- Samsungâ€™s One UI 3.0 beta program has opened to Galaxy A and Galaxy M phones.
- Itâ€™s initially focused on the A51 5G and M31.
- You may have to wait until March to get the finished Android 11-based release.
You no longer need a higher-end phone to get an early peek at One UI 3.0. AsÂ Android Police and Sammy Fans report, Samsung has opened the One UI 3 beta program to its more affordable Galaxy A and M devices, starting with the A51 5G (at least in South Korea) and M31 (at least for Indian users). If youâ€™re using an eligible device, you can sign up for an early look at Samsungâ€™s take on Android 11.
As with earlier One UI 3 releases, the newer software gives the A51 and M31 a mix of built-in Android 11 features as well as Samsung customizations. Youâ€™ll now see dedicated sections for conversations and media in the notification shade, for instance. You can also expect more control over the home screen, lock screen and always-on display widgets. Samsungâ€™s Internet browser, camera autofocusing, and Bixby routines have also received some notable improvements.
More Galaxy A and M devices are expected to enter the beta program soon, although you may have to be patient if youâ€™re waiting for a polished release. Samsungâ€™s official roadmap doesnâ€™t have the Galaxy A51 5G or M31 receiving One UI 3 until March 2021, and entry-level phones like the A10 and A20 might not get the Android 11 update until August. For now, only Samsungâ€™s premium phones will have the new OS before 2020 is over.