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Older Samsung Galaxy foldables and smartwatches are getting new features

Older generations of Samsung foldable phones and smartwatches will soon be eligible to update to the latest versions of One UI, granting new features such as multitasking gestures, optimizations for larger-screened devices, first-party app improvements, and a PC-like taskbar for phones. , and new watch faces and customizations for Galaxy smartwatches.

Samsung’s One UI 4.1.1 is based on Android 12L and was first seen on devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4. Samsung has already started rolling out the UI 4.1.1 update to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 today. Galaxy Z Flip 3 devices, which will reach all users in the next few days. The Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold have also been confirmed to receive the One UI 4.1.1 update by Samsung, though no timeline was provided.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

You’ll soon be able to do more with your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 without opening it.
Image: Samsung

Users of these older folding handsets can enjoy features like the taskbar, which lets you quickly switch between applications and drag-and-drop apps to create a split view. There’s also a new two-finger gesture for multitasking, which lets you instantly switch full-screen apps to pop-up windows or split your screen in half for better productivity.

Taskbar on a Samsung Galaxy handset

PC-like interactions like the taskbar boost productivity on Galaxy handsets with larger screens.
Image: Samsung

Additional features coming to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 include adjusting settings, making calls, redialing missed calls and replying to texts (using voice-to-text) from the cover screen, as well as taking selfies. With the main camera using the rear cam selfie.

One UI Watch 4.5 first got a full release on the Galaxy Watch 5 and is now coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic as well. That means six new interactive watch faces and additional customizations, as well as a new QWERTY keyboard. Samsung has not provided a release date for the Watch 4.5 rollout

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be eligible for a special software update by the end of September. This refresh brings “select features” from One UI Watch 4.5, such as two new watch faces, snoring analysis, and support for blood pressure and ECG measurement in the Samsung Health Monitor app.

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