The Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra prepare to receive Android 11 with One UI 3.0

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Android 11 began to arrive in Spain on September 8, and since then we have known the update plans of several manufacturers. Some like Xiaomi or OnePlus have already begun to update their flagship phones, but other manufacturers like Samsung are still working on their beta, which expands to the Galaxy Note 20.

As usual, Samsung has started its Android 11 betas with the One UI 3.0 presentation layer on its Galaxy S20, phones that have enjoyed a version for developers and have already gone through two public betas. And now it’s the turn of the Galaxy Note 20.

Android 11 and One UI 3.0 for the Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra

In the same way that the Android 11 beta for the Galaxy S20 began, Samsung has announced the launch of the beta for the Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra, the last flagships with SPen to hit the market.

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This beta has started in the United States, and in our experience it is likely that it will become available in Europe in the next few days. As usual, the beta is accessible within the Samsung Members application, where users of this mobile will have the possibility.

As with the Galaxy S20, the final version of this great version is expected to finish arriving between December and January depending on the model and country. For now, the news that we know for the Galaxy Note are all the general improvements that we already saw in the beta of the Galaxy S20, but it is to be expected that as the version begins to arrive we will begin to see new exclusive functions for the Spen, the main element differentiator of the Galaxy Note.

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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