In August this year, Samsung launched their all-new foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4. This generation of Samsung’s foldable has brought many refinements over the last generation. Along with several subtle changes in hardware, Samsung has provided a much more polished software experience this time. Thus, it would not be wrong to say that Samsung currently dominates the foldable phone market.
However, there is one thing that has bugged many users recently. These foldable, which boast relatively high-end specifications, have been running slowly regarding software updates. Both currently run on the September 2022 security patch. Technically speaking, this can not be considered particularly late. But the earlier launched phones like the Galaxy S22 series, the Galaxy S21 series, and the Galaxy S20 series have already got the October 2022 security patch update. They are also receiving One UI 5 beta builds. Surprisingly, the Galaxy Z Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and the Galaxy Z Flip have also received this update. This is ironic since the latest two generations of the foldable haven’t gotten the update yet.
Update November 11: The stable One UI 5 build (firmware version BVK3) is now available for Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 in the US for those users who enrolled in the beta program. The update is available for unlocked variants for now. In the coming days, Samsung will roll out the stable build to more users globally.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 may get a stable Android 13 (One UI 5.0) update directly.
One of the Samsung Care Ambassadors has confirmed on the official forum that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4 may directly get the One UI 5 stable build, which will be based on Android 13. It is essential to mention that there are currently no indications as to whether these devices will receive the beta firmware updates of One UI 5.
Additionally, SamMobile has recently claimed that the devices, as mentioned above, will receive the stable build of One UI 5 no later than the end of this year, along with the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S21 series and the previous generation of Samsung’s foldable.
In a nutshell, the two most recent lineups of Samsung’s foldable will possibly receive the One UI 5 stable update directly (One UI 5.1, based on Android 13). In other words, users may not get to test the beta firmware of One UI 5 on these devices.