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Review: Samsung One UI 4.0 has simplified, organized and elegant designs

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Buying a Samsung phone means saying bye-bye to fast updates not too long ago. Fortunately, Galaxy updates appear faster and longer on recent Samsung devices. With the update to One UI 4, Samsung has shown that the phone does not have to be on older versions of Android for months.

One month after the arrival of Android 12, Samsung released the One UI 4 based on Android 12 for the Galaxy S21 series. Samsung’s new promise to update support is a feature – the most important feature you can find on a flagship smartphone. The rest of the features are less impressive than you might expect as Samsung does not like to rock the boat.

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Samsung’s One UI with Android 12!

Even with the major update to Android 12, I never expected Samsung to radically change the way the One UI looks in the S21 series. It still does the same thing, so people will not be confused when they reboot their phones after upgrading. However, I guess there will be a lot of edits in favor of Google. Notifications include some style changes, quick settings, and more remote parts of the OS, but if you expect things to run rigidly, you may be physically frustrated.

Although Samsung has updated amazing of its widgets to fit the rounded Android 12 aesthetic, none of them are part of the Material You device theme. Themes are included, but they are much more limited than Pixel.

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Samsung removes color palettes from wallpaper images, but they are much older than Google’s saturated tones. I liked it at first, but some of the combos, especially those taken from more vibrant backgrounds, look a little too much. Some compromise between Google’s sophistication and Samsung’s boldness. Icon theme is disabled by default as it is in pixel.

Though, enabling the Icon theme only changes Samsung’s own apps. Google apps that help themes in Pixel are also non-themed in One UI 4, but Google’s widgets work with themes. Apps support the color palette in One UI 4, but Samsung apps do not use Google’s themes.

In a twist, Samsung tones the lock screen clock and notifications based on the lock cover background. It’s different from the rest of the system themes and makes more sense to me than Google’s approach of developing the whole theme every time you set a lock screen or home screen wallpaper.

Galaxy Note 20 Color Palette

Overall a One UI 4 has asymmetrical theme implementation. See below, Google’s widgets are thematic, but not icons. While, Samsung’s icons use colors theme, but its widgets do not. We know Google’s “Monet” policy is currently unavailable to other OEMs, so this may cause differences.

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Unlike the change to OG Material design or navigation gestures, it seems to me that it’s going to take some versions to work. Some OEMs do better than others, but Samsung is the only one we’ve seen so far.

If you’re a long-time Samsung user plugging into company bundled apps, you’re very happy with One UI 4. Those apps received minor but sensitive changes. For instance, you can search for media in the Messages application and the browser will go into private mode by default.

The Samsung Health app now has more inclusive gender options and the layout is easier to navigate. From photographing yourself in a softly lit cafe to capturing a beautiful evening view, Night mode will cover you. With the press of a button, your camera captures and combines up to 20 of the best AI-enabled shots to give you a clear and vivid image.

Samsung RAM Plus

Samsung introduced a feature called RAM Plus several months ago, which allows phones to reserve 4GB of internal storage as virtual RAM. Although the S21 family has between 8 and 12GB of RAM, RAM Plus is online by default and will not be disabled on Android 12.

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I do not understand why Samsung is wasting storage on such low utility when not set. To put it bluntly, “RAM Plus” is a feature that uses part of your device’s storage to create “Virtual RAM” that maximizes the limit on your Galaxy smartphone. For Samsung Galaxy high-end smartphones with more than 8-12GB of RAM, this is probably not even a problem, but for low-end devices with hardware limitations, this can be a real way to increase or improve normal performance levels. I found that the performance has not changed much since Android 11.

One UI 4 is even better than Android 12!

I was disappointed not to do anything big with Samsung Material You, but things are still evolving. Future updates to Android 12 may make OEMs more themed. It’s not just for visual changes – updating to Android 12 can also remove a feature I use all the time. Like the Google Pixel, the S21 in Android 12 has lost the ability to control the cast volume with your phone buttons. This is thanks to a legal dispute and the solution should be available on Android 12L. Losing a feature like this “upgrade” is still frustrating.

No privacy without strict security

Since the One UI 4 is based on Android 12, it has all the deep-down system enhancements introduced by Google in the new pixels. Most of these changes are related to privacy and security, which are always appreciated in today’s age.

Sensitive data such as PINs, passwords and Samsung Pay fingerprints are always protected with Knox Vault. Encrypt and store data separately to protect against attacks, hacking and errors with Knox Vault Storage. For other important files like photos, videos, files, applications, and data you want to keep private, Secure Folder blocks browsing.

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However, Samsung does not get all the credit – you will find more or less the same content as other Android 12 phones. Samsung has adjusted features such as the new privacy dashboard and sensor alerts to make it visible and work as part of the One UI.

Nevertheless, Samsung has done some good with battery-powered devices. While Google has lowered the battery menu on Android 12 to show the last 24 hours, Samsung has kept the “from last charge” view as well as the last 7 days’ trends. The Device Care menu also has a new emoji that lets you know how happy your phone is. Okay, Samsung.

Galaxy Note 20 One UI 4.0 – Ram Plus

I’m testing the One UI 4 on the Galaxy S21, which I believe is a really underestimated member of the S21 family. I preferred this phone because One UI 4 is not yet available in Z Fold 3 and I am very excited about it. I love how powerful the multi-window is on the Z Fold 3 and the One UI 4 makes it even better.

On the S21, Samsung’s multi-window functionality now looks simpler. Resizing apps has just gotten easier and many of the things that were crash-prone are now fixed. I’ve been able to resize videos that are actively playing videos without even breaking the size.

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What about the point of speed of One UI 4?

A few years ago Samsung was lucky enough to complete an Android update in six months, but things really changed. A few weeks after Google released Android 12, Samsung has OTAs for its most popular phone of the year and the rest of its high-end devices are coming soon.

I’m glad that OEMs including but not limited to Samsung have been committed to updating phones for a long time. Samsung charges a lot for its devices and it may not pack properly in the major feature upgrades, but it has been shown that it can provide a much closer updated experience to Google.

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One UI 4.1.1

Exclusive: Samsung One UI 4.1.1 will be based on Android 12L

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Samsung One UI 5.0 is coming but before its public release, we will see One UI 4.1.1 custom software system. According to the company’s previous releases, the One UI 4.1.1 should be based on Android 12, however, that’s not true, the company is making a significant change this year.

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Following the launch of Android 12 OS last year, Google introduced Android 12L for large screen devices, such as foldable and tablets. So far, none of the Samsung Galaxy foldable or tablets are running Android 12L, instead, they are working on Android 12-based One UI 4.

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Meanwhile, Samsung’s next version of One UI 4 – One UI 4.1.1 is on its way and it will be pre-installed in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 phones. According to our sources, unlike One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 which are based on Android 12, One UI 4.1.1 will be based on Android 12L.

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Android 12L One UI 4.1.1

If you don’t believe this source, let me remind you that Samsung itself, however, indirectly confirmed that Android 12L bases One UI 4.1.1. It provided the update for the One Hand Operation+ module whose changelog clearly mentions “Support for One UI 4.1.1 (Android 12L)”.

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However, it doesn’t mean that One UI 4.1.1 will be only available for Galaxy foldable and tablets, it will also provide its functionalities to select Galaxy smartphones including – Galaxy S, Note, A, M, F, as well as XCover series, check out the eligible device list here.

Android 12L One UI 4.1.1 features

Well, Samsung hasn’t confirmed the changes and new features that are coming to One UI 4.1.1. Android 12L however, brings two major changes for large-screen devices including (1) a new two-column interface for the notification shade and (2) a new taskbar UI for improved multitasking.

Samsung on its One UI 4.1.1 might also bring the improved compatibility experience for Galaxy users that Google introduced with Android 12L, which improves scaling for apps that are not optimized for large-screen devices.

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Samsung Android 12: Galaxy M51, M31, M21, M11 and M01 One UI 4.0/4.1 Update Info

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Samsung Galaxy M Android 12

Launched back in 2020, Samsung Galaxy M51, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M01 came pre-installed with the Android 10-based One UI 2.x out of the box. All of the Samsung Galaxy M devices are eligible for the major Android 12 upgrade, as the company promised last August.

Starting last year, Samsung upgraded all of these devices to the new Android 11-based One UI 3.x version. Moving ahead, the company has started delivering the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update to the eligible Galaxy devices from November 2021 and One UI 4.1 from March 2022.

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Samsung Galaxy M Android 12

As expected, the Korean tech giant has offered the Android 12 to the flagship devices, however, remaining mid-range and budget phones will get this major update until the third quarter of this year. Also, it’s expected that several Galaxy phones may directly get the One UI 4.1 with Android 12 OS upgrade.

One UI 4.0 Update Roadmap:

On November 15, Samsung officially released the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update roadmap for the Galaxy devices. The rollout plan revealed the One UI 4.0 update release timeline for various Galaxy phones and tablets in Brazil. You can check it by clicking the link below:

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One UI 4 Features: Samsung’s Android 12 update brings a number of new features including a modified user interface with renewed icons and a Material You theming system. In addition, the One UI 4.0 also improves all of the stock apps, adds more lock screen widgets, quick settings toggles to turn off the camera and mic access, and more.

If you have a Galaxy M series smartphone and are interested to get connected with the latest news on Samsung Android 12 and One UI 4 development, you should bookmark this page as it will be updated regularly with new and authentic information.

Samsung Galaxy M Android 12 Tracker

[March 04]

It seems that Samsung may soon start rolling out the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 or One UI 4.1 upgrade to the remaining Galaxy devices. However, there’s no official confirmation regarding the update expansion, but a long halt in upgrade release suggests the same.

 

Galaxy M51 Android 12 One UI 4 Update Tracker

April 24, 2022

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Samsung has dispatched the Android 12-based Oen UI 4.1 update for the Galaxy M51 smartphones that brings Color palette, improved privacy settings, Samsung Keyboard with Grammarly, new smart widgets, the ability to record voice without unlocking your phone, new camera modes, Quick Share feature, extra dim mode, customizable RAM plus, and many more.


 

Galaxy M31 Android 12 One UI 4 Update Tracker

April 13, 2022

Samsung has started rolling out the stable Android 12-based One UI 4.1 update for Galaxy M31 device owners in India. This update brings a wide range of new features and enhancements to your smartphone as well as improves its performance. Read More

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March 14, 2022

Samsung just announced the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta program for the Galaxy M31 smartphone users in India. Consumers can now enroll for the One UI 4 Beta activity via the Samsung Members app to get the Android 12 upgrade ahead of its stable release. Read more


 

Galaxy M21 Android 12 One UI 4 Update Tracker

April 21, 2022

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Android 12-based One UI 4.1 update has started rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy M21 smartphone users. Google Android 12 brings a bunch of new and improved features to your device. Meanwhile, the Samsung One UI 4.1 aims to make your Galaxy experience more intuitive, more fun, more secure, and easier than ever. Read More


 

Galaxy M11 Android 12 One UI 4 Update Tracker

July 2, 2022

Samsung Galaxy M11 smartphone users have started getting the Android 12-based One UI 4.1 update. This update comes with multiple new features, lots of improvements, and customization options to provide users with a more intuitive, more secure, and easier experience. Read more

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Galaxy M01 Android 12 One UI 4 Update Tracker

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Android 12L One UI 4.1.1 update info

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 One UI

In August 2019, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 10 series as the successor to the Galaxy Note 9 flagship. At the Galaxy Unpacked event, the company introduced the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, and next year, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite was unveiled as an affordable variant of the flagship line.

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The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ shipped with the Android 9-based One UI 1.5 while the Galaxy Note 10 Lite came with the One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 out of the box. Presently, these devices run the latest Android 12-based One UI version 4.1.

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The Galaxy Note 10 lineup has already received the major One UI 4.1 update, based on Android 12. However, Samsung is likely to introduce the Android 12L based One UI 4.1.1 with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in August. Meanwhile, the company might also bring the One UI 4.1.1 to the Galaxy Note 10 series.

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This article will cover every major and minor software update that will arrive for the Galaxy Note 10 series devices. At the same time, you can get all the latest insights on Samsung’s Android 12L and One UI 4.1.1 update for the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

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July 01, 2022

We’re guessing that Samsung might provide another Android upgrade to the Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, S10e, S10, and S10+ smartphones, possibly the Android 12L. As all the eligible Pixel devices are currently running the 12L version of the Android operating system, the South Korean tech giant might deliver it to a handful of Galaxy devices as well. Read more

 

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June 30, 2022

Samsung has started releasing a new update for the Galaxy Themes app to improve performance. Identified via version 5.2.05.4, the latest update of the Galaxy Themes brings Android 12L-based One  UI 4.1.1 support.

 

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June 17, 2022

It looks like Samsung is testing a major software on the latest flagships for consumers in Europe, which could be the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 or the Android 12L-based One UI 4.1.1.

 

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June 25, 2022

Tipster Jon Prosser has recently revealed that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable smartphones might be launched on August 10, 2022. We know that the Android 12L-based One UI 4.1.1 will also be introduced alongside the upcoming foldables.

 

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June 09, 2022

Samsung just released a new application update to the Good Lock’s One Hand Operation + module, adding support for the One UI 4.1.1 version. At the same time, the changelog revealed that the upcoming One UI 4.1.1 iteration will be based on the Android 12L operating system.

 

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June 04, 2022

The upcoming One UI 4.1.1 firmware will fix major issues occurring on the Good Lock’s Wonderland customization application. The recently emerged bugs and issues require “a lot of platform-level code correction”, which will be reflected with the One UI 4.1.1 version.

 

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June 04, 2022

Samsung starts One UI 4.1.1 firmware development on Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 under the build version F936NKSU0AVF2 and F721NKSU0AVF2, respectively. We can take it as the company’s yet another action ahead of the launch of the new foldable phones.

 

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March 22, 2022

Today, Samsung has initially pushed the new Android 12-based One UI 4.1 update to the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ devices.

Notably, these devices have already received three major OS upgrades, in which the Android 12 is the last one. It means these phones will have to spend their remaining life on One UI 4.1.

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March 15, 2022

The company announced that select Camera features of the new Galaxy S22 series will be offered to several older flagship devices including the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 series with the One UI 4.1 update.

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As per the info, the upcoming features are night portrait, pet recognition, lighting position editing, telephoto portrait mode, Director’s View, integrated Snapchat and more.

Nevertheless, the mod announcement doesn’t mention the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series, it’s expected that the One UI 4.1 may not be released.

Meanwhile, Samsung should provide the One UI 4.1 update to the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series as well, which will further enhance the stability alongside fixing some minor issues appeared after upgrading to the Android 12.

 

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March 9, 2022

  • Samsung will soon rollout March 2022 security update for more Galaxy devices including Galaxy Note 10 series, Galaxy Note 20 series, and more. Along with the security patch, these devices may also receive the One UI 4.1 update. Read the complete story here.

 


 

February 9, 2022

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  • Samsung has now officially launched the Galaxy S22 smartphone lineup, which comes with the latest Android 12-based One UI 4.1 software. Read more

 

December 31, 2021

Stable Android 12 One UI 4.0 rolling out

Samsung is now expanding this major software update with One UI 4.0 novelties to the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ devices. In addition, this release includes the January 2022 security patch for the Galaxy Note 10 line. Read more

Software versions

  • Galaxy Note 10 – N970FXXU7GULD
  • Galaxy Note 10 Plus – N975FXXU7GULD
  • Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G – N976BXXU7GULD

 


 

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December 27, 2021

One UI 4 Beta 3 rolling out

The Galaxy Note 10 One UI 4 Beta 3 changelog includes fixes for the media-related photos not being saved, improvement of system slowdown when a notification arrives, malfunction filter frequently occur and AKG 400 error. Read more

  • Third One UI 4 Beta Changelog
    • Media-related photo not being saved (when capturing/gallery/dual messenger does not work, etc.)
    • Improvement of system slowdown when a notification occurs
    • Malfunction filter frequently occurs
    • AKG N400 connection error
    • In My Files/Gallery app Korean file name not found

 


December 12, 2021

One UI 4 Beta bug fix list has a bug

As you can see in the second Galaxy Note 10 One UI 4 Beta update for South Korea, the changelog mentions “Fixed for the errors that don’t work at adaptive refresh 120Hz”. Well, it’s just a typing mistake by the software developer because the Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ have fixed refresh rate screens at 60Hz.

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December 09, 2021

One UI 4 Beta 2 – South Korea

Samsung released the 2nd One UI 4 Beta update for the Galaxy Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G smartphones in South Korea. It comes with fixes for a lot of bugs and CVEs for enhanced stability.

Changelog

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  • Stuttering issues when scrolling through various apps (status bar (quick panel), etc.)
  • Stuttering when running the Messages app
  • Not entering a conversation from a message
  • No background blur effect applied in the app entry/multi-tasking window
  • When playing a video Stuttering

 

  • App not visible in Secure Folder
  • Reset when playing the next song in Samsung Music
  • Stuttering when scrolling in Weather app
  • Error playing mp4 file in video player
  • Edge panel not working

 

  • Web in Instagram/Facebook app Link to site error
  • When entering the main screen with the Samsung Dex Apps button, there is a delay of about 1 second
  • When running some apps in recent apps, the corners are filled late
  • Blank screen occurs when scrolling the Quick Panel
  • Unexplained vibration occurs [S10 series only]
  • Fixed other minor issues


 

December 09, 2021

One UI 4 Beta – US

Samsung announced the One UI 4 Beta program for the Galaxy S10 series devices in the US. At the same time, the company has rolled out the first Android 12-based Beta software for consumers.


 

December 02, 2021

One UI 4 Beta – South Korea

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Samsung has officially announced the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta program for the Galaxy Note 10 series devices in South Korea. The Beta Operations Manager started recruiting the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ smartphone users for One UI 4 Beta program. [Source]

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December 01, 2021

November 2021 update @ Verizon US

Along with the November 2021 security patch, Verizon included performance improvements on your Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, or Galaxy Note 10+ 5G device. You can check the software versions below. [Source]

  • Galaxy Note 10 – N970USQU7FUJ8
  • Galaxy Note 10 Plus – N975USQU7FUJ8
  • Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G – N976VVRU7FUJ8

November 22, 2021

Spotted on Geekbench with Android 12

The Galaxy Note 10 series phones are officially confirmed to get One UI 4.0 update sometime in December 2021, however, the Galaxy Note 10 5G variant was spotted on Geekbench running the Android 12 OS. It suggests that the Beta version of this major upgrade is likely to release soon.

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November 15, 2021

Official One UI 4.0 announced

On November 15, Samsung announced the One UI 4.0 official version based on Android 12 OS for the Galaxy devices. Read more

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