Google released the stable version of Android 11 for its Pixel smartphones last week, but for most Android users, the wait continues. The world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has yet to formally announce the latest version of its Android-based software called “One UI,” though last month they quietly opened up pre-registrations for a One UI 3.0 developer program. Registrations for this closed developer beta program went live in South Korea last week, but earlier today, the closed beta went live in the United States. Thanks to Max Weinbach, I was able to enter my U.S. unlocked Galaxy S20 into the One UI 3.0 closed beta, allowing XDA to bring you an early look at Samsung’s Android 11 update.
Keep in mind since this is a closed beta program intended for developers, this build doesn’t have all the new One UI goodies that Samsung has been developing behind-the-scenes. This build is aimed at letting developers test their apps on Android 11-based One UI 3.0 several months before it officially rolls out for users. This is necessary because Samsung makes extensive changes to the Android framework, so an app that works on Google’s Pixel phones or AOSP Android 11 isn’t guaranteed to work the same way on Samsung’s Android 11 software. Lastly, a lot of the new features mentioned in the changelog are actually changes made to Samsung apps rather than the OS itself.
What’s new in the Android 11 closed beta on the Galaxy S20
Before I dive into what’s new, I think you may want to take a peek at the official changelog:
One UI 3.0 (Beta) Official Changelog
One UI 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 sake during the upgrade.
Voice Assistant has been replaced by Talkback to provide a better experience. You can perform the actions like improved Quick menu using multi-finger gestures with Talkback.
Some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Internet, Samsung Pay, Samsung Health and Samsung Notes, need to be updated individually after you update your OS.
Themes can’t be used in the One UI 3 beta. If you’re using a theme, you’ll be changed back to the default One UI 3 look and feel when you install this update. Themes will be supported in the final version of One UI 3. You can use custom wallpapers, icons, and Always On Displays during the beta.
Here’s what’s new:
- Touch and hold an app to add an associated widget
- Turn the screen off by double-tapping on an empty area of the Home screen. You can this on in Settings Advanced features Motions and gestures.
- Dynamic Lock screen now has more categories, and you can select more than one
- Lock screen widgets are improved.
- See your conversations and media more conveniently in their own sections when you swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Always On Display widgets are improved
- Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device setup
- Get recommended accessibility features based on what you use
- Set the Accessibility shortcut more easily in settings
- Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices such as TVs and lights to give you more visible alerts when the doorbell rings or a baby is crying
- You can find the keyboard settings more easily under General management in Settings and the settings have been organized to put the most important ones first.
- You can connect to supported TVs wirelessly
- New Touchpad multi-gestures let you change screen zoom and font size more easily
- Added ability to block websites from redirecting you when you tap the Back button
- Added warnings and blocking options for websites that show too many pop-ups or notifications
- Rearranged menus to make things easier to find.
- Added several new add-ons, including one that translates websites
- Added option to hide the status bar for a more immersive browsing experience
- Increased maximum number of open tabs to 99.
- Added ability to lock and reorder tabs
- Improved design for tab bar which is now supported on all devices
- Ended support for Samsung Internet edge panel
Contacts & Phone
- Added the ability to edit multiple linked contacts at one time
- Added an option to help you quickly delete duplicate contacts
- Enhanced the search experience.
- Extended the storage period for the Trash bin from 15 to 30 days
- Added ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos
- Created a Trash bin to store recently deleted messages
Call & Text on other devices
- Added the ability to turn Call & text on other devices on or off with Bixby Routines
- Events with the same start time are now shown together in month and agenda view
- Reorganized options for adding and editing events
- Improved layout for full screen alerts.
- Improved layout for full screen alerts
Digital wellbeing and Parental controls
- Added trends to…
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