Till now Samsung has rolled out the Android 11 for almost all Galaxy phones. Galaxy A02 is one of few devices which is yet to receive Android 11. But now Galaxy A02 has become the latest device to get the Android 11 update. Yes, Samsung finally started rolling out the Android 11 based One UI 3.1 update for Galaxy A02. Here you can check the full changelog.
Samsung Galaxy A02 is an entry level Android phone which was released early this year with Android 10 out of the box. And after a long wait, Galaxy A02 gets Android 11 based One UI 3.1 update. It is the first major update for the device. And other than Android 11 it can get one or two more Android updates.
The Android 11 for Galaxy A02 is currently rolling out in Russia and soon it will be available in the remaining regions. Galaxy A02 Android 11 update carries firmware version A022GDXU2BUI3. The build number is for Russia, so it may be slightly different for other areas. Since it is a major update it weighs more than security updates so make sure to use WiFi for updates.
Talking about new features then expect both Android 11 as well as One UI 3.1 features. It means there will be many new features and changes you will get to experience. It includes new UI, Private Share, Nearby Share, Samsung Free, Eye Comfort Shield, remove location data, Auto Switch feature, along with a few other features, after updating to the Android 11 update. As obvious, users can also access the essential features of Android 11. You can check the full changelog below.
Galaxy A02 Android 11 Changelog
We’ve refreshed the look and feel of One UI 3 in lots of ways, big and small, from new, more consistent icons to smarter organization of the quick panel and notifications. Motion is smoother and more natural than ever, with improved animations and haptic feedback for common interactions. And the interface responds to different screen sizes to provide the best experience on any device, whether it’s a phone, foldable, or tablet.
We optimized One UI 3 with enhanced dynamic memory allocation, so apps run faster and perform better. We’ve also restricted background activities to provide better performance and power usage.
- On the Lock screen, you can add a widget to check your usage time.
- Get an interactive preview when setting a wallpaper.
- Add a call background to see a picture or video when you make or receive a call.
- New icons and Lock screen widgets make it easier to find and control your routines.
- Use Digital Wellbeing with separate personal and work profiles.
Home screen and Lock screen
- Add widgets by touching and holding an app on the Home screen.
- Turn off the screen by double tapping on an empty space on the Home or Lock screen. (Set it up in Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures.)
- On the Lock screen, tap the clock area to see widgets like calendar, weather, and music.
Calls and chats
- See conversations separately in the notification panel. Works with Messages and your favorite chat apps.
- Easily remove duplicate contacts stored in the same account in Contacts. The storage period for deleted contacts has been extended from 15 days to 30 days.
- Added the ability to edit multiple linked contacts from a single screen.
- Added Trash in Messages so that recently deleted messages are stored for 30 days.
Pictures and videos
- View, edit, and share pictures and videos more easily from Gallery.
- Find pictures and videos quicker with new search features and categories in Gallery.
- Revert edited pictures to their original versions at any time, even after they’re saved, so you never lose a shot.
- Settings has a new simpler look and feel. Your Samsung account is shown at the top, and Home screen settings are now easier to access.
- Find the settings you need more easily with new Search features. You’ll get better results for synonyms and common misspellings, and you can tap on tags to see groups of related settings.
- Quick settings buttons have been reduced to provide only the most commonly used features. You can also add buttons to create your own customized quick panel.
- Reorganized Keyboard settings so it’s easier to access frequently used settings.
- Maintain a healthy balance between work and life by minimizing repetitive and complicated tasks and handling them efficiently.
- New routines will be recommended based on your daily life and usage patterns.
- You can browse and select cloud drive files from the file selection screen in My Files.
- You can now delete cache files in My Files to easily free up storage space.
- Events with the same start time are displayed together in the month and list views in Calendar.
- Open the touch pad from the navigation bar on your phone or tablet.
Easy media and device control
Media and device control is easier with the improved media panel in notifications. You can see recently used media apps and quickly change the playback device. You can also check Android Auto settings in the Advanced features menu in Settings.
Identify and improve your digital habits
Improved Digital Wellbeing features make it easy to check how you’re using your phone or tablet and help you form good digital habits. Check your usage while driving or see weekly changes in your screen time by function at a glance through upgraded weekly reports.
Accessibility for everyone
One UI 3 recommends useful accessibility features for you based on your usage. The improved Accessibility shortcut makes accessibility features easier to start and use. You can use the Speak keyboard input aloud feature to get voice feedback of your typing even when TalkBack is turned off.
Stronger privacy protection
You can now let an app access to your microphone, camera, or location just one time. Any permissions that an app hasn’t used in a while will be automatically revoked. You can no longer give apps permission to always see your location in the regular permission popup. To let apps access your location when they’re not in use, you need to go to the location permission page for the app in Settings.
- In Clock, you can hear the time and preset name of the alarm read aloud when an alarm rings.
- Cover the screen with your palm to turn it off. (Turn it on in Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures.)
Some apps will need to be updated separately after the One UI 3 update.
You can no longer use Wi-Fi Direct to send files to other devices. You can use Nearby Share instead. You can still receive files using Wi-Fi Direct.
Android 11 for Galaxy A02
If you are a Galaxy A02 user in Russia, you may have already received the update on your device. But if not, don’t worry, the update will roll out in batches so you will get the OTA update soon. Users from other regions will also get the update in the next few days. Sometimes the OTA notification doesn’t work, so make to check it manually. Go to Settings > Software Update.
But if you want the update immediately, then you can also manually install the update using firmware. You can download the firmware from Frija tool, Samsung Firmware Downloader. If you are using one of the tools then enter your model and country code and download the firmware. Once downloaded, you can flash the firmware using Odin Tool. Then flash the Galaxy A02 Firmware to your device. If you want to do so, then I recommend you take a backup prior to diving into the process. That’s it.
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