WP Update 3: If you have a WP.
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Linux Mint 20.1 'Ulyssa' beta launches with new programs
by Paul Hill
The Linux Mint project has just released the beta for Linux Mint 20.1. The new beta is available in the Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce flavours of Linux Mint and aside from desktop improvements, share the same set of new features.
Neowin has covered some of Linux Mint’s development updates in recent months and the work that went in then has landed in a more mature form in this beta. Highlights include a new Web Apps tool that lets you turn your favourite sites into web apps accessible from the app menu and IPTV program called Hypnotix has been created and items can be marked as favourites in the file manager on Cinnamon.
Another change in Linux Mint 20.1, which has been known for quite a while now, is the inclusion of Chromium in the repositories. Chromium had previously been removed from the Linux Mint repositories because the maintainers didn’t like that it had Snap dependencies. The Chromium that is now included is compiled directly by the Mint team and updates will be released in a timely manner.
As with the other releases in this series, Linux Mint 20.1 will continue to get updates until 2025. Those running Linux Mint 20 will be able to upgrade in a pain-free manner when Linux Mint 20.1 is stable because the base packages will remain the same. Those who choose to download the beta today won’t have to reinstall when the stable version comes out in a few weeks, instead, you just need to make sure you install available updates.
You can find the three Linux Mint 20.1 beta flavours over on the Evowise mirror which should provide decent download speeds no matter where you are in the world.
Samsung Galaxy S10 One UI 3 public beta program now live
by Rajesh Pandey
Samsung has started the One UI 3 and Android 11 beta program for the Galaxy S10 series (via SamMobile). The company has already been running the One UI 3.0 beta program for the Galaxy S20 and Note20 series for the last few weeks. It had also launched the beta program for the Galaxy Z Flip but had to pull the initial firmware due to high battery drain issues.
For now, Samsung has launched the One UI 3 beta program for the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ in India, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, though there's a possibility that the program is expanded to more regions within the next day or two.
You can check if the One UI 3 beta program for the Galaxy S10 series is available in your region or not and then join the program using the Samsung Members app.
Samsung has been aggressively rolling out One UI 3 beta firmware builds for the Galaxy S20 and Note20 series signaling that a stable rollout is around the corner. For the Galaxy S10 series, the One UI 3 update is expected to hit the stable channel by the end of this year or early next year.
One UI 3 is based on Android 11 and comes with a number of UI changes including a streamlined Settings menu, updated Phone app, revamped notification shade, and more. You can read more about One UI 3 features here.
By Abhay V
Fourth One UI 3 beta build for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series brings camera improvements
by Abhay Venkatesh
Samsung has begun rolling out the fourth Android 11-based One UI 3 beta build for Galaxy S20 users enrolled in the beta program. While the changelog for the update does not explicitly mention any specific enhancements, folks over at SamMobile report that the changes include improvements to the Space Zoom feature that leads to clearer images at the 100x digital zoom level on the S20 Ultra and a new UI for the screen resolution picker.
The South Korean giant debuted the Space Zoom feature with the Galaxy S20 Ultra which was made possible by the periscope camera that debuted in the device. The latest update seems to improve the performance of the camera by making text in images more legible at higher zoom levels, in addition to other overall enhancements.
Along with the camera improvements, another small change comes in the way of a new UI for the screen resolution setting (spotted by a user in XDA Developers’ forums) that now offers a preview of a cropped section of an image to denote the difference between the resolution options.
The fourth beta is beginning to roll out to users in Germany first but is expected to devices in more markets sooner than later. You can head to Setting > Software update > Download and install to check if you have the update ready to be served to your S20 enrolled in the beta program.
Samsung is expected to roll out One UI 3 to the S20 series by the end of this month. With the release nearing launch, it is less likely to see any major changes make it to the Android 11-based skin. Major changes being made to the skin include improvements to the UI, in-box apps, smarter Bixby routines, and much more. You can head here to check out our overview of the top features in One UI 3.
Source: SamMobile | Image: AhmedMomen (XDA Developers)
Galaxy Note20 series One UI 3 beta with Android 11 registrations now open in the US
by Rajesh Pandey
Samsung has started accepting applications for the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra's One UI 3 beta program in the United States. The company had launched the public beta program for the Galaxy S20 lineup in the United States earlier this month.
As of now, Samsung is only accepting applications from Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra owners who have the Sprint, T-Mobile, or the unlocked variant of the device. If you want to try out the upcoming One UI 3 update on your Note20 now, you should send your application to Samsung using the Samsung Members app. The slots are limited so if you are interested, send your application as quickly as possible.
The first public beta One UI 3/Android 11 build for the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra should start rolling out in the coming days as well. Whenever the build does land though, it won't be too different from the One UI 3 build that's already available for the Galaxy S20 series in the United States.
Samsung is debuting a number of new features in One UI 3 including improved widget support in Always-on Display mode, enhanced Samsung Keyboard and Internet app with new features, more powerful Bixby Routine, and more.
Samsung should expand the One UI 3/Android 11 beta testing program for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note20 to other countries like India, Germany, Poland, China, the United Kingdom, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S20's One UI 3.0 public beta program launching soon
by Rajesh Pandey
Samsung detailed its One UI 3.0 skin earlier this month and then opened a pre-beta for developers shortly after. Now, a beta manager in Samsung's community forum in South Korea has confirmed that Samsung will soon start the One UI 3.0 public beta test for the Galaxy S20 series.
While the beta manager did not mention any date, it is likely that we will see the first One UI 3.0 beta for the Galaxy S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra launch in the first half of October. The company has already confirmed that the One UI 3.0 public beta program will be available in South Korea, the United States, China, Germany, India, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
One UI 3.0 comes with enhanced system apps, an improved permissions manager, smarter Bixby Routine with additional conditions and trigger options, and more. You can find the change-log of the developer beta of One UI 3.0 here.
Going by Samsung's previous track record, the company will likely start the One UI 3.0 public beta program for the Galaxy Note20 series within weeks of the program launching for the Galaxy S20 series as well.
To join the One UI 3.0 public beta program, Galaxy S20 owners will have to use the Samsung Members app. The program will have limited slots so make sure to join it as soon as it goes live in your region.