Probably the best feature of Android 11 is the advent of smart home controls in the power menu. We like it on Google’s Pixels and it already has third-party skins like OxygenS11, however, the power menu controls of Android 11 are nowhere to be found in Samsung’s first OneUI 3.0 beta.
We released a full version with OneUI 3.0 earlier today and it has brought a number of significant changes to Samsung’s Android skin. It provides some of the great new features of Android 11 such as bubbles and the “Conversation” section of your notification.
At least what you won’t find in this first release of Samsung is that Google’s version of Android 11’s power menu control Hon is true, for a number of reasons it’s not so disappointing. First and foremost, there is a completely different design for Samsung’s Power menu that, as seen above, won’t leave too much space for the “Device Control” menu. Another reason we are not surprised by this? Bixby. By default, Samsung uses a long-press of the power button to access Bixby instead of the Power menu controls.
Finally, there is the simple fact that Samsung already has a shortcut to smart home controls on its Android skin. If you swipe to the Notifications section on the latest Galaxy smartphone, you’ll see a “Devices” section that will be able to display controls for different smart home devices as they open. Catch? It’s not Google Home, it’s linked to Samsung SmartThings
Take it with a huge grain of salt though. This OneUI 3.0 release is technically a “pre-beta”. By the time Samsung releases a universal beta version and the final launch of many more, it could all change. Still, Samsung doesn’t need to adopt this feature, so it’s all in the air.
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