The Galaxy S21 FE. (Source: Samsung)The Fan Edition or FE variant of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series has remained on One UI 4 based on Android 12 since its launch. Now, however, “test builds” of a major upgrade for the flagship-alternative smartphone have allegedly been detected online. They are slated to elevate the latest FE to the newest software experience its OEM can offer.
Samsung is rumored to have abandoned the Fan Edition versions of its Galaxy S-series flagship Android smartphones in 2022. It is not, however, slated to have ditched them in terms of software, as their most recent iteration, the S21 FE, is said to get no less than 4 major upgrades during its lifetime. The first of these might be one the way, and sooner rather than later.
The “Samsung One UI Software Update” initiative purports to track the OEM’s Android development over time, even before the release of the resulting stable upgrades in some cases. Now, it claims that one of these firmware checks has yielded signs of a potentially important S21 FE update.
They allegedly consist of Android 13-based One UI 5 “test builds” for the SM-G990E variant sold in India. The leak’s claim is based on the premise that this device is currently on the official G990EXXU3CVI8, G990EXXU3CVJ2 or G990EODM3CVJ2 firmware, but that Samsung is working on replacements called G990EXXU3DVJ4 for the first 2 or G990EODM3DVJ4 for the third.
Therefore, should this change in those last 4 characters prove significant enough, the S21 FE might be in line for the switch to One UI 5 soon. Then again, similar leaks for the device’s versions for any other markets are lacking at present.
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One UI 5 for the Galaxy S21 FE reportedly leaks out. (Source: Samsung One UI Software Update via Twitter)Deirdre O’Donnell – Senior Tech Writer – 5679 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
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