Samsung One UI 4 Beta program allows users to try out the advanced features of the One UI 4 before its official release. Owners of the Galaxy S21 series in selected markets can register to the beta program with the Samsung member app on their devices.
Participants will be able to preview the design of the One UI 4 with new features and post a bug. Samsung will use the information gathered in the beta system to optimize the One UI 4 user before delivering a final update, which is scheduled later this year.
Samsung’s One UI user interface brings an integrated mobile experience to Galaxy smartphones with simplified and streamlined interaction and a clean and elegant design.
With a One UI 4, users get customization options all the time. The wealth of themes options allow users to customize the look and performance of their device, providing them with tools to customize their home screens, icons, notifications, wallpapers, and much more. However, in this article, we’ll discuss UI changes in the Home screen, Lock Screen, and Always-on display (AOD) feature in the One UI 4.0 beta update.
Samsung One UI 4.0 Home Screen Customization
The most noticeable change in the One UI 4 is this year’s options for customizing the home screen and lock. Starting with the home screen, the widgets are updated with a new and refreshing look that comes with Android 12’s Material You redesign.
Widgets are enhanced with a circular look, and some widgets, such as a dual clock, will now switch from light to dark mode depending on the time of day. Unlike Material You, these widgets will not match their color background, that could be the change we see next.
Speaking of dark mode, Samsung has made some suggestive changes here to get seamless information. Icons, wallpapers, and some text areas are now slightly dim when in dark mode.
The Home screen widgets have been redesigned to the One UI 4 to give you more details while also making your home screen more stylish. You will also find recommendations for widgets that may be helpful to you.
You can see an example of a redesigned widget below with a two-city clock, now inserting a weather icon in the top right corner. This particular widget also now shows up as light or dark depending on the time in the selected city.
Samsung One UI 4.0 Lock Screen UI
On the lock screen, you can now switch the audio output to a different device, such as headphones or a speaker. This media output button is actually added to Android on Android 11, but it’s good to see it coming from Samsung’s Samsung 12 update.
You can now add a voice recording widget to the lock screen that lets you record voice memos without turning on your phone. When you double-tap, you get a monthly calendar view and your daily schedule, to help you better see your schedule.
Samsung One UI 4.0 Always on Display
As for Always on Display, there is a new option that has proven to be very useful so far. You can now choose to turn on AOD only when you receive new notifications. There are also many new stickers you can use to decorate your AOD if you’re in this type of thing.
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Samsung One UI 4.0 Update Changelog
One UI 4.0 is the fourth iteration of Samsung’s custom skin which brings with redesigned UI with revamped icons, color palette, apps enhancement, personalized widgets recommendation, and privacy function inspired by Android 12.
Based on Android 12, One UI 4 makes it easy to focus on what’s important and gives you the option to personalize your Galaxy to suit your style as well as allow you to seamlessly switch to other Galaxy devices.
If you have also updated to this major update on your device and want to know about the features of One UI 4.0, then this article is going to be very helpful.
SAMSUNG ONE UI 4 UPDATE CHANGELOG:
Ahead of the stable release, Beta Operation Manager shared the full changelog of the One UI 4.0. Android 12 based One UI 4 brings you a wide collection of new features and enhancements for your Galaxy devices. You can check the official Samsung One UI 4 changelog and instructions below.
Customize your phone with unique colors based on your wallpaper. Your colors will be applied to menus, buttons, backgrounds, and apps throughout your phone.
One UI 4 offers strong privacy protection to make sure your personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
- Permission info at a glance
See when each app accesses sensitive permissions such as Location, Camera, or Microphone in Permission usage. You can deny permissions for any apps you don’t feel comfortable with.
- Camera and microphone indicators
Keep prying eyes and ears away. A green dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen when any app is using the camera or microphone. You can also use quick panel controls to temporarily block all apps from using the camera or microphone.
- Approximate location
Keep your exact location private. You can set apps that don’t need to know exactly where you are to only have access your general area.
- Clipboard protection
Keep your passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information safe. You can choose to receive an alert whenever an app accesses content copied to the clipboard in another app.
More than just typing, Samsung Keyboard is all about expressing yourself and having fun.
- Quick access to GIFs, emojis, and stickers
Self-expression is a tap away. Get to your emojis, GIFs, and stickers directly from the keyboard with a single button.
- Animated emoji pairs
Can’t find the right emoji? Combine two emojis together, then add an animation to really get your feelings across.
- Even more stickers
Spice up your conversations with a variety of new animated stickers available to download.
- Writing assistant
Keep your grammar and spelling on point with the new Writing assistant, powered by Grammarly (English only).
It all starts on the Home screen, where your favorite apps and features are just a tap away. One UI 4 helps you keep your home screen looking its best all the time.
- New widget design
Widgets have been redesigned to look better than ever, with info that’s easy to see at a glance and a more consistent style.
- Easier widget selection
Having trouble finding the right widget? You can now quickly scroll through the widget list to see what’s available from each app. You’ll also get recommendations for useful widgets to try out.
Use widgets to handle quick tasks without unlocking your phone, whether it’s controlling your music, checking your schedule, or capturing your best ideas.
- Listen where you want
Switch audio output from buds to speakers to your phone, all from the Lock screen.
- Voice recording
Got a great idea? Record a voice memo without unlocking your phone.
- Calendar and schedule at once
Check today’s schedule along with your calendar for the rest of the month on the Lock screen.
Enjoy a simpler layout while you take pictures and videos. The scene optimizer button only appears in Photo mode if there’s low light or you’re scanning a document. Portrait and Night mode settings are now tucked away and more intuitive.
- Lens and zoom
Lens icons show the magnification level, so you know how much you’re zoomed in.
- Video that never misses a moment
Recording starts immediately after you tap the Record button, instead of when you release it, so that you catch those precious moments before they’re gone. In Photo mode, you can touch and hold the Shutter button to start recording a quick video, then drag your finger to the Lock icon to continue recording without holding down the Shutter.
- Keep your single takes going
Add 5 seconds of extra time to Single take captures so you don’t miss a moment even if it goes into overtime. It’s also easier to select what you want to capture.
- Pro photography
Stay in control with the redesigned Pro and Pro video mode settings. The cleaner look helps you focus on the shot, and the new level indicators added to the grid lines help you keep shots balanced.
- Enhanced scanning
Scan documents, then tap the magnifying glass to zoom in and edit them immediately. You can also do more after scanning QR codes, like calling or emailing someone instead of just adding their contact info to your phone.
- Portraits for pets
Take beautiful pictures of your furry friends with various portrait effects. Portrait mode now works with cats and dogs on both the front and rear cameras. Some portrait effects can only be applied after you take the picture.
Whether you’ve got thousands of pictures and videos or just a few treasured moments, Gallery makes it easier to find what you need and keep your collection organized.
- Enhanced stories
See your stories come to life with highlight videos that are created automatically. Just tap the preview at the top of each story to watch. You can also explore where the pictures in your stories were taken in the new Map view.
- Easier albums
Sort through albums more easily—even if they’ve got tons of pictures. In fact, you can sort albums by how many p
- Worry-free remastering
Revert remastered pictures to their original versions at any time, even after they’re saved, so you never have to worry about losing the original.
- More control over information
Change or remove the date, time, and location of your pictures to correct it or keep it private. You can also select several pictures and edit their information at once.
Photo and video editor
Sometimes your photos and videos need a few tweaks. One UI’s Photo and Video editors are there to make your pictures look their best before you share them.
- Emojis and stickers
Use an emoji to cover the face of a shy friend or add stickers to create fun pictures and videos.
- Video collages
Make moving collages that include pictures, videos, or a combination of both. Pick out the perfect moments and create your masterpiece.
- Lighting control
Picture too dark because of bad lighting? The new Light balance feature helps you pull out all the details to make it look great.
- Highlight reels
Easily turn a set of pictures and videos into a beautiful movie. Just choose a theme, and the AI will add the music and transitions automatically.
- Never lose the original
Get bold with your editing! You can now revert both pictures and videos back to their original versions after they’re saved, or save them as copies to keep both the original and edited versions.
- Paste from one picture to another
Experiment with mixing and matching faces, pets, buildings, and more. You can cut any object out of one picture and paste it into a different one.
Use your own personal emojis to spice up your messages, make fun videos, and more. You can create a digital version of yourself, or try a different look. The possibilities are endless.
- Jazz up your profile
Use an AR emoji as your profile picture in Contacts and Samsung account. You can choose from over 10 poses or create your own expressions.
- Face stickers
Pretend to be your emoji with new stickers of your emoji’s face. Have fun decorating your photos and sharing them with your friends.
- Dance the night away
Make cool dance videos with your AR emojis. Choose templates from 10 different categories including #Fun, #Cute, and #Party.
- Design your own clothes
Ever wanted to be a fashion designer? You can now use your own drawings to create unique clothes for your AR emojis.
One UI helps you stay connected and share your experiences with others. Just tap the Share button in any app.
- More customization
Make sharing your own. You can customize the list of apps that appear when you share content to keep the clutter away and focus only on the apps you use regularly.
- Easier navigation
New layout and better navigation makes sharing a breeze. Swipe left or right to scroll through apps and contacts when you’re sharing.
- Photo sharing
When you share a picture that doesn’t look quite right, whether it’s out of focus or not framed well, we’ll let you know and give you suggestions for fixing it.
One UI 4 makes it even easier to keep your busy life organized.
- Check your schedule on the Home screen
A new widget shows your schedule for the day along with a full calendar for the month.
- Quick add events
Need to add something to your calendar in a hurry? Just enter a title and you’re done.
- More search options
You’ve got more ways than ever to find your calendar events. Choose from recent search keywords or filter by color or sticker.
- Share with others
Sometimes you need to keep others in the loop. It’s now easier to share your calendars with other Galaxy users.
- Easier date and time selection
Setting event details is a breeze with separate date and time options.
- Recover deleted events
Events you delete will stay in the Trash for 30 days so you can get them back if you need them.
One UI’s fast and secure web browser now makes it even easier to find the webpages you’re looking for and protect your privacy.
- Search suggestions
Get more search suggestions when you enter text in the address bar. Results will appear with an all new design.
- Search from the Home screen
The new search widget helps you find what you’re looking for, right from the Home screen.
- Start in Secret mode
To protect your privacy, Samsung Internet will automatically start in Secret mode if you were using Secret mode during your last browsing session.
See your phone’s performance, security, and battery life at a glance, solve problems quickly, and get deep diagnostics for more complex issues.
- Battery and security at a glance
Battery and security issues will appear right on the main screen so you can solve problems more quickly.
- Understand your phone’s overall status
Your phone’s overall status is shown as an emoji, so you can understand instantly.
- Diagnostic checks
Now you can get right to Samsung Members diagnostics from Device Care. If something seems wrong with your phone, try the diagnostic tests to find out what the problem is and get suggestions for solving it.
Manage all your health data in one place and start building habits for a better tomorrow. Track your exercise, sleep, food intake, and more. One UI 4 makes it easier than ever.
- All new design
Your important data is just a tap away. Everything you need is in easy reach as four tabs at the bottom of the screen.
- My page
Get a summary of your health stats, achievements, personal bests, and progress on the My page tab.
- Challenge your friends
Starting a Together challenge is easier than ever. Invite friends by sending a link.
- More inclusive
Gender options are more inclusive. You can now choose Other or Prefer not to say.
- More food options
Recording your food intake is easier with more snacks added to the food tracker.
Make your phone do more for you. Turn on Wi-Fi automatically when you come home, or set your phone to silent when you’re at work. One UI 4 gives you even more possibilities.
- More conditions
More conditions are available for your routines. Start a routine during a call or when a certain notification arrives.
- More actions
You can now turn on Enhanced processing with a routine. There are also more options such as connecting and disconnecting Bluetooth devices.
- More control
Reorder actions by touching and holding actions on the edit page. Advanced options have also been added to let you wait before an action starts, confirm actions, and more.
- More combinations
We’ve removed restrictions for some combinations of conditions and actions so you can do even more with your routines.
- More customization
Create custom icons for your routines using the Camera or an image from Gallery.
One UI is designed for everyone. In One UI 4, you’ll get even more options to help you use your phone in the way that’s most comfortable for you.
- Always there when you need it
Access accessibility features more quickly with a floating button that’s always available.
- Mouse gestures
Perform actions more quickly by moving your mouse pointer to one of the 4 corners of the screen.
- Adjust your screen at once
Adjust contrast and size at the same time with custom Display mode (High contrast or Large display).
- Eye comfort
More visibility options are available to meet your needs. You can reduce transparency or blur.
- Extra dim screen
If your screen is too bright, even at the lowest brightness setting, turn on Extra dim for more comfortable reading in the dark.
- Customizable flash notifications
Make the screen flash when you receive a notification. You customize colors for each app so you can easily determine where a notification is coming from.
- Easier magnification
Magnifier window has been merged with the new Magnification menu, giving you more options and more control for magnifying content on the screen.
More features and improvements
- Better Always On Display
Never miss a notification. You can now set Always On Display to turn on whenever you get a notification. New animated stickers are also available to keep your Always On Display looking fresh.
- Enhanced Dark mode
To keep you comfortable in the dark, Dark mode now automatically dims wallpapers and icons. Illustrations in Samsung apps now have Dark mode versions with darker colors for a more consistent experience that’s easier on your eyes.
- Charging info at a glance
When you start charging, different visual effects let you know your charging speed more intuitively.
- Easier brightness control
A bigger brightness bar in the quick panel makes it easier to change screen brightness with a swipe.
- Tips preview videos
Learn more about what your Galaxy can do with preview videos on the main screen of the Tips app.
- Safety and emergency menu
The new Safety and emergency menu in Settings lets you manage your emergency contacts and safety information all in one place.
- Settings search enhancements
Improved search features help you find the settings you need, when you need them. You’ll get suggestions for related features depending on what you search for.
- Keep your eyes on the road
The new Driving monitor in Digital Wellbeing keeps track of when you use your phone while driving. You’ll get reports on how much you used your phone and which apps you used.
- Skip an alarm just once
Feel like sleeping in? You can now turn off an alarm just for one occurrence. It will turn back on automatically after it’s skipped.
- Day or night at a glance
Have a friend on the other side of the world? It’s easier to see if it’s a good time to contact them. The dual clock widget now shows different background colors for each city depending on whether it’s day or night.
- Switch from texts to calls
Texting not cutting it? Tap the person’s name at the top of the conversation to see their details or start a voice or video call.
- More search results in Messages
Now you can search your messages for photos, videos, web links, and more. The results are all filtered so you can jump right to what you’re looking for.
- Easier search in My Files
Find the file you’re looking for, even if there’s a typo or the name doesn’t match exactly. The Recent files area has also been expanded to help you quickly locate files you’ve used or received recently.
- More complete desktop experience
More apps are resizable in Samsung DeX, so you can multitask and get more done throughout the day. You can also change the touchpad scrolling direction in DeX settings to match your personal preference.
- Enhanced Edge panels
Keep your current app in view while using edge panels. Blurring has been removed to help you see more at once.
- Resizable picture-in-picture
If a floating video is getting in the way, pinch your fingers together to make it smaller. Want to see more? Spread your fingers apart to make it bigger.
- Quick access to pop-up window options
For easier multitasking, you can pin the window options menu to the top of the window to make it easier to access.
Some apps will need to be updated separately after the One UI 4 upgrade.
One UI 4.0 Tip: How to customize Samsung phone’s notification sounds?
If your Galaxy phone’s sound is annoying you, and probably get notifications from many different apps, popping up alerts about messages, emails, replies and more. If you like the idea of getting specific notifications and are annoyed by the sounds your Samsung phone is making, there is a way to change it.
Luckily, with One UI 4.0, Samsung has not only redesigned Quick Panel with more compact notifications and an improved layout, but it also provides users to customize their phone’s notification sound. There is also a separation between silent notifications and alert notifications, making it easy for you to triage notifications when they arrive.
We’re going to show you what to do to change that notification sound and how to select specific notification sounds for specific apps so that only you can hear what you want.
One UI 4.0 Notification Sounds
Choose all your notifications to a new sound
This option is perfect if you like your Samsung phone to make more pleasant sounds, without wanting different sounds. With these steps, you can change the sound of all notifications for all apps to a similar alert as you like.
- Swipe down to access your Quick Settings.
- Select the Settings option with a gear-like icon.
- In the Settings menu, there should be one of the Sound & Vibration options. Select it to continue.
- Select Notification Sound in the next menu.
You will now see a list of notification sounds that you can set. Choose one and all your notifications will play with that sound. That’s all you have to do.
Set up a customized notification for the personal app
Normal notification sounds are pleasing, but most people prefer different notification sounds to tell which app is sending the alert but do not like the native sound that the app itself does. Fortunately, you can usually change the Notifications app through the app to get the exact sounds you want. Here’s what to do.
- Just swipe down to open your Quick Settings menu and select the Gear-like Settings icon.
- This time, scroll down until you find the App and select it.
- Select the app you want to launch.
- The next window shows the different types of information about the app. Look in the App Settings section to find the Notifications option and Select it.
Remember that you can choose to enable or disable notifications for this app. This is a great way to make sure that only certain apps on your Samsung phone are making sounds. If this is one of the apps you want to make noise, show notifications should be turned on.
Now, this part may change a bit depending on your Samsung phone, you can choose others to continue. Sometimes you need to select a specific function of the app to continue.
Note that this window is also a great option if you need alerts, but prioritize them without making noise. Instead, you can set your phone to vibrate or light blink. You can also choose whether you want to see notifications on your lock screen. This is a great setting option for extensive customization, so you may want to check it out for every active app you use.
What about adding new sounds or custom sounds?
Setting up custom notification sounds as custom ringtones are not easy, but it is possible if you want to take a few extra steps.
- First, you need to get the sound file of the sound you want mp3 or something like that. Download it to your Samsung phone.
The file will probably download automatically to the Music folder, so you need to go to the My Files app, then select the audio, then select the Music, and find your sound file. Long press on the file, and then select Copy.
- Go back to the My Files home screen and select Internal Storage.
- Scroll down until you see Notifications and select it. Once in the info folder, select Copy here.
- Now when you go to Settings and see the options to change your notification sound, you will see your sound file name in the list so you can select it and change it to your customized sound.
[Update: All receiving] Samsung will roll out Android 12 One UI 4.0 to these Galaxy S, Note, Z, A and Tab devices
The One UI 4.0 is Samsung’s fourth major generation of its Android OS-based custom software skin. Months after Beta testing activity, the company announced the stable One UI 4.0 based on Android 12 for several Galaxy devices on November 15.
Following the announcement, Samsung swiftly released the One UI 4.0 update to the Galaxy S21 series phones including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. At the same time, the company confirmed that older flagship Galaxy devices will also get this major s/w on a later date.
Below, you can check the list of Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Z, Galaxy A and Galaxy Tab devices that are officially confirmed to receive the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update.
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