[Cont. updated] Samsung One UI 3.1 update: All we know about this Android 11-based skin


This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..

Original story (from Nov 17) follows:

Samsung’s One UI 3.0 skin over Android 11 is yet to be released to the public as a stable update. Unsurprisingly, Samsung didn’t even participate in the Android 11 beta program alongside Google.

Therefore, Samsung Galaxy S20 series and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series users only got a chance to try out the One UI 3.0 beta based on Android 11 after Google rolled out the stable update.


Samsung Galaxy S20

The One UI 3.0 beta program first kick-started for the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup in its home country — South Korea — and then expanded to other regions including Germany and the USA.

At present, Samsung has rolled out six One UI 3.0 beta updates with the latest bearing the software version number ZTKA.

That being said, you can check out our dedicated tracker to know more about the release of One UI 3.0 for all eligible Samsung smartphones.


Now, even though One UI 3.0 is fresh on the block, it’s likely that we will get to see Samsung debut its One UI 3.1 skin based on Android 11 within the next couple of months.

More precisely, we may get to see the new skin on January 14, 2021, according to Jon Prosser, who has claimed that Samsung would be announcing the Galaxy S21 series on that date.



Now, if you’re wondering what does the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series has to do with the One UI 3.1 skin, then hear us out.

Samsung has a habit of launching new flagships with a slightly newer version of its in-house skin.

Take for example the Samsung Galaxy S9 series, both devices got the update to One UI 1.0. Then, when Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 series, it came pre-loaded with One UI 1.1.


Similarly, the South Korean giant released the Galaxy S20 series with the One UI 2.1 skin and the Galaxy Note 20 series came with One UI 2.5 out-of-the-box.

So unless Samsung decides to switch up the existing trend we just highlighted, it’s more than likely that the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will come with the One UI 3.1 skin pre-installed.

This means that we will get three smartphones — the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra — running One UI 3.1 at the start of next year.


Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Given that we’re still a couple of months away from the expected launch, there’s little to no information regarding what to expect from Samsung’s upcoming skin.

However, it’s likely that Samsung would refine some of the existing features and maybe even added a few new ones to improve the user experience.

Current features such as the Moon mode and Night mode might see some improvements with the new skin as highlighted here.


Samsung Galaxy S20+

Furthermore, you can expect to see certain Samsung Galaxy S21 series features being brought over to older Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series with the One UI 3.1 update.

But it’s worth noting that not all features that Samsung may introduce with the Galaxy S21 lineup would be available on older smartphones due to hardware limitations.

Of course, do not expect to see any major UI overhauls since the update to One UI 3.1 from One UI 3.0 isn’t a major one.

As for which devices will get the One UI 3.1 update, we expect that Samsung will release the upcoming skin for all smartphones that are eligible for the Android-11 based One UI 3.0 update.

Nevertheless, most information we have about the One UI 3.1 update is based on speculations and past trends and thus should not be treated as official claims.

As usual, we will continue scanning for any developments regarding the One UI 3.1 skin from Samsung and will post an update once new details emerge.

Update 1 (December 03)

IST 11:45 am: While responding to a user query regarding a Night Mode-related error, a Samsung team member responded by saying Google will address the issue by the end of this month (i.e., December).

They also added that Samsung will go ahead with the further improvements after One UI 3.1’s release. This hints that One UI 3.1 may show up sooner than expected?


Here’s a translation of the message in the screengrab:

Night mode is not applied when a disaster message is received. Hello? This phenomenon will be corrected by Google at the end of December, and after the official release of One UI 3.1, we will proceed with additional S / W improvement.

IST 11:45 am: The cross-device copy and paste feature of the clipboard (which is already supported on Galaxy S20) – will be coming to other devices alongwith the One UI 3.1 update. Meaning, the clipboards will be synced across devices (phones and tabs).

The information was revealed by a Samsung community moderator.


Here’s a translation of the user-shared screenshot:

I am in charge of Samsung Keyboard. First of all, 1. Clipboard will be linked between phone and tablet in version 3.1 of ONE UI. Many people are working hard for this, so please wait a bit. 2. The Samsung keyboard setting items (as you may already know) can be moved from the existing phone to the current phone through the smart switch.

Update 2 (December 15)

IST 06:00 pm: New developments indicate that Samsung will provide users the option to pick between Google Discover and Samsung Free/Samsung Daily as a side panel on the homescreen with the One UI 3.1 update.

Update 3 (January 05)

IST 03:35 pm: Thanks to a new video posted by Jimmy is Promo on YouTube, you can now take a look at some of the new features that will come with One UI 3.1 such as new call background videos, app continuation on other devices, and several camera features.

Update 4 (January 09)

IST 11:40 am: Samsung will allegedly introduce a blockchain-based file sharing application dubbed Private Share with the One UI 3.1 update that’s expected to be pre-installed on the Galaxy S21. Head here for all the details.

Update 5 (January 16)

IST 11:05 am: Samsung has launched the Galaxy S21 lineup with its One UI 3.1 skin onboard the devices. And it’s now confirmed that One UI 3.1 brings the Google Discover feed.

Further, the new flagships come with the Google Messages app pre-installed. Also part of One UI 3.1 is the option for users to cast their Google Duo video chats to Samsung smart TVs as per a report.

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