October 16, 2021

One UI 3: Samsung starts update to Android 11

One UI 3: Samsung starts update to Android 11
Image: Samsung

Following the beta program launched in August, Samsung is now starting to distribute the final One UI 3 based on Android 11 for the first selected smartphones in Europe. In the coming weeks, additional smartphones in the upper class are to be used. The Galaxy A series will follow in the first half of 2021.

One UI 3 based on Android 11 is now being distributed to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra in South Korea, the USA and Europe. In the coming weeks, updates for the entire Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold and the entire Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 series are planned. In the course of the first half of 2021, Samsung plans to update the Galaxy A series smartphones to One UI 3. Details on the respective availability of the updates are to be announced via the Samsung Members App.

Samsung also confirmed again today that smartphones will now be supplied with three new Android generations  . Smartphones that come onto the market with Android 10 would therefore receive Android 11, 12 and 13. Smartphones from the Galaxy S10 series, which were shipped with Android 9, fall under the regulation announced in August.

New design and new animations

Samsung’s One UI 3 brings with it a new design for the home screen, lock screen and notifications, which should bring important information better into focus and make it easier for the user to access it. A new dim / blur effect especially for notifications should also help. Users can store a number of newly designed widgets on the home screen.

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Samsung has also revised the animations. These should now feel more fluid and have been expanded by Samsung to include haptic feedback from the vibration motor. The way the lock screen slowly disappears when you open it or the slider moving should feel more realistic than before. According to Samsung, every screen that users come into contact with has been redesigned.

New widgets specifically for the lock screen should make it more useful. One UI 3 gives more extensive access to music and the calendar. For incoming messages, Samsung takes over the groupings introduced with Android 11. Video calls now take up the entire screen.

Camera should take better pictures

Even without new hardware, the camera app should now deliver better results. Samsung speaks of a better AI-supported digital zoom and improvements in the areas of autofocus and automatic exposure. In the photo gallery, recordings can be sorted into new categories. If you swipe up on a single photo, the new gallery shows the associated recordings. Original recordings can now be restored at any time, even if previous changes were saved.

Videos for incoming calls

The quick settings above the notifications should now be easier to edit by simply swiping back and forth. Users get more freedom through a configurable share panel, where the most popular methods for sharing, such as individual contacts and apps, can be pinned to the top. There are further customization options for the home screen widgets, the transparency of which can now be set. You can also customize the design and colors of the clock on the home and lock screen. For incoming calls from contacts, not only a photo but also a video of the caller can be saved.

Extended functions for digital wellbeing
Extended functions for digital wellbeing (Image: Samsung)

With the overview of digital well-being, digital habits should now be able to be identified and improved more quickly. The corresponding app shows details on the use of the smartphone with daily and weekly logs of screen time and, if desired, also regulates bedtime.

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