Samsung just recently held a second Galaxy Unpacked event wherein the OEM launched 2 new foldable smartphones called Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3. Both the devices run on the latest OneUI 3.1.1 firmware update with new features, several system improvements, and tweaks. Today, Samsung released OneUI 3.1.1 firmware update to the entire Galaxy S21 series via monthly August 2021 Android Security Patch update.
This comes as a surprise as rumors had it that the current Galaxy smartphone range may not receive OneUI 3.1.1, but instead, will directly jump to OneUI 4.0 based on Android 12.
Regardless, OneUI 3.1.1 is a stunning upgrade and a must have according to sources. It brings several system optimizations like faster and smoother animations, a new weather app, Bluetooth menu now launches faster, new “Bedtime mode” toggle in QS, quick camera app launch, and most importantly VoNR support on T-Mobile network carrier and other regions.
OneUI 3.1.1 Features and Improvements
Here are some key highlights of OneUI 3.1.1 firmware update. Thanks to BDTech.
- August 2021 security patch level
- Faster animations.
- New weather app.
- Bluetooth panel loads faster now.
- Camera app loads faster.
- Fixed the heating problem on Galaxy S21.
- New “Bedtime mode” toggle in QS
- VoNR support on T-Mobile
VoNR support for Samsung Galaxy Devices
Samsung brings VoNR support for select regions like North American variant where 5G is readily available. Voice over New Radio (VoNR) is a good addition to T-Mobile. For those confused by the term, VoNR is basically VoLTE, but for 5G.
The August update for Galaxy S21 series comes in a huge package of over 1GB in size featuring software build number G99XWVLU4AUGQ.
The latest August 2021 security update is also rolling out for the Galaxy S20 series across the globe and weighs over 600 MB in size. However, this doesn’t include OneUI 3.1.1, but brings general bug fixes and improvements to the system. So head over to settings > system updates > download OTA updates manually.
The previous July 2021 security patch for the Samsung Galaxy smartphones brought major camera performance improvements. It also improved the Quick Share feature for faster file sharing between Galaxy devices.
Similarly, May 2021 security patch for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series and the Note 20 series featured Portrait shots via telephoto camera. New features included the Pro video section and Dual Recording with both cameras.
Furthermore, Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series already got eSIM and Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) functionality in select regions including EU and North America for certain carriers. You can now import eSIM plans to your device. Some of these features are also available in select regions for the S20 international variants with Exynos processors
Samsung will soon rollout the first One UI 4.0 Beta program for the Galaxy S21, S21Plus, and S21 Ultra devices. Followed by the latest Galaxy Fold and Flip 3 series. You can check out the tutorial on how to get OneUI 4.0 on your Samsung Galaxy device as soon as it’s available. So stay tuned!
Similarly, the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab A 8.0, Galaxy A52, and more will also receive Android 12 through beta program later this year. So stay tuned.