On August 15, Google released the Android 13 update for Pixel devices, while Samsung started the One UI 5.0 Beta testing program for the Galaxy devices earlier this month. Google confirmed that the stable Android 13 update coming to your Galaxy devices “later this year.”
Samsung will surely start bringing the Android 13 update as One UI 5.0 to some eligible Galaxy devices later this year. Meanwhile, the company has already showcased most of the new features of this major upgrade including stackable widgets, more Color Palettes, optional call backgrounds for each contact, and much more.
Samsung Android 13 Release Date?
As always, Samsung has not shared the release date of the Galaxy Android 13 update. Well, we can accurately speculate when will Samsung release the One UI 5.0 update atop the Android 13 OS for the qualified Galaxy devices, thanks to records of past rollouts.
Let’s have a look at the recent past:
On October 4, 2021, the US tech giant seeded the Android 12 update for Pixel devices and Samsung bring it to the Galaxy devices as One UI 4.0 in mid-November. Well, the OEM was not able to run the rollout seamlessly as bugs and issues forced it to stop update delivery, which later on resumed in December.
Aside from this, the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update took nearly three months to start rolling out for the flagship Samsung devices after the official debut of the base OS version. Seeing the big development with Android 12, we can expect that the company will start providing Android 13 to its flagships starting October this year.
Similar to previous rollouts, the South Korean tech giant will first upgrade its flagship Galaxy smartphones and then tablets. Later on, the company will gradually push the One UI 5.0 update to mid-range and budget phones in different markets globally.
Samsung Android 13 Eligible Devices
As of now, the Galaxy S22 series is just officially confirmed for the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update. Aside from this, Samsung has not said anything about the Android 13 update distribution to other Galaxies, however, a number of phones and tablets are already confirmed to get One UI 5.0.
- Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy S22 series
- Galaxy Tab S8 series
- Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy S21 series
- Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip, Flip 5G
- Galaxy S20 series
- Galaxy Note 20 series
- Galaxy Tab S7 series
- Galaxy A52 and A53
- Galaxy A71, A72, and A73
Aside from the above-listed smartphones, more Galaxy devices that were launched pre-installed with the Android 11-based One UI 3.x software will be supported for the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update as Samsung provides at least two major upgrades to all Galaxies.
You can check our dedicated article for the biggest Samsung Android 13-based One UI 5.0 eligible devices list, which consists of Galaxy M, Galaxy F, and more lineups. Still, some devices are no longer eligible for Android 13, however, Samsung will give them satisfaction with some new security updates.
Update: October 5
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.
- Samsung Galaxy S22
- Samsung Galaxy S22+
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S21
- Samsung Galaxy S21+
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Samsung Galaxy A53
Update: September 25
Flagship phones including the Galaxy S series and Galaxy Z series are unquestionably the top priority of Samsung. Meanwhile, it’s good to see that the company doesn’t want even mid-range smartphone users to wait longer for the new Android version.
These Galaxy phones will get Android 13 before 2022 ends
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22 Plus
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21 Plus
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy A53
Update: September 11
Samsung officially confirmed the SDC 2022 event for October 12, where, it will unveil new software advancements for Galaxy ecosystem. At the same time, the South Korean tech giant will introduce the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Android 13 One UI 5.0 Update | Latest Developments – Beta 4
Back in February 2022, the Galaxy S22 series devices debuted with the Android 12-based One UI 4.1 iteration. All the Samsung Galaxy S22 phones are first in line to get 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 Android 13, the South Korean phone maker 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 upgrade, the Galaxy S22 phones will be getting the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Stable update later this year, while the Beta program is currently LIVE. Google introduced the Android 13 OS on the Stable channel in mid-August.
Galaxy S22 Android 13 Beta Status
Samsung started the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta activity for the Galaxy S22 line sometime in early August. The program should be available in 7 countries like last year, letting consumers experience the new OS and features months ahead of its Public release.
- On October 6, Samsung released fourth One UI 5.0 Beta to the Galaxy S22 in the US, South Korea and India.
- On September 22, Samsung expanded the One UI 5.0 beta 3 for Galaxy S22 series in India and China.
- On September 21, One UI 5.0 Beta 3 live for Galaxy S22 devices in Germany.
- On August 25, Samsung expanded Beta 2 in the US, South Korea, Germany, India, Poland and UK.
- On August 21, tipster IceUniverse leaked One UI 5.0 Beta 2’s Gallery icon, which is revamped.
- On August 6, Samsung officially started Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta testing for the Galaxy S22 series in Germany, South Korea and the US. Read more
Galaxy S22 Android 13 Release Date
As Samsung started the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program in early August, 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 12, 2022 [At SDC22]
October 6, 2022
Samsung released the fourth One UI 5.0 Beta firmware for the Galaxy S22 series smartphones in the United States, South Korea and India. It comes with plenty of bug fixes and improvements for a better user experience, to be noted, it removes the multi-user feature.
Bugs that have been fixed
- Improved that Favorites and Recent items can be added and removed in Gallery album
- Fixed the issue executed sleep mode automatically – Fixed the issue occurred vibration sound/beep sound continuously
- Fixed crash when entering App folder -Fixed crash when changing Wallpapers
- Fixed crash in S pen Air Command – Fixed the problem for Object eraser not working
- Fixed vibration feedback not working in Home gesture -Fixed the frame breaking issue when entering from Widget to Home
- Deleted Multi-user function -Other minor bug fixes
- When the phone screen is off while DeX is running, a black screen is displayed on the monitor
- After receiving the file with QuickShare, if you try to open it in the receiving pop-up, “Unable to open file’ pop-up occurs (The file is received normally)
- Forced Close occurs when the filter is selected from the lock screen menu, during Wallpaper image multi-pack setting
September 22, 2022
Samsung is expanding the One UI 5.0 Beta 3 update for Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra users in India and China. This beta update brings fixes for several issues that were found in the last beta update.
September 21, 2022
Samsung started releasing the third One UI 5.0 Beta update for the Galaxy S22 series devices in Germany. It comes with various revisions and improvements for better user experience and enhanced system animations.
Note: Changelog is machine translated.
- 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
September 17, 2022
A tipster claimed that the third One UI 5.0 Beta update has been delayed for the Galaxy S22 series devices as Samsung is working on the issues and trying to bring stability to the firmware
September 13, 2022
A few days back, tipster IceUniverse claimed that the third One UI 5.0 Beta update features improved animations compared to the 2nd Beta, however, perfection is still away. At the same time, the source revealed that the 3rd Beta update for the Galaxy S22 series will release this week.
September 11, 2022
Samsung officially confirmed the SDC 2022 event for October 12, where, it will unveil new software advancements for the Galaxy ecosystem. At the same time, the South Korean tech giant will introduce the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software.
August 26, 2022
The Galaxy S22 series users received the second One UI 5.0 Beta update in the US, South Korea and Germany. In addition, the company has opened the Beta program in India, Poland and the US, alongside releasing the second Beta stuff with the initial build.
August 21, 2022
A tipster shared a screenshot showing the One UI 5.0 Beta 2’s Gallery app icon, which now has an upgraded design compared to the One UI 4.1. Check here
August 20, 2022
- The first One UI 5.0 Beta build reportedly has various bugs and issues, and Beta participants are now waiting for the second Beta update.
- A user asked Samsung about the release date of the second One UI 5.0 Beta update.
- The company’s community moderator has replied to consumer’s query but denied giving a specific release date for Beta 2
August 06, 2022
After Germany and South Korea, Samsung officially opened the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program for Galaxy S22 series in the US.
August 05, 2022
After Germany, Samsung officially started the One UI 5.0 Beta Program for Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphones in Korea.
August 5, 2022
Samsung has begun the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program alongside the rollout of the first Beta for the Galaxy S22 series devices in Germany.
August 02, 2022
One UI 5 Beta testing program goes live for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra consumers in South Korea. Shortly after the participation, Samsung will release the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta update to the eligible devices.
July 09, 2022
Well-known tipster Max Weinbach shared a screenshot of the “about phone” window of his Galaxy S22 Plus, which shows the smartphone is running the unreleased Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software system as well as June 2022 security patch.
— Samsung One UI Updates (@SamsonUpdate) July 9, 2022
July 09, 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, credits 9to5Google.
July 05, 2022
Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta version is available for Samsung employees internally. Possibly, the initial build is made for the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphones, which will be available to Public shortly. Read more
July 02, 2022
According to the tipster, the One UI 5.0 variant has “no changes in UI (user interface) design, icons, etc”, however, Samsung has slightly improved the animation, as reported earlier. Read more
June 28, 2022
According to a recent report (via SamMobile), Samsung is going to launch the One UI 5 Beta based on Android 13 in the third week of July this year. The Galaxy S22 series phones are likely initially candidates for the upcoming One UI Beta program. Read more
June 22, 2022
Samsung could soon start the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program for the Galaxy S22 series devices as test firmware has been spotted for the Galaxy S22 Plus variant running Korean ROM. For your information, the version of the test firmware is S906NKSU2ZVF6.
June 15, 2022
Last week, Samsung released a new update to the Good Lock’s One Hand Operation + module, adding support for the One UI 4.1.1 version. At the same time, the changelog revealed that the upcoming One UI 4.1.1 iteration will be based on the Android 12L operating system.
May 29, 2022
Android 13 beta 2.1 update is available for Google Pixel users who have already participated in one of the previous betas programs. This new patch update of Android 13 brings fixes for problems that appeared in the previous release.
- 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.
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.
Will your Samsung Galaxy device get Android 13/One UI 5.0 update this year?
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.
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.
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.
- Samsung Galaxy S22
- Samsung Galaxy S22+
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S21
- Samsung Galaxy S21+
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
- 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.
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.
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”.