05 March 2021
Update: March 3, 2021
Samsung One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 is now rolling out to Galaxy Tab S6 as well. The update appears to be rolling out for the LTE variant, but owners of the Wi-Fi variant might not have to wait longer.
The Android 11 update for the Galaxy Tab S6 was originally planned for May 2021, it is great to see that once again Samsung is ahead of its own schedule and delighting its users. The build number is T865XXU4CUB7 and it weighs 2.2GB. The update is pretty big as it includes new features that Android 11 carries along. The update also includes the latest March 2021 security patch.
Original Post (February 18, 2021)
Samsung has been quite active in pushing the new Android 11-based One UI 3.0 to its smartphones. Up until now, it has fed the new Android upgrade to a range of its smartphones. Interestingly, Samsung is ahead of its own roadmap it announced back in December 2020 where it listed all the phones eligible for receiving the Android 11 update.
In fact, it didn’t take too long for Samsung to feed the One UI 3.1 update to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Z Flip, and Galaxy Note 20. Samsung One UI 3.1 originally made its debut on the Galaxy S21 series. One UI 3.1 is not a big jump for the two phones, considering they were already running the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update. Not all the features that were introduced to the Galaxy S21 series are coming to these phones.
Primarily, the One UI 3.1 brings camera and photo editing features. One of the most notable features is the Single Take which captures multiple photos and videos at once to ensure you get the right shot. Furthermore, Object Eraser lets you quickly remove unwanted items from photos. There is one more feature that is coming to Galaxy Z Fold 2, Z Flip, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Note 20. It is a Multi-mic recording that captures audio from both the phone and a Bluetooth device to produce a richer sound for videos.
Beyond photography, these phones will also receive “Eye Comfort Shield” that tones down the blue light later in the day. Private Share is also coming to give you more control over the photos you send.
Note that the said phones do not get all the One UI 3.1 update features that were introduced with the Galaxy S21 series. This is because some features are hardware-dependent and the older phones do not fulfill these criteria. Features like Directors’ View that allows you to record from multiple camera lenses at the same time, dual recording with front and rear cameras is hardware-dependent and that’s why the older phones do not receive this feature.
Samsung has announced via its blog post that starting today the One UI 3.1 is available to S10, Note10, and Fold, A71, A51, A90, A80, A70, and A50 devices as well.