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Android 13 and One UI 5.0 Beta goes live for Galaxy S21 in the US

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Nearly a month ago, Samsung announced the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta program for the Galaxy S21 series in South Korea, and later on, expanded in the UK and India. Following the most recent development, the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra users become eligible to grab the One UI 5.0 Beta and Android 13 in the US.

According to the information, Samsung announced the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta testing program for the Galaxy S21 series devices in the US. As of now, the carrier unlocked units of the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra can join the Beta, while, T-Mobile and Sprint could allow their consumers as well.

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You can participate in the Beta program via the Samsung Members app, which early adapters confirmed that the initial Beta build comes with version number ZVIA. To be mentioned, the consumers in South Korea, UK and India received ZVHE build, while the ZVIA can be considered as the 2nd Beta.

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US Galaxy S21 consumers can now open the Samsung Members app and hit the Beta program banner, if available. The banner will be entitled “One UI Beta Program” which lets you “Be the first to enjoy the latest Galaxy experience, One UI 5 with Android 13!”

Galaxy S21 One UI 5.0 Beta US

The Beta version of the One UI 5.0 comes with a slew of new features including an advanced Color Palette and Themed Icons. Besides customization, it allows you to make your Galaxy phone’s homescreen even more intuitive using the Stack widgets, Smart Suggestions Widget and split screen shortcuts.

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Will your Samsung Galaxy device get Android 13/One UI 5.0 update this year?

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Android 13 is available for some Samsung smartphones through the One UI 5.0 Beta program. The company will update most of its flagship devices to the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 version by the end of this year, while, we have a list of possible smartphones.

Earlier, we detailed the new features of the One UI 5.0 iteration, while more are expected to be added with the Public release. Having a flagship Galaxy phone boosts up the possibilities of an earlier Android 13 update experience, thanks to the One UI 5.0 Beta Program.

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The Korean tech giant is currently facing issues with the new One UI 5.0 software version. As result, the Beta program has not yet concluded for the Galaxy S22 series devices. As the Beta has lots of problems, it’s not a great idea to switch from the Stable One UI 4.1 to the 5.0 Beta.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Android 13 One UI 5.0

We recommend you wait for the final One UI 5.0 release in order to have seamless and error-free experiences on your Galaxy smartphone. Below, we are listing 11 Samsung devices that will get the Stable Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update by the end of this year.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S22
  2. Samsung Galaxy S22+
  3. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  4. Samsung Galaxy S21
  5. Samsung Galaxy S21+
  6. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  7. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  8. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
  9. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
  10. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
  11. Samsung Galaxy A53

The list mentioned above is not officially confirmed by Samsung, but previous rollouts and recent reports indicate the same. The One UI 5.0 Beta program is also live for the Galaxy S20 lineup, so the consumers having 2020 Samsung flagships can assume that the Stable update may be available this year.

Android 14

By the end of the year, Samsung is likely to update all of its recent flagships as well as select older flagships and mid-rangers to the Android 13. Meanwhile, Google is reportedly working on the Android 14 operating system, which could be available as a Developer Preview early next year.

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Samsung One UI 5.0: New features, changes and how to

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Samsung is unveiling the One UI 5.0 on October 12 at the annual developer conference alongside new features and changes. In addition to the newest iteration of One UI, the company will also introduce software advancements such as Tizen OS and SmartThings.

The One UI 5.0 Beta program was started in early August, delivering a lot of new features and almost all major changes to the new Android skin. And Samsung has also added more new features and UI tweaks with 2nd and 3rd Beta builds.

We’ve gathered which new features will come with One UI 5.0:

Samsung Messages

With the One UI 4.1, Samsung enabled the capability of creating emoji pairs using the One UI exclusive Keyboard application. The new One UI 5.0 has the ability so you can delete unwanted emoji pairs with the new delete function.

  • Besides “Create” button, One UI 5.0 added a new Delete icon inside the menu that can be accessed by tapping the “+” button.

Lock Screen

Adding extra fun to customization, the One UI 5.0 now allows users to modify the lock screen by using “touch and hold to edit” feature. It lets you easily edit and customize your lock screen by simply touching and holding onto the screen.

  • Touch and hold on the lock screen to enter lock screen edit mode.
  • A “Touch and hold edit” option has also been added to the lock screen settings menu.

Samsung’s Android 13 skin lets you easily change your lock screen wallpaper directly on the lock screen. The newly crafted Wallpapers library has various options including Wallpaper services such as Dynamic lock screen.

How to use Dynamic Lock Screen

Dynamic lock screen is an amazing function that is available on Galaxy smartphones inside the Wallpaper services section. You can access this mode by following the steps written below.

  • Select Wallpaper in the “Touch and hold edit” mode on your lock screen > Scroll down to “Wallpaper services” > Select the arrow on the right > Select Dynamic Lock screen > select Apply.

How to customize lock screen clock style

The “Touch and hold edit” mode is not just limited to the above-mentioned two functions. It also allows you to change and customize your lock screen clock style and colors with easy visual modification tools.

More “how-to” for lock screen

Galaxy users can now edit and customize the notification settings by selecting the preview notifications. There are two options for lock screen Notifications including Icons only and Details, which show a preview as well so you can apply the best settings.

Samsung’s software has another lockscreen feature that makes it possible to open two apps (not any!) without unlocking the smartphone. You can swipe left or right to open apps directly from the lock screen interface.

The One UI 5.0 now allows users to change the apps for both “Left shortcut” and “Left shortcut.” You can assign two of the five available options that can be accessed without unlocking the phone including:

  1. Calculator
  2. Camera
  3. Do not disturb
  4. Flashlight
  5. Voice recorder

Notification Settings

Inside the system Settings, the Notifications section is now reorganized so you can find related menus on a single-screen interface.

Go to Notifications in the settings menu > select App notifications to view the apps list and easily toggle each app’s notification on and off.

You can easily add contact exceptions in the Do not disturb notification settings. Go to “Do not disturb” under notification settings > select Calls and messages > Select + to add contacts to the exceptions list.

Moreover, it’s now easier to add contact exceptions in the Do not disturb notification settings. Just head towards “Do not disturb” under notification settings > select Calls and messages > Select + to add contacts to the exceptions list.

In addition, you can also find DND exceptions for the app under Do not disturb > App notifications, by just simply selecting + to add apps to the exceptions list.

Gallery

In One UI 5.0 software, you can get quick access to organize Albums by selecting “+” on the top right corner under Gallery > Album. There are several options available including:

  1. Create an album
  2. Create a group, and share an album
  3. Auto update an album.

Furthermore, a new “View all” option has been added at the top for you to quickly access all your albums. And you will be recommended if there are people groups analyzed as the same person to integrate them into one group.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Modes and Routines

Samsung’s Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software system has now renamed the Bixby Routines to Modes and Routines – two different sections for user convenience.

You can utilize different modes to help you focus on your current tasks under the Modes tab, while the 2nd “Routines” tab allows you to add new routines or discover and manage existing routines.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Security and Privacy

Compared to the One UI 4.1, the One UI 5.0 update brings a major change to the security and privacy settings. With the latest upgrade, “Biometrics and security” and “Privacy” have been combined into one menu named “Security and privacy”.

Samsung One UI 5.0 Security and Privacy

Connected Devices

Connected Devices is a new menu that joined other system Settings with the One UI 5.0 update. The company grouped all Connections functions that are now available at a dedicated place called Connected Devices.

Safety and emergency

Safety and Emergency is another important part of a smartphone’s system Settings. In the One UI 5.0, you will notice an updated medical information icon while pressing on the lock screen to make an emergency call.

One UI 5.0 features changes

In addition, you will have options to provide additional medical information. To access new fields, select Medical info in the “Safety and emergency” settings menu and make the update. The safety and emergency settings have been redefined and now provide more detailed configuration.

 

Edit the Emergency SOS settings by selecting Emergency SOS.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Send messages to your emergency contacts by selecting Emergency sharing.

The “Shown on Lock screen” option has been added for you to enable or disable medical information that should be shown on the lock screen.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Widgets – Home screen

One UI 4.1 debuted the Smart Widget feature, which is now further advanced with the One UI 5.0 update. Now, users can stack multiple widgets to best utilize the space on the home screen.

Samsung One UI 5.0’s Stackable Widget feature allows you to create stack widgets by dragging and dropping option or by long pressing one of the widgets you wish to edit. Once created, you can long press to edit the widget or remove it.

Wallpapers – Home screen

One UI 5.0-based Wallpapers function’s preview screen gives you the option to edit your lock screen and home screen wallpapers. Go to Wallpaper > Select the wallpaper you want > A preview screen will pop up > select Preview to edit the wallpaper.

Freebie: Download Samsung One UI 5.0 Wallpapers

In case you select an image from the Samsung Gallery app to use as wallpaper, you can also apply filters to the wallpaper by selecting the “Filter” option at the bottom of the screen.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Color Palette – Dynamic Theming

Aside from this, the new Color Palette feature now offers you a number of palettes inspired by the Wallpaper of your home screen and lock screen. If you don’t want to go ahead with Material You Palettes, there are more ways added with One UI 5.0.

One UI 5.0 features changes

Basic Colors – Color Palette

The Samsung Android 13 update brings a new Basic colors tab in the Color Palette section of Wallpapers settings. You have to access the Color palette under “Wallpaper and style” to view these options.

You can also turn the Color Palette on/off by using the toggle button. Select different wallpaper palettes by choosing Wallpaper colors and Basic colors to view additional color modes.

Weather Widget

One UI 5.0 now incorporates your movement patterns, such as driving, biking, running, or walking in order to provide you with more frequent weather updates. When the “Auto refresh on the go” is enabled, you can’t manually refresh the weather as the button won’t be shown on the weather widget.

Go to Weather widget > select it > select the settings menu on the top > turn on “Auto refresh on the go”. If you are using it the first time, you will receive a pop-up notification to get your permission, select Allow to continue or Don’t allow to dismiss this action.

Edge panel

Edit and All apps icons have been added to the first depth of the edge panel for easy access. You can find them at the bottom of the edge panel.

Camera

Integrated Filters: The Filters and My filters tabs have been integrated into the “Filters” menu to provide you with a simplified experience. You can also create your own filter by selecting the + button.

Mode information: The “?” on the top right corner of the camera modes has been removed to provide a cleaner look.

Histogram in Pro Video mode: The Histogram button has been moved from quick settings in Pro Video mode to the preview screen directly for easier access while taking videos.

Single take: Single take options have been simplified for content optimization. The max shooting time has been updated to 15secs (10+5 secs).

Food mode: Telephoto lens is now supported in Food mode.

Pictures Watermark

Watermark can be added to your pictures. You can find watermark under Camera settings. Select the settings wheel on top of your camera > turn on watermark settings. You can edit the model name, date and time, font style and alignment.

Don’t forget to read about One UI 5.0 Watermark in detail

Photo and Video Editor

For the Photo and Video Editor functionality, the One UI 5.0 adds a new Color extraction option for a better experience when you need to extract the color from an image.

Edit a picture > select Draw > Choose a pen to draw > on the pop-up color tool box > select the color extraction tool > a magnifying glass will be shown to help you quickly choose the color.

Easier video trimming

The One UI 5.0 provides a new video trimming button so you can easily adjust the intro and outro of the video. You can edit the video by following these steps: Edit the video > Trim the video > Move the play bar from the beginning or from the end > a trimming button will appear so you can quickly tap and adjust the video.

Call

For Phone Call functionality, the One UI 5.0 brings some basic features but in a lot better ways. You may have surely blocked some of you contacts or other numbers due to certain reasons. If your block list contains more than enough blocked people, the One UI 5.0 allows you to unblock them all at once.

Go to the Phone App > select the 3 dots option on the top > select Settings > select Block numbers.

If you have blocked numbers in the list, there will be a 3 dots option on the top. Select the three dots > “Unblock all numbers” will show > select it. You will receive a pop-up notification to either “Unblock” or “Cancel”.

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Android 13 Themed Icons support available for these Samsung apps [Material You]

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Samsung Themed app icons

Android 13 is the latest Android version that brings many new features and functional enhancements for a smooth user experience. With a slew of features, Google has impressively improved the overall look and feel of Material You theming.

Google introduced the Material You design language with Android 12, letting you style your phone’s home screen in a unique way. At that time, you could only change the icons of certain apps that the system allowed. You could change the icons for Google Apps in Pixel smartphones and Galaxy Apps in Samsung smartphones.

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Samsung Themed app icons

Android 13 has evolved the Material You theming feature. Now, you can customize non-Google apps to match your phone’s wallpaper themes and colors to make your device’s home screen look more cohesive and unique.

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With One UI 5.0 Beta, Samsung introduced Themed Icon support for various One UI apps alongside Google and third-party apps. To do so, the company has tweaked the One UI Home stock launcher app with help of Material You design language.

The Korean tech already started testing One UI 5.0 beta based on Android 13 for Galaxy S22 devices. Let us know which Samsung apps support themed icons.

Samsung Apps Android 13 Themed Apps Icons Support

  1. AR Zone
  2. Bixby
  3. Calculator
  4. Calendar
  5. Camera
  6. Clock
  7. Contacts
  8. Galaxy Shop
  9. Galaxy Store
  10. Galaxy Wearable
  11. Gallery
  12. Game Launcher
  13. Messages
  14. My Files
  15. PENUP
  16. Phone
  17. Samsung Free
  18. Samsung Global Goals
  19. Samsung Health
  20. Samsung Members
  21. Samsung Notes
  22. Samsung TV Plus
  23. Settings
  24. Samsung Smart Switch
  25. SmartThings
  26. Tips

Samsung Android 13 Coverage:

  1. Samsung Android 13 One UI 5.0 Eligible Devices
  2. One UI 5.0 Update Progress Report
  3. One UI 5.0 Beta – Registration Guide
  4. One UI 5.0 Beta – Rollback Guide
  5. One UI 5.0 Beta ROM – Download Link
  6. One UI 5.0 Features and Tweaks
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