With Android 11 launched just last week, many phone manufacturers are rushing to put their various versions of the platform in the hands of users for testing in beta programs. Samsung is no exception. In a very early and surprising step, Samsung has already passed the One UI 3.0 pre-beta to a few selected partner developers. Here is the official changelog for the beta.

A UI 3 upgrade with Android 1

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A user interface 3 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 keep it safe during the upgrade.
  • Voice Assistant has been replaced with TalkBack for a better experience. TalkBack lets you perform actions like the improved quick menu using multiple finger gestures.
  • Some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Internet, Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, and Samsung Notes, need to be updated individually after you update your operating system.
  • Themes cannot be used in the One UI 3 Beta. If you use a theme, you will be reset to the standard One UI 3 appearance when you install this update. Themes will be supported in the final version of One UI 3. You can still use custom wallpapers, icons, and Always On Displays during the beta.

The following is new.

Home screen

  • Touch and hold an app to add a related widget
  • Turn off the screen by double-tapping an empty area on the home screen. You can enable this in Settings> Advanced Features> Motions and Gestures.

Lock screen

  • The Dynamic Lock screen now has multiple categories and you can select more than one. – Lock screen widgets have been improved.

Quick display

  • It’s more convenient to see your conversations and media in their own sections by swiping down from the top of the screen.

AOD

  • Always-displayed widgets are improved.

Accessibility

  • Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device configuration. – Get recommended accessibility based on your usage.
  • It is easier to set the link for accessibility in the settings.
  • Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices like TVs and lights to make you more visible

Samsung keyboard

  • You can find keyboard settings more easily under General Management in Settings. The settings have been reorganized so that the most important ones come first.

Samsung DeX

  • You can now wirelessly connect to supported TVs.
  • With the new touchpad multi-gestures, you can change the screen zoom and font size more easily.

Internet

  • Added the ability to prevent websites from redirecting you when you tap the Back button. – Added warning and blocking options for websites showing too many popups or notifications.
  • Reorganized menus to make it easier to find. – Several new add-ons have been added, including one that translates websites.
  • Added option to hide the status bar for an even more immersive browsing experience.
  • The maximum number of open tabs has been increased to 99.
  • Added ability to lock and rearrange tabs.
  • Improved design for the tab bar, now supported on all devices.
  • Ended support for Samsung Internet Edge Panel.

Contacts & phone

  • An option has been added that allows you to quickly delete duplicate contacts.
  • Improved the search experience.

Phone / call background

  • The ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos has been added.

Messages

  • Creates a recycle bin to store recently deleted messages.

Call & Text on other devices

  • The ability to turn call and text on or off on other devices with Bixby routines has been added.

calendar

  • Events with the same start time are now shown together in the Month and Agenda views.
  • Reorganized options for adding and editing events.
  • Improved layout for full screen warnings.

memory

  • Improved layout for full screen warnings.

Digital wellbeing and parental controls

  • Trends added to your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed since the last week and check your usage time for each feature.
  • Added phone usage time while driving to weekly report.
  • A lock screen widget has been added that allows you to check screen time without unlocking your phone.
  • Separate profiles have been added for personal and work mode so you can keep track of your screen time separately.

camera

  • Improved autofocus and exposure functions and usability.
  • Improved stabilization when photographing the moon at high zoom levels

Photo editor

  • The ability to reset edited images to their original versions has been added.

Bixby routine

  • Grouped preset routines help you get started quickly and create your own routines quickly
  • You can now see what actions will be undone when a routine ends.
  • New conditions have been added, e.g. For example, a specific start time, disconnection of a Bluetooth device or a Wi-Fi network, a call from a specific number, and much more.
  • New promotions have been added, including Conversations with Bixby and Accessibility Promotions.
  • You can add a custom icon for each routine and add routines to the lock screen for quick access.

There are plenty of new features like double tap to lock the home screen and phone call wallpaper. This makes One UI much more customizable.

Currently, One UI 3.0 is only available in a private beta for partner developers, but it should be launched publicly 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. However, we are not sure when this beta will start.