Samsung's Android 11 and One UI 3 rollout begins with the Galaxy S20

S20 owners in Korea, the US and most European markets are the first to get the update.


Samsung Galaxy S20 owners in Korea, the US and most European markets will soon get the Android 11-based One UI 3 software upgrade on their phones, if they haven’t yet. The tech giant has started rolling out One UI 3 after a few months of public beta testing, and the update is making its way to the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra first. In the US, Verizon (owner of Engadget’s parent company) has already released the system update with the new UI for the devices.

Samsung says the update will also make its way to more regions and more models in the near future. The Galaxy Note20, Z Fold2, Z Flip, Note10, Fold and S10 series are getting One UI 3.0 in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A series is getting the upgrade within the first half of 2021, though what’s supposedly a release schedule for Egypt posted on the Samsung Community page says the mid-range phones won’t be getting access to the UI until August next year.

One UI 3 brings all the new features that come with Android 11, including the new Conversations section in notifications...which we don’t exactly think is a good thing. It adds messaging bubbles, which allows apps to display a persistent floating circle on the screen to make it easier to respond to messages, as well as built-in screen recording capabilities. One UI 3 also comes with new visual effects, a full screen video call layout and redesigned Lock screen widgets that allow users to access calendar events and other elements without having to unlock their phones. Plus, the UI makes it easier to customize the Quick Panel and makes it possible to adjust the transparency of widgets on the home screen.

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