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Yo Samsung, fans want to know: where’s Android 13 for your Fan Edition Galaxy S phones?

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition phone, it said that the device was built to the most loved specs of the original Galaxy S20 series of smartphones. It didn’t play That good for the Galaxy S21 FE (which lacked something as simple as the microSD slot), but even that phone was pretty good overall for the asking price.

But Samsung seems to have forgotten that many of its fans also love fast software updates, which is why I ask: where is the Android 13 and One UI 5.0 upgrade for the Galaxy S20 FE and the Galaxy S21 FE?

Samsung has updated the other Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 smartphones to the new operating system in many markets. But the FE models are still stuck on Android 12, days after even affordable handsets like the Galaxy A33 5G and Galaxy M32 5G have been updated to Android 13.

Galaxy S20 FE and S21 FE owners will have to wait

These FE models have always received updates separately from their non-FE cousins. But nobody knows why, since they all have pretty much the same hardware. And fixing that unfairness with the Android 13/One UI 5.0 update would have been a nice gift for Galaxy S20 FE and S21 FE owners, but Samsung clearly didn’t think so.

And let’s face it, these Fan Edition phones aren’t exactly for the geeky fans, the ones who care about new software updates. Otherwise, Samsung wouldn’t have launched any of them with an Exynos chip in some markets. Still, the least Samsung could have done was upgrade the FE models to One UI 5.0 at the same time as the non-FE models, but it didn’t.

The worst thing about it? We don’t really know how long Galaxy S20 FE and S21 FE owners will have to wait. Samsung has pegged the FE models for the November upgrade in some markets and December in others, so there’s no clarity on the subject at this point. The only thing we can hope for is that Samsung will do the necessary itself in November, even if it does not release the update in every country.

Do you have a Galaxy S20 FE or S21 FE and are you disappointed that you still haven’t received Android 13 and One UI 5.0? Let us know in the comments!

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