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LineageOS 17.1 support is now available for Samsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon variants)



Samsung Galaxy S20 September 2023 update US

LineageOS is a custom operating system for smartphones and tablets which is based on Android. It is the successor to the custom ROM CyanogenMod. The latest version of this custom OS is LineageOS 17.1 which is based on Android 10.

LineageOS offers plenty of features that the Android Open Source Project does not carry including button customization, custom quick-setting tiles, live display, lock screen customization, system profiles, custom pattern sizes, and much more exciting features.

We know that Samsung Galaxy S20 series smartphones come packed with Exynos 990 chipsets in all smartphone markets except for some countries including the U.S. and China. In the U.S., Samsung installs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC.

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On the basis of the terms and policies of Qualcomm, it is too tough to unlock the bootloader of the Snapdragon variants. However, a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra user succeed to unlock the bootloader of his smartphone in the U.S. that is powered by Snapdragon SoC.

Now, you can unofficially unlock the bootloader of your Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones and experience the latest LineageOS with its impressive features.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 – (code-name “x1q”)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ (code-name “y2q”)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (code-name “z3q”)

Requirements to install a custom ROM:

  1. Unlock your device’s bootloader
  2. Custom recovery installed
  3. Android 10 based firmware installed because of compatibility reasons
    * If you are running on Android 11 based One UI 3.0 beta then you have to downgrade to One UI 2.X Android 10

Things to keep in mind before installation:

  1. LineageOS is a source-built ROM and not a Generic System Image (GSI)
  2. The ROM doesn’t bring Google apps built-in
    * You’ve to install it separately if needed
  3. You might face some bugs, errors, and issues because it is not an official ROM

Here you can get the TWRP for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra

Team Win Recovery Project 3.4.0

Follow the link given below to download the ZIP file of LineageOS 17.1 for your Samsung Galaxy S20 series smartphone.

Download LineageOS 17.1 for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra


James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.


As Google matches Apple’s 7 OS updates, Samsung must replicate!



Google Pixel OS updates

Samsung guarantees 4 years of Android OS and 5 years of security updates to Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, Google is about to match Apple’s iOS support of 7 years of OS updates, starting with the Pixel 8 series, which Samsung must replicate for Galaxy devices.

In a recent development, a leaked Pixel 8 series specifications sheet revealed that Google will pledge 7 years of Android OS and security updates. It’s about to be the same as Apple does with all of its iPhone models, beating the Samsung software policy by a big margin.

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Samsung has a big lead in the smartphone market, thanks to its longer software support. Meanwhile, Google’s tentative announcement will make a big impact on the Galaxy maker’s policy. And to maintain consumer satisfaction, the Korean tech giant must replicate Google.

Google Pixel phones currently offer three generations of OS upgrades and five years of security patches. Samsung, on the other hand, has a wide range of Galaxy devices eligible for 4 OS plus 5 years of security updates. However, Apple’s iPhones get up to 7 years of major iOS upgrades.

The US tech giant will launch the Pixel 8 series on October 4. If it has plans to extend software support, the announcement will be done during the launch. It will be interesting to see if the company includes older Tensor-powered smartphones in new support plan.

Since the Pixel 6 series, Google is bringing a self-designed Tensor chipset, equipped with AI capabilities and machine learning. The Tensor G3 is based on Exynos and is being manufactured by Samsung, with Google plans to switch to TSMC in the next few years.

As the technology is growing such faster, it’s hard to keep a phone for 7 years, as the manufacturer believes. However, Pixel users will continue to rock with their smartphone, as Google could pledge 7 OS upgrades, that will arrive with new features and enhancements.


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Samsung’s One UI 6.0 Update: Galaxy S20, Note 20, and More Left Behind, New Options for Android Enthusiasts



Samsung Galaxy S20 FE August 2023 update

Android 14 will soon start to roll out for Google Pixel phones. Samsung, on the other hand, started the One UI 6.0 Beta Program for Galaxy S23 series in August 2023. Samsung consumers have high expectations with the One UI 6.0 update, but many Galaxy devices are no longer supported.

Samsung should have pledged the Android 14 update for Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series, but it didn’t. It leads the Galaxy S20 FE to ineligibility for the next major update. Launched pre-installed with Android 10, the S20, Note 20 and S20 FE devices are no longer eligible for any major upgrade.

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The popular Galaxy A series phones – Galaxy A51 and A71 have also finished their OS upgrade eligibility with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0. Now, the Korean tech giant focuses more on affordable phones, with the Galaxy A24 as a recent example, which will get 4 OS upgrades.

The 2nd generation Galaxy Z Fold smartphone was also eligible for three major updates. The company had released it with Android 10-based One UI 2.5, which means, it has also completed its big OTA lifespan with Android 13. You can check One UI 6.0 unsupported devices in the list below.

  • Galaxy S20 Series
  • Galaxy Note 20 Series
  • Galaxy S20 FE (LTE/5G)
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Galaxy A71 & Galaxy A51

How to get One UI 6

To experience the next Samsung mobile OS, you need to purchase a new Galaxy phone. There are a lot of sticking options, offering you a longer software lifespan across categories from budget to premium. Check the quick guide below, which embeds phones with great software support.

  • Premium – Galaxy S23 series
  • Bonus Tip – Galaxy S21 FE (flagship phone with affordability)
  • Mid-range – Galaxy A54 and Galaxy A34
  • Budget – Galaxy A24

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Android 14

Android 14 (One UI 6) update will first rollout to these Samsung Galaxy devices



Samsung smartphone

Earlier this year, Google started working on the new Android 14 operating system, with the Stable and AOSP release likely in October 2023. Samsung started its Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta testing on select Galaxy smartphones in the recent past.

Several Samsung devices are eligible for the Android 14-based One UI 6 upgrade. And thanks to the company’s software rollout history, it’s easy to figure out which Galaxy phones will be the first to receive the One UI 6 firmware update this year.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series is first in line to receive the new One UI 6 update as soon as the official unveiling happens at SDC 2023, sometime in October. However, the S23 series and more models will be invited to Beta activity to test the OS before release.

Android 14 (One UI 6) update will first rollout to these Samsung Galaxy devices

  • Galaxy S23 Series
    • S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy S22 Series
    • S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 Series [Uncertain]
    • S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold Series
    • Z Fold 5 and Z Fold 4
  • Galaxy Z Flip Series
    • Z Flip 5 and Z Flip 4

In the list we mentioned above, there’s an exclusivity of flagship devices, why not? The South Korean tech giant will first roll out the Android 14 to newer flagships, followed by older flagship models and mid-range ones. Along with them, select budget models will also join the party with new updates.

Congrats if you have an eligible Galaxy S or Galaxy Z series smartphone for One UI 6.0 software. Samsung will let you install the new OS, starting from August 2023, if it follows the same timeframe as the last year. You can check all One UI 6.0 eligible devices here.

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