With Android 13, the last Galaxy Note models are now dependent on life support

The month of August in 2020 marked two important milestones for Samsung. On August 5 of this year, Samsung announced the last of its Galaxy Note-branded smartphones – the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – as the Korean giant decided to shift focus to its foldable phones.

On the same day, Samsung also announced that it would commit to supporting many of its Galaxy phones and tablets (both flagship and mid-range) with three generations of Android upgrades. The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra qualified for Samsung’s new three-year upgrade policy, and we thought we’d remind owners of those devices that with the Android 13 update, that policy has now expired.

The Galaxy Note 20 series launched with Android 10 by default, which means it will not receive an update to Android 14 in the future and will run on life support, so to speak. Before Android 13 came out for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, those who owned either device had something to look forward to even though the phones had been discontinued and phased out.

But the journey has finally come to an end as far as major Android OS updates go. The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will continue to be supported through monthly security updates for at least another year, but the Android version will not change.

No Android 14, but the Galaxy Note 20 series could get One UI 5.1

With updates to One UI, Samsung’s software overlay for Android smartphones, we can’t really be sure if it’s the end of the road or not. It’s possible that the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will get One UI 5.1, which will debut with the Galaxy S23 series in a couple of 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, could also make its way to the Galaxy Note 20 series before it gets stuck with security updates, though again, there’s no way to know for sure at this point. Also, these x.1.1 One UI version updates are mainly targeting foldable devices, so One UI 5.1.1 is unlikely to be a viable update for Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra owners, even if the two phones are eligible.

Thankfully, any Note lover who wants longer software support and access to the next few versions can still get one, only now it’s available under the Galaxy S Ultra branding. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is an excellent upgrade over the Note 20/Note 20 Ultra, although we’d recommend waiting for the official launch of the Galaxy S23 range – specifically the Galaxy S23 Ultra – before making any decisions.

Of course, you can also choose to keep your Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra and use it with Android 13 and One UI 5 for as long as possible. It’s not like these phones will suddenly become obsolete and unusable just because they don’t get Android 14. Far from it, considering that major OS updates aren’t as exciting as they used to be.

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