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Here's what the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update has in store for us

The One UI 3.0 beta is now available for some Samsung phones
The One UI 3.0 beta is now available for some Samsung phones (image via Trak.in)
We finally have our first look at what Samsung has in store for us with One UI 3.0. For the most part, it is an incremental upgrade that improves upon existing One UI and One UI 2.0 features. The One UI 3.0 beta is only available in the United States and South Korea and will expand to other regions soon.
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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.

One UI 3.0 changelog (image via SamsungRydah on Twitter)
One UI 3.0 changelog (image via SamsungRydah on Twitter)
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Anil Ganti
Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 730 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-09-15 (Update: 2020-09-15)