Samsung is preparing Android 11 and One UI 3.0 beta for the Galaxy S20
Behind the scenes, Samsung is currently preparing the Android 11 and One UI 3.0 beta test on the Galaxy S20 series. This means that the development is more or less on the same schedule as last year.
Android 11 beta for Galaxy S20 on the horizon
The official launch of Android version 11 will not be long in coming. It is therefore also time to look at how things are doing at Samsung in this area. It is clear that we can slowly start looking forward to the first beta program of the South Koreans.
In any case, the first "beta firmwares" for the Galaxy S20 can now be found on Samsung's own servers. In addition, the Samsung Wearable app has already received an update that makes it compatible with the new version of the operating system. This is a necessary step for Samsung's most important apps, so that participants in a beta test can continue to use their device normally.
Last year, the first rumors surfaced in mid-September about an imminent beta program for the Galaxy S10 and Android 10. The current developments for the Galaxy S20 may be a week or so ahead of last year. But in terms of timing, we wouldn't be surprised at this point if we see a similar trend, with an official announcement of the beta program in late September, early October.
That would also mean that the official, non-beta Android 11 upgrade on Galaxy S20 can take place in November. However, that mainly depends on how long the beta program will last, or in other words: how quickly Samsung crushes the bugs that are in the software in the early beta versions. It is mainly this "step" that determines whether Samsung is able to offer the Android 11 upgrade faster than the Android 10 upgrade last year.
Android 11 beta in the Netherlands?
Anyone who wants to participate in the Android 11 and One UI 3.0 beta with his or her Galaxy S20, S20 Plus or S20 Ultra will need one thing above all: a device that is not from the Netherlands. Access to Samsung's beta test is always linked to devices originally intended for certain markets. Unfortunately, the Dutch market has never been there in recent years.
But if you have a device from Germany, England, France or Poland, you can most likely just participate in the first or second round of the test. That does not only apply to the Galaxy S20 series. We also expect beta programs for the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 models. These will start a bit later than the beta for the Galaxy S20.
Once the beta for the S20 series begins, we can give you a comprehensive look at the changes and innovations in Android 11 and One UI 3.0. Also check our overview with which Samsung Galaxy phones will get the Android 11 update, to stay informed of all developments.
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