The Galaxy S23 series is likely to hit the shelves sometime in February next year, while, Samsung has now started the development of One UI 5.1 firmware. One of the most important features of the upcoming flagship lineup went official a few days back, while software parts now joining rumors bay.
Last month, the South Korean tech giant introduced the latest iteration of its Android OS-based custom skin namely One UI 5.0, albeit, the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones will feature an upgraded version. Similar to One UI 5.0, One UI 5.1 will be based on the Android 13 operating system.
[Nov. 25] Update: One UI 5.1 test firmware spotted for Galaxy S23 Ultra
Apart from hardware, Samsung is actively working on the development of the Galaxy S23 series’s software. In a recent development, the latest One UI 5.1 test firmware for the Galaxy S23 Ultra (tentative name) has been spotted on Samsung’s server with version number S918BXXU1AVKN.
[Nov. 18] Initial Story: Samsung reportedly begins One UI 5.1 development
As reported by SamMobile, Samsung has started the development of the Galaxy S23 series’ firmware – One UI 5.1. The arrival of One UI 5.1 version is almost confirmed as the company accidentally mentioned some features require version 5.1 in its official newsroom post.
Post official debut with Galaxy S23, the One UI 5.1 update may be rolled out to older devices such as the Galaxy S21, S20 and Note 20 series. The roadmap promises Android 13 for all Galaxy devices before February 2023, however, the One UI 5.1 might be released for the remaining models, skipping the One UI 5.0.
At the Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung showcased the One UI 5.0 features and offerings. The company also teased new handy widgets for the homescreen, but all are not available in the One UI 5.0. Hence, we are guessing that the One UI 5.1 will be a more fruitful upgrade for Galaxies.
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One UI 5.1 to be available for these Samsung Galaxy devices (Android 13)
After the official Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 unveiling, Samsung has shifted its focus on the next-gen Galaxy S series, which will launch in the first quarter of next year. The Galaxy S23 series will debut with new hardware and software including Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and One UI 5.1.
In early August, Samsung started the Android 13 OS adaptation, bringing the One UI 5.0 version to Galaxy devices. For the last two years, the company is following a strategy to bring the new Android OS first with x.0 version and then deliver more new features with the x.1 iteration.
It’s expected that the South Korean tech giant could follow the same and bring additional features with the Android 13-based One UI 5.1 version. As Google has recently released Android 13, there’s a little pressure on the OEMs to start the distribution of the new OS to eligible devices.
- Update: Samsung Netherlands Newsroom has recently shared a new post revealing the new features and functions of the One UI 5.0 upgrade. The newsroom announcement clearly states that some of the new lock screen features will only be available in One UI 5.1.
Thanks to Samsung’s solid Android upgrades rollout strategy, we already have plenty of good idea over which Galaxy devices will be eligible for the next One UI 5.1 version update, based on Android 13. Compared to the One UI 5.0, the One UI 5.1 will bring additional features and improvements to the Galaxy devices.
Before heading to the list, it’s important to mention that the neither below-listed devices confirmed by Samsung, nor the One UI 5.1. However, you can assume it is the final list as all devices receiving the Android 13 OS will surely get the One UI 5.1 as well.
One UI 5.1 Device List
Galaxy Z series
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
Galaxy S series
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Galaxy S21 Ultra (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S21+ (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S21 (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S20+ (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S20 (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S20 FE (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy S10 Lite
Galaxy Note series
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
Galaxy A series
- Galaxy A73
- Galaxy A53
- Galaxy A33
- Galaxy A71 5G
- Galaxy A71
- Galaxy A51 5G
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A52
- Galaxy A52 5G
- Galaxy A52s
- Galaxy A72
- Galaxy A32
- Galaxy A32 5G
- Galaxy A22
- Galaxy A22 5G
- Galaxy A23
- Galaxy A13
Galaxy Tab series
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S8+
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Tab S7+ (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy Tab S7 (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy Tab S7 FE
- Galaxy Tab S6 5G
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Galaxy Tab A8 10.5 (2021)
Aside from the above-listed Galaxy devices, more Galaxy A, Galaxy M, and Galaxy F series devices will also receive the One UI 5.1 update.
One UI 5.1 Reports
- Samsung starts One UI 5.1 development, preps for Galaxy S23
- Samsung One UI 5.1 is already under development: Leak
- New Samsung battery widgets reserved for One UI 5.1?
One UI 5.0 Features
Samsung’s new Android 13-based One UI 5.0 adapts the upgraded Material You design language, extending Color Palette choices to 16. Besides, wallpaper-based Color Palettes, you can also choose Material You generated colors from the newly added Basic Colors tab.
Apart from this, the new One UI 5.0 brings various new and useful features for Galaxy consumers. The Camera Watermark feature is the most highlighting addition, plus, the upgraded Camera interface enhances the overall usability.
New Samsung battery widgets reserved for One UI 5.1? Spotted in hidden menu
Samsung showcased advanced customization abilities of the One UI 5.0 software system at SDC 2022. At the same time, the company teased new battery widgets that show level of all paired devices along with the phone, but, seems like, the widgets are reserved for the One UI 5.1.
Some Galaxy users have reportedly accessed the locked battery widgets through tools like Activity Launcher, which hints Samsung is working on these widgets that might be a part of the One UI 5.1. The company first teased battery widgets during the One UI 5 launch, while users now shared the interface in high resolution.
As shown in UI screenshots, the new battery widgets of One UI 5 may be available in three different layouts including a boxy, a circular, and a pill-shaped one. The boxy widget design is quite similar to the Smart Suggestions widget that arrived with the One UI 5 update.
The boxy widget has a header with text “Battery” and shows device icon, followed by device’s name, battery level bar and percentage of battery.
On the other hand, The circular widget design shows battery percentage in the outer ring and contains device icon and percentage in the center.
The last one is a pill-shaped battery widget, which looks quite similar to the pill-shaped cutout of the Galaxy S10. This widget style has device icon at the left corner, battery level bar in the center, followed by level in percentage in a numbered format.
The hidden battery widgets feature’s settings include Select device type, background color, and transparency adjustment tool. Moreover, it has an option so you can let the widget adopt dark theme, following the overall device Settings.
We are guessing that the Korean tech giant may release these new battery widgets to consumers with future software updates in November or December. If it not happens, Samsung will surely debut the new widget design with One UI 5.1 software alongside the Galaxy S23 series.
Samsung One UI 5.1 is already under development: Leak
Samsung Galaxy S22 series smartphone owners have just started to receive the first major OS upgrade as One UI 5.0. Meanwhile, a recent leak suggests that the next One UI iteration – One UI 5.1, is already in development and Samsung could release it with with the upcoming flagship lineup.
As cited by SamsonUpdate sources, the One UI 5.1 version is already under development by Samsung. To be noted, the 5.1 version of One UI will also be based on the Android 13 operating system and could debut with the Galaxy S23 lineup of smartphones next year.
I heard Samsung One UI 5.1 in development already 😳 👀
— Samsung One UI Updates (@SamsonUpdate) October 25, 2022
Samsung brings three different One UI versions based on the same operating system including the x.0, x.1 and x.1.1. Until the Galaxy Note 20 series, the company brought x.5 versions, which was replaced with x.1.1 last year. Now, it’s expected that Samsung will follow the same path on One UI versions.
Even, Samsung confirmed One UI 5.1’s existence!
A few days back, Samsung published the One UI 5.0 launch post on Nederlands Newsroom. In that post, everything was the same as other Newsroom articles except for the hint for One UI 5.1. The company noted that some lockscreen features will be supported with version 5.1.
It suggests, the South Korean tech giant is continuing its One UI version strategy with the upcoming flagship lineup as well. The S23 series is likely to hit the shelves sometime in February next year, while, the One UI 5.1 may be rolled out to “select older models” from March 2023.
One UI 5
One UI 5.0 is based on Android 13 and brings various new features, powerful customization options and functional improvements for Galaxy devices. Initially, the major update is available for Galaxy S22 series, while, recent flagships are likely to get it by 2022.
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