Samsung testing upcoming Android 11 builds as One UI 3 in select countries

In another month, we expect Google to finally avail Android 11, the next major version of Android.

With no devices currently enrolled in the beta testing exercise that has been going on for nearly half a year now, Samsung is doing its own bit of groundwork before September.

In a call to developers, the company revealed that it is doing pre-beta testing for Android 11 on select devices.

Only devices in the Samsung Galaxy S20 family, namely the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra, are earmarked for the pre-beta testing phase.

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Developers interested in enrolling in the programme have to be based in either the United States or Samsung’s own home country, Korea.

Since the One UI beta programme is usually open to developers in 5 other countries (Poland, India, the United Kingdom, Germany and China), they are most likely next in line once the beta testing phase commences.

The expectation is that Samsung will be ready for a public preview/beta testing by the time Google releases the final version of Android 11 next month and expand the same to a number of other devices. That is what happened last year with Android 10 and the One UI 2.0 it came dressed as.

Samsung is yet to reveal any new features we can look forward to seeing in One UI 3.0 besides those that come as standard with Android 11.

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