With Android 11 launched last week, many phone manufacturers are rushing to get different versions of the platform in the hands of users to test their beta platform. Samsung is no exception. In a very early and surprising move, Samsung has already rolled out a UI 3.0 pre-beta for developers with a few select partnerships. Here is the official changelog for beta.
A UI3 brings you Android 11, with exciting new features from Samsung and Google based on feedback from users like you.
- We recommend that you back up your important data to protect it during the upgrade.
- Voice Assistant has been replaced by TalkBack to provide a better experience. You can perform better quick menu-like actions by using multi-finger gestures with TalkBack.
- Some apps, including calculators, Samsung Internet, Samsung Pay, Samsung Health and Samsung Notes, require you to update your OS in person after updating.
- Themes cannot be used in a UI3 beta. If you are using a theme, when you install this update, you will be replaced by the default one UI 3 look and instead. Themes will be supported in the final version of a UI3. You can still use custom wallpapers, icons, and Always On Display during the beta.
What’s new here
- Touch and hold an app to add a related widget
- Close the screen by double-tapping on an empty area of the home screen. You can turn it on at Settings> Advanced Features> Objectives and Gestures.
- Dynamic lock screens now have more categories, and you can select more than one. – Lock screen widgets have been improved.
- When you swipe down from the top of the screen, see your conversations and media in your own sections more easily.
- Always on display widgets are better.
- Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device setup. – Get recommended accessibility features based on what you use.
- Set accessibility shortcuts in settings more easily.
- Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices such as TVs and lights to give you more visibility.
- You can find keyboard settings more easily under General Management in Settings, and the settings have been reorganized to put the most important ones first.
- You can now connect to wirelessly supported TVs.
- New touchpad multi-gestures allow you to change screen zoom and font size more easily.
- Websites have the ability to prevent you from redirecting when you tap on the back button. – Warning and blocking options for websites that show multiple pop-ups or notifications.
- Rearranged menus to make things easier to find. – Added many new add-ons including one that translates to websites.
- Added an option to hide the status bar for a more immersive browsing experience.
- The maximum number of open tabs was 99.
- Added the ability to lock and reorder tabs.
- Improved design for tab bar which is now supported on all devices.
- Supported support for Samsung Internet Edge Panel.
Contact and phone
- Added an option to help you quickly remove duplicate contacts.
- Enhanced search experience.
Phone / call background
- Added the ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos.
- A trash bin was created to store recently deleted messages.
Call and text on other devices
- Added the ability to turn on calls and text on other devices with the Bixby routine.
- Events with the same start time are now shown simultaneously in the month and agenda view.
- Restructured option for adding and editing events.
- Improved layout for full screen alerts.
- Improved layout for full screen alerts.
Digital Wellbeing and Parental Control
- Trends added to your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed since last week and check your usage time for each feature.
- The weekly report added time to phone use during driving.
- Added a lock screen widget so that you can check your screen time without unlocking your phone.
- Add different profiles for individual and work modes so that you can track your screen time separately.
- Improved auto-focus and auto exposure functionality and usability.
- Better stabilization when taking photos of the moon at higher zoom levels
- Added the ability to revert edited images back to their original versions.
- Grouped preset routines help you get started early and learn how to quickly build your routine
- Now you can see whether the actions are reversed when a routine ends.
- New terms have been added, such as a specific start time, disconnection of a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network, calls from a specific number, and more.
- New functions have been added, including talking to Bixby and accessibility actions.
- You can add a customized icon for each routine and add routines to the lock screen for quick access.
There are many new features such as double tap to lock on the home screen and phone calling background. This is making a UI much more customizable.
Currently One UI 3.0 is only available in a private beta for partner developers, but should be rolled out to the public soon. Samsung has confirmed that the One UI 3 beta will be available in the US, South Korea, China, India, Germany, Poland and the UK. We are not sure when this beta will launch.