Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldables are getting a new software update. The latest version adds several new features, including smart widgets and malicious app protection, which rolled out to the Galaxy Note 20 series last week.
Currently available to users in South Korea, the new foldable duo update adds a “Disallow All” option to the settings page from which you can control the installation of apps from unknown sources, c i.e. APK sideloading. If you enable this toggle, your phone will not allow you to download apps. Moreover, it will scan for any malicious apps already installed on the device and alert you accordingly. For example, it may find apps that have a known history of spam, scam, or phishing activity. You will be able to manage these apps from this settings page.
This added feature comes on top of the existing option that lets you allow APK sideloading on a per-app basis. So if an APK package is verified to be safe or you trust the source, you can still install it.
Samsung first announced this feature in mid-May. The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra received it last week. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 also quickly joined the party. This rollout should soon cross South Korean borders and reach Samsung foldable users in other markets. We will let you know when it becomes available for US units. Maybe the June security update will bring the new feature, we’ll find out soon.
Smart Widgets are finally coming to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3
Samsung introduced a pretty useful Smart Widgets feature with One UI 4.1 on the Galaxy S22 series earlier this year. It lets you declutter your home screen by cleverly layering similar widgets. While the new One UI version has rolled out to several other Galaxy smartphones and tablets over the past few months, most of them haven’t received Smart Widgets, not even the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. .now take the feature, however.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 also receives a vibration effect when calling. The changelog doesn’t go into detail, but we assume the device vibrates when the call connects. There is no mention of such a feature in the Galaxy Z Flip 3 changelog. The latest update to the foldable duo is expected to reach more markets soon.