The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is an upgrade of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in many ways, but while it packs a faster chipset and other hardware improvements, some of the best features reside on the software side, and at least one of those software tricks could account for older Galaxy Z Fold models may be available.
That’s according to the leaker @TheGalox_ (opens in new tab)who claimed on Twitter that earlier Samsung Galaxy Z Fold models will get the new taskbar feature alongside One UI 4.1.1 later this year.
The aforementioned taskbar is a new bar that sits at the bottom of the screen and is visible when you’re in apps. It includes shortcuts to favorite apps, as well as icons for recently used apps, and you can drag them up to open them in split-screen mode, making multitasking easier.
Earlier Galaxy Z Fold devices will get the new taskbar introduced with the Z Fold4 alongside One Ui 4.1.1 “later this year” pic.twitter.com/PUBxGpyfNIAugust 13, 2022
It’s a very useful feature that allows you to make the most of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s large screen. So it would be a handy upgrade for older models if they get it too.
The wording of the tweet above doesn’t make it entirely clear whether every previous Fold model will get this feature or just a few, but since even the original Samsung Galaxy Fold has been updated to One UI 4, we’d think there’s a high likelihood it will get it One UI 4.1.1, with the taskbar.
Of course, as with any leak, we’d take this with a pinch of salt, especially since the source doesn’t have as much track record as some. But it’s a credible claim as we wouldn’t believe Samsung couldn’t update the older models to add the taskbar.
Analysis: Adding the taskbar could mean a move to Android 12L
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4’s taskbar feature is actually an Android 12L feature – that’s Google’s version of Android 12 designed specifically for tablets and other big-screen devices like foldable phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 does this. So if Samsung adds the taskbar to other Fold models, it might mean they get Android 12L too.
That would make sense, as the Android experience on tablets and foldables has always been a bit lacking, and companies like Samsung have had to fill the gap and mod Android to make it work better on them.
So moving to Android 12L would result in a better experience with less work for manufacturers. In the case of the Galaxy Z Fold range, it could also make some of the best foldable phones even better.