After Samsung announced the Android 11-based beta program One UI 3.0 for the Galaxy S20 series last month, Samsung released the new software last week for registered developers in South Korea and the United States. Now the official changelog for the beta update for One UI 3.0 has surfaced, explaining the changes and improvements that Samsung is bringing with its new software.
In addition to the new features of Android 11, One UI 3.0 also offers Samsung’s own enhancements and improvements. The One UI 3.0 update is currently only available to registered developers using the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +, or Galaxy S20 Ultra. However, the company will roll it out to public beta testers in China, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, the UK, and the US in the coming weeks. The update (with firmware version G986U1
Samsung notes that some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Health, Samsung Internet, Samsung Notes, and Samsung Pay, need to be updated individually after installing the operating system update. In addition, themes cannot be used in the Beta version of One UI 3.0. However, Samsung will add support for themes with the final version of One UI 3.0. It has also replaced Voice Assistant with Talkback.
An official changelog for UI 3.0 beta
Here are the new features and improvements Samsung is bringing with One UI 3.0:
Samsung has added quick access to key accessibility features to the device setup process. In the Settings menu, shortcuts for accessibility can be set more easily. Sound detectors work with SmartThings devices like a Samsung Smart TV and lights.
Bixby Routines and Photo Editor
You can use grouped Bixby preset routines to use the feature and learn to create it quickly. With Samsung, you can now see what actions are undone when a routine ends. New actions and conditions have been added to Bixby routines. New promotions include accessibility promotions and conversations with Bixby. The new conditions include disconnecting a Bluetooth device and Wi-Fi networks, a specific time, a call from a specific number, and more. Samsung also lets you customize the icon for each routine and access routines from the lock screen.
The company added the ability to undo changes to an image in the photo editor so that you can revert to the original version of an image.
The company claims to have improved autofocus performance and stabilization on the Galaxy S20 series while taking pictures of the moon at high zoom levels.
Contacts, messages and phone
A 3.0 user interface offers the option of quickly deleting duplicate contacts. The search experience of the Contacts app has been improved and the “Trash” function has been added to the Messages app. The call screen can be customized using personal pictures and videos. You can turn the Call and Test on Other Devices feature on or off using Bixby routines.
Calendar and reminders
With the latest version of the Calendar app in One UI 3.0, events with the same start and end times appear together in the Agenda and Month views. The options for adding and editing events have been reorganized and the layout for full screen warnings from the Reminder app has been improved.
Digital wellbeing and parental controls
Samsung added trends to the weekly Digital Wellbeing report so you can see how your usage has changed from the previous week. You can even check your usage time for each function. The company also added a feature that lets you see how much time you’ve spent on calls while driving. Also, a lock screen widget has been added that allows you to check screen time without unlocking the device. There are now separate digital wellbeing profiles for personal and work modes so you can keep track of screen time separately.
Home screen, lock screen, quick panel and AOD functions
You can touch and hold an app to add a related app and turn the screen off by double-tapping an empty area on the home screen. Samsung has also added more dynamic lock screen options and improved lock screen widgets. Conversation and media playback widgets now have their own sections in the Quick Panel. The company has also improved the Always On Widgets.
The South Korean company’s Internet browser got a number of improvements with One UI 3.0, including the ability to prevent websites from redirecting to another page when you tap the back button. The new version of Samsung Internet has a reorganized menu and several new add-ons, including the one that allows websites to be translated from one language to another. There’s a new option to hide the status bar for more complete web browsing. You can now keep up to 99 tabs open, and even lock and rearrange them. The design of the tab bar has also been improved. However, Samsung has stopped supporting the Samsung Internet Edge Panel.
Samsung keyboard and wireless DeX
Samsung keyboard settings are now easier to find in the General Management section of the Settings menu. The company has reorganized the settings so that the most important ones are easier to find. Although the option to wirelessly connect Galaxy S20 series smartphones to compatible TVs in Wireless DeX mode was added in One UI 2.5, the feature is also listed in the One UI 3.0 changelog.
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