As the One UI 3.0/Android 11 is approaching its release many of the older Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphone users are curious to know if their device will get this major upgrade or not.
Meanwhile, Samsung representatives are busy misrepresenting and providing users incorrect information regarding the Android version upgrade policy and schedule for the Galaxy smartphones.
Following several reports, our team confirmed with Samsung that the company will only provide Android version upgrade up to Android 11 for the Galaxy devices that launched with Android 9 Pie or later.
You’ll be surprised to know that the representative of Samsung has provided some information that doesn’t match the paragraph above and proved them manipulating without noting the built-in Android version of some older Galaxy flagships.
According to the representative, the Galaxy Note 9, S9, and S8 devices will get Android 11 update. A support rep. even claimed that the Galaxy Note 9 device was launched with Android 9 Pie, while actually, the Galaxy Note 9 and S9 were launched pre-packed Android 8 Oreo.
Samsung’s update policy clearly shows that the devices launched with Android 9 will get three major Android OS upgrades and this information from the Samsung Support rep. raises false hope for the older flagship device owners like the Galaxy Note 9, S9, and S8.
In the past month, Samsung has rolled out One UI 2.5 for the Galaxy Note 9 and S9 devices, which adds various new features to these 2018’s flagship. Although, we favor that these devices should also receive Android 11 but unfortunately we have confirmed that there will be no One UI 3.0 update rollout for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 devices, which leaves no conversation for the S8 devices.
Below you can check my full conversation with Samsung Support India and what conclusion we’ve reached on this matter. To be mentioned, I’ve repeated the same conversation for S9 and S8 devices and it was all the same. We hope that Samsung will feed better information to its customer care representatives so they can avoid such spread of misinformation.
What’s your take on this matter? Let us know in the comments.
Samsung One UI 5.1 release date and eligible devices
Today, Samsung is unveiling the new Galaxy S flagship lineup, One UI software, and Galaxy Book. Over the One UI 5.0, the new software iteration brings refinements and system improvements. Well, are you wondering about the release date and eligible devices of the One UI 5.1?
We guess, the One UI 5.1 update may start rolling out in late February or early March, though, Samsung has not officially revealed the release timeline. Most of the older Galaxy devices upgraded to the new Android 13 OS are eligible for the new One UI 5.1 update.
One UI 5.1 Release & Eligible Devices
Samsung launched the Galaxy S10, Note 10, S20, Note 20, S21, Fold/Flip 3, S22 and Fold/Flip 4 smartphones with mid-cycle One UI versions 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.1.1, 4.1 and 4.1.1, respectively. Following the same habit, the Galaxy S23 series will run new One UI 5.1 out of the box.
It has been Samsung’s conventional strategy to roll out mid-cycle One UI versions to older flagship and some other Galaxy devices via firmware updates. This year, things will not change and the below-mentioned devices will receive the One UI 5.1 change and features.
- S22 Series
- S21 Series & S21 FE
- S20 Series & S20 FE
- S10 Lite [Uncertain]
- Z Fold 4
- Z Flip 4
- Z Fold 3
- Z Flip 3
- Z Fold 2
- Z Flip LTE/5G
- Note 20 Series
- Note 10 Lite [Uncertain]
Galaxy A [Uncertain]
- Tab S8 Series
- Tab S7 Series and FE
The list is based on past rollouts and Samsung’s update distribution strategy. One UI 5.1 update availability may vary by region and carrier, while some listed devices may not be eligible. The One UI 5.1 eligible devices list is not official and complete.
One UI 5.1 Features
Samsung One UI 5.1 reportedly brings new camera and lockscreen features along with system improvements. For thee camera function, the new One UI version brings the Nightography feature in front camera and video mode as well as AstroVideo (AstroHyperlapse).
T-Mobile releases Android 13 One UI 5.0 update for Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in the US
Carrier-unlocked models of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G smartphone at T-Mobile are now getting the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software update in the US. Whereas, the US carrier-unlocked devices and internal variants have already grabbed it in late 2022.
Samsung is releasing this update with One UI build version G781U1UEU9FWA7. It installs plenty of new features alongside a lot of new improvements, customization capabilities, and a revamped user interface.
The Quick settings panel, Notification Panel, Recent menu, Home screen, Lock screen, and other compartments are getting various notable tweaks. Whereas, the app icons are now bolder and look great compared to the older ones.
As far as the new features are concerned, the Galaxy S20 FE Android 13 update brings 16 Color Palette options, Stack widgets, Notification Permission, Lockdown mode, Maintenance mode, Per-app languages, a new Smart Suggestion widget, a Smart Text extraction feature, new swipe features for easier multitasking, and much more.
Meanwhile, the Camera app is receiving various new changes and features including Picture, Historogarm in Pro mode, Help guide in Pro mode, Food Mode support in Telephoto camera, improved Single Take, and others.
At the same time, the Gallery app is receiving a new interface alongside improvised editing tools, and more. You will also notice major changes in the Edge Panels, Good Lock, Samsung Internet, Samsung DeX, Samsung Notes, Smart View, and other One UI apps and services.
— Samsung One UI Software Updates (@SamSWUpdate) January 31, 2023
One UI 5.1 would bring these new camera features to your Samsung Galaxy
One UI 5.1 is the next version of Samsung’s custom skin, which is going to release with the Samsung Galaxy S23 series. Obviously, the new update brings new features and improvements to older features. It is expected that Samsung will release new camera features with the One UI 5.1 update.
Recent reports also suggest that Samsung will also enhance its camera app along with several stock apps with the One UI 5.1 update by adding new features to provide a better photography experience to Galaxy users.
One UI 5.1 update is going to bring two big changes to the camera, which will make it much easier for you to capture the perfect photo or video. It will add a new option of Hue in the camera effects so that you can easily adjust hue while clicking photos. It means that when you open the camera open and press on effects, you will see three options – Hue, Face, and Filters.
In addition, Samsung will provide easy access to the expert RAW app, which means you can click photos with ease. It is possible that the company will also shift the Expert Raw app to the More section of the camera so that you can click perfect photos like a photographer directly from the camera app.
Samsung Expert RAW app lets you capture high-quality images without any processing or compression, perfect for those who want to edit their photos later.
Although Samsung has not yet made any official announcement, but it is not far away. Today is the last day of January 2023 and on February 01 there will be an announcement of One UI 5.1 along with the Galaxy S23 series.