Samsung's latest US Android 11 update is not that impressive for a change

Samsung's latest US Android 11 update is not that impressive for a change
While Samsung has joined forces with the top US wireless service providers on several impressively fast Android 11 rollouts in the last few months, the sheer number of Galaxy devices released on Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T since 2019 made it virtually impossible for each and every model to be brought up to date already.

Big Red, for instance, managed to kick off its official over-the-air Android 11 delivery for the Galaxy A51 5G UW variant all the way back in February... while keeping owners of the "regular" edition waiting until this week.

The carrier's very own 4G LTE-only Samsung Galaxy A51 is finally in a position to leave Android 10 behind as of April 8, but before getting too excited, Verizon subscribers in possession of this particular 6.5-inch handset may want to know they'll have to settle for One UI 3.0 goodies for the time being.

That's a pretty bizarre choice on Big Red's part given that the mobile network operator promoted the aforementioned A51 5G UW to version 3.1 of Samsung's proprietary user interface a couple of weeks ago. But it's obviously better than nothing, and besides, if history is any indication, the One UI 3.1 upgrade should be right around the corner for the Galaxy A51 4G as well.

Internationally released at the very end of 2019 and expanded to a number of US carriers during the first half of 2020, the Galaxy A51 is naturally no longer among the best Samsung phones money can buy right now.

But in the absence of a Galaxy A52 model (with or without 5G support), cash-strapped Verizon customers may still want to consider purchasing the A51... if they can find it. 

Currently available for in-store pickup only, the hugely popular mid-ranger is receiving relatively new March 2021 security patches in addition to enhanced privacy controls, fresh ways to customize your UI, neat conversation bubbles, and many other Android 11 tweaks and improvements.

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Galaxy A51

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  • Display 6.5 inches 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP (Quad camera) 32 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 9611 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 11 Samsung One UI


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