Samsung’s One UI 3.1 interface rolls out to Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Z phones
Samsung shipped out One UI 3.1 to a whole host of previous and current-generation flagship handsets. If you have a smartphone from the:
Your phone is eligible for One UI 3.1.
Of course, if you’re one of the cool kids with the latest Galaxy S21 series handsets, you’d already be touting Samsung’s latest firmware.
Besides having Android 11 underneath the One UI 3.1 interface, the update pushes out cool features previously unknown to the older models. Here’s a preview of One UI 3.1’s features.
Object eraser is a built-in photo-editing tool similar to Huawei’s AI Remove Passerby feature. Once you’ve enabled Object Eraser, tap to remove the distracting bits in your photos, and they’ll magically disappear.
Touch autofocus and autoexposure controller
Samsung made it a little easier for users to manipulate brightness and focus before taking a shot. To get this feature, simply swipe left or right when taking photos, and you can adjust brightness before you press the shutter. This feature was available since One UI 3.0, so older Samsung phones that can accept One UI 3.1 will get a new feature to dabble with.
Multi Mic Recording
If you own a phone from the Galaxy S20 series (including S20 FE), the Note20 series, the Z Fold2, or the Z Flip 5G, this One UI 3.1 feature is available to you. In Pro Video mode, a user can record audio via the phone and a connected Bluetooth device simultaneously, allowing them to have clear voice and background audio records. Supported Samsung devices are the Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Buds+.
Improved Eye Comfort Shield
First debuting on the S21 series phones, Eye Comfort Shield is now available to Samsung phones with One UI 3.1. It’s blue light reduction, but with the flexibility to input the schedule yourself. Great if you’re working odd hours. Eye Comfort Shield is disabled by default – remember to head into the Settings app to find it.
There are other tweaks and improvements to old features, which you can find out by checking out the entire announcement here.
Do note that One UI 3.1’s availability varies from region to region. While Samsung said it’s available from today’, the announcement came from Samsung’s U.S. headquarters. The firmware update could arrive in Singapore on time, or slightly later.
We’re waiting on Samsung Singapore to let us know more about One UI 3.1’s rollout here.
19 February 2021 update: Samsung Singapore has responded, as follows:
“The Samsung One UI 3.1 update will roll out in Singapore progressively from February for eligible devices and is expected to complete by the end of March (2021).”