Google released Android 11 some time ago, however the software only has been on a small amount of phones so far. That’s changing with news that Samsung has begun the Android 11 rollout with the Verizon Galaxy S20 family. Not only does this include the Googley Android 11 enhancements, but it also has several Samsung-specific changes as part of the One UI 3.0 revamp.

Android is a old platform these days in more ways than one. Android 11 is the “R” discharge of the woking platform, but it’s the 2nd to come without a dessert-themed codename. The set of features also changes a smaller amount from one version to the next. Many of the changes are deeper optimizations, security enhancements, and developer tools. You may still find several new features Galaxy S20 users will see following the Android 11 update, though.

As with most Android 11 phones, the S20 Android 11 update will add a new Conversations section to the notification shade. There, you’ll see all of your messaging app alerts separated from email, smart home, and other app notifications. The notification shade will also have a persistent notification at the top for media playback. This space can hold several simultaneous media notifications so you can quickly access content from different places. Samsung included as well Google’s notification bubbles in the update, that is like Facebook Chatheads for any messaging app.

Samsung’s One UI software experience looks like the v2.5, however the theme is lighter throughout, also it adopts a frosted glass effect in several locations that looks quite a bit like iOS. Samsung also made numerous changes to the custom features like Video Enhancer, Bixby Routines, the lock screen, and so forth.

For those found on Verizon, the update should be live now. This is much faster than Samsung’s update timeline years back. Google’s OS improvements like Treble and Mainline make updates simpler to develop, and Samsung has increased its software support in an effort to differentiate itself from other smartphone makers. Currently, only Google (and sometimes OnePlus) could possibly get updates out the door faster than Samsung.

With Verizon’s update approved, we expect it won’t be long until other carriers give the okay. Once the carriers have approved the update, Samsung will release the unlocked update. Yes, that’s not the way in which most OEMs do it, but Samsung users will most likely still get Android 11 on their unlocked phones quicker than anyone with an LG or Motorola phone.