Google officially announced the successor OS of Android 12 i.e. Android 13 in February 2022. In the meantime, the search engine also started the Developers Preview 1 to test several new features that can the stable version bring. The company released two Developer Previews and four beta updates of Android 13.
Now, Google has started the Stable Android 13 update rollout for all the eligible Pixel smartphones as well as pushing the source to AOSP. If we’re talking about the features then these Developer Previews and Beta updates highlighted many amazing and interesting features. The Stable Android 13 brings many new features including app icons, per app language, and more.
Samsung One UI 5.0 based on Android 13
Google may release the official version of the Android 13 operating system sometime in September 2022. On the other hand, Samsung will begin the process of adopting the One UI 5.0 update for Galaxy devices, which will bring them the new Android 13 operating system.
To be mentioned, the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra are the first to receive the major software upgrade in beta.
In this article, we will show the list of features of Android 13 (One UI 5.0) from developer Preview 1, 2 to beta/stable updates.
Android 13 (One UI 5.0) Features Highlight:
Now, you can check a list of the features that come with the Developer Previews 1/2 and Beta 1/2 updates of Android 13.
Developer Preview 1
Starting with Developer Preview 1, the company released several new and amazing features. You can check them below.
- New Photo Picker API
- Dynamic Colored App Icons
- Per-App Language Settings
- Faster Hyphenation
- Android Updates via Google Play
- Optimized Support for Foldables, Tablets, and Chromebooks
Developer Preview 2
After testing features by developers in DP1, the company started the second developer preview with the more new feature.
- Options to Allow Notification
- Downgrade App Permissions
- Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) Support
- MIDI 2.0 Support
In April 2022, Android 13 Beta 1 rolled out first for Pixel phone users. With this beta update, Google enhanced the privacy and security of your devices while providing new APIs to help you build a great experience.
- Wider Media Access Permission
- New Media Player Progress Bar
- New Clipboard UI
- New Material You Color Options
- Enhanced Google Calendar App
Google released the Android 13 Beta 2 update with a bunch of new features including Themed app icons, quick setting placement API, pulsating home unlock animations, predictive back gestures, and more.
- More predictive back Gestures
- Themed app icons
- Quick setting API
- Update in display size and text tweaks
- Newness in notification tweaks
- Pulsating Home Unlock Animation
Google recently released the Android 13 Beta 2.1 with a slew of fixes. The latest beta update of Android 13 brings fixes for problems that appeared in the previous betas. Read more here
Recently, Google released the Android 13 Beta 3 for eligible Pixel smartphones. With this Beta 3 release, Android 13 reaches an important milestone for app developers and that’s Platform Stability. Read more here
After Beta 3, Google urgently seeded the Android 13 Beta 3.1 update as the last build comes full of bugs and issues. The changelog mentions that the “problem that the Android Beta feedback app cannot be used in some cases” is fixed. Read more here
- Fixed an issue where the back gesture wasn’t working in some apps.
- Fixed an issue where the At a glance settings page would collapse inconsistently when scrolling.
- Fixed an issue where some apps would crash instantly on opening.
- Fixed an issue where the microphone would turn on and off unexpectedly during unrelated use of the device.
- Fixed an issue where the Google Photos app would crash frequently.
- Fixes for Pixel launcher
- Fixes gestures-related issues
- WiFi and Bluetooth Manage issues fix
- Fixes Connectivity Thermal Power Manager issue
- Fixed an issue with the Pixel launcher where if the Always show keyboard option was enabled for the app drawer, then when the user closed the app drawer and opened an app folder on the Home screen, the keyboard was erroneously shown as well. (Issue #236584457)
- Fixed an issue where in some cases, such as gesturing to go back, the system UI crashed. (Issue #236558007)
- Fixed an issue where devices couldn’t connect to a WiFi network in some cases even when the network was available and the signal strength was good. (Issue #236617510)
- Fixed an issue where the BluetoothManagerService continued to try and bind to the TbsService even when bluetooth.profile.ccp.server.enabled was false, leading to slow performance and cold starts for apps.
- Fixed an issue where in some cases after a device was plugged in to charge (for example, overnight), the device would become unresponsive until it was rebooted.
- Fixed a kernel issue with lib/list_debug.c that caused a kernel panic in certain cases on some devices.
- Fixed an issue with the Connectivity Thermal Power Manager that caused slow UI rendering, unresponsiveness in apps, and poor battery performance in some cases.
Beta 4 [Final]
- Developer-reported issues
- Fixed an issue where on some devices, paired Bluetooth devices could be observed to connect and disconnect from the device rapidly.
- Fixed an issue where the Google Camera app occasionally crashed on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices.
- Other resolved issues
- Fixed an issue where, when a user checks for system updates by navigating to Settings > System > System update, the system incorrectly reported Android 12 as the device’s Android version. Even when the device was already successfully updated to an Android 13 build.
- Fixed an issue on Pixel 6/6 Pro devices where the Now Playing page sometimes got stuck on Downloading song database.
- Fixed an issue that prevented an app from enabling or disabling Bluetooth if it didn’t have the BLUETOOTH_CONNECT permission, even though the app was targeting an API level where the permission is not required.
- Fixed issues that sometimes caused a device to crash and reboot when connecting to certain WiFi networks.
- Fixed an issue where Meet connectivity could drop while driving.
- Fixed an issue where the system could incorrectly interpret GPS data
Android 13 Stable
- Themed app icons
- Per-app language preferences
- Improved text support
- Color vector fonts
- Quick Settings Placements API
- Programmable Shaders
- Media Controls derived from PlaybackState
- Bluetooth LE Audio
- MIDI 2.0
- OpenJDK 11 updates
- Predictive back gesture
- Privacy and security
- Photo Picker and APIs
QPR1 Beta 1
- October 2022 Google Play System update
- Screen Protector Mode
- Press & hold power button
- Bluetooth LE Audio
- New Split screen fun animation
- Clear calling
- Silence notification while driving option
- Solve several issues
In early August, Samsung started the One UI 5 Beta Program for Galaxy S22 series devices in different regions. The latest update brings several new features and improvements over the previous UI. Check the full changelog here.
The company also started the One UI 5.0 Beta 2 update on August 25, which brings new features and fixes several One UI 5.0 Beta 1 issues. On September 21, Samsung rolled out the One UI 5 Beta 3 update with a bunch of fixes.
One UI 5.0 Beta 3
- Add Gallery widget to home screen
- Bugs that have been fixed:
- Experience new slideshow-style immersive stories in Gallery
- Improvement introduced so that lock screen wallpaper can be changed instantly by long press on lock screen
- Improved UX the Album tab at the bottom of the Gallery app – By default, ” Device maintenance > Automatic optimization > Automatic restart on demand ” is off by default
- Improved optimization function for each terminal mode and shifting the menu position ( Settings > Useful functions > Bixby Routine > Mode → Settings > Mode )
- Improved the animation to return to the home screen when disconnected.
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Android 13 Themed Icons support available for these Samsung apps [Material You]
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.
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.
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
- AR Zone
- Galaxy Shop
- Galaxy Store
- Galaxy Wearable
- Game Launcher
- My Files
- Samsung Free
- Samsung Global Goals
- Samsung Health
- Samsung Members
- Samsung Notes
- Samsung TV Plus
- Samsung Smart Switch
Samsung Android 13 Coverage:
Samsung Galaxy S21 One UI 5.0 update, Android 13 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 Android 13 on the Developer Preview channel back in February 2022, while it is limited to Pixel phones.
Galaxy S21 Android 13 Beta Status
Similar to the last year, Samsung’s latest Galaxy S series devices became eligible to get the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta update, among others. However, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series also joined the party with the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta in a handful of countries.
- On September 21, Samsung released the One UI 5.0 Beta 2 for Galaxy S21 in the US.
- On September 8, the Galaxy S21’s One UI 5.0 Beta program expanded to India.
- On August 30, Samsung started the One UI 5.0 Beta program in South Korea and UK
- On August 6, the Korean tech giant showcased the One UI 5, based on Android 13, Beta ROM for the Galaxy S22 series devices. 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]
October 1, 2022
Samsung releases the second One UI 5.0 Beta update for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone users in the US. It comes with several bug fixes that have been reported by Beta participants with the initial Beta update.
Build Version – ZVIE
- Fixed One UI crashes during normal usage
- Fixed One UI crashes when opening any folder
- Fixed Themes crashes after opening wallpaper in setting
- Fixed the issue that Camera keeps stopping
- Fixed force close and “can’t take screenshot due to security policy” pop up coming while taking screenshot from device
- Fixed the issue that Settings has stopped force close occur when we tap on color by keyword option
- Fixed Edge lightning style subtext not updated and option not working in Dex mode after select any option under the edge lightning style
- Fixed the issue that text is shown cropped when open Air command commands in split screen view
- Fixed the issue that Camera quick launch is not working
- Fixed the issue that Camera switch to Front and Rear is not working when double press power key in Camera
- Fixed the issue that Video editor crash occur when edit video
- Fixed the issue that Force close is occurring while entering in clock application if timer selected
- Fixed the issue that Camera preview is appearing black and not working while switching guest to owner mode
- Fixed the issue of not able to change single chat notification in message app
- Fixed the issue that force close is occuring while adding right app shortcut after deletion
- Fixed the issue that force close is occuring while editing video in popup view
- Fixed the issue that Call screen UI is not correct in guest mode
September 21, 2022
Samsung announced the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta testing program for the carrier unlocked units of the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra in the US.
September 11, 2022
On September 8, Samsung expanded the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta testing activity for the Galaxy S21 series devices in India.
August 30, 2022
Samsung confirms that the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone users are now eligible to join the One UI 5.0 Beta program in South Korea, in order to start experiencing the Android 13 OS ahead of its stable release.
August 19, 2022
Samsung released the first One UI 5.0 Beta for the Galaxy S22 series devices. However, it seems like the company is already working on the development of the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones in South Korea.
- Firmware versions:
August 08, 2022
According to RPRNA, SamMobile heard that Samsung has started internal testing of the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 firmware on the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra devices. However, the blog has not heard anything (like release date, Beta availability) other than what everyone knows!
August 05, 2022
Seems like, Samsung has delayed the One UI 5 Beta program for the Galaxy devices as Google shifted the official Android 13 launch to September. Meanwhile, a screenshot, shared by a Reddit user, suggests that T-Mobile US is testing the Android 13 firmware on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
July 23, 2022
Going by the information shared by the user, Samsung Galaxy S21 One UI 5.0/One UI 4.1.1 update is testing in the UK and it carries the One UI build version G998BXXU5DVGA. We know that after the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S21 series is most eligible to get the One UI 5.0 beta update.
July 9, 2022
Samsung is likely to start the Android 13 Beta program for Galaxy devices in the third week, while we just got our first look at One UI 5 Beta design and UI changes. Check it out here
May 29, 2022
Google has released the Android 13 Beta 2.1 for the Pixel devices that had already joined the Beta testing program. It comes with fixes for some major issues for a better user experience, meanwhile, you can check the changelog mentioned below.
- Fixed an issue where typing in the search bar resulted in a blank list of suggestions.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart when turning on the hotspot.
- Fixed an issue where a continuous call dialing sound could be heard in the background during a phone call.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart after disconnecting from Android Auto.
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.
Samsung One UI 5.0 – New features, changes and how to
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:
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.
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:
- Do not disturb
- Voice recorder
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.
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:
- Create an album
- Create a group, and share an album
- 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.