Everything about Samsung One UI 3.0/One UI 3.1 – Eligible devices, features, and release date
After bringing stable Android 11/One UI 3.0 updates to the flagship devices, Samsung is rapidly working to deliver this major Android upgrade to the remaining/eligible phones and tablets as soon as possible.
Apart from this, the South Korean tech giant is also delivering the One UI 3.1 features via OTA to the compatible models. So far, a number of Galaxies including high-end and mid-range have received this version of One UI that was debuted with the Galaxy S21 series.
Samsung One UI 3.0 and One UI 3.1 version comes with some iconic features alongside all the bells and whistles of Google’s Android 11 operating system. You can check out all the coverage on One UI 3.1 by clicking HERE.
Samsung One UI 3.0 Features:
- Quick Settings/Notification Panel Redesign
- Volume Control
- Settings Menu
- Always on Display (AoD)
- Double Tap To Sleep
- Notification Type and History
- Redesigned Long Press application menu
- Home screen, App Drawer, Folders, Finder and Recents
- Device Care
- Video enhancer
- Gallery App
- Caller screen layout
Read the details of the complete features here.
Samsung has changed the color scheme of the quick settings panel and used a Gaussian-like blur effect on the background of the toggle buttons. Secondly, the volume adjustment panel now acts vertically rather than a horizontal list of the volume sliders. There are currently, no changes found in the home screen, lock screen, and the recent apps section.
Stock Android 11 features include one-time permissions, device controls, quick access wallet, media controls in the quick settings, or Conversations in notifications and Samsung has tried to implement most of these features in One UI 3.0. However, some of the features including the device control are not part of One UI 3.0 because Samsung already has its own device control center.
Additionally, there are some features from the miscellaneous section including the new minimal battery use mode, which applies a dark theme, a minimal home screen, and limits apps for maximum power saving. Also, it has a new enhanced processing mode that boosts performance and more.
Bixby routines getting a new upgrade that allows you to set a custom icon for each routine, what actions are reversed when a routine ends, toggle various accessibility features, trigger Bixby, use new conditions, and more. There are also some Digital Wellbeing improvements.
Furthermore, the One UI 3.0 beta also brought users a new look at its stock Samsung apps. Now, you can revert any edits you make, Samsung messages now adds a new bin to store deleted messages, and the Contact app helps you quickly delete similar contacts and even more.
Samsung Internet is also getting some new changes, that include the ability to lock/reorder tabs, block pages from hijacking the back button, warnings about malicious sites, hiding the status bar when scrolling, and more.
One UI launcher now has new changes in the context menu section with an option to place a related widget by long-pressing an app icon. There’s also a new feature called “double-tap to sleep” that lets you turn off your display by double-tapping on the display’s empty area.
Samsung keyboard now supports inline autofill suggestions and image copy-past. However, it doesn’t offer new Android 11 emojis.
These are some of the key new changes made into the One UI 3.0 but since it is a beta build, it’s possible that Samsung may add additional features before One UI 3.0 goes to the public.
Samsung One UI 3.0 device list
Samsung Galaxy S and Note series Android 11 device list:
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 20 5G
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
- Galaxy Flip 5G
- Galaxy Tab S7
- Galaxy Tab S7 5G
- Galaxy Tab S7+
- Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 5G
- Galaxy S20 5G UW
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S20+ 5G
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy Fold
- Galaxy Fold 5G
- Galaxy Note 10+
- Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
- Galaxy Note 10
- Galaxy Note 10 5G
- Galaxy S10 5G
- Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy S10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy A-series Android 11 device list:
- Galaxy A01
- Galaxy A10
- Galaxy A10e
- Galaxy A10s
- Galaxy A11
- Galaxy A20
- Galaxy A20e
- Galaxy A20s
- Galaxy A21
- Galaxy A21s
- Galaxy A30
- Galaxy A30s
- Galaxy A31
- Galaxy A40
- Galaxy A41
- Galaxy A42 5G
- Galaxy A50
- Galaxy A50s
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A51 5G
- Galaxy A51 5G UW
- Galaxy A60
- Galaxy A70
- Galaxy A70s
- Galaxy A71
- Galaxy A71 5G
- Galaxy A71 5G UW
- Galaxy A80
- Galaxy A8s
- Galaxy A90 5G
- Galaxy A Quantum
Samsung Galaxy M-series Android 11 device list:
- Galaxy M01
- Galaxy M01s
- Galaxy M02s
- Galaxy M11
- Galaxy M21
- Galaxy M21s
- Galaxy M30s
- Galaxy M31
- Galaxy M31s
- Galaxy M40
- Galaxy M51
- Galaxy M31 Prime
Samsung Galaxy F-series Android 11 device list:
- Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy Tab and other smartphones:
- Galaxy Tab Active 3
- Galaxy Tab A7 10.4 2020
- Galaxy Tab S5e
- Galaxy Tab S6
- Galaxy Tab S6 5G
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
- Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019
- Galaxy Tab Active Pro
- Galaxy Xcover 4s (Probably)
- Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung One UI 3.0 Release Date
On December 03, 2020, Samsung officially released the third-generation of its self-developed custom skin – One UI 3.0 which is based on Google’s Android 11.
Samsung One UI 3.1 Release Date
Alongside the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung also introduced the One UI 3.1 version on January 14, 2021.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 starts getting One UI 3.1 update in Canada. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup will start getting One UI 3.1 update in Canada next week. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung rolling out Android 11-based One UI 3.1 update for Galaxy A40. READ MORE HERE
- T-Mobile rolling out Samsung One UI 3.1 update for Galaxy S20 FE. READ MORE HERE
- T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S20 One UI 3.1 update rollout begins! READ MORE HERE
- Verizon releases Samsung One UI 3.1 update for the Galaxy A71 5G UW. READ MORE HERE
- AT&T rolling out One UI 3.1 update to Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series. READ MORE HERE
- Android 11-based One UI 3.1 update rolling out for Samsung Galaxy A70. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy M51 One UI 3.1 Android 11 firmware update rolling out now. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite One UI 3.1 update rollout begins. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy A71 gets One UI 3.1 update along with Android 11 via OTA. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite gets One UI 3.1 update via OTA. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 One UI 3.1 Android 11 update is rolling out now!. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy S20 One UI 3.1 update now rolling out in the US. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy Fold receiving One UI 3.1 update. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 now provides a seamless experience with One UI 3.1. READ MORE HERE
- Samsung One UI 3.0/Android 11: Eligible Devices and Release Date [India]. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung Good Lock for Android 11/One UI 3.0 will come in February 2021. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung One UI 3.0 officially launched with redesigned UI, new features, and more. READ MORE HERE.
- Breaking: Samsung One UI 3.0/Android 11 stable is out for the Galaxy S20 series. READ MORE HERE.
- One UI Home launcher keeps crashing after One UI 3.0 beta installation on Galaxy Note 10. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10 Plus receiving One UI 3.0 beta in India, Korea, and the UK. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung ends One UI 3.0 first-round beta registration for Galaxy S10 devices. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung releases One UI 3.0 Beta 7 for the Galaxy S20 series. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung One UI 3.0 Beta 6 arrives at Galaxy S20 in the US, stable release may be near. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung fixes several bugs in the latest One UI 3.0 Beta 5 for the Galaxy S20. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung One UI 3.0 beta is now rolling out in Korea and UK for Galaxy Note 10 series. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung is now rolling out the 3rd One UI 3.0 beta for Galaxy Note 20 series in India. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung One UI 3.0 fourth beta rolling out for Galaxy S20 series. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series receiving second One UI 3.0 beta with November 2020 security patch. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 series is getting 3rd One UI 3.0 Beta with November 2020 security patch. READ MORE HERE.
- One UI 3.0 Beta 2 is now rolling out with several bug fixes for the Galaxy S20 series. READ MORE HERE.
- Android 11-based One UI 3.0 beta program is now available in China, Korea, the US, Germany, Poland, UK, and India. READ MORE HERE.
- Samsung is now rolling out a new hotfix for the One UI 3.0 beta 1 users. Read more information here.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 series getting a new One UI 3 beta update in the US for unlocked devices. Read more here.
As Google matches Apple’s 7 OS updates, Samsung must replicate!
Samsung guarantees 4 years of Android OS and 5 years of security updates to Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, Google is about to match Apple’s iOS support of 7 years of OS updates, starting with the Pixel 8 series, which Samsung must replicate for Galaxy devices.
In a recent development, a leaked Pixel 8 series specifications sheet revealed that Google will pledge 7 years of Android OS and security updates. It’s about to be the same as Apple does with all of its iPhone models, beating the Samsung software policy by a big margin.
Samsung has a big lead in the smartphone market, thanks to its longer software support. Meanwhile, Google’s tentative announcement will make a big impact on the Galaxy maker’s policy. And to maintain consumer satisfaction, the Korean tech giant must replicate Google.
Google Pixel phones currently offer three generations of OS upgrades and five years of security patches. Samsung, on the other hand, has a wide range of Galaxy devices eligible for 4 OS plus 5 years of security updates. However, Apple’s iPhones get up to 7 years of major iOS upgrades.
The US tech giant will launch the Pixel 8 series on October 4. If it has plans to extend software support, the announcement will be done during the launch. It will be interesting to see if the company includes older Tensor-powered smartphones in new support plan.
Since the Pixel 6 series, Google is bringing a self-designed Tensor chipset, equipped with AI capabilities and machine learning. The Tensor G3 is based on Exynos and is being manufactured by Samsung, with Google plans to switch to TSMC in the next few years.
As the technology is growing such faster, it’s hard to keep a phone for 7 years, as the manufacturer believes. However, Pixel users will continue to rock with their smartphone, as Google could pledge 7 OS upgrades, that will arrive with new features and enhancements.
Samsung’s One UI 6.0 Update: Galaxy S20, Note 20, and More Left Behind, New Options for Android Enthusiasts
Android 14 will soon start to roll out for Google Pixel phones. Samsung, on the other hand, started the One UI 6.0 Beta Program for Galaxy S23 series in August 2023. Samsung consumers have high expectations with the One UI 6.0 update, but many Galaxy devices are no longer supported.
Samsung should have pledged the Android 14 update for Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series, but it didn’t. It leads the Galaxy S20 FE to ineligibility for the next major update. Launched pre-installed with Android 10, the S20, Note 20 and S20 FE devices are no longer eligible for any major upgrade.
The popular Galaxy A series phones – Galaxy A51 and A71 have also finished their OS upgrade eligibility with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0. Now, the Korean tech giant focuses more on affordable phones, with the Galaxy A24 as a recent example, which will get 4 OS upgrades.
The 2nd generation Galaxy Z Fold smartphone was also eligible for three major updates. The company had released it with Android 10-based One UI 2.5, which means, it has also completed its big OTA lifespan with Android 13. You can check One UI 6.0 unsupported devices in the list below.
- Galaxy S20 Series
- Galaxy Note 20 Series
- Galaxy S20 FE (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
- Galaxy A71 & Galaxy A51
How to get One UI 6
To experience the next Samsung mobile OS, you need to purchase a new Galaxy phone. There are a lot of sticking options, offering you a longer software lifespan across categories from budget to premium. Check the quick guide below, which embeds phones with great software support.
- Premium – Galaxy S23 series
- Bonus Tip – Galaxy S21 FE (flagship phone with affordability)
- Mid-range – Galaxy A54 and Galaxy A34
- Budget – Galaxy A24
Android 14 (One UI 6) update will first rollout to these Samsung Galaxy devices
Earlier this year, Google started working on the new Android 14 operating system, with the Stable and AOSP release likely in October 2023. Samsung started its Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta testing on select Galaxy smartphones in the recent past.
Several Samsung devices are eligible for the Android 14-based One UI 6 upgrade. And thanks to the company’s software rollout history, it’s easy to figure out which Galaxy phones will be the first to receive the One UI 6 firmware update this year.
Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series is first in line to receive the new One UI 6 update as soon as the official unveiling happens at SDC 2023, sometime in October. However, the S23 series and more models will be invited to Beta activity to test the OS before release.
Android 14 (One UI 6) update will first rollout to these Samsung Galaxy devices
- Galaxy S23 Series
- S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra
- Galaxy S22 Series
- S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 Series [Uncertain]
- S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold Series
- Z Fold 5 and Z Fold 4
- Galaxy Z Flip Series
- Z Flip 5 and Z Flip 4
In the list we mentioned above, there’s an exclusivity of flagship devices, why not? The South Korean tech giant will first roll out the Android 14 to newer flagships, followed by older flagship models and mid-range ones. Along with them, select budget models will also join the party with new updates.
Congrats if you have an eligible Galaxy S or Galaxy Z series smartphone for One UI 6.0 software. Samsung will let you install the new OS, starting from August 2023, if it follows the same timeframe as the last year. You can check all One UI 6.0 eligible devices here.