Users who still have the old models Z Fold and Z Flip will be able to use new features with the One UI 3.1.1 update.
Despite the recent launch of the new Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, Samsung doesn’t want to leave behind its customers who still use the brand’s previous folding smartphone models. The new update of its One UI 3.1.1 operating system, based on Android and released from scratch in the new models, introduces some of the new features to the old models.
In this sense, the second version of Fold and the Z Flip join current equipment in accessing Drag & Split functionalities. Even the original Fold model, Samsung’s first collapsible, will receive the update, although only a week from now.
The feature allows you to tap and drag a website address, opening it side by side from the original message or other page. For example, this feature comes in handy when you’re comparing prices while shopping online, so you’re not always switching between windows. The functionality is compatible with several applications, such as Samsung Notes, My Files, Messages, MS Office, OneNote, OneDrive, among others.
The Multi-Active Window and Natural Window Switching features only apply to the three Fold models, allowing you to place up to three apps on the screen simultaneously, sorted as you see fit. In the new version of One UI, you can adjust both the height and width of the windows according to the user’s taste. As for Natural Window Switching, which makes transitions between windows faster and more intuitive, with the new version, the window you want to move will appear when you press on its top, making it easier to drag to the desired location.
Also, in the three Fold models, the new update improves the user experience of the applications, whether they are used in a vertical or horizontal orientation. Thus, the experience will be smoother, in the transition of position, says Samsung. The Rotate All Apps feature will force apps to fit into a UX capable of adapting to a horizontal or vertical perspective. When the feature is enabled, even applications produced with a vertical perspective can be rotated 90°.
In the statement, Samsung also refers to the Flex mode, which places the video content on one side of the screen, while on the other are the playback options. The option thus avoids overwriting the controls on the video, when they can be handled separately. The Taskbar feature allows you to pin apps to the side of the home screen, so you can have instant access to the ones you use most.
Remember that Samsung also revealed the “Protect Battery” feature, found in the settings section of the new folding models, which aims to protect the battery of equipment in the long term, limiting its charge level up to 85%.