Regarding a good user experience of a smartphone, updates play a significant role in it. In the Android space, Samsung is currently one of the top brands in this regard. They quickly release all the critical updates on time, especially for their flagships. Besides, the updates are usually pretty stable as well.
Moreover, Samsung offers the most extended software support in the Android space. That is four years of major OS upgrades and five years of security patch updates.
August 16: Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 5.1.1 stable update to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Tab S8 series devices. The update brings the latest One UI features and improvements to these flagship Samsung devices. Other Samsung phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Z Fold 2 and Z Flip are also expected to receive the One UI 5.1.1 update in the coming weeks.
July 3: Samsung has started the One UI 5.1.1 beta program for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in South Korea. The first beta build has already been released to those who have signed up. The new version brings a lot of new features to the foldable smartphone.
One UI 5.1.1: Major update for Samsung flagships?
We are moving towards their second Unpacked event for this year, reportedly in July. And that means a new major software upgrade, One UI 5.1.1, based on Android 13, for a handful of current high-end devices from Samsung. These usually include Galaxy Z, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab S series devices.
One UI 5.1.1 Features
One UI 5.1.1 introduces several exciting features that enhance user experience. The app previews on the Recent Apps screen have been improved. Users can now switch directly from a pop-up screen to split-screen mode. The pop-up feature can be moved to the side and easily relit, allowing for effortless multitasking and quick access to frequently used apps.
Users can now check minimized apps with the S Pen, enabling efficient navigation and management. The taskbar displays more recent apps, providing quick access to frequently used applications. The taskbar area adjusts dynamically based on the number of icons.
Flex Mode Panel now supports more apps. Media control has been made easier, allowing for effortless audio and video playback management. Users can now customize the Toolbar, tailoring it to their specific needs.
You can share content with contacts, even those far away, and Important content can be shared with enhanced security measures. Sleep coaching content and design have been improved, making Sleep data more meaningful.
A notable addition is the skin temperature measurement during sleep. Key workout metrics are now displayed simultaneously, making tracking their progress easier for fitness enthusiasts.
Flex Mode in Pro Mode has received a sleek design update. Selecting multiple photos at once in the capture view has become more convenient. Remaster preview has been optimized for greater ease of use.
With the ability to drag and drop using both hands, users can now navigate easily. Another useful feature is wireless battery sharing, enabling users to use their phones while charging other devices wirelessly.
One UI 5.1.1 also brings efficient storage management and improves Device Care’s memory management feature. Lastly, users can customize the Samsung Internet screen layout according to their taste.
One UI 5.1.1 Supported Galaxy Devices List
The Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Tab S9 Series and Galaxy Z Flip 5 will have One UI 5.1.1 installed out of the box. Samsung may roll out the One UI 5.1.1 update to several devices. The list will likely include the following devices (Expected):
- Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Flip 5G/LTE
- Galaxy Z Fold
- Galaxy Tab S8 series
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE
- Galaxy S22 series
- Galaxy S23 series
- Galaxy S21 series
- Galaxy S20 series
Samsung will launch the firmware along with their new foldables, and it will soon be rolled out to other eligible devices. And going by their previous track record, we can expect One UI 5.1.1 may not be available for the Galaxy Z Fold, the Galaxy Tab S6, and the Tab Active 3.
However, this is just our speculation and should not be confused with solid confirmation by Samsung.