Samsung announces Android 11-based One UI 3.0 public beta for the Galaxy S20 series
About a month ago, Samsung announced the One UI 3.0 beta program for Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and the Galaxy 20 Ultra. The initial beta was meant for the developer community and it was available for U.S. and Korean Galaxy S20 devices. While power users can manually sideload the developer beta build to try out Android 11, the company has now officially announced the beginning of the One UI 3.0 public beta program for the Galaxy S20 series.
As per a recent post on the “Beta notices” section of the Samsung Members app, the One UI 3.0 beta program is now publicly available for the Galaxy S20 lineup. As the builds are cumulative in nature, the upcoming first public beta (tagged as ZTJ3) should carry all the new features introduced in the previous developer preview build (software version ZTI7). The Android security patch level (SPL) has been bumped, while there are several improvements to Samsung’s own Android skin in the new firmware. For instance, the home screen and the quick panel designs have received a fresh coat of paint to make them compatible with different screen sizes.
Samsung has a history of testing new beta updates with customers in its home country of South Korea first so this announcement is something we’ve been waiting for. However, the actual rollout might take more time as suggested by the Beta Operation Manager of Samsung’s Korean Community Forums. The One UI 3.0 public beta with Android 11 for the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S20 will likely follow in the coming days, but there’s no word on it just yet.
If you’re a Samsung S20 series user, you can go ahead and participate in the One UI beta program right away. Do note that participation in the program requires a Samsung account, which you can create by heading over to this website. We hope that the beta program will be extended to a few other regions, including Europe and India, albeit we don’t have any information on the release timeline for the same.