One UI 3.0 and Android 11 for the Galaxy S20: Samsung begins the public beta

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One UI 3.0 and Android 11 for the Galaxy S20: Samsung begins the public beta 1

Among the many high-end mobiles that we can buy in Spain, the Galaxy S20 are one of the main terminals to consider. Whether in any of its four modes, they are very fast terminals, loaded with premium features and priority when it comes to updates.

Without being the fastest to update, a highlight of Samsung with One UI is the emphasis on not just updating the Andorid version, but on continuing to insist on design and functionality improvements. With the arrival of Android 11 we also have One UI 3.0, a version that is already publicly available.

The Galaxy S20 begin their open beta in South Korea

One UI 3.0 and Android 11 for the Galaxy S20: Samsung begins the public beta 2

Samsung’s update process for Android 11 began last August, when the company announced the start of itsdeveloper preview, version that would be available initially for the Galaxy S20 in Korean and American models from developers. Come October, Samsung has announced the deployment of the first public beta version, available to all users in the Samsung Members application. Of course, at the moment limited to models from South Korea, and without a planned date for Europe.

One UI 3.0 and Android 11 for the Galaxy S20: Samsung begins the public beta 3

Source: XDA Developers.

Recently, Samsung has also confirmed that we do not expect the final update to start arriving before the end of November, so it is to be expected that, despite having started their betas earlier than ever, the final versions would follow a schedule similar to the one. We have seen in previous years, where the first models began to receive the official update about December.

On the changes we expect, since the launch of the first versions we have a very detailed list with the changes of One UI 3.0, as well as those of Android 11 in the Galaxy S20.

All the changes of One UI 3.0 beta seen in the Galaxy S20

  • Starting screen
    • Long-press an app to add an associated widget.
    • Turn off the screen by double-tapping an empty area on the home screen. You can turn this on in Settings> Advanced features> Motion and gestures.
  • Lock screen
    • The dynamic lock screen now has more categories and you can select more than one.
    • Lock screen widgets have been improved.
  • Quick panel
    • View your conversations and media more conveniently in their own sections when you swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • Always On Display
    • The Always On Display widgets have been improved.
  • Accessibility
    • Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device setup.
    • Get recommended accessibility features based on what you use.
    • Configure Accessibility shortcut more easily in settings.
    • Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices, such as televisions and lights, to give you more visible alerts when the doorbell rings or a baby is crying.
  • Samsung keyboard
    • You can find the keyboard in settings more easily under General management under Settings, and the settings have been rearranged to put the most important ones first.
  • Samsung DeX
    • Now you can connect to compatible TVs wirelessly.
    • New multiple touchpad gestures allow you to change screen zoom and font size more easily.
  • Internet
    • The ability to block websites from being redirected when you tap the back button has been added.
    • Added warnings and blocking options for websites that launched too many pop-ups or notifications.
    • Menus reorganized for easier searching.
    • Several new plugins were added, including one that translates websites.
    • The added option hides the status bar for a more immersive browsing experience.
    • The maximum number of open tabs has been increased to 99.
    • Added ability to lock and reorder tabs.
    • Improved tab bar layout now compatible with all devices.
    • End of support for Samsung Internet Edge Panel.
  • Contacts and phone
    • Added ability to edit multiple linked contacts at once.
    • Added an option to help you quickly remove duplicate contacts.
    • Search experience improved.
    • The bin storage period was extended from 15 to 30 days.
  • Calls
    • Added ability to customize call screen with your own images and videos.
  • Posts
    • Created a trash can to store recently deleted messages.
  • Call and text on other devices
    • Added the ability to turn calls and texts on or off on other devices with Bixby Routines.
  • Calendar
    • Events with the same start time are now displayed together in month and agenda view.
    • Reorganized options for adding and editing events.
    • Improved layout for full screen alerts.
  • Reminders
    • Improved layout for full screen alerts.
  • Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls
    • Trends have been added to your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed from the previous week and check the usage time for each feature.
    • Added phone usage time while driving to weekly report.
    • Added a lock screen widget so you can check your screen time without unlocking your phone.
    • Separate profiles have been added for personal and work modes so you can track your screen time separately.
  • Camera
    • Improved functionality and usability of autofocus and auto exposure.
    • Improved stabilization when taking pictures of the moon at high zoom levels.
  • Photo editor
    • Added ability to revert edited images to their original versions.
  • Bixby routines
    • Grouped preset routines help you get started quickly and learn how to easily create your own routines.
    • Now you can see what actions are reversed when a routine ends.
    • New conditions have been added, such as a specific start time, disconnection from a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network, a call from a specific number, and more.
    • New actions have been added, including chat with Bixby and accessibility actions.
    • You can add a custom icon for each workout and add workouts to the lock screen for quick access.

Most relevant changes in Android 11

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  • Notifications:
    • Notification bubbles: Android now incorporates a native floating notification system similar to the Facebook Messenger bubbles, but much more efficient (so much so that even Facebook abandons its system in Android 11). Applications like Telegram are already experimenting with this system and hopefully it will also end up on WhatsApp.
    • Controls for multimedia applications are now part of the quick settings panel.
    • Now we will have a notification history for each application.
    • Grouped notifications have a cleaner and more visual appearance.
    • Priority notifications allow us to select more important contacts and receive personalized notifications with their avatar and able to bypass do not disturb mode.
  • After holding down the power button, we will not only have access to payment cards, but we also have the possibility of having control of the home automation.
  • Privacy:
    • Specific storage becomes a mandatory feature: From now on, applications that require the use of storage permissions will not be able to register your mobile in full, but only access the files necessary for their use.
      • An exception is made for file managers, which still need full access.
    • Automatic restoration of permissions: When we have not used an app for a long time, it will lose access to the permissions it already had.
    • One-time permissions for camera or microphone: Want to give an app permission to use the camera or microphone but don’t want to give it permission forever? Now you can allow them to use these elements once.

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