This is One UI 3.0 (Beta) on the Galaxy S20 – Samsung’s Android 11 update!September 15, 2020
Google released the stable version of Android 11 for its Pixel smartphones last week, but for most Android users, the wait continues. The world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has yet to formally announce the latest version of its Android-based software called “One UI,” though last month they quietly opened up pre-registrations for a One UI 3.0 developer program. Registrations for this closed developer beta program went live in South Korea last week, but earlier today, the closed beta went live in the United States. Thanks to Max Weinbach, I was able to enter my U.S. unlocked Galaxy S20 into the One UI 3.0 closed beta, allowing XDA to bring you an early look at Samsung’s Android 11 update. Keep in mind since this is a closed beta program intended for developers, this build doesn’t have all the new One UI goodies that Samsung has been developing behind-the-scenes. This build is aimed at letting developers test their apps on Android 11-based One UI 3.0 several months before it officially rolls out for users. This is necessary because Samsung makes extensive changes to the Android framework, so an app that works on Google’s Pixel phones or AOSP Android 11 isn’t guaranteed to work the same way on Samsung’s Android 11 software. Lastly, a lot of the new features mentioned in the changelog are actually changes made to Samsung apps rather than the OS itself.