Android 11 has been out for a while now, but the update has yet to land on Samsung's phones and tablets. The company is preparing its One UI 3.0 update based on Android 11, which is already in public beta, and now Samsung is giving us a glimpse at the final look and feel.
The One UI 3 beta is the first version of Samsung's custom Android skin to run on Android 11, and over the Halloween weekend, the company has started rolling out the third version of the pre-release firmware to testers using the S20 series. It looks like it's a fairly small update with a short changelog, but that's to be expected as Samsung is getting ready to launch the new software this month.
Samsung has been hard at work preparing the next One UI release based on Android 11. We got a taste of what's in store thanks to a changelog seen earlier this month, and yesterday, the public beta began rolling out to S20 devices in South Korea. Now it looks like users from other areas are getting in on the fun — and here's how you can too.
When One UI launched about 2 years ago, it was a huge deal. It was the next evolution in Samsung’s software design and user experience. When One UI 2.0 launched last year with Android 10, there wasn’t a major design overhaul. It was the basic One UI design with the new Android 10 features. This year, that changes.
One UI 3 comes with a brand-new UI to match the same one-handed UX that Samsung has been working on for the past few years. It’s modern, it’s sleek, it looks like Color OS when it was bad. There are a few improvements and a few changes that come to match Android 11 and the one-handed UX, so let’s go over those in comparison to One UI 2.5.
With Android 11 launching just last week, many phone-makers are rushing to get their various versions of the platform out into users hands for testing in beta programs. Samsung is no exception. In a very early and surprising move, Samsung has already pushed the One UI 3.0 pre-beta to a a few select partnered developers. Here's the official changelog for the beta.