Everything about One UI version 3.0

Introduction

Samsung isn’t going to wait for its next flagship smartphone to release the latest iteration of its custom Android skin. As things stand, the company is going to release One UI 3.0 with Android 11, the next major Android OS upgrade that’s now out. The company needs to run a beta program for its own custom skin before it releases the Android 11 update.

The One UI 3.0 beta program is now underway. Samsung opened it up to the public about a month ago. So far, it has released the beta firmware for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series. It’s being rolled out for users in the United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, Poland, Germany, China and India.

One UI 3.0 improves many of the features and enhancements that were introduced with One UI 2.5. Samsung has made quite a few user interface changes in addition to new features that make One UI 3.0 one of the best iterations of its custom skin yet.

The current version of Samsung’s custom skin is One UI 2.5. It was released with the Galaxy Note 20 series and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The arrival of One UI 3.0 isn’t synced with the release of a new flagship, it’s simply going to be made available for Samsung phones that get Android 11.

One UI 3.0 design and enhancements

One UI 2.5 was an exercise in refinement for Samsung. It didn’t really make any substantial changes to the look and feel of the custom skin. One UI 3.0 does things differently. Samsung has made some major user interface changes to make it all look more modern and sleek.

Some noteworthy changes include an overhaul of the notification shade, repositioning of the volume controls and tweaks to the lock screen. The look and feel of many native apps like Gallery, Contacts, Phone and Messages has also been improved.

Samsung has gone for a more polished and refined look with One UI 3.0. A conscious effort has been made to make everything look sleeker. It has also tweaked everything just a bit more to improve the user experience on taller screens. Check out our in-depth article on all the user interface changes and improvements in One UI 2.x vs One UI 3.0.

One UI 3.0 features

One UI 2.5 didn’t make any major feature additions but it did improve upon some that were introduced with its predecessor. For example, the camera modes like Single Take have been improved, in addition to new filters and more.

Samsung has introduced new One UI 3.0 features that further improve its custom skin. One UI 3.0 lets you turn off the screen by double-tapping in an empty area anywhere on the Home screen. The Dynamic Lock screen has support for more categories now while the ability to customize the call screen has also been added. Take a look at the full One UI 3.0 changelog for more detail.

One UI 3.0 Camera features

One UI 2.5 didn’t make any major feature additions but it did improve upon some that were introduced with its predecessor. For example, the camera modes like Single Take have been improved, in addition to new filters and more.

It’s a similar story with One UI 3.0. The auto-focus and auto-exposure features have been improved. Galaxy phones that can achieve high zoom levels will also benefit from improved stabilization when taking pictures of the moon. The photo editor now gives users the ability to revert edited pictures back to their original versions.

One UI 3.0 release

Android 11 Galaxy S20

Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy S20 lineup will be the first to receive Android 11 this year. The Android 11 update will definitely come with One UI 3.0. So even though it hasn’t provided a concrete release date as yet, we can say for sure that the next major upgrade for its custom skin is due before the end of this year.

Samsung devices eligible for Android 11 will also get One UI 3.0. Since the company has recently updated its upgrade policy, some additional devices will be eligible for One UI 3.0 as well.