OneUI 3.0: Features, Launch Date and Eligible Devices

OneUI 3.0 is the latest android skin of Samsung which offer a much cleaner and better user experience than OneUI 2.5 or its previous versions. Samsung has improved this UI a lot after taking feedback from its users. So let’s see what Samsung has improved in this latest OneUI 3.0 based on Android 11 skin.

Android 11 based OneUI 3.0 Release Date:

Samsung has already released the Android 11 based OneUI 3.0 beta developer program for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series.

We could see the OneUI 3.0 beta rollout for the public beta testers by the end of September 2020 and the stable rollout in October or November 2020.

OneUI 3.0 Beta

If you’ve got a Galaxy S20, S20+ or S20 ultra and you’ve registered your device with Samsung’s beta program, there’s a good chance you can run the Android 11 beta on it and get an early taste for Samsung’s new OneUI 3.0.

As you’d probably expect, it’s a lot different from the Android 11 experience on a pixel or Oneplus phone, so let’s take a look at what you are getting with OneUI 3.0. No matter what device you’re running, Android 11 puts a big emphasis on improving notifications.

Top 10 OneUI 3.0 Features

  1. Notifications Shade
Samsung OneUI 3.0 Notifications Shade
Samsung OneUI 3.0 Notifications Shade

There’s a new look to the notification shade which uses a lot more transparency and blurring behind the screen elements. You’ll see the same gaussian blur in the app drawer as well. It makes the whole interface look a bit softer if that makes sense.

  1. Notifications categories

Luckily, Android 11’s new notification categories are here and work as expected. Conversational notifications from various messaging apps stay at the top of the screen while alerting and silent notifications sit on a lower tier.

Inside the notification settings, there’s a new option to enable notification history as well, as the ability to open incoming conversations as pop-ups or Android 11’s new bubbles system which is reminiscent of Facebook’s chat heads.

OneUI 3.0 Notifications categories
OneUI 3.0 Notifications categories
  1. Media Player Tab

Just like on the Pixel, there’s a new media player that stays at the top of the notification shade and pulling down to the quick toggle view allows you to change the audio output as well which is great for juggling a handful of bluetooth headphones and speakers.

  1. Devices Tab

There’s also a devices tab that lets you manage your bluetooth devices as well as anything you have connected through Samsung’s smartthings but unfortunately it only works with smartthings.

OneUI 3.0 Media and Device Tab
OneUI 3.0 Media and Device Tab

So if you use a service like Google’s home app to manage your smart home devices individually, you’re just gonna have to keep using that on the Pixel 4.

  1. Music Controller

One more amazing feature that comes straight from Android 11 is the music notification. When you start playing a song from the Google Play Music, you’ll see a music controller when you pull down the notification panel. You can pause, play, switch track and do everything right from here.

  1. Revamled Power Menu

One of my favorite new features of android 11 is the revamped power menu which lets you quickly access your credit cards for mobile payments and control your smart home.

But at least in the OneUI 3.0 beta, we’re looking at the exact same power menu as in previous versions of OneUI which just gives you options for power off, restart or emergency mode. Hopefully that’ll improve with the final build.

  1. Volume Menu

Something I really like is the new volume menu in OneUI 3.0 which opens as a series of vertical sliders that you can drag up and down or tap the corresponding volume icon to toggle between on and silent.

From there you can also enable Android 11’s live captioning which is fantastic for hearing impaired users along with anyone in a loud environment who can’t listen to their phone’s speakers.

  1. Screenshot Menu

Something that’s missing here that we’ve seen in other variations of Android 11 is any sort of screenshot menu in the recent apps view. While Samsung has made some minor visual tweaks here, there’s really no new functionality coming from OneUI 2.5.

  1. Visual Tweaks

Speaking of visual tweaks, OneUI 3.0 actually has quite a few areas that look a bit different from before.

The settings menu is a bit more bubbly and the user profile tab has been moved to the top of the list. There is also a larger more unified long press menu for apps on the home screen.

OneUI 3.0 Long press menu
OneUI 3.0 Long press menu

Here is OneUI 2.5 on a Galaxy Z Flip for reference. Bixby routines for those who use it has been totally redesigned to look less cluttered and colorful.

  1. Other Minor improvements

There are some other minor improvements like some new options for your always on display, resizable picture-in-picture windowed video and the ability to finally enable video enhancer on individual apps.

Samsung OneUI 3.0 video enhancer
Samsung OneUI 3.0 video enhancer

But for the most part, this is simply a refined version of the same OneUI experience that we’ve been using for the last couple of years.

We’re not sure exactly when the final rollout of Android 11 with OneUI 3.0 will happen. But we do know it’ll be coming to a massive list of Samsung devices.

List of Devices that’ll receive OneUI 3.0 based on Android 11 Update

Samsung Galaxy Fold series

Samsung Galaxy S/Note series:

  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note 10
  • Galaxy Note 10 5G
  • Galaxy Note 10+
  • Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20 5G
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20+ 5G
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S7
  • Galaxy Tab S7+

Samsung Galaxy A series:

  • Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A71
  • Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy A70s
  • Galaxy A80
  • Galaxy A60
  • Galaxy A51
  • Galaxy A51 5G
  • Galaxy A50
  • Galaxy A50s
  • Galaxy A30
  • Galaxy A30s
  • Galaxy A31
  • Galaxy A40
  • Galaxy A41
  • Galaxy A20
  • Galaxy A20e
  • Galaxy A20s
  • Galaxy A21
  • Galaxy A21s
  • Galaxy A11
  • Galaxy A01
  • Galaxy A10
  • Galaxy A10e
  • Galaxy A10s
  • Galaxy A8s

Samsung Galaxy M series:

  • Galaxy M51
  • Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy M31s
  • Galaxy M31
  • Galaxy M30s
  • Galaxy M21
  • Galaxy M11
  • Galaxy M01
  • Galaxy M01s

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