that the newer Samsung models would be among the first batch to experience One UI 6.
There's bad news for Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 users
However, the clarity everyone yearned for was provided when Samsung addressed the swirling rumors. It turned out that the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy S20 would not be upgraded to the Android 14 based One UI 6.0. Contrary to what was presented on Samsung’s One UI 6-related webpage, these devices would only be privy to select Galaxy Enhance-X features.
The root of this confusion can be traced back to a statement on Samsung’s official site. The said statement had a list of devices eligible for Galaxy Enhance-X features, which included the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20. However, the wording was ambiguous, leading to various interpretations. On closer examination, it became evident that their inclusion was an oversight, especially when one considers Samsung's prior commitment of providing only three major Android OS updates for these series.
Historically, Samsung followed a three-year update cycle for these phones, starting with Android 10 and subsequently upgrading to Android 11, Android 12, and Android 13. The Galaxy S21 series broke this tradition by promising four years of Android OS updates. However, the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy S20 series were not fortunate enough to enjoy this extended support.
To sum it up, those owning devices from the Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy S20 series should temper their expectations regarding the official Android 14 update.