What you need to know
- New update for all Galaxy S20 models aims to address noted autofocus issues.
- Update was originally only for Exynos-powered phones, and only through Smart Switch.
- OTA updates will roll out starting today, and may take some time to hit everyone.
It's only been a couple days since Samsung released a camera-focused update for Exynos-powered international Galaxy S20s, but now the company has confirmed the same update will hit U.S. phones over the air starting now. The update is primarily set to improve — or "fix," I suppose — the autofocus on the cameras, which was notably a bit dodgy in the initial release firmware; particularly on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The update includes a new version of the Camera app, though there aren't any front-end interface changes.
Prior to this update, the camera would struggle to lock focus on a subject, even when it wasn't moving or reflective, and this was noticeable in both photos and video. In my testing of the S20 Ultra I found this to be more of a quirk than a deal-breaking issue, and it's not nearly as bad on the S20 and S20+, but it needed to be addressed nonetheless. It looks as though Samsung has done so, at least in part, with this update.
As usual, the update is rolling out gradually, and how long it takes to hit your phone will depend on your model, carrier and ultimately how slowly Samsung has programmed the deployment to take. Let's hope this update fully addresses the autofocus concern, which was the one universal negative mark on what is an otherwise strong camera system.
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