Samsung updates the remaining folds to Android 12L

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This update will also be coming to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip/5G, and the first Galaxy Fold in addition to the foldables from last year. As we discussed in our Galaxy Z Fold 4 review, Android 12L and One UI 4.1.1 bring a revamped taskbar experience to Samsung’s big-screen foldable. Additionally, there are two new gestures to swiftly enter multitasking modes, as well as improved selfie-taking functionality on the cover screen.

Due to Samsung’s recent announcements of Wear OS 3.5 for the Galaxy Watch 4 series and Android 12L for its older foldable smartphones, two significant updates are starting to roll out to Galaxy devices this week. Android 12L is coming to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 starting today. The update is included in One UI 4.1.1, the operating system that comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4.

Highlights

  • What’s new? One big focus is accessibility, and there’s also support for a full QWERTY keyboard on Samsung’s built-in keyboard app. Samsung also notes new watch faces that started rolling out a little while ago. While still based on Tizen, Samsung is also bringing some of these new features to its older Galaxy Watch 3 and Watch Active 2, with two new watch faces and improved snore detection. Samsung says that all of these updates start rolling out this week, with a gradual rollout globally over the coming weeks.

  • As for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, One UI 4.1.1 brings better camera controls to the Cover Screen, as well as new quick settings and “Direct Dial” for certain contacts. We went over those new features in our review of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch 4 series is also getting updated to Wear OS 3.5, which comes with Samsung’s One UI Watch 4.5 update. Beta testing has been ongoing for this update on the Galaxy Watch 4 series for the past few months, and it’s what the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro run out of the box.

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