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Samsung One UI 5.1 testing is underway, new test build spotted [U]

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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.

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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.

[Dec. 05] Update: New One UI 5.1 test build spotted

Samsung is internally testing Galaxy S23 smartphones’ firmware as another test build spotted on the server. According to input (via @tarunvats33), the company is now testing the third build on the Galaxy S23 device, which carries build version ending AVKT.

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[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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James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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Samsung’s sweeping One UI 5.1 rollout likely this Feb

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Samsung just started the February 2023 security patch rollout for the Galaxy Note 20 series. At the same time, the company is working on the next One UI 5 version for select eligible Galaxy devices. One UI 5.1 rollout is expected to start this Feb, which is now getting verified with big developments.

Consumers have started thinking to install the February 2023 patch update as a pre-One UI 5.1 release, but, Samsung might have a big plan! The Galaxy S20 FE 4G smartphone is testing February 2023 build with One UI 5.1 version under the hood, indicating a wider rollout this Feb.

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As spotted by CheckFirm (via), the Galaxy S20 FE’s One UI 5.1 update brings PDA version number G780FXXUAFWB1 (INS – India). As soon as the testing of this firmware concludes, the customers would start getting the changes and features over the air.

One UI 5.1 for Galaxy S20 FE is under testing

S20 FE apart, there are a number of Galaxy devices that are eligible for the One UI 5.1 update including the latest Galaxy S22 series as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. The 5.1 version of One UI may not be available for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and S10 Lite, while confusion for S20 series and Flip 1st gen.

Samsung amazed Galaxy users with the fastest OS upgrade rollout of One UI 5.0. It’s likely that the company may follow the same path for this new One UI 5.1 version too, and older Galaxy models could get access to new features and improved animation/visuals this month itself.

Samsung One UI 5.1 will rollout for various Galaxy devices, including:

  • Galaxy S22 | S22+ | S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 | S21+ | S21 Ultra | S21 FE
  • Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra | S20 FE
  • Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 | Z Flip 4
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 | Z Flip 3
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5G | Z Flip

Samsung One UI 5.1 expected features changelog:

Camera

  • Changing the hue for a selfie just got easier
    Easily change the hue of your selfies with the Effects button on the side of the screen.
  • Quick access to Expert RAW
    The Expert RAW app allows you to capture high-quality images without any processing or compression, perfect for those who want to edit their photos later. Accessing Expert RAW is now easier from the Advanced menu.

Gallery

  • Common family album
    With Shared Family Album, sharing photos with your family is easier than ever. Gallery recommends photos to add to your shared family album by recognizing your family members’ faces. You also get 5GB of storage per family member (up to 6 people).
  • Improved handling
    Processing automatically removes shadows and reflections to make your photos look great. You can also recreate GIFs for better resolution and clarity.
  • Convenient information display
    If you swipe up when viewing a picture or video in your gallery, you can see at a glance when and where the picture was taken, on which device, where it’s stored, and more.
  • Search has become more powerful
    You can now search for more than one person or item at a time. You can even search for people without tagging their names, just by clicking on their faces.
    Choose a location to save screenshots
    Now you can save screenshots and screen recordings in a folder of your choice by setting it up in the advanced features.

AR-Zone und AR-Emoji:

  • Use 3 Emojis in AR Emoji Camera
    Take fun photos and videos with friends (up to 3 people) in mask mode. You can replace your friends’ faces with other characters by clicking the emoji.
  • Layout and editing improvements in AR Doodles
    The brushes are now available on the main AR Doodle screen for quicker access. You can also resize and move drawings after you create them, and the new eraser tool lets you erase just a portion of your drawings without completely erasing them.

Widgets:

  • New battery widget
    With the new battery widget you can check the battery level of your Galaxy devices. Right from the home screen, you can see how much battery your smartphone, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch and other supported devices have left.
  • Intuitive weather widget
    The new illustration style and a summary of the current weather conditions make it easy to know the weather information, whether it’s sunny, cloudy, raining or snowing.

Modes and Scenarios:

  • Different wallpapers depending on the mode
    Set different wallpapers on the lock screen and the home screen depending on your current activities. Choose a background for work, one for sport and more by setting different modes.
  • More conditions and actions for scenarios
    Run scripts automatically when you turn on airplane mode or mobile hotspot. Scripts can now open some apps, adjust left/right audio balance, and more. New actions now let you control Quick Share and touch sensitivity, as well as change the ringtone and font style.

Connectivity:

  • Collaboration in Samsung Notes
    Create a shared note that multiple people can edit at the same time. Write a report with colleagues, take notes for a study group, or draw a picture with a friend. The possibilities are endless.
  • Inviting to shared apps made easy
    Now you can easily invite people to shared albums, notes, and calendars using a link that can be shared across apps like messenger, email, and social networks.
  • Advanced multiple controls between Galaxy Book and smartphone
    Now you can use your Galaxy Book’s mouse, keyboard, or trackpad not only with your Galaxy tablet, but also with your Galaxy smartphone. You can easily copy and paste text and drag and drop images from one device to another as if it were the same device.
  • Media output for WiFi speakers
    If you want to continue listening to music on Wi-Fi speakers via Spotify Connect and the built-in Chromecast, simply open the media output from the quick access toolbar, not the music apps.
  • Continue surfing on the PC
    If you surf the Internet on your smartphone with Samsung Internet and then continue browsing on your PC, you can find the websites you opened on your smartphone and continue browsing them with the PC browser.

Samsung DeX:

  • Improved multitasking in DeX
    In split screen mode, you can now drag the splitter in the middle of the screen to resize both windows. You can also snap a window to one of its corners so that it takes up a quarter of the screen.

Settings:

  • Settings suggestions
    Suggestions are now displayed at the top of the settings screen, letting you know about useful features to try or settings that need your attention so you can enable or try them right away.

Samsung-Internet:

  • Improved search
    You can now search by folder name in bookmarks or by group name in tabs. Improved search logic allows you to find what you’re looking for, even if something is misspelled.

Setup-Assistant

  • Faster and easier initial setup of your new Galaxy
    If you’re switching to a new Galaxy from a Galaxy or other Android device, simply scan the QR code on your old device to automatically migrate your Wi-Fi networks, Samsung account, and Google account to the new one Device to transfer without typing anything.

Weather:

  • Detailed weather information at a glance
    Useful weather information is now displayed on the Weather app’s main screen. You can check severe weather alerts, daily weather reports, hourly precipitation and color temperature charts.

Calls:

  • Bixby text calls
    Use Bixby text calls to automatically answer calls and find out the purpose of the call. You see what the caller is saying in a text chat, and you can tap or type replies that are read aloud to the caller. Bixby text calls are only available in English and Korean.
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Wait, what? One UI 5.1 removes Color Palette support of volume control interface

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Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy S23 smartphones with One UI 5.1 software. This new version of One UI brings plenty of new features and improvements. But at the same time, One UI 5.1 has removed the Color Palette support from the Volume control interface.

The Color Palette feature is one of the most loveable features of Samsung’s custom software as it lets the customers theme their Galaxy phones based on their lock screen or home screen wallpaper. This Color Palette theme applies throughout the device’s user interface as well as on the app icons.

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The Korean company significantly improved the Color Palette feature with One UI 5.0 software with the installation of 16 Palettes and Basic Color options. But unfortunately, the new One UI 5.1 seems to be ruining the functionality of the feature.

One UI 5.1 volume control interface

The Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones are about to go on their first sale but some famous tipsters and tech bloggers have already got their hands on the smartphones. One of the tech bloggers has recently shared a screenshot of the volume panel interface of the S23 Ultra phone that shows that it no longer supports the color palette feature.

In reply to this, various other early users of Galaxy S23 have also shared the same thing. When they apply the color palette throughout the system interface, all compartments are getting themed, except for the Volume Panel.

Maybe, it is a bug of the particular smartphone or the early One UI 5.1 build, but for now, the consumers’ concerns only indicate that the company has removed Color Palette support from the volume control interface.

It will be worth seeing whether Samsung will fix this in the updated version of One UI 5.1 software coming to older Galaxy phones later this month.

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Samsung One UI 5.1 rollout starting this month, leak says

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Samsung fans who are skipping purchasing the Galaxy S23 smartphone are waiting for the One UI 5.1 update rollout. At the time of introducing One UI 5.1, the company confirmed that this new version (with select Galaxy S23 features) will be rolling out to more Galaxy devices.

According to trusted Samsung leaker @SamsonUpdate, Samsung will start rolling out the One UI 5.1 update by this month. There are plenty of Galaxy devices that are eligible for this new version, and earlier confirmed through Samsung’s update for Galaxy Watch.

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One UI 5.1 is a small upgrade over the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 iteration. In its development, the company spent a long time (3 months more than One UI 5), and the results are undoubtedly fruitful. You can expect better animation and visual effects along with refined Material You integration.

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With the Galaxy S23 series, Samsung greatly improved its battery efficiency and camera performance. No doubt, hardware is the biggest player in performance and battery aspects, but, the One UI 5.1 has an improved algorithm, which could also bring improvements to older models.

Samsung One UI 5.1 will rollout for various Galaxy devices, including:

  • Galaxy S22 | S22+ | S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 | S21+ | S21 Ultra | S21 FE
  • Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra | S20 FE
  • Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 | Z Flip 4
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 | Z Flip 3
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5G | Z Flip

If you have one of the above-listed smartphones, you may receive some of the Galaxy S23 features with the One UI 5.1 upgrade. Moreover, you can also upgrade to the new flagship smartphones as there are various reasons to consider. Find out more, below:

Here’s why you should buy Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

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