The Samsung Galaxy A21s has been launched recently in June 2020 that runs on Android 10 on top of One UI 2.0 out-of-the-box. It has a 6.5-inches PLS TFT display, HD+ resolution, Exynos 850 SoC, Mali-G52 GPU, 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM, 32GB/64GB of onboard storage, 48MP quad rear cameras, a 13MP selfie camera, a 5000mAh battery, 15W fast charging, and other major sensors with connectivity options. As the Android 11 official stable version is a couple of months away to release, most of the Galaxy A21s users are eagerly waiting for the Android 11 (One UI 3.0) update. Let’s take a look.
Google has recently rolled out the Android 11 update for the Google Pixel series. Recently Samsung started rolling the One UI 3.0 beta (Android 11) for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20, and many more. You can check out more details of Samsung One UI 3.0 here.
What’s on Android 11?
Android 11 is the eleventh iteration of Google’s own OS (Operating System). It was released on September 8, 2020, and rolled out to their Pixel phones on day one. Later, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme rolled the beta update for their flagship device on the same day. Here is the feature list of Android 11:
Android 11 Features
- Scheduled Dark Theme
- ‘Conversations’ Section in Notification Shade
- Built-in Screen Recorder
- Pin Apps in the Share Menu
- Send Images in Notification Replies
- New APIs for 5G
- Reverse Wireless Charging Support (Google Pixel 4a or 5)
- Use Bluetooth Headphones in Airplane Mode
- Scrolling screenshots
- Bubble Notifications on by Default
- New Back Cover Gestures (Likely Pixel-Exclusive)
- Show Refresh Rate
- Power Menu Toggles
- Quick Access Wallet
- New Permissions Options
- Background Location Access Must Be Granted Manually
- Auto-Block Spammy Permission Prompts
- New Scoped Storage Permission
- New Motion Sense Gesture (Pixel 4)
- New Notification History UI
- Increase Touch Sensitivity
- Better Back Sensitivity
- Mobile Drivers License Support
- Changes to BiometricPrompt API
- Improved Call Screening
- Support for Punch Hole & Waterfall Displays
- Disable Vibrations While Using the Camera
- HDMI Low-Latency Mode
- Low Latency Video Decoding
- New Bluetooth Stack
- Separated Quick Settings & Notification Tray
- Music Player in Quick Settings
- Unsupported Bluetooth Codecs Are Now Grayed Out
- Suggested Apps in Home Screen Dock
One UI 3.0 and Their Expected Features
As the name suggests, the One UI 3.0 (Android 11) will be the successor of the latest generation One UI 2.0 (Android 10). Google has already released the 2nd Android 11 Public Beta build officially with the platform stability for the help of app developers. Next, the Android 11 official stable version is expected to release in September 2020 and we hope that Samsung will gonna release its first beta build of One UI 3.0 to Samsung Galaxy S20 units most probably.
The expected One UI 3.0 beta update recruitment may start in November 2020 and will be rolled out to the eligible devices in batches. It’s needless to say the One UI 3.0 will be inspired and based on all the native Android 11 features and other goodies. Here we’ve shared some of the expected features below.
- Improved Gesture Navigation: With the One UI 3.0, users can easily configure and use the sensitivity of the back button or swipe gesture. Additionally, users can lower the sensitivity level on the left edge from the gestures option.
- No Need To Unlock After Reboot: With the help of the ‘Resume on reboot’ option, the device apps can resume normally and receive messages after a reboot without unlocking the screen or giving any authentication.
- View Current Refresh Rate: Google has finally included the option to see the current refresh rate limit on the screen if enabled by the Developer options.
- Use Bluetooth Headphones In Airplane Mode: Unlike the previous Android OS, you can simply turn on Airplane mode along with the Bluetooth. That means even if you enable Airplane mode, the connectivity option like Bluetooth won’t turn off anymore.
- Send Images In Notification Replies: You can now send images directly to the sender from the message notification panel easily. Simply choose Reply and you will be able to attach pictures in that conversation.
Additionally, the upcoming One UI 3.0 update may bring improved Keyboard transition, better foldable support, improved 5G support, Wireless debugging, and better support for waterfall display devices, improved app permissions for location & privacy control, improved dark mode, chat bubbles, improved call screening, improved screenshot management, and more.
Samsung Galaxy A21s Android 11 Release Status:
Updated on May 13, 2021: Today Samsung finally started rolling One UI 3.0 update based on Android 11 for the Galaxy A21S in the South American region. The update is live with the build number A217MUBU5CUD1 and upgrades the security patch level to April 2021.
Updated on February 09, 2021: Samsung Galaxy A21S in South America started receiving the January 2021 security patch with build number A217MUBS5AUA1.
Updated on January 23, 2021: Today Samsung rolled January 2021 security patch update for the device with build number A217FXXU5BUA2. The update brings nothing new except a security patch.
Updated on December 17, 2020: Today Samsung rolled the November 2020 security patch update for Galaxy A21S in Middle East, Africa, and Asian region with build number A217FXXU4BTL1. The update is still based on Android 10 and not the major Android 11 update yet. As per the timeline report, Samsung will roll the Android 11 for the Galaxy A21S on May 2021.
Update on December 05, 2020: Today Samsung rolled the November 2020 security patch update to the device with build number A217MUBS3ATK2.
To date, Samsung hasn’t announced the Android 11 Beta update roadmap or expected schedule for its eligible devices. We all know that Samsung Galaxy devices are eligible to receive two major Android updates in two years. As the Samsung Galaxy A21s has recently released with Android 10 updated, the device will gonna receive the official stable Android 11 (R) update either in Q4 2020 or in early 2021 expectedly.
However, there is no official statement available yet by Samsung yet for the Galaxy A21s One UI 3.0 (Android 11) update. We may have to wait for a while and till then stay tuned for more info.