Samsung has been hard at work on a new version of its popular One UI, with the latest build being based on Android 11. A beta version for One UI 3.0 was released earlier in October for owners of Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones, and it has been extended to Galaxy Note 20 devices.
Users who want to test the beta version have to live in an eligible region and create an account in the Samsung Members app. An enhanced version with improved stability should drop in the following days.
As with most firmware updates,the 3.0 version of One UI will come with a host of new tricks. Several changes target the home screen as it is now easier to add a widget by holding your finger over the desired app icon.
Users also have the option to put the screen to sleep quickly by tapping twice on an empty space, and the dynamic lock screen options are now richer. Improved lock screen widgets are also available, and the same is available for Always On Display Widgets.
Users who love to take photos with their Samsung devices will be happy to learn that the new update includes some tuning for the camera array. The auto-focus and auto-exposure functionalities have been enhanced. Pictures of distant objects will look better thanks to improved stability at high zoom levels.
Samsung is quite confident in the quality of the beta update, and it has already announced that a stable version should be released by November 20. However, some sources argue that it might arrive in December if the company decides that more polish is needed. At this point, the company didn’t reveal how many of its devices will receive the One UI 3.0 update, but the number should be quite high as Samsung plans to offer updates for three years in the future.