Samsung announced during the Unpacked event on August 5th that it is committing to providing 3 OS upgrades to its flagship smartphones stretching back to the Galaxy S10, and now the brand has opened up the developer beta program for its One UI 3.0. Based on Android 11, the beta program is for developers with the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra.
Updated 16/09/2020: Thanks to the folks at Android Police, we now have the full changelog of the One UI 3.0 beta, and news that a public beta will soon be unveiled by Samsung.
- 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. You can turn this on in Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures.
- Dynamic Lock screen now has more categories, and you can select more than one. – Lock screen 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 the 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
- 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 & Phone
- Added an option to help you quickly delete duplicate contacts.
- Enhanced the search experience.
- Added the ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos.
- Created a Trash bin to store recently deleted messages.
Call & Text on other devices
- Added the ability to turn Call & 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 the weekly report.
- Added a lock screen 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 auto-focus 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 specific start times, 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 Lock screen for quick access.
The pre-beta is currently live (and full) in the US and South Korea, but a public beta will be announced in the coming weeks.
The One UI 3.0 beta program is directly aimed at developers and not the average joe on the street, think of this as a ‘pre-beta‘ if you will. To be accepted into the program you’ll need to apply and then request partnership permissions, with Samsung accepting applications according to need and eligibility.
For the moment, the beta program is only applicable to Galaxy S20 devices in the US and, of course, South Korea. In the US, only unlocked and T-Mobile/Sprint Galaxy S20 handsets are eligible for the One UI 3.0 developer beta, while all Korean variants will be supported.
Once the beta program is concluded, Samsung will announce when the public beta for the One UI 3.0/Android 11 will go live for participants in other regions.
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