Aside from showcasing the new hardware on the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, Samsung also introduced new software features on these new foldable.
Today Samsung rolled out new software updates; OneUI 3.1.1 for all theirs foldable smartphones, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Flip & Z Flip 5G and as well as Galaxy Fold which launched in 2019.
Here are few new features;
Drag & Split
Want to compare prices while shopping online? With Drag & Split, you no longer need to open up a new tab and switch back and forth constantly between windows. The feature lets you simply drag the link you want to check to the edge of your screen and open it in a new window to be viewed simultaneously.
Drag & Split works with many of your favourite apps, including Samsung Internet, Samsung Notes, My Files, Messages, MS Office, OneNote, OneDrive and more
Step-by-step guide: Press down on the link you want to open > Drag the link to wherever you want to on the edge of your screen to open a new window.
Multi-Active Window and Natural Window Switching
Multi-Active Window lets you use up to three apps simultaneously on your screen, all arranged in your preferred layout. In One UI 3.1.1, you can also adjust both the height and the width of the app windows to suit your needs.
For apps without built-in support: Go to Settings > Click Advanced Features > Go to Labs > Click on Multi Window for all apps
When it comes to changing the layout of your apps to your preferred style, Natural Switching makes transitions more responsive and intuitive. With One UI 3.1.1, the window you want to move will pop up when you press down on the top handle, making it easier for you to drag and drop the app to your desired location.
Rotate All Apps
One of the best advantages the unique form factor of a foldable smartphone offers is the detailed experiences it provides users whether they are viewing an app in portrait or landscape orientation. Understanding that there’s nothing more frustrating than when a certain app is only available in portrait mode, Samsung has fine-tuned the latest One UI upgrade to make switching your phone from portrait to landscape smoother than ever.
With the new Rotate All Apps feature, your apps will smoothly transition to the proper UX to match the portrait or landscape aspect ratio. When the feature is toggled on in ‘Labs’, even vertically fixed apps can be rotated 90 degrees.
Step-by-step guide: Go to Settings > Click Advanced Features > Go to Labs > Click on Auto rotate apps > Choose between two options: Keep app’s orientation or Match phone’s orientation
Set Aspect Ratio for Apps
With customizable aspect ratios, you can maximize the benefits of your foldable smartphone’s Infinity Flex Display. Say you are scrolling through your friends’ latest social media posts and want to view them in full screen, without the black bars on either side, only to find that the size of the app is fixed. One UI 3.1.1 now lets you change the size of the app so that you can fully immerse yourself in their photos and videos. To get the most out of Samsung’s expansive foldable displays, simply enable this feature in ‘Labs’.
Step-by-step guide: Go to Labs > Click on Customized App Aspect Ratios > Click on apps to customize aspect ratios > Select one of four options: Full screen, 16:9, 4:3, and App default
Flex Mode Panel**
With the One UI 3.1.1 update, Flex mode, one of Samsung’s signature foldable features, just got more powerful.
For apps that don’t typically support Flex mode, you can now enable the feature by turning on Flex mode panel in ‘Labs’. With the new Flex mode panel, you can enjoy easier control of media while relaxing with your favourite TV shows at the end of a long day.
Step-by-step guide: Go to Labs > Select Multi window for all apps “On” > Click on Flex mode panel > Select apps for Flex mode panel
**not applicable for Galaxy Fold
Pin Your Favorite Apps With Taskbar
When using your device to get work done on the go, Samsung understands that the fewer clicks and taps it takes to complete a task, the better.
Designed to help you work more efficiently, Taskbar makes it possible for you to switch between apps without returning to the home screen or scrolling through the Recent tab. Taskbar pins the apps to the side of the Main Screen, where Edge Panel used to be located, giving you instant access to your favourite apps. Simply enable the feature in ‘Labs’ to make your workflow smoother.
Step-by-step guide: Go to Labs > Select “on” next to Pin your favourite apps > Swipe left on the handle to open up the tray > Tap the grid icon to see all your apps and edit > Tap Pin and the Taskbar will be pinned to the side of the screen
Cover Screen Mirroring
One UI 3.1.1. makes transitions between the Cover and Main Screen even more seamless and intuitive. Cover Screen Mirroring lets you have the exact same set up and layout of the home screen on both your Cover and Main Screen.
Step-by-step guide: Go to Settings > Select Home screen > Click on Cover Screen mirroring