Samsung Galaxy A71 receives update to One UI 3.1 based on Android 11
Samsung skips the One UI 3.0 update and pushes the upgrade to Android 11 to users in Poland with the latest version of its customised Android interface.
Samsung's rapid Android 11 update run continues, with the South Korean tech giant updating its Galaxy Tab S6 receiving the Android 11 upgrade two months ahead of schedule on Wednesday. The company is now pushing the Android 11 update to the Galaxy A71 one month early, according to user reports.
According to a screenshot shared by a user on Reddit, the update is rolling out to users in Poland (XEO) while websites that host the firmware for users who want to ‘sideload' the update were also uploading the update at the time of writing this story. At least two users have confirmed that sideloading the update did not cause any noticeable issues, but we would strongly recommend against installing incompatible firmware on your regular device - the update should come around soon enough.
We have previously reported how Samsung has managed to stay on top of its Android 11 update schedule this year, with updates for most of its devices arriving at least a month ahead of the planned release dates. The Galaxy A71, for example, was scheduled to receive the update later in April and May (based on different regions) but seems to be receiving it already.
While it is not clear what monthly security patches the new update brings, Galaxy A71 users in India received a security patch update a few days ago, bringing the January security patches in tow. Interestingly, Samsung has chosen to update the Galaxy A71 directly to One UI 3.1 along with the Android 11 update, ahead of more expensive phones like the Galaxy S10 Lite.
The One UI 3.1 update adds to all the new features that Samsung has added in One UI 3.0, like a revamped lock screen, home screen and system UI, new haptic feedback. OneUI 3.1 adds new features like an AI-based Object Eraser in the camera, private image sharing, better long-press menus, customisable calling screens, better notifications improved audio and Bluetooth and smart home device controls, plus the ability to enable the Google Discover feed instead of Samsung Free.