Two big updates are coming to Galaxy devices starting this week, as Samsung has just announced Android 12L for its older foldable smartphones, as well as Wear OS 3.5 for the Galaxy Watch 4 series.
Rolling out starting today, Android 12L is heading to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. The update is part of One UI 4.1.1, the software release out of the box on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4.
Beyond last year’s foldables, this update will also head to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip/5G, and the original Galaxy Fold.
Android 12L and One UI 4.1.1 bring a revamped taskbar experience to Samsung’s large foldable display, which really improves the experience as we explained in our Galaxy Z Fold 4 review. There’s also a pair new gestures to quickly launch into multitasking modes, and a modified ability to take selfies using the cover screen.
As for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, One UI 4.1.1 brings better camera controls to the cover screen, along with new quick settings and “direct dial” for certain contacts. We went over these new features in our Galaxy Z Flip 4 review.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch 4 series is also updating to Wear OS 3.5, which comes with Samsung’s One UI Watch 4.5 update. Beta testing has been going on for this update on the Galaxy Watch 4 series for a few months, and that’s what the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro come out of the box.
What’s new? A big focus is accessibility, and there’s also support for a full QWERTY keyboard on Samsung’s built-in keyboard app. Samsung is also noting new watch faces that started rolling out not long ago.
Although still based on Tizen, Samsung is also bringing some from these new features to its older Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2, with two new watch faces and improved snore detection.
Samsung says all of these updates start rolling out this week, with a gradual rollout globally over the coming weeks.
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