Firmware

Galaxy S20’s autofocus fixing update out for unlocked units in the US

Samsung has been trying its best to fix the autofocus issues that plague the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s camera, and the company seems to have succeeded with the latest software update that it released for its new flagship series. That update was released for the Exynos-powered international models earlier this week, and it is now making its way to the Snapdragon models sold in the United States.

The new firmware, carrying build number G98xU1UEU1ATCH, is rolling out to the unlocked variants of the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra in the country. It noticeably improves the focusing speed on the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera, as we can confirm from our testing and has also been reiterated by owners of the device. The update’s changelog also mentions an improved camera for the Galaxy S20 and S20+, though it’s unclear if there are actual improvements or if Samsung simply decided to the copy paste the same changelog for all three models.

As of this moment, no carrier in the US seems to have released the new update, but it likely won’t be too long before that changes. For now, if you own the unlocked Galaxy S20, S20+, or S20 Ultra, you should see a notification informing you about the update in the next couple of days. You can also download the update right away by selecting Download and install in the phone’s Settings » Software update menu or by installing the latest firmware that you can download from our archive on your phone using a Windows PC.

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marko1182
marko1182

When is coming to Europe

stondec
stondec

Looks like Samsung screwed things up this year with the camera.
I’m absolutely unimpressed.

Hopefully they get things sorted out in time for the Note 20.

Rap
Rap

I’m finding the autofocus still a bit of an issue under indoor LED lighting, such as under mid brightness LED lighting in a standard size lounge room. It either hunts for focus or stays slightly out of focus on certain objects.
I’m using the Exynos-powered international model in Australia.
Note: I never tried with the previous firmware version to see the difference this firmware version makes in comparison, as I update the firmware on day 1 of receiving the phone.
Going by other responses, it sounds much improved.
Maybe a bit more tweaking is yet to be seen in a future update.

Borgunit
Borgunit

I have a Verizon s20 ultra and I got the update around 12:30 AM Saturday. Must say focus is snappy and pics look great. Nice update so far.

danlav313
danlav313

The only thing I hate about Samsung is this stupid update in waves crap. Apple have an update for a device and it goes out to all the devices of that kind the same day, no updates in certain regions first. Just put the update out for all and there won’t be as many people complaining about not getting the update, we all paid top dollar for these phones and yet the service is still poor

Badraan
Badraan

I am guessing that the reason behind this issue is that Samsung isn’t a software company like Apple and Google with servers that can handle this much pressure, but what ever the reason might be the first thing I personally do after buying the phone is changing my device’s software region to a region that usually gets the new updates first and that works very well for me.

jgamlieli
jgamlieli

How do you that?

Badraan
Badraan

Just download the firmware from sammobile’s archive and flash it using odin it’s not really hard, but I highly recommend you watch one of the videos on YouTube that explain the whole process and there are plenty of them. The first thing you need to keep in mind is that you can only flash a firmware with the same model number as yours (g988B for the international S20 Ultra for instance). This doesn’t help you if you have the US or Canadian versions, for instance, because they have unique model numbers that can’t be changed. You can benefit from it… Read more »

danlav313
danlav313

Nothing in the UK yet. Unlocked device

neelsn007
neelsn007

I’m in the UK with an unlocked s20+ Exynos model. Just connected to smart switch on PC and got the update. Not sure if I notice any difference though….

Looking at some youtube reviews it seems the biggest improvements have come to the Ultra which has a much improved autofocus now

TurkishStyle
TurkishStyle

Nothing here in germany

chrisc2u
chrisc2u

They need to fix the GPS issue

stondec
stondec

Has anyone really tested this firmware to confirm that it actually fixes the camera issues.

MarkSOceanDem
MarkSOceanDem

My unlockeed Ultra just got it. I havent extensively tested it, but the focus issue ssems fixed to me.

babarmalik
babarmalik

Yes I have updated and tested.. There is a clear difference in speed of auto focus.. No focus hunting anymore.. But overall it should be more stable like taking time in saving photo.. Its like if u wana take fast pictures than it takes a bit time to save and get ready for next shot.. Specially when you use 108mps..

Gunter2
Gunter2

That’s true, but 108mp is total crap and not really usable. It’s just there to show it can be done. Better to use lower zoom and get decent photos.