Verizon has revealed this morning that Samsung’s Galaxy S20 range will be Samsung’s first phones to receive Samsung’s Android 11 and One UI 3.0 in the US, and now the software has already started running to customers, according to Life of droids. One UI 3.0 has been in public beta for the past two months, but this marks the official release of the final software.
One UI 3.0 has the messages, notifications and security features of Android 11, along with some add-ons specific to One UI. Samsung has added easier ways to access widgets, take screenshots and double-tap the screen to put your phone to sleep, to name just a few, but if you want a more comprehensive list of all the changes in One UI 3.0, you can to check this review in Android police.
Outside the US, the international launch of One UI 3.0 also seems to be spinning. Android police Samsung says it is sending a full schedule of consumer release dates to Egypt, with the flagship S20 receiving Android 11 and One UI 3.0 for some time in December, albeit after the US. According to the schedule, the next phones to receive the update will be the Note 20, Z Fold, Note 10 and S10 phones in January 2021. The update will take some time to hit every Samsung phone that supports it, Galaxy A10, A20 or A30S, don’t expect to see it before August.
When we reviewed Android 11 in September, we appreciated all the added complexity management features of modern Android phones, but noted the possibility of fragmentation as Google’s and Samsung’s views on Android began to differ again. Samsung was known for taking a long time to release updates, such as when it took five months to send Android Pie. But that has changed over the years as it has become better at managing your schedule. Last year’s update of Android 10 took three months to appear on the first phones, and we see this in Android 11 this year.
Problems such as fragmentation are important, as Samsung is the largest supplier of smartphones worldwide and the largest manufacturer of Android phones in the United States. This means that the widespread adoption of new features relies heavily on the company that chooses to include them in newer versions of the One UI. From our early review, it seems that the most important bits of Android 11 have turned it into One UI 3.0; but when it comes to other Google projects for Android, Samsung may not make as much profit.