A new software update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. This update surprisingly brings the July 2020 Android security patch to the Galaxy S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra a good one week before we enter the month of July. Neither Samsung nor Google has published the Android security patch details for the next month.
The changelog also mentions improvements to the camera, including better zoom-in shots and improved video stability. Samsung has released numerous camera-improving updates for the Galaxy S20 series since they released back in March.
The latest update further adds a new function that lets the flagships use Bluetooth microphones when recording audio via the Voice Recording app. Lastly, the changelog officially confirms that MirrorLink is no longer supported on the Galaxy S20 phones.
Samsung had last month announced that it's ending support for three in-car services, including MirrorLink, Car Mode, and Find My Car on June 1, 2020. The company also ended support for S Voie on the same day.
Samsung’s devices have had MirrorLink support since 2014. It allowed people who own cars with MirrorLink-compatible stereos to mirror their Samsung device’s screen to the car’s display.
However, it failed to attract enough customers, and Samsung has decided to discontinue it.
Existing users, however, can continue using the service as long as they don't factory reset their device, connect to a new vehicle, clear app data, replace their phone, or even update the firmware on their device. So with the latest update, the Galaxy S20 series is officially losing MirrorLink support.
Galaxy S20 gets July security patch
The July update for the Galaxy S20 trio is currently rolling out over the air (OTA) for users in Taiwan and South Korea.
The update comes with firmware version G988NKSU1ATFD for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The OTA file size weighs in at around 386MB for the top-tier S20 model.
The vanilla S20 and the S20+ should also be getting similar-sized updates.
Galaxy S20 owners in other markets should also start receiving the latest update in the coming days. However, since updates are released in stages, it may not be available for all eligible units simultaneously.
Your device should notify you once the update becomes available for your unit. So, if you own a Galaxy S20 smartphone, keep a close eye on your notifications. You can also check for updates manually through your phone's Settings app by tapping on Download and install under the Software Update menu.