Samsung is a big brand and it is known for regularly releasing new smartphones under different price points throughout the year. While Samsung has a stronghold in the premium and flagship category, it has been revamping its mid-range category with some decent devices. Galaxy M31s, which was introduced in August 2020, is a new device from the popular Galaxy M lineup. The phone comes with Android 10 One UI 2.5 and is in line to pick up the Android 11 update. Ever since Samsung switched over to One UI with Android 9, the custom UI has become one of the fan favorites. Thanks to its ease of usage with one-hand, One UI is a nice, featureful, custom UI.
The latest One UI version based on Android 11 is One UI 3.0 and it packs tons of new features that eligible devices will soon get. Samsung has joined the bandwagon to release Android 11 One UI 3.0 beta updates pretty early this year around. It is expected to bring the Android 11 One UI 3.0 update for its devices much sooner than Android 10 updates. Note that Galaxy S20 and Note 20 are already under Android 11 One UI 3.0 beta testing phase across different regions. You can check more details about it, by heading here. In this post, we will give you a dedicated Samsung Galaxy M31s Android 11 One UI 3.0 update tracker. This post will keep you up to date about all the latest developments of Android 11 for the phone. With that being said, let us jump right into it:
Samsung Galaxy M31s – Device Overview
The Galaxy M31s is powered by the Exynos 9611 processor coupled with 6/8 GB of RAM. It offers 128GB of onboard storage and there is a microSDXC dedicated slot for storage expansion. The device sports a display of 6.5-inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and 405 PPI density. The display is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected. As already mentioned, the phone comes with Android 10 One UI 2.5 out of the box and is in line to receive the Android 11 One UI 3.0 update.
Talking about the cameras on the Galaxy M31s, it packs a quad-camera setup. It has a 64MP primary wide-angle lens, 12MP ultra-wide lens, 5MP macro, and 5MP depth sensor. The phone is capable of recording 4K@30fps, and 1080p@30fps. For selfies, the phone has a 32MP selfies shooter which is capable of recording 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps. Galaxy M31s has all the necessary sensors. It is juiced by a 6,000 mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging.
Android 11 – Overview
Time and time again, we have said that Android 11 is a mature operating system. Meaning that there is less room for bringing a new feature altogether. The future releases will also focus more on enhancing the already available feature than bringing new features onboard because there are not many new features left to incorporate at the moment. For better or worse, Android 11 feels and looks similar to Android 10, so not much of an overhaul here. With that said, Android 11 does pack in some features like conversation notifications, notification history, chat bubbles, native screen recorder, media controls in the notification panel, smart device controls, and much more. For more info, you can head over here.
Talking about Samsung, this year has been really a new change for the company. Samsung announced earlier, that from this year onwards, Samsung devices sold in or after 2019 will receive three years of Android OS updates. This is a big change in the update policy as the company previously used to push only two major OS updates for its devices. With this announcement, Samsung joins the likes of OnePlus and Google that also push three OS updates for its devices. So, as per calculations, Galaxy M31s should be receiving Android 11, 12, and 13, which is something we never expected from Samsung, me at least being a Samsung user for as long as I can remember. But we are currently not sure whether the M-series phones are also included in this category to receive three-years of OS updates.
Just for your reference, here is the complete changelog of Android 11 One UI 3.0 that the Samsung devices will receive. Note that some of the features may be exclusive to certain devices, so the changelog may vary:
- Touch and hold an app to add an associated widget
- Turn the screen off by double-tapping on an empty area of the Home screen. You can turn this on in Settings > Advanced features > – Motions and gestures.
- Dynamic Lock screen now has more categories, and you can select more than one.
- Lock screen widgets are improved.
- See your conversations and media more conveniently in their own sections when you swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Always On Display widgets are improved.
- Get quick access to the most important accessibility settings during device setup. – Get recommended accessibility features based on what you use.
- Set the Accessibility shortcut more easily in settings.
- Sound detectors now work with your SmartThings devices such as TVs and lights to give you more visible
- You can find the keyboard settings more easily under General management in Settings, and the settings have been reorganized to put the most important ones first.
- You can now connect to supported TVs wirelessly.
- New touchpad multi-gestures let you change screen zoom and font size more easily.
- Added ability to block websites from redirecting you when you tap the Back button. – Added warnings and blocking options for websites that show too many pop-ups or notifications.
- Rearranged menus to make things easier to find. – Added several new add-ons, including one that translates websites.
- Added option to hide the status bar for a more immersive browsing experience.
- Increased maximum number of open tabs to 99.
- Added ability to lock and reorder tabs.
- Improved design for tab bar which is now supported on all devices.
- Ended support for Samsung Internet edge panel.
Contacts & Phone
- Added an option to help you quickly delete duplicate contacts.
- Enhanced the search experience.
- Added the ability to customize the call screen with your own pictures and videos.
- Created a Trash bin to store recently deleted messages.
Call & Text on other devices
- Added the ability to turn Call & text on other devices on or off with Bixby Routines.
- Events with the same start time are now shown together in month and agenda view.
- Reorganized options for adding and editing events.
- Improved layout for full screen alerts.
Digital wellbeing and Parental controls
- Added trends to your weekly report. You can see how your usage has changed since the previous week and check your usage time for each feature.
- Added phone usage time while driving to the weekly report.
- Added a lock screen widget so you can check your screen time without unlocking your phone.
- Added separate profiles for personal and work modes so you can track your screen time separately.
- Improved auto-focus and auto exposure functionality and usability.
- Improved stabilization when taking pictures of the moon at high zoom levels
- Added the ability to revert edited pictures back to their original versions.
- Grouped preset routines help you get started quickly and learn how to build your own routines quickly
- You can now see what actions are reversed when a routine ends.
- New conditions have been added, such as a specific start time, the disconnection of a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network, a call from a specific number, and more.
- New actions have been added, including talking to Bixby and accessibility actions.
- You can add a customized icon for each routine and add routines to the Lock screen for quick access.
Samsung Galaxy M31s Android 11 (One UI 3.0) Update Status
All the latest information about the Android 11 One UI 3.0 update for the Galaxy M31s will be posted here. So, make sure to check back often.