Samsung made the big move to Android 10 with the release of One UI 2.0. However, since its release, the company has been rolling out incremental upgrades for its firmware that often come through new smartphone launches. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20, for example, debuted the OneUI 2.5 branch that seems to be the latest release before Android 11-based One UI 2.5. Unfortunately, not all devices get these incremental updates and a good portion of Galaxy A and M devices are still running the first One UI 2.0 update. This is still is better than not having Android 10 at all, but more incremental updates certainly would not hurt. Well, today all the owners of the Galaxy M21 are moving one house in Samsung’s ecosystem through an update that brings One UI 2.1 alongside with updated security patch.
A couple of days ago, Samsung rolled this update for the Galaxy M31, and now it’s good to see that Galaxy M21 owners are getting the same treatment. The new update bumps up the security patch straight to September 2020. Moreover, it brings a set of performance optimizations, bug fixes, and new camera features.
Galaxy M21 update brings a ton of new camera features
The One UI 2.1 core update arrives with the M215FXXU2ATI9 serial number and weighs in 1,29GB. It’s quite a massive update but brings some interesting features for the camera app like My Filters, Single Take, Night hyper-lapse. Users will also get the Quick Share feature, Music Share, and new tweaks to enhance phone stability. For now, it’s unclear if the update brings “shutter speed controls” in Camera’s Pro mode like the M31.
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As usual, this update is rolling out in stages. For now, users in Europe and Asia will be getting this update. It may not appear for everyone at this first moment. You can try to force check the update manually through the Settings >> Software update >> download and install sub-menu. Worth noting that this is just an attempt, and no guarantee will work for everyone.
While the device is getting One UI 2.1 treatment, it’s not clear if it will receive further updates to reach One UI 2.5. Samsung is yet to disclose its plans for Android 11 rollout, if the Galaxy M21 is eligible, then the company will probably leave it at One UI 2.1 to focus on a future update that will bring Android 11 and One UI 3.0 branch.