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The Android 11 beta for the Galaxy S20 will be public very soon

A few weeks ago Google made Android 11 official, the latest version of its operating system. As usual, in the days after the launch, we can see which phones are available in Spain that will be updated to Android 11, the releases of their beta versions and the estimated dates. And it seems that the Galaxy S20 will have surprises very soon.

One of the phones with the highest expectations is the Samsung Galaxy S20. Samsung typically lags its rivals by several months as it makes more changes to its complex customization layer. This year it seems that things would be a little more agile, and Samsung would already have the public beta almost ready.

The Galaxy S20 already has the public beta of Android 11 with One UI 3.0 nearby

During the month of August, Samsung surprised us with the launch of the Android 11 beta for the Galaxy S20 with the One UI customization layer in version 3.0. Despite being such an early announcement, it was a developer beta, available only in the United States and South Korea.

Samsung has posted on the Samsung Community forums in South Korea, indicating that this update will be available soon in the Samsung Members app. They have not specified dates, but it is possible that this update ends up arriving during the month of October, since it would not make much sense to make an announcement if it takes much longer.

This update would reach the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra, and although it is expected that it will also end up arriving in Spain, it usually ends up arriving in our country a few weeks late. Regarding the new features of One UI 3.0, we already know several details thanks to the developer version.

All the One UI 3.0 beta changes seen on the Galaxy S20

  • Starting screen
    • Long press an app to add an associated widget.
    • Turn off the screen by double-tapping an empty area on the Home screen. You can turn this on in Settings > Advanced features > Motion & gestures.
  • Lock screen
    • The dynamic lock screen now has more categories and you can select more than one.
    • Lock screen widgets have been improved.
  • quick panel
    • View your conversations and media more conveniently in their own sections when you swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • Always on display
    • Always On Display widgets have been improved.
  • Accessibility
    • Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device setup.
    • Get recommended accessibility features based on what you use.
    • Set up the accessibility shortcut more easily in settings.
    • Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices, like TVs and lights, to give you more visible alerts when the doorbell rings or a baby is crying.
  • Samsung keyboard
    • You can find the keyboard in Settings more easily under General Management in Settings, and the settings have been reorganized to put the most important ones first.
  • Samsung DeX
    • You can now connect to compatible TVs wirelessly.
    • New touchpad multi-gestures let you change screen zoom and font size more easily.
  • Internet
    • Added the ability to block websites from being redirected when you tap the back button.
    • Added warnings and blocking options for websites that launched too many pop-ups or notifications.
    • Menus rearranged to make searching easier.
    • Added several new plugins, including one that translates websites.
    • Added option hides the status bar for a more immersive browsing experience.
    • The maximum number of open tabs has been increased to 99.
    • Added the ability to lock and reorder tabs.
    • The improved tab bar layout is now supported on all devices.
    • End of support for Samsung Internet Edge Panel.
  • Contacts and telephone
    • Added the ability to edit multiple linked contacts at once.
    • Added an option to help you quickly delete duplicate contacts.
    • Improved search experience.
    • The storage period in containers was extended from 15 to 30 days.
  • Calls
    • Added the ability to customize the call screen with your own images and videos.
  • Publications
    • Created a trash can to store recently deleted messages.
  • Call and text on other devices
    • Added the ability to turn calls and texts on or off on other devices with Bixby Routines.
  • Calendar
    • Events with the same start time are now displayed together in the month and agenda view.
    • Reorganized options for adding and editing events.
    • Improved layout for full screen alerts.
  • Reminders
    • Improved layout for full screen alerts.
  • Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls
    • Trends have been added to your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed from the previous week and check the usage time for each feature.
    • Added phone usage time while driving to the weekly report.
    • Added a lock screen widget so you can check your screen time without unlocking your phone.
    • Separate profiles have been added for personal and work modes so you can track your screen time separately.
  • Camera
    • Improved autofocus and auto exposure functionality and usability.
    • Improved stabilization when taking photos of the moon at high zoom levels.
  • Photo editor
    • Added the ability to revert edited images to their original versions.
  • Bixby Routines
    • Grouped preset routines help you get started quickly and learn to easily create your own routines.
    • You can now see what actions are reversed when a routine ends.
    • New conditions have been added, such as a specific start time, disconnection from a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network, a call from a specific number, and more.
    • New actions have been added, including chat with Bixby and accessibility actions.
    • You can add a custom icon for each workout and add workouts to your lock screen for quick access.

Most relevant changes in Android 11

  • Notifications:
    • Notification bubbles: Android now incorporates a native floating notification system similar to Facebook Messenger bubbles, but much more efficient (so much so that even Facebook abandons its system in Android 11). Applications like Telegram are already experimenting with this system and it is expected that it will also end up on WhatsApp.
    • Controls for multimedia applications are now part of the quick settings panel.
    • Now we will have a notification history for each application.
    • Grouped notifications have a cleaner, more visual appearance.
    • Priority notifications allow us to select more important contacts and receive personalized notifications with their avatar and be able to bypass do not disturb mode.
  • After holding down the power button, we will not only have access to the payment cards, but we will also have the possibility of controlling the home automation.
  • Privacy:
    • Specific storage becomes a mandatory feature: From now on, applications that require the use of storage permissions will not be able to register your mobile completely, but will only access the files necessary for their use.
      • An exception is made for file administrators, who still need full access.
    • Automatic permission reset: When we haven’t used an app for a long time, it will lose access to the permissions it already had.
    • One-time permissions for camera or microphone: Do you want to give an app permission to use the camera or microphone, but don’t want to give it permission forever? Now you can allow them to use these items once.

Android 11 is official: news, compatible phones and how to install it

After months of beta, Google has made Android 11 official, the latest official version of the system. These are the most important changes.

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