The South Korean Tech Giant is always ahead when providing timely software updates to their users. The Android 13 history for the company is good as they have completed their shared timeline for One UI 5 and One UI 5.1 on time with updates to millions of followers. Their frequency of providing updates is much better than the other OEMs in the market.
On February 8, 2023, the Search Engine Tech Giant released its first Developer Preview of the new Android 14. As the company names the Android versions with a refreshing sweet name, the Android 14 is also known as ‘Upside Down Cake.’
With the era of Android 13 ending and prioritizing Android 14, many Galaxy users are likely wondering if their devices are eligible for an Android 14-based One UI 6 update or not. To know about it, read the post thoroughly. In this article, we are going to look over Samsung’s next version, i.e., One UI 6, its expected release date, expected features, and eligible Galaxy devices.
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November 10: After nearly two weeks since releasing it in Europe, Samsung is finally ready with the One UI 6 update based on Android 14 for the Galaxy S23 series in the US. However, the update is only available for carrier-locked models, not unlocked ones. The firmware is S91xUSQUBWK4. It includes the November 2023 Android security patches. The update is around 3.3GB in size. T-Mobile Galaxy S23 users reported that they have received the update over-the-air update. Other major US carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, are also expected to push out the update very soon.
October 3: According to a community post, Samsung is currently testing the One UI 6 beta software on the Galaxy Tab A8 and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite tablets. The noted leaker Ice Universe said that the stable build of One UI 6 is expected to roll out to select devices by the end of October 2023.
September 14: The third beta version of One UI 6 is now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S23 devices in Germany, India, the United States, and the United Kingdom. This build carries firmware version S91xUSQU1ZWI8, contains security updates through September 2023, and is around 1.3GB in size. Key changes in this update include an improved layout for the video player app with easier-to-access playback controls and enhanced speed controls, allowing users to choose video playback speeds ranging from 0.25x up to 2x normal speed.
September 8: Samsung’s Beta Operation Manager, via the company’s Korean community forum, announced the One UI 6 beta program for the Galaxy A54, a mid-range smartphone in the Galaxy A series. Galaxy A54 users in South Korea can now join the beta program to get early access to One UI 6 before the official public release. This allows Samsung to gather feedback on the software update from Galaxy A54 users ahead of the full rollout.
September 1: Samsung has launched the second beta version of its One UI 6 software for the new Galaxy S23 lineup. The beta 2 update comes about two weeks after the first One UI 6 beta, bringing bug fixes, performance improvements, and new features. The beta 2 is currently rolling out to Galaxy S23 devices in South Korea, Germany, the US, the UK, India, and other markets where the first beta was available. Users who signed up for the beta program and installed the initial beta release can now download the second beta via over-the-air update.
August 20: Samsung’s One UI 6 update based on Android 14 for the Galaxy S22 series may launch soon. Samsung has created One UI 6 sections on its community forums in India and the UK. While an exact release date is still unclear, this suggests the public beta program could begin shortly for users to test drive the new software.
August 16: Samsung has expanded its One UI 6 beta program to India, China, the UK, and Poland. The beta is currently only available for the Galaxy S23 series, with users able to enroll through the Samsung Members app. In the coming weeks, Samsung is expected to open up the beta to more devices, including the Galaxy S22 lineup, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and Galaxy Z Fold 4.
August 7: Samsung has launched a beta program for One UI 6 based on Android 14 for the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra. US, Korean, and German users can sign up to try the beta release and provide feedback before the official rollout.
Early access lets users preview key new features and enhancements in One UI 6.0. Their input will help Samsung refine the software and squash bugs before the stable launch. Samsung will soon expand the program to include the Galaxy A34 5G and Galaxy A54 5G mid-range phones.
According to a press release by Samsung Newsroom, Samsung’s new One UI interface brings major visual changes. The updated user interface aims for simplicity and a more modern aesthetic. Some UI elements have been reworked to give Quick Toggles a more contemporary look. The Quick Panel has also been redesigned to improve convenience and functionality. One new feature resembles iOS’s Focus Modes. Users can set up different home and lock screen combinations for various Focus Modes.
July 25: Samsung is ready to start the One UI 6.0 Beta Program for the Galaxy S23 series. The company has created official forum sections for the beta program on its websites in India and the US. These sections are currently empty, but their existence suggests that Samsung is getting ready to start rolling out the beta program soon.
July 5: Beta builds of One UI 6 have been spotted on Samsung’s servers in South Korea, India, and Europe. According to a new rumor, Samsung plans to release the first beta build of One UI 6, which is based on Android 14, in the third week of July 2023. The beta build will initially be available for the Galaxy S23 series but will eventually be rolled out to other devices.
May 10: Android 14 is now official. Samsung has also started testing the One UI 6 build internally. On Samsung’s Server, a test build of One UI 6 for S23 Ultra was spotted by Twitter user Tarun Vats. The S23 Ultra carries a test firmware version S918BXXU1BWE2. In addition, internal testing for Galaxy Z Fold 4 (F936BXXU2DWE1) and Galaxy Z Flip 4 (F721BXXU2DWD7) has also started.
One UI 6 Release Timeline
- One UI 6 beta program was announced on August 11, 2023. The stable version was released publicly on October 30, 2023, starting from the Galaxy S23 series. By the end of 2023, the stable update could be available on all eligible Galaxy devices.
The Android 14 Operating System was launched on the Developer Preview channel by Google on February 8, 2023. The operating system was officially announced at Google’s annual developer conference, I/O 2023, on May 10, 2023. Google also shared a timeline for Android 14.
One UI 6 Expected Features
One UI 6 based on Android 14 has several new features on Google’s Developer Preview. The Developer Preview 1 will likely match the features available for the Android 14-based One UI 6 update. Google has implemented some excellent accessibility features yearly with every significant update, which is helpful. Some of the main features of the new Operating System are as follows:
- Battery Department Improvement: Android 14 majorly has improved a device’s battery life. The Battery UI is now tweaked, providing only more information on the status. With Android 14, the efficiency of consuming more battery is reduced with the newly added battery-saver options.
- Screen time: You can see how long your smartphone was kept ON since the last charge with the update.
- Privacy Department Improvement: The Android 14 is not as good as the Android 13 regarding privacy, as minimal changes exist. The search giant added a block to older Android applications with the update. The old apps and games will not be able to get installed on the device coming out-of-the-box Android 14. There are also changes and tweaks to the Security and Privacy section.
- Applications installed without notice: With the help of Android 14, the system will make a list of the applications downloaded in the background without any prior permission, and afterward, you can uninstall them according to your preference.
- Predictive back gesture: With the help of the feature, you will get a preview of what will happen when you swipe back.
- Color Palette: Android 14-based One UI 6 has brighter “Basic Colors” options in the Wallpaper and Style section.
- Google Fast Pair: With Android 14, the company has made its quick pairing option available. You will be able to access the option in Settings > Connection Preferences.
- Hearing devices option for physically challenged people: Android 14 brings a new section and settings menu for the hearing devices associated with the respective people. The option will let you pair hearing aid devices.
- Health Connect: Android 14 brings integrated Google’s Health Connect section, which will help you to understand your health analytics in a better way.
- Taskbar text labels for Tablets: It shows text names below the dock app icons from the taskbar with a tablet DPI of 600 or more.
Apart from the features mentioned above, there are several other features with the upcoming Android 14-based One UI 6. Some of them are supporting large fonts up to 200%, language-related improvements like French and German, and new permission for alarms having the option of “exact schedule alarm.”
Additionally, a beneficial feature called Satellite Connectivity, cloned applications by which you can sign into one app with two different accounts, are the features shown in the first Developer Preview of the Android 14 update.
From the above features, the Android 14-based One UI 6 update looks fantastic and eye-pleasing compared to the previous generations.
It is important to note that the above features are shown in Developer Preview 1. Samsung might include or exclude the features based on their preference, and the final list for One UI 6 will vary. But majorly, most features will be available in Android 14.
One UI 6 Supported Galaxy Devices (Expected)
The South Korean Giant plans One UI 6 update later this year. Many Galaxy devices are on the list of getting the One UI 6 update. Also, as the company provides four years of major updates, the three-year-old devices are expected to get the new version. Below are the Galaxy smartphones and tablets expected to receive the One UI 6 update.
Samsung Galaxy S Series:
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S23+
- Samsung Galaxy S23
- Samsung Galaxy S21+
- Samsung Galaxy S21
- Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S22+
- Samsung Galaxy S22
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Z Series:
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Samsung Galaxy A Series:
- Samsung Galaxy A73
- Samsung Galaxy A72
- Samsung Galaxy A53
- Samsung Galaxy A33
- Samsung Galaxy A23
- Samsung Galaxy A52
- Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A52s
- Samsung Galaxy A14
- Samsung Galaxy A13
- Samsung Galaxy A04s
- Samsung Galaxy A54
- Samsung Galaxy A34
Samsung Galaxy M Series:
- Samsung Galaxy M53
- Samsung Galaxy M33
- Samsung Galaxy M23
- Samsung Galaxy M54
Samsung Galaxy Tab:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
The above list of smartphones is based on assumptions and is mainly authentic, as Samsung has a very streamlined policy of updating their devices. By analyzing the same, we have made a list of eligible smartphones. Still, the official list may vary based on the company’s preference.
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