Samsung is doing a good job updating its devices to Android 11 so far, updating many of them ahead of the schedule the company published last year. It's the Tab S6's turn today, picking up One UI 3.1 and the March security patch in the process.
Samsung debuted One UI 3.1 with its Galaxy S21 series but recently committed to bringing it to other Galaxy devices, including the Z Fold2. While the feature set is largely similar across devices, the foldable phone is getting a few more tweaks that cater to its unique form factor.
When Samsung announced that DeX would be going wireless in One UI 2.5, which was introduced on the Note20, I was excited. Until that point, I'd hardly touched the app because of the requirement to plug my phone into my PC. Sadly, wireless DeX only worked with compatible TVs and monitors, leaving most computers in the cold. Now with One UI 3.1, that's finally changed.
Since older Galaxy flagships received One UI 3.0 only recently, we weren't exactly expecting Samsung to also push the Galaxy S21’s newer 3.1 build to those phones anytime soon. However, the company decided to give its existing customers a pleasant surprise by giving the rollout an early kick-start. Right now the Galaxy S20 FE is already getting its One UI 3.1 update, leaving behind its more premium siblings from last year.
Samsung has been on a roll with updates. Shortly after rolling out Android 11-based One UI 3.0 to its recent flagships, it's now pushing the One UI 3.1 to a few of them. This update brings a slew of the S21's features to these devices, such as Enhanced Single Take mode, Private Share, and video call effects, but it's missing out on at least one: Google Discover on the homescreen.
Samsung has just announced that it's officially bringing its Android 11-based One UI 3.1 software to older devices. Initially exclusive to the S21 series, this wider rollout includes the Galaxy S20 series, S10, Note10, Note20 series, Z Fold2, and Z Flip series, as well as some A-series phones. Better, that also means some features from the Galaxy S21 are trickling down to older devices with it, and the rollout starts tonight.
Samsung has been diligently following its Android 11-based One UI 3 rollout schedule and has even surprised us with a few early updates. Shortly after pushing the new software to its flagship smartphones of the last two years, the South Korean giant is now rolling out Android 11 to the Galaxy Tab S7 and the S7+. However, instead of One UI 3, the Android tablets are getting One UI 3.1, making them the only devices other than the S21 series to have it so far. Now that the Wi-Fi version and the Verizon variant have already received the update, AT&T subscribers are in for the treat.
One of the most noticeable changes in Android 11 was the addition of smart home device controls to the power menu, but Google didn't require all phones with Android 11 to display the new controls. Samsung stuck to the old power menu design with its version of Android 11, known as One UI 3.0, but the smart home controls have now made an appearance on the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Tab S7/S7+.