Samsung is beginning to roll out updates to Android 11 and One UI 3.0, its custom-made interface, to a few of its newest telephones. The primary up are Galaxy S20 collection units within the US, Korea, and most of Europe, which can begin receiving updates right now. Updates for the Observe 20, final yr’s Observe 10 and S10, and the Z Fold, Z Fold 2, and Z Flip are deliberate to reach within the “coming weeks.” Updates for the Galaxy A collection will arrive within the first half of 2021.
The updates come three months after the launch of Android 11. Samsung has traditionally been sluggish to ship Android updates even to its newest telephones. Three months isn’t an enormous wait (it maintains the same pace as final yr), however quite a few different cellphone producers, together with OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Oppo, managed to ship Android 11 on day one this yr. Samsung’s updates take longer partially as a result of it closely customizes Android with its personal interface.
One UI 3.0 principally brings visible refinements to Samsung’s present interface. Menus and widgets are actually offered with a frosty, translucent background, reasonably than the grayish look they beforehand had. Samsung has additionally added some richer lock display screen widgets and a redesigned quantity menu, and it says animations ought to be smoother, and digicam autofocus ought to be quicker. Android Police has a thorough rundown of the adjustments.
It’s not completely clear how quickly any given cellphone will get these updates, regardless that the rollout is beginning right now. Samsung’s software program rollouts usually begin slowly, and so they’re ceaselessly held up on a carrier-by-carrier foundation. As an example simply how chaotic it may be: Verizon preempted Samsung’s announcement and began rolling out this replace to the Galaxy S20 5G UW yesterday.