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Android updates Android 11

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msclara
3: Seeker

I'm waiting to update my phones software  to new 11 version and while checking smth I've discovered that somehow people from other networks with exactly the same phone have not only already received they updates but also somehow I'm still stuck on the november patch update. My phone is S10+  and should get december and january update and yet I hear nothing.  What is the issue here? why is vodafone blocking my updates?

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adiwilko76
4: Newbie

Mine is exactly the same. Some networks are on their 2nd/3rd Android 11 update. The only way to do it is flash your phone with Odin with open BTU Android 11 firmware off Sammobile. Phone has to be network unlocked though. 

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msclara
3: Seeker

once my contract is finally over Im switching to different provider this is a ridiculous joke.

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BandOfBrothers
17: Community Champion

Hi @msclara 

 

Vodafone officially state in Firmware-Explained. 

 

Samsung send out updates in accordance to the region the phone is in, phone eligibility,  serial and build number and as such sent out in waves.

Also Vodafone typically want to test firmware for the phones they supply i.e branded to ensure it does not clash with their brand of software on the phone and it's network features and apps.

Checking via the phone's software update section and also via Samsung Smartswitch is best practice.

Current Phone >

Samsung Z Fold³ 5G.

Previous Phone >

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860.

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adiwilko76
4: Newbie

Mine is exactly the same. Some networks are on their 2nd/3rd Android 11 update. The only way to do it is flash your phone with Odin with open BTU Android 11 firmware off Sammobile. Phone has to be network unlocked though. 

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msclara
3: Seeker

So they've been testing the december patch for the last 2 months. Wow if they are that quick I'm afraid how long will I have to wait android 11.

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BandOfBrothers
17: Community Champion

I'm not saying they've been testing the update for that long @msclara 

Samsung release the update for each eligible phone in turn,  i.e not release the update for all eligible phone's at once.

Vodafone test the update so your not then potentially being faced with software problems that affect the stability of your phone and affect network features etc.

I reviewed Android 11 with Samsung One Ui 3.0 on the 4th of February 21 and my phone is directly from Samsung albeit imported into the UK.

You can “flash” the phone and see if that helps but also be aware changing the csc can potentially affect some Network features.

 

I see you've accepted that as your solution so I wish you well and good luck.

Current Phone >

Samsung Z Fold³ 5G.

Previous Phone >

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860.

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adiwilko76
4: Newbie

Further to my post regarding the tireless waiting for Android 11 update. I have looked and Vodafone from loads of other countries have not only updated to Android 11, but they are already on there second update. So why can't Vodafone UK do the same? Its ridiculous, we haven't even had December or Januarys security update 😒 

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BandOfBrothers
17: Community Champion

Possibly because even though different countries share the Vodafone Branding they are not linked.

They all work independently @adiwilko76 

 

Haven't you used a rom from Sammobile to update, which is what you have spoken about in your accepted solution post to @msclara  ?

Current Phone >

Samsung Z Fold³ 5G.

Previous Phone >

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860.

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msclara
3: Seeker

I think you're missing a point. Security patches exist for a reason to make your phone wirk better. They fix minor or major bugs I'm sorry but hows my phone supposed work correctly if vodafone blocks my phone from receiving them. 

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BandOfBrothers
17: Community Champion

I do appreciate how important security updates are and I also want them as a priority to software updates @msclara however they do tend to come hand in hand with software updates.

On Samsung phones there is a place to search for security updates separately but I seem to find they always come down with a software update !

I personally buy my phone's from the manufacturer in the hope such updates are not slowed down by networks checking the update but on occasion I've also found that a branded phone get the update faster sometimes !

Current Phone >

Samsung Z Fold³ 5G.

Previous Phone >

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860.

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adiwilko76
4: Newbie

No I haven't flashed the BTU unbranded firmware just in case it knackers something. What I don't understand there's been no firmware update since November and we're in the middle of February.

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msclara
3: Seeker

From what I saw on sammobile only vod stopped updating s10plus in november. Every other provider at least reached december patch and some of them already updated to UI 3.0. Smells fishy to me.

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adiwilko76
4: Newbie

You will be pleased to know I have just received the android 11 update at 05.55 hrs. I couldn't sleep so just checked on the off chance and it came up 🙌

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BandOfBrothers
17: Community Champion

Enjoy @adiwilko76  :Smiling:

 

I'm still finding new features or slightly tweaked features on my N20 Ultra phone.

Be sure to back up first … just incase.

Current Phone >

Samsung Z Fold³ 5G.

Previous Phone >

Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G - SM9860.

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