Here's what the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update has in store for us
Now that Android 11 is finally out in the open, it shouldn't be long before OEMs start rolling it to their devices. So, it comes as no surprise that Samsung is already hard at work, developing one UI's third iteration. Existing versions of One UI already had many Android 11 features, so One UI 3.0 doesn't offer a lot.
One UI 3.0 builds upon existing One UI and One UI 2.0 features. Samsung has made it a lot easier for users to pick up on Bixby Routines by adding newer options. It also walks you through the process of setting up new routines to get you going. Bixby Routines is undoubtedly one of One UI's most underrated features, and it's refreshing to see that Samsung pushes more users towards it. Interestingly enough, One UI 3.0 also supports Wireless DeX, which debuted alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series. It was also a part of One UI 2.5, so it's quite puzzling why Samsung added it again.
One UI 3.0 also adds a fresh coat of paint and some new features to some Stock apps. Messages and Contacts get a 'trash bin' where deleted content is held for up to thirty days. It is also easier to delete duplicate contacts. Samsung Internet gets new add-ons, the ability to hide the status bar, and a redesigned tab bar. It also bumps the number of allowed tabs up to 99. Lastly, the photo editor lets you reset edited images back to their original state. Interestingly enough, the camera app remains mostly the same, with only the Galaxy S20 series benefitting from it. Refer to the attached image to read the full changelog.
It is also worth noting that the One UI 3.0 update weighs in at a massive 2.5GB. The added heft could be due to several Android 11-specific changes like one-time permissions, scoped storage, and the ability to get software updates via the Google Play Store. Do bear in mind that this is an early build on One UI 3.0, and Samsung could very likely add new features as time passes. If last year is anything to go by, we can expect a stable build to hit devices by early December.