One UI 3.0, the update to the Samsung overlay based on Android 11, is about to land on our smartphones. This is the most significant redesign of One UI since its existence in terms of interface, while new features also enrich the experience. Release date, compatible smartphones, news, all the information on One UI 3.0 is here.
After trial and error on TouchWiz then Samsung Experience, Samsung has finally found the right formula for its smartphone software with One UI, who became one of the best Android interfaces of the market. We are now awaiting the next major update to Samsung’s custom operating system, One UI 3.0 based on Android 11, which promises promising new features.
One UI 3.0 release date
Samsung adapts faster and faster following the availability of a new major version of Android to upgrade its overlay. Regularly singled out in the past for its reaction times on this subject, the manufacturer is improving year after year despite a still high number of smartphone models of the brand, complicating the task of developers who must work for a wide range of technical specifications. Samsung even recently indicated that its smartphones will now be supported for three years, while many other brands are content to deliver two years of updates.
A public beta of One UI 3.0 has been available in South Korea and the United States on several high-end devices for several weeks now. Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series mobiles were the first to be served and already have several builds on the clock. More recently, the Galaxy S10, Note 10, Z Flip and Z Fold 2 were eligible for beta. This should soon land on the European market for the devices mentioned above.
The stable version of the update, distributed as usual over the OTA, is coming soon. Samsung has communicated a schedule forecast that we report to you below. Keep in mind that French users are likely to be served a bit later.
- December 2020 : Galaxy S20 series
- January 2021 : Note 20, Note 10 (except Lite), S10, Z Fold 2 and Z Flip series
- February 2021 : Galaxy Fold
- March 2021 : Note 10 Lite, A51, M31, M30s, M21
- April 2021 : A50, M51
- May 2021 : A80, A71, A70, A31, A21s, Tab S6 and S6 Lite
For owners of tablets or entry / mid-range smartphones who can claim the update (see full list below), it will be necessary to be more patient.
Which smartphones are compatible with One UI 3.0?
90 smartphones (and tablets) belonging to all price ranges will receive an update to One UI 3.0 and therefore to Android 11 in the coming months. The full list is available just below:
|Galaxy A Quantum||Galaxy a01|
|Galaxy a10||Galaxy A01 Core|
|Galaxy a10s||Galaxy a11|
|Galaxy a20||Galaxy a20e|
|Galaxy a20s||Galaxy a21|
|Galaxy a21s||Galaxy a30|
|Galaxy a30s||Galaxy a31|
|Galaxy a40||Galaxy a40s|
|Galaxy a41||Galaxy A42 5G|
|Galaxy a50||Galaxy a50s|
|Galaxy a51||Galaxy A51 5G|
|Galaxy A51 5G UW||Galaxy a60|
|Galaxy a70||Galaxy a70s|
|Galaxy a71||Galaxy A71 5G|
|Galaxy A71 5G UW||Galaxy a80|
|Galaxy a8s||Galaxy a90|
|Galaxy A90 5G||Galaxy fold|
|Galaxy Fold 5G||Galaxy M01|
|Galaxy M01 Core||Galaxy m10|
|Galaxy m11||Galaxy m20|
|Galaxy m21||Galaxy m30|
|Galaxy m30s||Galaxy m31|
|Galaxy m31s||Galaxy m40|
|Galaxy m51||Galaxy note 10|
|Galaxy Note 10 5G||Galaxy note 10 lite|
|Galaxy note 10 plus||Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G|
|Galaxy note 20||Galaxy Note 20 5G|
|Galaxy Note 20 Ultra||Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G|
|Galaxy s10||Galaxy S10 5G|
|Galaxy s10 lite||Galaxy s10 plus|
|Galaxy s10e||Galaxy s20|
|Galaxy S20 5G||Galaxy S20 5G UW|
|Galaxy S20 FE||Galaxy S20 FE 5G|
|Galaxy s20 plus||Galaxy S20 Plus 5G|
|Galaxy s20 ultra||Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G|
|Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019||Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019|
|Galaxy Tab A 8.4 2020||Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 2020|
|Galaxy Tab Active Pro||Galaxy tab s3|
|Galaxy tab s5e||Galaxy tab s6|
|Galaxy Tab S6 5G||Galaxy tab s6 lite|
|Galaxy tab s7||Galaxy Tab S7 5G|
|Galaxy tab s7 plus||Galaxy Tab S7 Plus 5G|
|Galaxy XCover 4s||Galaxy XCover Pro|
|Galaxy z flip||Galaxy Z Flip 5G|
|Galaxy z fold 2||Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G|
A complete line-up which proves that Samsung has decided to put a strain on software monitoring. Good news from the number 1 mobile market and the main representative of the Android ecosystem even before the Pixels.
The interface of One UI 3.0
One UI’s interface has never evolved as much with a previous update since its release in 2018 as it is about to do with One UI 3.0. The UI gets more modern and benefits from a whole bunch of small improvements which, taken together, provide a much better user experience. This is particularly the case for smartphones equipped with a large screen, which is the case with more and more references these days.
The notification pane becomes partially transparent and no longer opaque, allowing you to see what is happening on the screen behind it. This is also the case with the quick access menu options. It is both aesthetic and practical. For notifications, you will also have the choice between two display modes : detailed or summary. The first gives more information, with the possibility sometimes of not even opening the application to access the content, while the second, activated by default, is only an indication message inviting to open the app. A notification history is also integrated. This is a native feature of Android 11. It gives access to all notifications received in the last 24 hours if they are deleted too quickly or disappeared. History is disabled by default.
The volume control is also improving. The full tab is also transparent. But above all, the bar used to decrease or increase the sound volume is repositioned vertically on the right side, next to the physical buttons, while it was horizontal at the bottom of the screen. It therefore becomes much more convenient to make adjustments with your thumb when using it with one hand.
We also have a redesign of the windows that are displayed when you perform a long press on a shortcut in the app drawer or home screen. More clearly, it indicates at the top the functions directly available in this way (write a new message or take a photo for example). At the bottom, an uninstall button is offered, with another allowing you to add the app to the home if you are in the drawer.
On the lock screen, the time is now displayed larger and refocused. Notifications are under the clock, and app shortcuts in the lower left and right corners also take on a transparent background, Samsung’s obsession with One UI 3.0. The animations and the fingerprint reader icon under the screen are also getting a new look. Of customization options have been added to the Always-on Display function, especially with regard to animated GIFs.
The application drawer changes to the same transparent effect as the other windows, just like the task manager. Folders are also adapting, with an additional change that could upset your habits: there are no more than 12 applications per page of the folder instead of 16 previously on One UI 2.5. A decision taken for the sake of clarity. Many changes have been made to Settings and Option Menus, but you shouldn’t get too confused. Ditto for Bixby routines or the image gallery.
The new features of One UI 3.0
Alongside these galore interface changes, Samsung has also incorporated new features or new ways of doing its overlay. Here we will go over the main ones, knowing that a very large number of minor changes are also planned.
Thecamera with One UI 3.0 gets a software improvement in autofocus and autoexposure. High-end Galaxies that can achieve a high zoom level also benefit from better stabilization in a very special situation – when taking pictures of the moon. The photo editor has the ability to recover the original version of a photo that has been edited.
The update comes a new version of the browser Samsung Internet, which is upgraded to v13.0. With a lot of new features, including the maximum number of open tabs which goes up to 99 and the possibility of locking or reordering tabs. The menus have been arranged to make it easier to find what you are looking for and add-ons have been added. One of them translates a web page, Samsung is catching up with Chrome in this regard. For a more immersive browsing experience, it becomes possible to hide the status bar. Finally, Samsung Internet will be able to block websites that perform redirects after wanting to return to the previous page and display warning messages or even block sites that abuse notifications and other pop-ups.
The famous DeX mode which turns the smartphone into a central unit when connected to an external display can now be used wirelessly with certain compatible TV models. The navigation gestures performed with the mobile screen used as a touchpad are enriched with the ability to change the zoom level on the screen and by making it easier to reduce or increase the font size.
TheBixby assistant is not forgotten. Routine presets are available to quickly start their use. They also serve as examples for creating your own routines. It is now possible to see which actions are reversed when a routine ends. New conditions have been added, such as a specific start time, disconnecting a Bluetooth device or a Wi-Fi network, calling a specific number… To this, other actions are also included. , including accessibility and conversation with Bixby. For convenience, Samsung has thought of allowing to choose a customizable icon for each routine to identify it at a glance, and even to integrate them directly on the lock screen for quick access.
One UI 3.0 also brings more advanced functions for the options of digital wellness or parental control. The trends appear in the weekly screen time consumed report, showing the evolution of usage patterns from the previous week. The report now shows the mobile usage time while driving. A widget is added to view the time spent on your smartphone from the lock screen, so you no longer need to unlock your device to access this data. In addition, separate profiles allow you to measure screen time consumed based on use in work or personal life.
On the utility side, the calendar is entitled to an overhaul. Full screen alerts appear better, events that start at the same time are no longer collapsed into one in monthly and general view, and the options for adding and editing events have been revised. In the app Messages, a recycle bin now contains recently deleted SMS. In Contacts, an option makes it easier to remove duplicates, while the search function becomes more efficient and relevant. It has also improved in the settings, so you will be able to find what you are looking for much more easily. The wallpaper during calls is now customizable with own photos, and even videos. Finally, the Samsung keyboard settings are better highlighted and the options have been rearranged so that the most important appear first.
The interactions with the screen undergo a blow of polish in their turn. On the Home screen, a long press on an app adds a widget associated with it rather than having to search for it in the often busy interface dedicated to widgets. It becomes possible to turn off the screen by double tapping in an empty area, rather convenient to avoid going through the physical button. This feature is disabled by default, go to the settings to enable it. Lock screen widgets (and Always On display at the same time) are improved and dynamic wallpapers, which automatically change the image each time to vary the pleasures, now have more categories , and it is possible to choose more than one at a time.
To end with all these changes (we warned you, One UI 3.0 is Samsung’s most ambitious overlay update so far), a few words about accessibility. Accessibility options will be available from the initial setup of the smartphone, no need to dig into the settings to find them. Recommendations will even be provided. Creating a shortcut for accessing accessibility options just got easier. Last touch of caution: Sound detectors now work with SmartThings devices (Samsung’s home automation ecosystem), such as televisions and lights.