Samsung started to release its One UI 3.0 upgrade, which is based on Android 11, late last year with the Galaxy S20 first to welcome the changes. This operating system roll out has since picked up pace, with a number of other Samsung devices gaining access to the blockbuster update. So far, One UI 3.0 has been pushed out to devices, including the Galaxy S10 range, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip.
Most users of these phones should be able to head to the settings menu and hit the download button. Now there’s even more good news with the Galaxy Fold next on the agenda to get all the One UI 3.0 features.
There’s no word on an exact release date if you own one of these original foldable devices, but expect this upgrade to land in the coming weeks. Once Samsung has finished rolling out One UI 3.0 on the pricey Galaxy Fold, it will then move onto its mid-range and budget devices.
According to the latest update from the team at SamMobile, the Galaxy A51, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M31, Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the Galaxy Tab S7 are all getting the changes in March. That should mean by the spring most Samsung users should have full access to all the new updates and bonus features.
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Here’s how to check your phone for Samsung’s One UI 3.0 update.
Go to Settings > Software Update. Then check to see if One UI 3.0 is available. If it appears, select the update and tap Download and Install.
One thing to note is if your phone is on a contract from a network then things can take a little longer to appear. That’s because the software often needs to be tested by each carrier before it’s released to customers.
“The launch of One UI 3 is just the beginning of our commitment to offering Galaxy consumers the best mobile experiences possible by giving them access to the latest OS innovation, as soon as it’s available,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications. “One UI 3 represents an integral part of our mission to continually create new innovative and intuitive experiences for our consumers throughout their device lifecycle. So when you have a Galaxy device, you have a gateway to new, unimagined experiences for years to come.”
If you have a compatible device and have managed to download the update here are some of the new features. First up, you’ll notice a new look designed to make things appear less cluttered and easier on the eye.
Samsung is boasting that its design upgrades in One UI 3 have been created to bring more simplicity and elegance to the whole experience. New visual effects will help you focus on certain tasks, and redesigned widgets have been included to help your Home screen look more organised. There’s even a change when the screen is locked with redesigned widgets letting you control music, and see important information, like calendar events and routines, without having to swipe and unlock your device.
Samsung has also included quick ways to see usage information that reveals exactly how much screen time you’ve had. Other useful additions include a new way to customise the Quick Panel so you get the features you want where you want them.
Finally, there are some improvements to the camera with One UI 3 installed. Improved AI-based zoom on photos, and improved autofocus and auto-exposure help capture a great shot.