World smartphone market leader Samsung allegedly plans to fix nearly all of its Galaxy S20 flagships' problems with a single update.
That's based on a recent tweet shared by Max Weinbach, detailing the fixes that are incoming. The fix will apply to each of the devices in the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. So they'll arrive for the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.
Which Samsung Galaxy S20 issues are getting a fix here?
The Samsung Galaxy S20 fixes that are listed in the tweet are fairly vague. On the one hand, the update is said to bring an end to overheating problems that occur when Qi-based wireless charging is used. But it will also improve and fix battery management and Wi-Fi stability. Finally, the Camera app should no longer freeze after the update.
That doesn't necessarily provide an in-depth look at what's been going wrong with the Galaxy S20 series. But details are given to some extent by subsequent responses and other information that's already been available. Among other problems, the stability of Wi-Fi connections has been such that devices are kicking over to mobile data even when Wi-Fi appears to be on and connected.
The overheating problem appears to be more universal, with some users reporting overheating without the device being actively charged. That's using wireless or wired charging. Overheating during charging is arguably more dangerous though, so it's good to see Samsung addressing that issue — if the leaked information is true.
Meanwhile, battery management fixes should address any problems with both battery life. But it should also address battery management features that may lead to latency or other issues in apps.
The exact timeline for an update is still a bit dodgy
Now, it is certainly good news that Samsung plans to offer a fix for such a wide array of Galaxy S20 issues. If all of those arrive in a single update, that's even better. Some smartphone manufacturers have a tendency to take several updates and that varies from device to device. Even a global leader such as Samsung has had some history with the problem.
The leaked information doesn't necessarily provide too much detail either. In particular, there's no exact date or even a range of dates associated with the incoming update. The most recent firmware update put out by Samsung, specifically for this series, was only just revealed in late February. That followed just days after a similar update was actually launched in Korea.
That update didn't contain the fixes outlined here and Samsung users elsewhere may still be waiting for it to arrive. So there's a good chance that the next update is a month or two out at the earliest.
Conversely, Samsung may launch a new firmware version before that if it deems the issues worthy of a quicker fix. But, historically, smartphone OEMs haven't gone that route, even with flagships. So it seems unlikely the changes will land anytime soon.
I was just told these are the fixes in the next major S20 update:
Overheating while Qi Charging
Camera App freezing
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) March 16, 2020