Samsung has kicked-off Android 11 (based One UI 3.1) update for its 2019’s affordable Galaxy tablet, yes, I am talking about the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. Every month Samsung pushes major OS updates to its smartphones and tablets. The tablet was announced back in 2019 with One UI based Android Pie 9.0 OS, in July last year, it received its first ever major OS update, in the form of Android 10 update. Now the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 users can upgrade their tablet to One UI 3.1 based Android 11 OS. Here’s everything you need to know about the roll out.
This article was originally published on 2nd June, added details of Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) Android 11 update.
The newer build knocks up the affordable tablet with P205DXU5CUE2 software version for LTE variant. At the moment, the update is in a rolling phase, currently, it is seeding in Chile and Philippines. We can expect wider rollout in the coming days.
As per the screenshot shared by GSMArena, the update weighs around 1.6GB in size for downloading. The latest build pouches up with a number new features, improvements, and bugs fixes. Apart from that, it also brings May 2021 monthly security patch.
Talking about the features and changes, then Galaxy Tab A 8.0 Android 11 Update comes with features such as Private Share, Nearby Share, Samsung Free, Eye Comfort Shield, remove location data, Auto Switch feature, along with some other features. As obvious, users can also access the essential features of Android 11.
Luckily, the updated changelog is available, you can check it before sideloading the new build on your tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 One UI 3.1 Update – Changelog
We’ve refreshed the look and feel of One UI Core 3.1 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 Core 3.1 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.
- New image categories have been added to Dynamic Lock screen, and you can select up to 5 categories at once.
- On the Lock screen, you can add a widget to check your usage time.
- Get an interactive preview when setting a wallpaper.
- Adjusting the Always On Display and Lock screen is easier.
- Add a call background to see a picture or video when you make or receive a call.
- In Samsung Internet, you can reorder and lock tabs.
- Bixby Routines has even more controls to help you automate your life.
- 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
- Take pictures quicker with improved auto focus and auto exposure.
- 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.
- Increased the number of input languages to 370.
- Made it easier to paste copied images and verification codes from text messages.
- Added emoji and sticker suggestions when you enter a text-based emoticon.
- Improved the keyboard layout to provide a larger space bar when entering web and email addresses.
- 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.
- In Internet, you can hide the status and navigation bars for a more immersive experience and quickly translate webpages.
- You’ll be prompted to block websites that send too many pop-ups or notifications.
- 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 daily 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 Core 3.1 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.
- Some apps will need to be updated separately after the One UI 3 update.
- App copies made using Dual messenger can no longer access SD card files directly. To share SD card files in an app copy, select the files in Gallery or My Files, tap Share, then select the app copy.
- 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.
- You can no longer connect to Chromecast using Smart View. You can use Google Home instead.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) One UI 3.1 based Android 11 Update
If you’re using the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 in Philippines or in Chile, then you can now upgrade your tab to One UI 3.1. While all other users need to wait for a few days. You can also check the updates manually, as there are some times when OTA notification does not arrive. You can check it by moving to the Settings > Software Updates to check newer updates.
June 30th: Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) LTE receives Android 11 update
Samsung now releases Android 11 update for the LTE variant of Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019). The update is seeding with T295XXU4CUF7 build number and weighs more than usual builds. The latest update is available in a number of countries including Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the UK. The update also knocks up with May 2021 monthly security patch.
But if you can’t wait for the update to arrive over the air, then you can also manually install the update using firmware. You can download the firmware from Frija tool, SamFirm 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 Firmware on 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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