One UI 4, based on Android 12, brought several features and refinements to the One UI software skin. It improved the animations and added Gaussian Blur. The colour palette selection based on Google’s Material You was also introduced with this update. You had new and more interactive widgets with privacy improvements, and it focused on refinements to system apps to make the user experience better. One UI 5 improved this refinement and the smoothness, scrolling and animations. It created a more cohesive and consistent UI experience throughout.
Now Samsung has introduced the One UI 5.1 software. Currently, the Galaxy S23 lineup runs One UI 5.1 out of the box. Other Galaxy phones will soon receive the update. One UI 5.1 is nothing but a significant upgrade towards One UI 5.
March 13: Galaxy S10 Lite users in Europe are getting One UI 5.1 update with firmware version G770FXXU6HWB4. It includes the February 2023 security patch and weighs 1.2GB.
March 9: One UI 5.1 update for the Galaxy A51 5G (version A516BXXU6FWB5), Galaxy M53 5G (version M536BXXU2CWB3), Galaxy A52 5G (version A526BXXU2EWB1), Galaxy A52s 5G (version A528NKSU2EWB4), Galaxy M42 5G (version M426BXXU4DWB1), Galaxy A71 (version A715FXXU8DWB5), and Galaxy A71 5G (version A716BXXU7FWB6).
February 28: One UI 5.1 is now available for the Galaxy Tab S8 (firmware version X700XXU3BWB4), Galaxy Tab S8+ (firmware version X800XXU3BWB4), Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (firmware version X900XXU3BWB4). The update is also available for Galaxy Tab S7 with firmware version TxxxXXU2DWB.
February 25: Samsung has started seeding One UI 5.1 to the Galaxy M53 in Europe with firmware version M536BXXU2CWB3. The update is also available for the Galaxy A23 with firmware version A235FXXU2CWB4.
February 24: Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 5.1 update in the US for the carrier-locked Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The build comes with firmware version G99xUSQU5EWAI and brings the February 2023 security patch. As of now, the update is available on Xfinity Mobile’s network.
February 21: One UI 5.1 update for the Galaxy A73 is now available in Malaysia with firmware version A736BXXU3CWB7. Other countries will receive the update within the next few days. Samsung has also released the update to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with firmware version F916BXXU2JWB5. The update is currently rolling out in Europe.
February 20: Samsung is seeding One UI 5.1 update to the Galaxy A53 5G (firmware version A536NKSU4CWB) and A33 5G (firmware version A336NKSU3CWB3) in South Korea.
February 19: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 users have started getting the One UI 5.1 update. The update is currently available in Argentina.
February 17: After updating to One UI 5.1 update, some Galaxy phone users complain about quick battery drain issues.
February 14: One UI 5.1 is now available for the Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE, S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, S20 FE, Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Z Fold 3, and Z Flip 4. If you own any of these handsets, you can install the One UI 5.1 build by heading to Settings > Software update and tapping Download and install.
February 7: As per Fido (Canadian mobile network), the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Flip 4 will receive the One UI 5.1 update on February 22, 2023.
February 7: With One UI 5.1, you can choose any location to save screenshots and screen recordings. It also brings a new feature on S23 called “Pause USB Power Delivery” for gamers.
February 1: Samsung held the Galaxy Unpacked event of the year on February 1 in San Francisco. The company unveiled its next flagship phones: Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra. Alongside the Galaxy S23 lineup, One UI 5.1 has also announced at the event. The latest One UI 5.1 is pre-installed on the S23 series.
Since internal testing of One UI 5.1 for other Samsung Galaxy phones has begun, we can expect the latest One UI 5.1 to arrive on more galaxy phones.
Reportedly, these Galaxy devices are eligible for the One UI 5.1 update:
- Galaxy S22 Series
- Galaxy S21 Series (Including S21 FE)
- Galaxy S20 Series (Including S20 FE)
- Galaxy Note 20 Series
- Z Fold 4
- Z Fold 3
- Z Fold 2
- Z Flip 4
- Z Flip 3
- Z Flip LTE/5G
Select mid-range Galaxy A handsets will likely get a few One UI 5.1 features.
December 27: Samsung has started testing One UI 5.1 build for the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra. The build will carry firmware version S90xEXXU2CVL7. It was spotted on Samsung’s servers. So after the Galaxy S23 lineup launch with One UI 5.1, Samsung will roll out the update for the Galaxy S22 series.
What is One UI 5.1?
One UI 5.1 is the next iteration of One UI 5, improving optimisation and adding more subtle features.
Last year with the One UI 4.1, Samsung brought a modest list of changes like improvements to RAM Plus, improved Material You, Camera Enhancements, Grammarly integration with the Samsung keyboard, synchronised vibration with your ringtone, improved Quick Share, extra display brightness, etc.
In the previous two years, the X.0 update has been the major OS update, and the X.1 update brings some additional features with slight refinements. One UI 5 has been released to many phones, not just flagships but mid-range phones. However, it does not come with all the features yet.
With One UI 5.1, the remaining features have been added, and there are some new features too. Since Google’s Pixel series got Android 13, it has been a race among other Android manufacturers to push out the update and subsequent security patches. Samsung has so far been leading this race by a vast and significant margin.
One UI 5 was not a minor update. It brought lock screen customisation from Good lock, added more wallpaper choices, improved Material You, added an option to create specific call backgrounds for particular callers, had several improvements to Bixby Routines and Widgets, has better multitasking, improved the animations and blur effects, etc.
You could set multiple timers at once (up to 20), improvements to accessibility, text extraction gets better, etc. The camera app got even deeper customisation. A Food Mode has been added to the camera app, and the Pro Mode has been improved. DeX mode added a new taskbar and featured multitasking improvements too.
One UI 5 brought many changes to the Samsung Operating skin. From the colour palette to interactive widgets and improving privacy, One UI 5 improved the user experience and privacy compared to One UI 4. The One UI 5 is a major update and should have covered most of the required features in that, and One UI 5.1 is here to introduce some of the leftover features with the update.
One UI 5.1 Features
Below are some of the features that arrive with the One UI 5.1 update:
- Bixby Text Calls: The most anticipated feature of One UI 5.1 is the ‘Bixby Text Calls.’ It is similar to the Call Screening Function of Google Assistant, which allows the user to tap on an on-screen button when a call is kept on hold and alerts the software system. Bixby Text Calls has an inbuilt virtual assistant which replies to calls from the user’s side. In addition, it can also start talking in text messages after necessary replies to the call.
- Camera Department: As the Galaxy S23 series is marching soon, some camera improvements will be delivered to the other Galaxy devices with the help of One UI 5.1. The changelog includes direct access to the Expert RAW app from the Gallery.
- Gallery application: One UI 5.1 is expected to tweak the default gallery application on Samsung devices. Now, you can share the complete album with family members or friends. For instance, users get 5 GB of free storage but can be upgraded to cloud storage if required. You can now search for people using dedicated tools like faces, tags, and locations. You will now have the option to save a screenshot every time, anywhere you want.
- Connectivity: The company is creating an effective ecosystem to compete with its rival company. With the new improvements in One UI 5.1, you can use Galaxy Book’s Keyboard or mouse with a Galaxy Tablet or smartphone. Many other people will have access to Samsung Notes and be able to change it how they want. You can also sync Samsung Internet Tabs across various Galaxy devices. The quick access toolbar can control the speakers’ output of the played media.
In addition to the above primary features, One UI 5.1 has brought some new Samsung DeX features, reducing the time for first-time setup of Galaxy phones, more informative weather and battery widget, and many more.
Supported One UI 5.1 Galaxy devices (Tentative)
Are you wondering which phones will support the latest One UI 5.1 software and when the update will arrive on your device? Read on to find out. All the devices that got updated to One UI 5 should get the update to One UI 5.1. Below is the complete list of phones that should support One UI 5.1.
The Galaxy A Series
- Galaxy A51 5G
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A52
- Galaxy A52 5G
- Galaxy A52S
- Galaxy A72
- Galaxy A13
- Galaxy A32
- Galaxy A32 5G
- Galaxy A22
- Galaxy A22 5G
- Galaxy A23
- Galaxy A73
- Galaxy A53
- Galaxy A33
- Galaxy A71 5G
- Galaxy A71
The Galaxy S Series
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy S21 Plus (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy S21 (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S22 Plus
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S20 Plus (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy S20 (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy S20 FE (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy S20 Ultra (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G
- Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip 4 5G
The Galaxy Note Series:
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
The Galaxy Tablets:
- Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
- Galaxy Tab S7 (4G & 5G)
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Tab S6 5G
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Note that the devices in the list aren’t final or officially confirmed by Samsung. Other phones from the M series and the A series might also be eligible for One UI 5.1. The final list will vary depending on your region. The above list was made based on the assumption that all One UI 5 devices will receive One UI 5.1 too.
One UI 5.1 Release Date
- The One UI 5.1 was released on February 1, 2023. Currently, the update is available on the Gaxay S23 series. Other Galaxy phones may get the update by the end of February 2023.
In the meantime, several devices like the Galaxy S20 and S21 series, the Tab S8 lineup and even some A series phones like the A33, A52, A53 and A73 and also the M32 and M52 have all received the One UI 5 update based on Android 13.
Note: This article will update the latest news about One UI 5.1 and all the supported devices once an official list is out. Stay tuned.
As of 4/27/2023, my phone is letting me know the update will auto-install in several days but gives me the option to install the update today. Are there any warnings about glitches or other operational issues to beware of after installing? UI 5.1 update on a Galaxy A52 5G.
I have both a galaxy A13 5g and a galaxy tab s6 lite. When will I get an update to one ui 5.1?
I have an S21 ULTRA 5G SM-G998U I keep reading that the UI 5.1 has rolled out, but I haven’t received it yet. Do I need to go and download it or just wait for it to hit my phone? I’ve done a software update several times, and it says up to date.
Wait for a few days. The update is rolling out in phases.
Will the A53 get HDR10 support toggled on via an OTA in 2023?
That’s a good question!