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Samsung Galaxy S20 getting One UI 3.1 update [Verizon]

Earlier today, Verizon has started releasing the One UI 3.1 software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 units in the US. Now, as per the latest info, the carrier-branded Galaxy S20 lineup receiving the One UI 3.1 features over the air. This firmware update also includes the February 2021 security patch for better device protection.

The Galaxy S20 series users can identify this update via version numbers: G981USQU1DUB7, G986USQU1DUB7, and G988USQU1DUB7 for the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra respectively. Besides, this update introduces Advanced Messaging (RCS) for your device in order to deliver the latest text messaging experience.

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On the other hand, after updating your Galaxy S20 with the One UI 3.1, you can use the Eye Comfort Shield feature that automatically adjusts the blue light based on the time of day. Moreover, users can now remove the GPS data that reveals the location of photos before you share them.

As Samsung promised, the One UI 3.1 for Galaxy S20 brings users the ability to shoot dynamic photos and videos with new smart camera features including improved Single Take, touch autofocus, autoexposure controller, Object eraser tool, and Multi Mic Recording.

Adding to this, Samsung fans now no longer needed to install the Google Messages app to experience the RCS chat features. The One UI 3.1 update adds RCS features to the system messaging app allowing users to do chat over mobile data and Wi-Fi, receive and send high-resolution photos and videos, create feature-rich group chats, and receive read receipts.

Around a week ago, the Korean tech maker announced that it will release select powerful features from the Galaxy S21 to the older flagships such as the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Note 20 with the One UI 3.1 update. Following this, the company pushed this update for the Galaxy S20, Note 20, and Galaxy Fold 2/Flip smartphones.


  • From a Home screen, touch and swipe up or down to display all apps
    • Tap Settings > System updates > Check for system updates.
  • If your device finds a new software update:
    • Tap Download now.
  • When complete, a screen will appear advising you that the new version of software is ready to be installed.
    • Tap Install update.

What’s changing:

    • This software update introduces One UI 3.1, with new Camera features, app enhancements (Calendar, Messages, Duo, DeX), new Settings (Eye comfort shield, Game Priority mode) and Advanced Messaging (RCS).
    • The latest Android security patch is also included in this update.
  • Advanced Messaging (RCS)
    • This update introduces Advanced Messaging (RCS) for your device. Advanced Messaging features include:
      • Send larger text messages: Create larger messages up to 8,000 characters long. With Advanced Messaging you’re no longer limited to 160 characters.
      • Typing indicators: See when your contact is typing in a conversation.
      • Read receipts: See when your message has been read.
      • Large group chats: Create group chats with up to 100 participants.*
      • High-quality media sharing: Share pictures and videos in high-quality.
      • Chat over Wi-Fi: You can send messages over Wi-Fi, even when you don’t have a cellular connection.
      • Transfer larger files: Send larger attachments than ever before.
      • Location sharing: Share your location as you travel.
        • *Group message recipients must also have Advanced Messaging enabled on a compatible device.
  • Camera – Zoom Lock
    • Zoom Lock helps you hold focus on the same object at high magnification (>20X Zoom).
  • Single Take – Shot Customization
    • Now you can customize what shots to capture when using Single Take feature.
  • Eye Comfort Shield
    • Keep your eyes comfortable by limiting blue light and using warmer colors. Automatically adjust your screen’s colors based on the time of day.
  • Game Booster – Priority Mode
    • For the serious gamers, you can use Priority mode in Game Booster to block incoming calls and notifications. It will also optimize your network connection and processor power for your games.
  • Video Call Enhancements
    • When using third party apps (i.e., Google Duo), the video call now supports HDR, Beauty features, and improved low-light quality.
  • Wireless DeX – PC Connection
    • Extend your Galaxy phone to your desktop PC using Wireless DeX. Simply download the DeX app on your PC and connect to the same Wi-Fi network to start DeX.
  • Galaxy Buds – Seamless Earbud Connection
    • When logged into Samsung account, quickly switch your Galaxy Buds to nearby devices without disconnecting your earbuds or turning on pairing mode.

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