Google Android 12 is already here and several OEMs have started providing the update to their compatible smartphones and tablets. As soon as the Android 12 update is rolling out to users widely, we are getting newer and newer information about it.
Recently, an Android 12 user named Mishaal Rahman spotted a new change in the system that is an option to disable 2G modems on phones that ship with it. It sounds like a minor change but it is serious feedback and one should probably consider switching it off on their device.
Unfortunately, this feature requires version 1.6 of the Radio HAL, and many devices don't have that. pic.twitter.com/oxyOFkyiVA
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) January 13, 2022
Why 2G should be disabled? Created in 1991, 2G network is the second generation of mobile communications. It is an old technology thus, has several vulnerabilities. 2G uses weak encryption with several security flaws, which can give hackers calls and allows easy interception of message text.
Another reason why one should disable 2G is that there is no authentication of the phone’s tower, which means anyone can impersonate a real 2G tower and a phone using the 2G protocol will never be intelligible.
Although many security flaws in 2G have been fixed in 4G, more advanced cell-site simulators can downgrade your connection to 2G, leaving your phone more susceptible to the above attacks. Therefore, disabling the modem can be a nice addition to your security.
The option is available under Settings > Network & Internet > SIM > 2G Allowed on Android 12. Do note that the option to disable the 2G connection requires an update of the smartphone’s HAL Radio, so many devices should not have this function available due to this restriction.
However, some new Samsung and Google devices have these updates implemented and the same goes for devices that come with Android 12 out-of-the-box.
Samsung Android 13: Galaxy S22, S21, S20 and S10 Lite One UI 5 Update Info
Discussions on Android 12 and its skins such as Samsung One UI 4.1 are now over as Android 13 is the new talk of the town. We shared the list of Galaxy devices that will get the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update months ago, while rumors have started to surface on the web.
According to Samsung, various S series devices including the Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and S10 Lite are compatible with the One UI 5.0 version upgrade, based on Android OS 13. Starting October this year, the company will begin the rollout of its new One UI version to the Public.
Through this page, we provide you with detailed information on every eligible Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone for the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update. Therefore, if you have one of the S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, or S10 Lite, should bookmark this page to stay connected.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Android 13
Samsung launched the Galaxy S22 series devices pre-loaded with Android 12-based One UI 4.1. The Android 13 will be the first major firmware upgrade for these devices, however, the S22 trio is eligible for 4 major OS and One UI upgrades.
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Samsung could start the One UI 5 Beta program for the Galaxy S22 series in the third week of this month.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Android 13
The Galaxy S21 series came pre-installed with the Android 11-based One UI 3.1 (S21 FE – Android 12) and received the Android 12-based One UI 4.1 earlier this year. Similar to the Galaxy S22 series, the last year’s flagship lineup is also compatible with 4 generations of OS upgrades.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Android 13
In 2020, the South Korean tech giant unveiled the Galaxy S20 series with monster camera capabilities for the first time in the industry. But sadly, the One UI 5 based on Android 13 is going to be the last major switch for the Galaxy S20 series including the Galaxy S20 FE.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Android 13
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup is no longer eligible for any major firmware update, however, the affordable variant is lucky, just like the S21 FE. The company is committed to providing the Android 13 upgrade with One UI 5 features to the Galaxy S10 Lite this year.
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Samsung Android 12: Galaxy M51, M31, M21, M11 and M01 One UI 4.0/4.1 Update Info
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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
Galaxy M01 Android 12 One UI 4 Update Tracker
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This article will be updated regularly!
Samsung Android 13 Beta Program: Here’s how you will be able to download and install
Samsung is busy providing the Android 12-based One UI 4.x upgrade to the eligible Galaxy devices since later last year. Meanwhile, Samsung consumers have already started wondering about the upcoming Android 13-based One UI 5 software as Google officially announced the Beta program.
Google released the first Developer Preview build of the Android 13 operating system back in February 2022. Later on, the company started the public Beta program, which is currently limited to Google’s Pixel smartphones, worldwide.
Like last year, the Korean tech giant will run its own Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program for the eligible Galaxy devices. It’s almost confirmed that the Galaxy S22 series will be the first lineup to be invited for the Beta testing activity of the new operating system.
As of now, we haven’t any confirmation regarding the timeline of Samsung’s Android 13 Beta program. However, you can go ahead with this page in order to learn how to download and install the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta update on your Samsung smartphone.
How to sign up for Samsung Android 13 Beta
Joining Samsung’s One UI Beta program is not a difficult task at all. In the near future, you will be able to sign up for the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program on your eligible Galaxy device (Galaxy S22, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy S21 series).
As soon as the Android 13 Beta activity begins for your specific region, you will be able to join the One UI Beta through the Samsung Members app. Now, log in with your Samsung Account and tap on the Bell icon in which you should be able to see a new One UI 5 Beta registration banner.
On the newly emerged banner, simply tap and an entry form will appear so you can fill in your details. Once done, read the terms and conditions before joining the One UI 5 Beta program and press the ENROLL button to finish the signup process.
Image: One UI 4 Beta
Note: Samsung is likely to start the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program by July/August this year.
Aside from the sign-up process for the Samsung Android 13 Beta Program, we also covered the same topic for the One UI 5 Beta Program, which you can find below.
Update – July 01, 2022
Samsung is likely to start the One UI 5 Beta program based on the Android 13 operating system in the third week of this month. Initially, it will be available for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone users, however, it will expand later on.
Update – June 22, 2022
Samsung could soon start the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program for the Galaxy S22 series devices as test firmware has been spotted for the Galaxy S22 Plus variant running Korean ROM. For your information, the version of the test firmware is S906NKSU2ZVF6.