Meet the RAM Plus – Samsung’s virtual memory feature
Created by Samsung, the RAM Plus feature uses your Galaxy smartphone or tablet’s storage space to provide virtual memory. Using this feature, you can choose more virtual memory to allow more apps to stay open in the background. However, you can also keep the storage space free by choosing less virtual memory.
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Let’s talk about all RAM Plus iterations
One UI 3.1
Samsung first introduced the RAM Plus feature with the Galaxy A52s 5G smartphone. The device came pre-installed with Android 11-based One UI 3.1, and the company expanded this feature to various mid-range and budget phones through OTA updates.
- It had a fixed virtual RAM of 4GB, which was enabled by default.
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One UI 4.0
With the One UI 4.0 release, the company delivered the RAM Plus feature to its flagship smartphones as well. The flagship devices got virtual memory based on their internal memory capacity, but, it was available in a limited amount.
- There were negligible improvements in One UI 4.0’s RAM Plus over the initial one.
One UI 4.1
The One UI 4.1 version is also based on the Android 12 operating system, which takes the RAM Plus capability to a whole new level. This version brought the ability of customization with options including 2GB, 4GB, 6GB and 8GB, however, all options are not available for every device.
- Customizable RAM Plus: 2GB, 4GB, 6GB and 8GB
One UI 5.0
Samsung introduced three versions of RAM Plus with significant improvements in the overall functionality. However, the biggest feature that users are waiting for comes with the One UI 5.0, based on Android 13, which lets you “disable RAM Plus.”
- One UI 5.0 Beta lets you disable RAM Plus
Samsung’s RAM Plus is a feature that occupies a specific part of your Galaxy phone’s internal memory and uses it as virtual RAM in order to boost applications’ performance. With time, Samsung made regular improvements in the RAM Plus feature, which is now almost matured with the One UI 5.0.
Samsung’s Android 13 lets you disable RAM Plus [Supported devices]
One UI 6.0
Samsung One UI 6 concept displays gradient elements, interface rounding
Samsung is internally readying the One UI 6 software, which will bring the Android 14 to Galaxy devices. The Beta activity is about two months away, while concept creator SOUIC shared a handful of images displaying One UI 6 featuring aesthetic gradient elements, an elegant interface rounding, and beautiful blur.
The Quick Settings and Notification Panel got refreshed in the concept with beautiful blur, renovated brightness slider, and neat toggles. The notifications are now featuring padding from both sides to provide you with more convenient access across them.
Similar to Apple’s iOS, the expanded app settings panel is now presented with hard blurred background, which entirely makes the remaining home screen icons blurry. Thankfully, the expanded tools are now visible with an even clearer appearance with solid shape below.
Additional functional sections of the system Settings window are also aligned in the center with padding on both sides. The overall appearance got sticking, and it will be interesting to see if Samsung makes it happen int he official One UI 6 software.
One UI 5.1.1 coming to these Samsung devices: One UI 5.1.1 Device List
In February, Samsung started releasing the One UI 5.1 for Galaxy devices. Moving ahead, the company has started the development and testing of the new One UI 5.1.1 version for select Galaxy devices. Here, you can check the One UI 5.1.1 device list to ensure the availability of this One UI version.
Usually, Samsung develops and brings the x.1.1 version for foldable and tablet devices, however, select Galaxy S and A series devices also receive enhancements. This year, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 will bring One UI 5.1.1 software iteration, which will be based on Android 13.
Samsung is expected to begin the One UI 5.1.1 rollout for older Galaxy devices by late August. We are months away from the tentative timeline, however, the South Korean company may amaze Galaxy consumers yet again with speedy software deployment.
Apart from foldable Galaxy devices, the Galaxy tablets running One UI 5.1 would also get a chance to get updated to the new One UI 5.1.1. Ahead of the Android 14-based One UI 6.0, One UI 5.1.1 is likely to introduce new multitasking features and functional enhancements.
Samsung One UI 5.1.1 Device List
- Z Fold 4 5G
- Z Fold 3 5G
- Z Fold 2 5G
- Z Flip 4 5G
- Z Flip 3 5G
- Z Flip 5G
- Z Flip LTE
- Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus and Tab S8 Ultra
- Tab S7 FE
Note: This is not an official list. It is based on Samsung’s rollout habits and past deployments.
One UI 5.1 will remain the latest Samsung software until the debut of the One UI 5.1.1 version. The 5.1 version of One UI comes with improved animation and visual effects over the One UI 5.0, based on Android 13. There’s plenty to explore in this new iteration, find out more here!
One UI 6.0
Samsung One UI 6.0 beta coming very soon
Samsung has recently released a new Calculator app update, bringing support for the unreleased One UI 6.0 software. The changelog also revealed that the Android 14-based One UI version is going to be more colorful, thanks to Google’s efforts towards the Material You design engine.
Calculator app got support for an upcoming One UI version isn’t the first time incident as Samsung often did it in the past. Meanwhile, it’s not an avoidable development but indicates an early (than last year) arrival of Samsung’s Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta Program to Galaxy devices.
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Android 14 reached the second Beta milestone, while Google has two more Beta builds in the pipeline. After two major Beta and some additional incremental updates, the new OS will go official for the Pixel smartphone lineup as well as AOSP.
Last year, the South Korean tech giant started the One UI 5 Beta program 10 days ahead of the Android 13 launch. This year, the program is expected to go official earlier as the company is already preparing for the new software, with major features may be reserved for the 2024 debut.
At first, the One UI 6 Beta will be available for the Galaxy S23 series in seven countries including the US and South Korea. After the latest flagship lineup, the company will expand this opportunity to more products including the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series.
Samsung One UI 6.0 beta coming very soon.
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