Samsung’s new Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 phones add some clever new features designed for foldable phones as part of its One UI 3.1.1 update, but if you already own a Fold 2, Z Flip, or even the original Galaxy Fold, you can still get some of the new additions without buying a new phone.
Available on all five folding models is the new Drag and Split feature, which – as the name implies – lets you tap and drag a link to open it next to the original web page or message.
Samsung’s larger Fold models also get the adjustable app windows for multitasking mode, so you can adjust the height and width of the individual apps when you have multiple apps open at once. The older models also get the auto-rotate app feature, custom aspect ratios, and a newly added split view for messaging apps.
Finally, for both the Z Fold 2 and the earlier Z Flips, Samsung is adding the option to force apps to use “Flex Mode” which places video content on one half of a folded screen, with playback controls on the other.
Samsung has been working to keep its older foldable devices relevant, even while rolling out new software features on its newer devices. It offered a similar update to the original Fold last year when it released the Galaxy Z Fold 2 which added several new features that it introduced with the foldable second generation. It’s a testament to how new the collapsible field in general is. Samsung is still figuring out the best ways to use these new form factors, but don’t leave the early adopters behind either.
The One UI 3.1.1 update should start rolling out to Fold 2 and Z Flip owners starting today, while the original Galaxy Fold is expected to get the update “about a week later.”