Update: November 2, 2020 (2:10 AM ET): Samsung has now confirmed the release date of One UI 3.0, as well as a few more details about the skin. We’ve updated the original article below with the latest information.
Original article: September 15, 2020 (3:15 AM ET): Samsung announced a One UI 3.0 developer beta based on Android 11 last month, available on the Galaxy S20 series. We didn’t hear about any particular features or changelog at the time, but we’ve finally got a comprehensive list of additions and tweaks.
One UI 3.0 features
- 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 (settings > advanced features > motions and gestures)
- Dynamic lockscreen now has more categories, and you can select more than one.
- Lockscreen 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 the baby is crying.
- You can find the keyboard settings more easily under General management in settings, and the settings have been reorganized to put the most important ones first.
- You can now 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 and 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 the ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos.
- Created a Trash bin to store recently deleted messages.
Call and text on other devices
- Added the ability to turn Call and 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 your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed since the previous week and check your usage time for each feature.
- Added phone usage time while driving to your weekly report.
- Added a lockscreen widget so you can check your screen time without unlocking your phone.
- Added separate profiles for personal and work modes so you can track your screen time separately.
- Improved autofocus and auto exposure functionality and usability.
- Improved stabilization when taking pictures of the moon at high zoom levels.
- Added the ability to revert edited pictures back to their original versions.
- Grouped preset routines help you get started quickly and learn how to build your own routines quickly.
- You can now see what actions are reversed when a routine ends.
- New conditions have been added, such as a specific start time, the disconnection of a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network, a call from a specific number, and more.
- New actions have been added, including talking to Bixby and accessibility actions.
- You can add a customized icon for each routine and add routines to the lockscreen for quick access.
Samsung has also detailed improvements heading to the original Galaxy Fold with One UI 3.0. This includes a refined Flex Mode and Multi-Active Window for better multitasking, and the addition of Dual Preview and Real Cam Selfie for more flexible shooting.
Samsung’s Good Lock on One UI 3.0 is also receiving a number of new modules, including Pentastic for the Galaxy Note series, and Wonderland for wallpaper tweakers.
For AR lovers, full-screen video calls with AR emoji masks will soon be supported, too.
XDA-Developers has also uncovered a few more One UI 3.0 details via the developer beta, namely that the Android skin ditches two stock Android 11 features. One UI 3.0 lacks the stock Device Controls feature, which turns your power menu into a smart home center. Instead, the skin has its own smart home shortcut accessible via the quick settings menu (albeit for the SmartThings app only).
The second major stock Android 11 feature said to be missing from Samsung One UI 3.0 is the Quick Access Wallet option. This allowed you to quickly access your cards saved in Google Pay. But XDA notes that Samsung has its own solution, letting you quickly access cards saved in Samsung Pay.
The One UI 3.0 developer beta update weighs in at 2.5GB according to the Twitter user’s screenshot, so you might want to get connected to Wi-Fi if you’re on a limited mobile data plan. The update also delivers the September 2020 security patch.
One UI 3.0 release date
Samsung has confirmed on its website (in fine print) that the stable version of One UI 3.0 will be available from November 2020 onwards. But not every device, country, or carrier will get the update at the same time.
Some US Galaxy S20 users have now reported seeing the One UI 3.0 public beta update on their devices through the Samsung Pay and Samsung Members apps. This suggests that a wider rollout may be just around the corner. With this in mind, you can expect to get your hands on One UI 3.0 by December.
The update should roll out first to the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 flagships. The update should also hit the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Tab S7 series, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. A variety of Samsung devices are now eligible for three years of Android version updates, ranging from 2019 flagships and higher to several Galaxy A series phones. So you can bet that these devices will also be on the list.
Is there anything else you’d like to see from One UI 3.0? Let us know in the comments below!