The South Korean tech giant Samsung has released its much-awaited Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra as real premium smartphones with a premium range of price tag for sure. This year both the Galaxy S20 and Note20 lineup devices come with a couple of aesthetic changes with much-improved camera specifications, and more. Samsung’s flagship devices always come with the latest software version and so the Galaxy Note20 series runs on Android 10 (One UI 2.5) out-of-the-box. Now, if you’re a Galaxy Note 20 device user or planning to get it and looking for the Android 11 (One UI 3.0) update, check out the tracker here.
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.
To recall, the Galaxy Note 20 comes with a 6.7-inches Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+, Always-on display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, etc. It packs Exynos 990 SoC for global & Snapdragon 865+ SoC (USA) with 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, triple rear cameras of a 12MP (wide, f/1.8) + a 64MP (telephoto, f/2.0) + a 12MP (ultrawide, f/2.2) lens. While the front packs a single 10MP (wide, f/2.2) selfie camera, and it’s backed by a 4,300mAh battery having 25W fast charging support.
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. Now, let’s take a quick look at the features below.
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 Its 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 August to September 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 Note 20 Android 11 (One UI 3.0) Release Status:
New Update on December 12, 2020: AT&T started rolling the stable One UI 3.0 for the Galaxy Note 20 in the USA with software version N981USQU1CTL2. The update is currently available for the AT&T Carrier, and may soon roll out to other carriers including AT&T, Sprint, AT&T, as well as for the unlocked model numbers – N981U1 and N986U1.
New Update on December 07, 2020: Today Samsung rolled the One UI 3.0 Beta 3 for the Galaxy Note 20 series with firmware version N98xxXXU1ZTK7. The update is currently rolling in Germany and India and will soon be rolled to other markets.
New Update on November 4, 2020: After rolling the One UI 3.0 for the Galaxy S20 series, Today Samsung rolled the second beta update for the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra in India and will be soon rolled to other markets where the beta program was launched. With this beta update, Samsung included the November 2020 security patch and other major bug fixes found in the initial beta.
For Samsung Galaxy Note 20, the update is live with software version N980FXXU1ZTJQ.
Story Updated on August 7, 2020: It’s worth mentioning that Samsung has recently officially announced the Android 11 early beta update program on top of One UI 3.0 for its eligible devices yet, most probably it starts with the Galaxy S20 lineup. It may take a month or so to announce the beta registration info for more & more devices until Google released Android 11 officially.
Samsung has also announced at the time of releasing the Galaxy Note 20 series that the company will start pushing three years of continuous OS updates to its eligible devices from Galaxy S10 & above. Not only the latest Android OS update for three years but also the latest security patch will also be provided for rich user experience.
As the Galaxy Note 20 released in 2020 with Android 10, the device will gonna receive the official stable Android 11 (R) update in Q4 2020 (beta expectedly). While the official stable would be released in Q1 2021 most probably. As promised, the Galaxy Note 20 series will receive the Android 13 update for sure to fulfill the roadmap.
Till then stay tuned for more info. We will keep updating this article.