The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is an upgrade of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in many ways, but while it has a faster chipset and other hardware improvements, some of the best features are on the software side and at least one of these software tricks. may be coming to older Galaxy Z Fold models.
This is according to the leaker @TheGalox_ (opens in new tab)which stated on Twitter that previous Samsung Galaxy Z Fold models will get the new taskbar feature alongside One UI 4.1.1 later this year.
The taskbar they mentioned is a new bar that sits at the bottom of the screen and is visible when you are in apps. It houses shortcuts to favorite apps, along with icons for recently used apps, and you can drag any of them to open them in split-screen mode, making multitasking simple.
Previous Galaxy Z Fold devices will get the new taskbar introduced with the Z Fold4 alongside the One Ui 4.1.1 “later this year” pic.twitter.com/PUBxGpyfNIAugust 13, 2022
It’s a very useful feature and one that helps you get the most out of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s big screen, so it would be a useful upgrade for older models if they get it too.
The tweet text above doesn’t make it entirely clear whether all previous Fold models will have this feature or just a few, but since even the original Samsung Galaxy Fold was updated to One UI 4, we think there’s a high chance of getting One UI 4.1. 1, with the taskbar included.
Of course, as with any leak, we’d take this with a pinch of salt, especially since the source doesn’t have as much history as some. But it’s a believable claim, as we don’t think there’s any reason Samsung shouldn’t update older models to add the taskbar.
Analysis: Adding the taskbar could mean moving to Android 12L
The taskbar feature found on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is actually a feature of Android 12L – being Google’s version of Android 12 specifically designed for tablets and other big-screen devices like foldable phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 does this, so if Samsung is adding the taskbar to other Fold models, that could mean they’ll get Android 12L too.
This would make sense, as the Android experience has always been somewhat lacking on tablets and foldables, and companies like Samsung have had to take the slack and modify Android to make it work better on them.
So a switch to Android 12L would provide a better experience with less work required from manufacturers. In the case of the Galaxy Z Fold range, it can also make some of the best folding phones even better.