The Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra do not (still) support the seamless updates that have been in Android since 2016. This means that software updates are not installed in the background.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 does not have seamless updates
Since Android 7.0 (Nougat), there is a function in the mobile operating system to install software updates seamlessly. This means that updates will be downloaded and installed in the background, and you can continue to use your Android phone during this process. Once the software update has been installed, all you have to do is restart your device to get started with the new software.
Funnily enough, this feature is not present on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra. If you receive an update on these smartphones, you will see an update screen during installation and you cannot do anything with the device for a while. That is a shame, because you are not available for a while and you cannot reply to messages, for example.
Several manufacturers, such as OnePlus, Motorola and Google itself, have added the seamless update function to smartphones. The feature would first be mandatory for phones running Android 11 out of the box, but this requirement has since been reversed by Google. It is unclear when Samsung will add the handy option to its smartphones.
More about the Samsung Galaxy S21 phones
The Samsung Galaxy S21 devices have recently been announced and are officially available in the Netherlands from January 29. With suggested retail prices of 849, 1049 and 1249 euros, they are cheaper than their predecessors, the S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. The phones have a new design, faster hardware and improved cameras.
Do you want to know more? Also check out the preview of the Galaxy S21 for our findings so far. Later this week you can read the extensive Samsung Galaxy S21 review Android Planet. Until then, take a look at the comparison between the Samsung S21 and S20.