Google launched Android 11 a couple of months in the past, however the software program has solely been accessible on a small variety of telephones to date. That’s altering with information that Samsung has began the Android 11 rollout with the Verizon Galaxy S20 household. Not solely does this embody the Googley Android 11 enhancements, nevertheless it additionally has quite a few Samsung-specific modifications as a part of the One UI 3.zero revamp.
Android is a extra mature platform lately in additional methods than one. Android 11 is the “R” launch of the platform, nevertheless it’s the second to come back with no dessert-themed codename. The function set additionally modifications a lot much less from one model to the following. Lots of the modifications are deeper optimizations, safety enhancements, and developer instruments. There are nonetheless a couple of new options Galaxy S20 customers will see after the Android 11 replace, although.
As with most Android 11 telephones, the S20 Android 11 replace will add a brand new Conversations part to the notification shade. There, you’ll see all of your messaging app alerts separated from electronic mail, good dwelling, and different app notifications. The notification shade will even have a persistent notification on the high for media playback. This house can maintain a number of simultaneous media notifications so you possibly can shortly entry content material from totally different locations. Samsung additionally included Google’s notification bubbles within the replace, which is like Fb Chatheads for any messaging app.
Samsung’s One UI software program expertise seems to be much like the v2.5, however the theme is a bit lighter all through, and it adopts a frosted glass impact in a number of locations that appears fairly a bit like iOS. Samsung additionally made quite a few modifications to its customized options like Video Enhancer, Bixby Routines, the lock display, and so forth.
For these on Verizon, the replace ought to be reside now. That is a lot sooner than Samsung’s replace timeline in years previous. Google’s OS enhancements like Treble and Mainline have made updates simpler to develop, and Samsung has stepped up its software program assist as a strategy to differentiate itself from different smartphone makers. At present, solely Google (and typically OnePlus) can get updates out the door sooner than Samsung.
With Verizon’s replace accredited, we anticipate it gained’t be lengthy till different carriers give the okay. As soon as the carriers have all accredited the replace, Samsung will launch the unlocked replace. Sure, that’s not the best way most OEMs do it, however Samsung customers will in all probability nonetheless get Android 11 on their unlocked telephones faster than anybody with an LG or Motorola telephone.