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 Android 13 to bring Faster game loading with One UI 5.0
Samsung Galaxy users have been enjoying plenty of gaming-oriented OS improvements over the year. Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 also brought some features to the table including Game Dashboard, which provides access to useful tools such as screenshots shortcut, screen recorder, a DND toggle, and more while gaming.
Samsung One UI 4.1 also allowed users to turn off the Game Optimization Services so that users can play games without any interruptions or compromising the quality. Google’s Android 13 beta on the other hand is released for the Pixel users, which suggests that the new OS will come with further improvements over the Android 12 Gaming experience.
Google Android 13 has a faster game loading service. This enables games to pass the top-level state of the game and indicate whether it can be interrupted or not. This feature 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.
Many OEMs already have their own way to allocate more power to the phone’s chipset to increase gaming performance and loading times. But Android 13 with a built-in faster game loading service, could make this easier to do and even make it more effective.
Meanwhile, Samsung which is going to introduce One UI 5.0, based on Android 13 is yet to release any beta update for its Galaxy device owners. Although there is no glimpse of the new custom software update, it’s expected that One UI 5.0 will also bring faster game loading services and other gaming improvements to its customers.
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These 15 Samsung Galaxy S series phones will get Android 13 upgrade
Over the past six months, Samsung released two major One UI updates to its flagship Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 10, and Galaxy S10 series, alongside the eligible foldable smartphones.
The One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 software are based on Google’s Android 12 operating system. While the former included the major Android 12 OS upgrade in the OTA package, the latter brings additional features and improvements to the Galaxy flagship phones.
Well, Samsung is expected to bring another One UI variant on the same Android 12 OS, which will make its debut with the fourth-gen foldable phones sometime in August. The One UI 4.1.1 update is likely to come with some new features, better system optimization, and stability.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s flagship smartphone users are wondering about a big switch as Google announced the 13th major generation of its mobile platform. The Korean tech giant has a solid software upgrade mechanism that leaves no confusion in the mind of its consumers.
We are here talking about the Android 13 update eligibility for your Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone. The Galaxy S22 series will be, unquestionably!, getting the major One UI 5 update based on Android 13 later this year, while the 2020’s Galaxy S10 Lite is also eligible.
Samsung Galaxy S Series Android 13 Upgrade
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S22 Plus
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 Plus
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 Plus LTE
- Galaxy S20 Plus 5G
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 5G
- Galaxy S20 FE LTE
- Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Galaxy S10 Lite
Note: SammyFans compiled the Samsung Galaxy S series Android 13 eligible device list on the basis of the company’s upgrade policies. The parent Galaxy S10 series won’t get Android 13, while its affordable variant is still compatible with another major upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Android 13 update, One UI 5.0 release date, Beta and more
In early 2021, Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series flagships, pre-loaded with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 software. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra were the first to receive the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta/Stable version, while eligible for three more major upgrades including the Android 13.
Up from the regular three OS updates promise, Samsung extended the support to four years for the Galaxy S21 series devices. Aside from the major Android and One UI upgrades, the company has also promised to deliver at least five years of regular security patches.
After the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 updates, Samsung Galaxy S21 series phones are now eligible and eager to receive the upcoming Android 13-based One UI 5 (Beta/Stable) version. To be mentioned, Google debuted the Android 13 on the Developer Preview channel back in February 2022, while it is limited to Pixel phones.
Galaxy S21 Android 13 Beta Status
Just like the last year, Samsung’s latest Galaxy S22 series will be eligible to get the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta and One UI 5.0 Stable update, initially among the Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S21 series will join the party with the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.
- On April 7, it was said that the Korean tech giant will first showcase the One UI 5, based on Android 13, Beta ROM for the Galaxy S22 series devices in July 2022. Read more
Galaxy S21 Android 13 Release Date
If the company goes the same as rumors, the One UI 5 will be live for Galaxy consumers in July, while the Stable distribution is likely to happen after about two months of Beta testing. Accordingly, we can expect the Android 13′ arrival for the Galaxy S21 series later this year.
- Release Date – October 2022 [Expected]
Recently, we’ve checked the Beta Operations Manager’s activity landing page, 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 Galaxy devices, so stay tuned…
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.