It’s not often that the Snapdragon variant of Samsung’s flagship phones sold stateside gets a substantial new update as quickly as the Exynos variant, but times seem to be a-changing, and T-Mobile is leading the charge. The Exynos-powered Galaxy S20 series received the One UI 2.5 update in some markets on the same day the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra were released worldwide, and the update is also rolling out for units running on T-Mobile’s network in the US.
Wireless DeX, advanced Pro video camera mode, and more
The Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra on T-Mobile are getting firmware version G98xUSQU1BTHD and the August security patch as part of the One UI 2.5 update, along with a number of new features. That includes wireless DeX, which lets you run DeX wirelessly on any TV that supports Miracast-based screen mirroring (pretty much every modern smart TV), and multiple productivity-enhancing functions in Samsung Notes (which are available through an app update for Note smartphones).
The camera’s Pro video mode has also picked up new functionality. You can now shoot 8K videos in Pro video mode and select the 21:9 aspect ratio to make videos cover the entire display. 120 fps recording has been added as well. The enhanced Pro video mode also lets you select which of the phone’s three microphones are used for recording audio; you can also choose to record audio via Bluetooth or USB microphones. Finally, One UI 2.5 enables the use of Google’s navigation gestures in third-party launcher apps.
As with all updates, you can download this one over the air by opening the phone’s Settings app, selecting Software update, and tapping Download and install. It may take a few tries before the update shows up, so don’t lose hope if the phone says it’s already running the latest software. If waiting isn’t your thing, you can download the new firmware from our archive and install it on your S20, S20+, or S20 Ultra using a Windows PC.