The switch from Android 11-based One UI 3 to Android 12-based One UI 4 is massive. Google completely revamped the look of its Android OS by introducing the Material You theming engine, as well as bringing lots of new features. Whereas, Samsung further carried more customization options with the flavor of its One UI for the Galaxy device owners.
One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 is currently the latest software system offered by Samsung. The update hasn’t even reached all eligible devices and users have started looking to the next generation custom OS that is One UI 5, which will be based on Google’s Android 13.
The US tech giant has released the first and second Android 13 beta for its Pixel users, which confirms that the company is yet again going to bring a lot of new big changes that will completely change the user experience. And since the One UI 5 will be established on Android 13, we can expect the same, even more from Samsung.
Taking Android 13 beta 1 as a base, we have created the list of Samsung One UI 5.0 features that will come to your Galaxy phones and tablets. So, let’s have a look at these features below.
Samsung One UI 5.0 Features
Improved Material You
Android 12 One UI 4 arrived with Material You Dynamic Color feature that lets you customize your phone with different colors based on your wallpaper. However, it misses the ability to let users set their own color.
The Android 13 One UI 5 Material You still do not have this ability but it now has 16 color options to choose from, thus introducing more flexibility.
Redesigned Notification Icons
Android users have had the ability to silence notifications from the notification panel for years. Currently, you see the same size of Default and your Silent notifications on the lock screen, but in the new generation, it’s getting a different look. The default notifications appear in the same size while the silent notifications are narrower.
App drawer to Taskbar
Samsung Galaxy users will have a new app drawer shortcut to quickly pull up all installed apps. This significantly enhances multi-tasking on the big screen and allows users to access all of their apps without any irritant, even when they are in the app.
However, this app drawer icon only appears when the user is running the app, it disappears when the user returns to the home screen.
Faster Game loading
For gaming lovers who don’t like the long game loading on their phones, the tech giant will be introducing faster game loading. The feature will allow games to convey their current functional state to the operating system and the OS will further reduce the load times through power management and CPU.
Easy QR code scanning
QR codes are everywhere now. Although Samsung already provides easy QR code scanning through the phone’s camera, it will become easier with future upgrades. Users will be able to scan it right from the lock screen of their phones.
Control Smart home devices from Lock screen
The next-gen Android will make control Smart home devices from the lock screen without having to unlock their phones possible. The feature will be disabled by default and you can enable it from the Settings.
Quick tap to enable Flashlight
One UI 4 has the ability to double-tap gestures to open Assistant, capture screenshots, control media playback, open recent apps, and check notifications. One UI 5 on the other hand will make it possible to enable or disable the flashlight by double-tapping your phone’s back, similar to iOS.
Redesign Audio output picker
The expanded volume bar will let you switch between available output devices such as Bluetooth headphones, or phone speakers. This look identical to One UI 4’s audio output picker but a design refresh here improves stability across the interface.
Themed icons for third-party apps
Google apps icons get the theme support with Android 12 One UI 4 update. While with Android 13 One UI 5, it is expected that the company will bring theme support for non-Samsung and Google applications as well.
Weekly View in Privacy Dashboard
Samsung users only have the option to view the permission log for the camera, microphone, and location for only the last 24 hours. However, the new version might have the ability to show the whole week’s permission logs.
Edit Text from Clipboard
Similar to screenshots, One UI 5 will add a pencil icon to edit the content when you cut or copy text so that you can easily paste the text from the clipboard and add/remove content to it. On the other hand, when you copy a number or a link, it will show you options to call/message and open the link.
All-new Photo picker
The new photo picker provides more controls over the files that can be accessed by different apps. There are also new categories for Files and media, Photos & videos, and Music & audio.
It will allow you to select specific files to share with different apps, as opposed to an all-or-nothing approach.
Dynamic Theming for Media controls
Android 12 One UI 4 Dynamic theming applies your chosen color palette to all Samsung apps, Google apps, Quick settings, and others. Meanwhile, with Android 13 One UI 5, these changes will also be applied to media controls to go along with the awesome squiggly playback line.
What’s Samsung One UI 5.0 feature you like the most?
There are a bunch of new features that we have mentioned above. Many of these will be the ones you would like to have on your phone and many others that you would think there was no need for it. So which is the feature that you liked the most or did not like, do tell us through the comments section.
Moving on, we have covered the list of Samsung One UI 5 features on the basis of leaks and Android 13 beta 1 and Beta 2. And, at this moment, we can not surely say that all of these features will come to your Galaxy phone, some might be missed. Well, we are still months away from the One UI 5.0 beta, we could see more exciting features shortly.
Samsung One UI 5.0 (Android 13) Features Wishlist [May 2022]
Google Android 13 Beta 2 went live last week, but Samsung is yet to release any preview builds based on the upcoming update. However, the Galaxy device owners will be able to test the new Android 13 changes and features through the One UI 5.0 Beta program shortly.
Many Galaxy smartphones and tablets are eligible to try out the One UI 5.0 custom software system. And as usual, Samsung’s high-end models will be the first to taste it. But what features and improvements Samsung will be bringing for us?
I know every Samsung fan is excited to know all One UI 5.0 changes. But I guess, we will have to wait till July, when the first One UI 5.0 beta is expected to release. Meanwhile, SammyFans is here with the wishlist of features that we and other Samsung users desire to have on our phones with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 upgrade.
Samsung One UI 5.0 Features Wishlist
One UI 5.0 Effective RAM Plus
With the One UI 4.1 update, the Samsung RAM Plus feature added customization capabilities, bringing extra RAM up to 8GB. But users expect that that feature should become really effective with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 upgrade that will boost the performance, significantly. Read more
One UI 5.0 Themed icons for third-party apps
Samsung One UI 4.1 has a color palette that syncs with your phone’s wallpaper and when enabled, it not only applies to menus, buttons, and backgrounds but also to Google and Samsung app icons on your phone.
But that is not enough, users want these themes to be functional for third-party applications on their phones as well. Fortunately, this is going to be true. Android 13 Beta reveals that just like Samsung and Google Apps adopt the Material You theme on your One UI phone, third-party apps will also. Read more
One UI 5.0 Enhanced Photo Picker
Google Android 13 has an enhanced photo picker that is likely to come in One UI 5.0 as well. With the new OS, the Photo Picker feature is being split to provide more controls over the files that can be accessed by different apps.
There are now different categories for Files and media, Photos and videos, and Music and audio. It will allow users to select specific files to share with different apps, as opposed to an ‘all-or-nothing’ method. Read more
One UI 5.0 Faster Game Loading
Android 13 introduces a faster game loading experience, which is also expected to come with Samsung’s One UI 5.0 upgrade. This feature enables games to pass the top-level state of the game and indicate whether it can be interrupted or not.
It even allows games to convey their current functional state to the operating system and the OS further reduces the load times through power management and CPU. Read more
One UI 5.0 New Charging Animation
Samsung brought a completely new charging animation with Android 12-based One UI 4.0. But the few months old One UI 4.1 doesn’t have any changes in the charging animation, it continues to use the One UI 4.0’s.
Meanwhile, users get really bored of the same thick and green-colored circular animation and are expecting some modification on this side also. Read more
- More to be added soon! Stay tuned.
Samsung will give farewell to Galaxy Note series with Android 13 upgrade
After receiving the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 updates, Samsung fans are getting bored with regular security patches. While Google showcased the new Android 13 OS, Samsung Galaxy S and Note flagship owners are eagerly waiting for it along with One UI 5.0.
Google’s new mobile platform brings new features and privacy tools for the Pixel smartphone owners alongside minor tweaks in the user interface. All of the changes that Google is making in Android 13 will be seen in the One UI 5.0 except for the UI.
Aside from this, the Korean tech giant is likely to introduce a third variant of the Android 12-based One UI alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 in August. The anticipated One UI 4.1.1 update might bring some new features, better system optimization, and stability.
Thanks to Samsung’s software upgrades policy, we’ve plenty of ideas over which Galaxy devices will be getting the next major OS upgrade. At the same time, the previous rollout timelines help us accurately speculate the release timeline every year.
Samsung stopped making new Galaxy Note phones, after the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series. Therefore, the Android 13 will be like a farewell gift to the Samsung Galaxy Note series as it will be their third and last major upgrade for eligible Notes.
Samsung Galaxy Note Series Android 13 Upgrade
- Galaxy Note 20 LTE
- Galaxy Note 20 5G
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra LTE
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
Note: SammyFans compiled the Galaxy Note series Android 13 eligible device list on the basis of Samsung’s upgrade policies. The parent Galaxy Note 10 series won’t get One UI 5.0, while its affordable variant is even compatible with another major upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Android 13 update, One UI 5.0 release date, Beta and more
The Galaxy S22 series devices debuted with the Android 12-based One UI 4.1 iteration, back in February 2022. All the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup phones are first in line to receive the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update on both Beta and Stable channels.
The 2022 Galaxy S flagship models come with support for 4 generations of Android OS upgrades. Starting with the Android 13, the Korean tech giant has promised Galaxy S22 consumers to deliver major upgrades up to Android 16, alongside 5 years of regular security patches.
Well, talking about the first OS switch, the Galaxy S22 phones will be getting the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta and Stable update sometime in July and later this year, respectively. Google introduced the Android 13 OS, as Developer Preview, in February 2022, it’s not available for any Samsung device.
Galaxy S22 Android 13 Beta Status
We are expecting the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta activity for the Galaxy S22 line sometime in July or August this year. The program should be available in 7 countries like previously, letting consumers experience the new OS and features months ahead of its Public release.
- On April 7, it was reported that Samsung will first showcase the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta ROM for the Galaxy S22 series devices. Read more
Galaxy S22 Android 13 Release Date
If Samsung starts the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program in July, we can expect the Public rollout within two or three months, by October. While the initial rollout is likely to begin from the Korean market, the OEM will gradually expand its reach to the US and Europe.
- Release Date – October 2022 [Expected]
As confirmed by the Samsung community moderator, the Galaxy S22 May 2022 update that bears firmware version ending VE4 includes major fixes for two issues that were recently announced as an easy fix, as well as increases the security patch level. Read more
Several users are facing multiple types of issues while using the Camera on their Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, or Galaxy S22 Ultra in which the most common issue is Camera shutter lag. Read more: Samsung’s way to fix Galaxy S22 Camera shutter lag
We’ve recently checked the Beta Operations Manager’s activity webpage, which has had no changes since January this year. We will continue to provide the latest insights regarding the Android 13 and One UI 5.0 update development for your Samsung devices.
Samsung has started releasing the May 2022 security patch to the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users starting April 25. As of now, the update is available in various Asian countries, while today reached the T-Mobile variants in the United States. Read more
In February 2022, Google released the Android 13 Developer Preview for eligible Pixel devices, however, the stable version may likely debut in October this year. However, the US tech giant will share more details about the new OS at its annual conference AKA Google I/O 2022.