The Galaxy Note 21 may not happen, but the May 2021 security update is already happening on the Galaxy Note 20 series. More specifically, the rollout started in Germany with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G today morning, CET. And the regular Galaxy Note 20 joined the party in the early afternoon.
This particular OTA download is identified by build versions N986BXXU2DUDA and N980FXXU2DUDA for the Galaxy Note 20 5G and Galaxy Note 20, respectively. The rest of the models from the lineup should be getting the same firmware in a matter of days, if not hours.
Not our last Note update but what about another Note?
An upgrade to the May 1st security patch level isn’t the only thing that’s on board here, either. As we’ve already reported this week, expect some camera improvements and a refined sharing functionality, at least on Samsung’s recent flagships. Which the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 5G most definitely are. Plus, you know, the changelog numbers are kind of a giveaway that this is fundamentally the same firmware that Samsung’s been pushing out to the Galaxy S21 range as of Monday.
You can try triggering a download manually by going to Settings > Software update > Download and install. But that probably won’t unless you’re in Germany right now. The rollout should go global by this time next week, however. Plus, our firmware archive already offers full system images for the most experienced and impatient among the Galaxy Note 20 owners. Just in case someone wants to flash them manually, but the wait for the new patch shouldn’t be too long, either way. And stay tuned for the complete security bulletin detailing the new update that Samsung’s yet to publish.