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Samsung One UI 4.1.1: Sending New Foldable Features to Older Devices

Shortly after the market launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (test) and Galaxy Z Flip 4 (hands-on) and the Galaxy Watch 5 (Pro), Samsung brought the new software functions introduced with these devices to the older generations. Galaxy Fold users in particular benefit from the new multitasking features such as the taskbar. Ever the black sheep when it came to software support, Samsung has become the benchmark in this area in recent years.

The manufacturer wants to bring the current One UI 4.1.1 to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 from today. The Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Z Fold will be served in the further course of the rollout. On the smartwatches, Samsung plans to bring the One UI Watch 4.5 to the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and select features from the update are also coming to the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2.

Taskbar for older Galaxy Z Fold

The most important innovation for the Galaxy Fold series is the taskbar introduced with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 on older devices. In previous generations, Samsung only offered a taskbar on the right edge of the screen through Samsung Labs. In the bar, users can access the app drawer, favorite and recently used apps, and depending on the setting, the controls for open apps, home screen, and back. When gesture controls are used, there is more space for apps in the taskbar.

Advanced multitasking features

The taskbar can be used as a starting point for many multitasking functions. Apps can be dragged to different parts of the screen to create up to three windows in total. These different app combinations can be saved as favorites and saved to the taskbar so that they can be launched later without having to reconfigure the windows.

The window can be resized freely via the window border and the contents of one page can be swapped with another at the touch of a button. With a swipe from the corner, windows can be made small to float freely as a “pop-up” on the desktop. In addition, data can be dragged and dropped from one window to another.

Added double preview to camera

“Dual Preview” allows you to preview on both the indoor and outdoor screens when taking photos. On the cover screen, users now have full control over the rear cameras to access all the functions of the three cameras for selfies.

Galaxy Z Flip cover screen unfolded

New to the Galaxy Z Flip series is the FlexCam mode, which now allows you to take photos in the original aspect ratio of the primary camera, even from the cover screen. You can also switch to portrait mode to get the bokeh effect. For photos and videos, the shooting mode is no longer interrupted when switching from Quick Shot, ie the preview in the outer display, to Flex mode on the inner display.

Samsung extends the outer screen with One UI 4.1.1 with the additional features introduced with the Galaxy Z Flip 4, such as calls to favorite contacts, the callback for missed calls, quick replies with speech-to-text, voice messages, or emoji, and access to the quick settings like wifi, airplane mode or flashlight.

Clocks get new dials and keyboard

The Galaxy Watch 4 gets six new interactive watch faces from the Galaxy Watch 5 and a new selection of complications through the One UI Watch 4.5 update. In addition to voice and handwriting input, there’s now a classic QWERTZ keyboard to choose from.

Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 owners will get two new watch faces and snore detection for sleep analysis starting in late September. The Samsung Health Monitor app to measure blood pressure and EKG is extended to the two older watches.