While Samsung is testing Android 13 for its high-end flagships, the company has not forgotten its entry-level offering. The Galaxy A03s is picking up a stable Android 12 update along with One UI 4.0 on top. This is the first major software update for the device as it was launched back in August 2021 with Android 11 out of the box.
As of now, the latest update for the Galaxy A03s is rolling out for the Verizon-based carrier network units. The other markets will also get the build in the coming days. In the US, the package is bundled with the firmware version A037USQU2BVH1.
As for changes, Android 12 provides you with all the control of your handset. That means you can customize your phone, control your privacy, and do more to make your device more personalized. Also, it brings the Material You theme that coordinates the entire UI depending upon your wallpaper. In addition, the package integrates the July 2022 security patch for the Galaxy A03s. Check out the official changelog below for more exciting features.
- Color Themes
When you select from featured and downloaded wallpapers, you can select different device color themes based on your wallpaper colors. From Settings, go to Wallpaper > Color theme > select your favorite color theme > Done.
- Samsung Keyboard
Create your own emojis by combining two different emojis and customizing the animations for the pair. To create an emoji in the Messages app, tap the smiley face in the keyboard > Tap Try it out.
Samsung Keyboard now supports built-in grammar correction (Powered by Grammarly). Enable this in Samsung Keyboard settings > Suggest text corrections > English (US).
- Enhanced Privacy
Take control of your privacy with the new Privacy Dashboard, Permission Controls, and Camera / Microphone Indicator.
Privacy Dashboard lets you easily view which apps are accessing your permissions. Then you can use the permission manager to enable/disable apps from accessing them.
Camera / Microphone Indicator
Whenever your phone is recording audio/video, a green icon will appear in the top right informing you if your camera or microphone is being used. This helps to ensure you’re only recording when you want to.
The Camera app now has a simpler, improved layout for Main and Pro modes.
Advanced Quick Take
When using the Camera, you can hold the Shutter button to record video (Quick Take). Now you can lock the Quick Take for hands-free recording.
- Video Collages
In Samsung Gallery, you can now mix both photos and videos using Video Collages. From Gallery > Select More icon (3 dots) > Create > Collage.
- Driving Monitor
Digital Wellbeing has a new Driving Monitor so you can track your phone usage while driving. You can limit your app usage while driving and make sure you’re driving safely.
Home screen widgets have been redesigned for better visibility and ease of use. The new widget list gives you more information at a glance and lets you personalize and decorate your home screen. You will also see recommended widgets to help your daily routine.
- Weather widget: A dynamic weather widget that changes background color based on the weather or time.
- Lock screen widgets: Have been improved for more flexible usage.
- Calendar widget: Added monthly view for “Today’s schedule” in widget settings.
- Google Meet
Google is upgrading the Duo experience to include all Google Meet features. Google Duo will be replaced by the new Google Meet app, also available for download from Google Play™ Store. After updating to Google Meet, Duo icons will be replaced with Meet icons.