Samsung has already rolled out One UI 4.0/ One UI 4.1, which is based on Android 12, to a variety of devices. Google’s I/O 2022 event took place on May 11, at which they unveiled the all-new Android 13 operating system. One UI 5.0 is Samsung’s upcoming custom skin based on Android 13. Samsung has also announced its new update policy, which includes four major Android upgrades and five years of security patches for select devices. Now, let’s take a closer look at the One UI 5 Eligible Devices and Release Date.
One UI 5 Update Tracker
September 21: Samsung Galaxy S22 Users across Europe have started receiving the third One UI 5.0 beta build based on Android 13. The same update will push to other markets by the end of this week. The new build improves the home screen return animation.
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September 16: The Galaxy S22 lineup’s third One UI 5 beta update rollout plan has been delayed (Source).
September 15: If you own a Samsung Galaxy S21 model (Galaxy S21/ S21+/ S21 Ultra) in India, you can signup for the One UI 5 beta program through the Samsung Members app to test the early build.
August 31: The Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra owners can experience the One UI 5 skin by participating in the beta program through the Samsung Members app. The beta program is currently live in South Korea and the UK.
August 5: Samsung has announced its One UI 5 open beta program. The program is available on the Galaxy S22 series (Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra) in the United States, Germany, India and South Korea. One UI 5 brings several new customization options, security and accessibility features.
August 1: Samsung has opened the One UI 5 beta official forum. This suggests public beta will go live soon. Currently, you can’t access the beta community posts sections.
July 8: 9to5Google has been able to experience an early build of One UI 5. One UI 5 feature will likely include Revamped Notification Center, Copy/Paste Text from Images, Security and privacy hub, Stock Android-like One UI-themed permission pop-up, New Multitasking Gestures in the Labs section, Samsung Notes Collaborations and an improvement to animations.
June 26: Reportedly, One UI 5.0 developer beta will roll out in the third week of July 2022. The Public Beta program will likely begin in October 2022 for the Galaxy S22 series.
June 8: As per Sammobile, One UI 5 will bring faster animation speed and improved UI design. It will release later this year alongside Android 13.
April 12: As per Sammobile, Samsung’s One UI 5 (based on the Android 13) public beta test could begin in July 2022.
How to Join the One UI 5 Beta Program?
The process of joining the One UI 5 beta program is straightforward. You must launch the Samsung Members app and find a banner at the top. If the One UI 5 beta program is live in your region and you own a Galaxy S22 model you can tap on the banner to enrol in the program.
That’s it; go to the Settings app and navigate to the Software update section. Now download and install the latest build. You will now be able to experience Android 13-based One UI 5.0.
One UI 5 Release Date
- One UI 5 beta program was released on August 5, 2022, for the Galaxy S22 series which includes Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra.
Stable One UI 5 build will likely be released publicly in November 2022. Initially, the Galaxy S22 series will receive the One UI 5 stable update. Later, the update will also be available on select Galaxy devices.
In general, Samsung releases a new major version of One UI once every year. The One UI 4.0 was announced in November 2021, and the One UI 4.1 was announced in February 2022. So the One UI 5 is expected to be announced sometime in the fourth quarter of 2022. However, because there has been no official word on this, the official announced date might change. Now let’s have a look at eligible devices.
Here is the list of devices eligible for One UI 5 (Unofficial)
- Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A72
- Samsung Galaxy A52
- Samsung Galaxy A71
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A13
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
So that was all for the eligible devices for the upcoming One UI 5 (Android 13) update. These are not officially eligible devices; hence, some devices may or may not get the update from the list.
Top Samsung One UI 5 Features
1. Stackable Widgets
While Apple introduced stackable widgets with iOS 14, Samsung is finally catching up with One UI 5. The early beta of One UI 5 has revealed that Samsung is indeed bringing this feature to its smartphones. The stackable widgets feature will let users stack widgets of the same size by dragging them on top of each other. Users can swipe right or left to navigate between different widgets. This feature is so helpful for those who want an uncluttered home screen. You can also edit the widgets and set them to rotate automatically.
2. Material You
With One UI 5, Samsung is bringing more colour palette choices for any wallpaper you set. You will be able to choose between 16 different colour palette choices. For instance, you could only choose between 4 colour palette choices with One UI 4.1. On top of that, the Material You colour theme is being adopted in more elements of the UI, such as headline text, app icons in notifications, and more.
3. Modified Notifications
Notifications have also seen some changes with One UI 5. The app icons are now much bigger and separated off to the left, making it easier to spot the different types of notifications on your phone. Plus, the ‘clear’ button is a little bigger and distinct. Lastly, there are some changes to notification settings for different apps. Users can customize how they would like to receive incoming notifications from an app.
4. Split screen
The split screen has been on Samsung phones for a while now. What’s new is that users can now enter the split screen mode by simply dragging an app from the recent menu. You can also hide the status and navigation bar to get more screen real estate.
5. Extract text from anywhere
With One UI 5, users can extract text from anywhere on the screen by taking a screenshot. This feature is built right into the Samsung gallery app. Tap on the ‘T’ icon and extract the text. The Samsung keyboard also lets users extract text from the real world.
6. App Languages
Like the Google Pixel, Samsung One UI 5 also lets users have specific languages for different apps. This means that one can have the system language and all other apps presented in one language and a particular app in another.
7. Camera Changes
Samsung introduced a ton of new camera changes with One UI 5. Users can now take pictures of anything with a phone number or link and can directly make actions from the photo. Using the zoom is much smoother and getting back to the standard camera mode is just a tap away. The Food mode now supports the telephoto lens. Finally, users can add watermarks to their photos with details like data, smartphone names, or any other text.
8. Android 13 permission request dialogue
The permission request dialogue has been changed to the Android 13 one, which looks much more pleasant to the eyes.
In the accessibility settings, a new Magnifier feature allows you to magnify your surroundings using your phone’s rear camera. It is an excellent feature, even if you are not someone with a visual impairment.
10. Multiple Timers
Within the clock app, you can now add multiple timers. If you have an existing timer running and want to add a new one, tap on the ‘+’ icon and set a new timer.
Apart from these, Samsung also brought several minor changes to the settings app, gallery, calendar, photo editor, AR Zone app, My Files, Samsung DeX, and Bixby.