- 2022’s powerful series Samsung Galaxy S22 brought the first major One UI update of the year.
We are just going to say bye-bye to 2022 and welcome to 2023. But have you thought about the answer to the most asked question, which is – What special did you do in 2022? You may have several answers to this or none at all. But yes, Samsung has rocked in 2022 with its new One UI versions, smartphones, displays, and other smart devices.
Before buying any smartphone, we look at its features as well as how many major Android/custom UI updates it will get, so Galaxy smartphone users should be happy as Samsung is releasing three One UI versions for their devices in a year.
In the year 2022, Samsung introduced three One UI versions which are One UI 4.1, One UI 4.1.1, and One UI 5.0. Let’s look at the highlight features of these versions.
Samsung 2022 Three One UI versions
One UI 4.1
Samsung introduced Android 12-based One UI 4.1 with Samsung Galaxy S22 series smartphones. After its official release, the company expanded its availability to more eligible Galaxy devices starting with Galaxy S21 series in March 2022.
Samsung added a lot of new features with One UI 4.1 based on Android 12, if your device received then you have enjoyed the features. The main feature includes S22-like camera features, a Grammarly-powered keyboard, customizable RAM Plus, Smart suggestions, Shadow and reflection erasers, Quick share, Google Duo Live Sharin, Expert RAW, and more.
Read more: Samsung One UI 4.1 Full Changelog
One UI 4.1.1
At Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event in August, Samsung debuted One UI 4.1.1 based on Android 13 with the fourth generation of foldable phones i.e Galaxy Z Fold 4. The update comes with new features for large-screen Galaxy devices.
Android 12L-based One UI 4.1.1 brings a bundle of new features and enhancements such as taskbar appearance, apps name in Edge Panels, text extraction feature, smart suggestions, new calling options, lock screen wallpaper, and more.
Read more: Samsung One UI 4.1.1 Update Changelog
One UI 5.0
One UI 5.0 is the newest custom skin of Samsung, that brings several customization options new features, enhancements, and more for Galaxy devices to provide a wonderful and seamless experience. The Korean tech giant officially announced that the One UI 5.0 rollout is fastest than the previous versions.
Android 13-based One UI 5.0 arrives with a slew of new features, out of which, some of the highlights features are Lock screen customization, Modes & Routines, Connected Devices, Color Palette, new app icons, new Wallpaper settings, stack widget, smart suggestion widget, histogram in Pro Mode, Camera watermark, Gallery Albums customization, Color Picker tool, new Good Lock modules, Private Share, and more.
Read more: Samsung One UI 5.0 Update Full Changelog
Android 14 One UI 6 Beta hitting Samsung Galaxy S22 series in the US
Users of the Galaxy S22 series can now join the Beta Program through the Samsung Members app to enjoy new features and enhancements on their smartphones ahead of the stable release. The update is currently rolling out for unlocked Samsung Galaxy S22 models.
One UI 6 Beta update for the Samsung Galaxy S22 series in the US comes with One UI build version S90xU1UEU3ZWIA and a big installation package size of 2.8GB.
This major update brings a bunch of new features and improvements over the previous version to provide a seamless and next-level experience. In addition, the update installs the latest Android security patch released in September 2023.
Samsung One UI 6.0
Samsung One UI 6.0 update will bring the new Android 14 OS to Galaxy devices. In August, the company started Public Beta Program of One UI 6, with Stable rollout expected for October this year. This page consists of all the useful and latest information you should know about the major update.
Samsung One UI 6.0
All Samsung devices released with Android 12 pre-installed are eligible for the Android 14 upgrade. Meanwhile, there are a number of Galaxy smartphones that have four generations of OS upgrade support, making them eligible for the One UI 6.0 update, check complete list here.
- Galaxy S23 | Galaxy S23 Plus | Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Galaxy S22 | Galaxy S22 Plus | Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 | Galaxy S21 Plus | Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy A54 | Galaxy A34
Devices to follow — Z Flip/Fold 5 and Z Flip/Fold 4
- Galaxy S23 Series — China, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, the UK and the US
- Galaxy S22 Series — South Korea, the UK
- Galaxy S21 Series — China, Germany, India, Poland, South Korea, the UK and the US
Features & Changes
New button layout:
- The quick panel has a new layout that makes it easier to access the features you use most. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth now have their own dedicated buttons at the top of the screen, while visual features, like Dark mode and Eye comfort shield, have been moved to the bottom. Other quick settings buttons appear in a customizable area in the middle.
Instantly access the full quick panel:
- By default, a compact quick panel with notifications appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Swiping down again hides notifications and shows the expanded quick panel. If you turn on Quick Settings instant access, you can view the expanded quick panel by swiping just once from the right side of the top of the screen. Swiping down from the left side shows notifications.
Quickly access brightness control:
- The brightness control bar now appears by default in the compact quick panel when you swipe down once from the top of the screen for quicker and easier brightness adjustments.
Improved album art display:
- While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.
Enhanced layout for notifications:
- Each notification now appears as a separate card, making it easier to recognize individual notifications.
Sort notifications by time:
- While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.
Reposition your clock
- You now have more freedom to move your clock to the position of your choice on the Lock screen.
Simplified icon labels:
- App icon labels are now limited to a single line for a cleaner and simpler look. “Galaxy” and “Samsung” have been removed from some app names to make them shorter and easier to scan.
New default font:
- One UI 6 has a new default font with a more stylish and modern feel. You’ll see the new font if the default font is selected in Settings. If you’re using a different font, you’ll still see that font after upgrading to One UI 6.
Keep pop-up windows open:
- Instead of minimizing pop-up windows when you go to the Recents screen, pop-ups will now remain open after you leave the Recents screen so you can continue what you were working on.
New emoji design:
- Emojis that appear in your messages, social media posts, and elsewhere on your phone have been updated with a fresh new design.
Picture and video previews:
- When you share pictures or videos from any app, preview images will appear at the top of the Share panel to give you one more chance to review the pictures and videos before sharing them.
Extra sharing options:
- When you share content, additional options may appear on the Share panel depending on the app you share from. For example, when you share a website from the Chrome web browser, you’ll get the option to share a screenshot of the website along with the web address.
New Weather widget:
- The Weather insights widget provides more information about your local weather conditions. You can see when severe thunderstorms, snow, rain, and other events are on the forecast.
More information in the Weather app:
- Information about snowfall, moon phases and times, atmospheric pressure, visibility distance, dew point, and wind direction is now available in the Weather app.
Interactive map view:
- Swipe to move around the map and tap a location to view the local weather conditions. The map can help you find weather information even if you don’t know the name of the city.
- Illustrations in the Weather widget and app have been enhanced to provide better
information about the current weather conditions. Background colors also change depending on the time of the day.
Custom camera widgets:
- You can add custom camera widgets to your Home screen. You can set each widget to start in a specific shooting mode and save pictures in an album of your choice.
More alignment options for watermarks:
- You can now choose whether your watermark appears at the top or bottom of your photos.
Quick access to resolution settings
- A resolution button is now available in the quick settings at the top of the screen in Photo and Pro modes so you can quickly change the resolution of photos you take.
Easier video size options
- A pop-up now appears when you tap the video size button, making it easier to see all the options and choose the right ones.
Keep your pictures level:
- When grid lines are turned on in Camera settings, a level line will now appear in the middle of the screen while using the rear camera in all modes except Panorama. The line will move to show whether your picture is level with the ground.
Apply effects more easily:
- Filter and face effects now use a dial instead of a slider, making it easier to make precise adjustments with just one hand.
Scan documents easily:
- The Scan document feature has been separated from Scene optimizer, so you can scan documents even if Scene optimizer is turned off. The new Auto scan lets you scan documents automatically whenever you take a picture of a document. After a document is scanned, you’ll be taken to the edit screen, where you can rotate your document to align it the way you want.
- You can choose between 3 levels of quality optimization for the pictures you take. Choose Maximum to get the highest quality pictures with the most post-processing. Choose Minimum to reduce the amount of post-processing so you can take pictures as quickly as possible. You can also choose Medium to get the best balance of speed and post-processing.
New Auto FPS settings for videos:
- Auto FPS can help you record brighter videos in low-light conditions. Auto FPS now has 3 options. You can turn it off, use it for 30 fps videos only, or use it for both 30 fps and 60 fps videos.
Save clipped images as stickers:
- When you clip something from an image, you can easily save it as a sticker that you can use later when editing pictures or videos.
Enhanced story view:
- While viewing a story, a thumbnail view appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. In thumbnail view, you can add or remove pictures and videos from your story.
Drag and drop with 2 hands:
- Touch and hold pictures and videos with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the album where you want to drop them.
Quick edits in detail view:
- While viewing a picture or video, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go to detail view. This screen now provides quick access to effects and editing features you can immediately apply.
Adjust decorations after saving:
- You can now make changes to drawings, stickers, and text that you’ve added to a photo even after saving.
Undo and redo:
- Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can now easily undo or redo transformations, filters, and tones.
- The new Tools menu makes it easier to find the editing features you need. Straighten and Perspective options have been combined in the Transform menu.
Draw on custom stickers: When creating custom stickers, you can now use drawing tools to make your stickers even more personal and unique.
New text backgrounds and styles:
- When adding text to a photo, you can choose from several new backgrounds and styles to help you get the perfect look.
Your schedule at a glance:
- The new schedule view provides your upcoming events, tasks, and reminders all together in chronological order.
View your reminders in Calendar:
- You can now view and add reminders in the Calendar app without opening the Reminder app.
Refined reminder list view:
- The main list view has been redesigned. You can manage categories at the top of the screen. Below the categories, your reminders will be shown organized by date. The layout for reminders containing images and web links has also been enhanced.
New reminder categories:
- The Place category contains reminders that alert you when you’re in a specific place, and the No Alert category contains reminders that don’t provide any alerts.
More options for creating reminders:
- When sharing content to the Reminder app, you’ll get full editing options before your reminder is created. You can also take pictures using the camera when creating a reminder.
Create all-day reminders:
- You can now create reminders for an entire day and customize the time when you want to be alerted about them.
Play videos in the background:
- Keep playing video sound even if you leave the current tab or leave the Internet app completely.
Enhanced tab list for large screens:
- When using Internet on a large screen, such as a tablet in landscape view or Samsung DeX, your tab list will be shown in 2 columns so you can see more tabs on the screen at the same time.
Resize and extract text from pinned content:
- When you pin an image to the screen, you can now resize it or extract text from it.
Magnified view: When selecting an area of the screen, a magnified view will appear so you can start and end your selection at the perfect spot.
Bixby text call
Customize your greeting:
- You can now edit the greeting that Bixby says when you answer using Bixby text call.
Switch to Bixby during a call:
- You can switch to Bixby text call at any time, even if the call is already in progress.
Modes and Routines
Unique Lock screens depending on your mode:
- Set up different Lock screens with their own wallpaper and clock style for when you’re driving, working, exercising, and more. When you start editing the Lock screen while a mode is on, you’ll edit the Lock screen for that mode.
- You can now start a routine when an app is playing media.
- Your routines can now do more than ever before. Change your Lock screen, change Samsung Keyboard settings, and more.
New look and feel:
- The Smart Suggestions widget has been redesigned with a layout that better aligns with other icons on your Home screen.
- You can now adjust transparency and choose between a white or black background. You can also set apps to exclude from suggestions.
Quick actions for apps
- When an app appears in your search results, you can touch and hold the app to get quick access to actions you can perform using the app. For example, if you search for the Calendar app, buttons for adding an event or searching your calendar will appear. App actions will also appear in search results on their own if you search for the name of the action instead of the app.
Free up storage space:
- Recommendation cards will appear to help you free up storage space. My Files will recommend deleting unnecessary files, give you tips for setting up cloud storage, and also let you know which apps on your phone are using the most storage space.
Smarter Airplane mode:
- If you turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while Airplane mode is on, your phone will remember. The next time you use Airplane mode, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth will remain on instead of turning off.
Easier access to battery settings:
- Battery settings now have their own top-level settings menu, so you can easily check your battery usage and manage battery settings.
Block security threats:
Get an extra level of protection for your apps and data. Auto Blocker prevents unknown apps from being installed, checks for malware, and blocks malicious commands from being sent to your phone using a USB cable.
New magnification options:
- Customize how your magnification window appears. You can choose full screen, partial screen, or allow switching between the two.
Customize cursor thickness:
- You can now increase the thickness of the cursor that appears while editing text so that it’s easier to see.
Learn more about accessibility:
- A link to the Samsung Accessibility web page has been added to Accessibility settings so you can learn more about accessibility features and our efforts to make our products accessible to everyone.
Samsung One UI 6.0 (Android 14) – Latest news, features, eligible devices, and release date
Android 14 (One UI 6.0) update will be a big deal for Samsung consumers having an eligible Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Android 12 brought radical user interface tweaks, which have been refined in the Android 13 update. And Android 14 focuses on performance and efficiency.
One UI 6.0
Flagship Samsung devices ranging from the Galaxy S21 series to the latest Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 foldables are eligible for the One UI 6.0 update, powered by Android 14. Besides, there are a lot of Galaxy phones and tablets launched with Android 12, which are also on the eligibility list!
One UI 6.0 Features
All the Security and Privacy related features and improvements of Android 14 are included in the One UI 6.0 update. Samsung doesn’t rely on Google’s Android when it comes to the user interface as Galaxies offer the best and clean user experience with One UI.
The new One UI software introduces a redesigned Quick Panel, a new default font, and tweaked toggles, and elements across the user interface. There are plenty of new features that empower Galaxy users to make the most out of their smartphones.
One UI 6.0 Eligible Devices
In the Galaxy Z series, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are eligible for the new OS. In the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S23 series will get One UI 6 first, however, it will also be rolled out to the Galaxy S22 series and Galaxy S21 series (FE included).
Samsung offers two major Android upgrades to every Galaxy device (from Galaxy A, M, and F lineups). It means, if your device launched with Android 12 out of the box, it will surely get the Android 14 upgrade. Some A series devices are also eligible for three OS upgrades, hence, check the complete list below:
One UI 6.0 Release Date
Within 2022, the company rolled out the One UI 5.0 update for almost all eligible Galaxy models. And February became an excellent month for flagship Galaxy devices that received the One UI 5.1 feature drop.
Post completion of the One UI 5.0 rollout, Samsung promised that it would further strengthen its collaboration with chip makers (i.e. Qualcomm) and Google.
As promised, this year, the company will try to deploy One UI even faster and more reliable software for Galaxy. In late August, Samsung confirmed SDC23 for October 5, which is the official launch date of One UI 6.0.
One UI 6.0 Latest News
September 21: Samsung said to expand Android 14 One UI 6 Beta to Galaxy Z Fold 4, Fold 3, Flip 4 and Flip 3 next month.
September 19/20: Samsung launched the Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta Program for Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, S22 Ultra, S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra smartphones.
September 19: One UI 6 Beta 3 Hotfix: The new ZWIB update for the Galaxy S23 series brings fixes to the reset issue during the AP power type setting when using Wi-Fi AP that supports 6GHz.
September 14: Samsung has kicked off the third Android 14-based One UI 6 beta update for the Galaxy S23 series
September 6: Select Galaxy S23 series users in Europe received the third Beta of One UI 6 software.
August 31: Samsung expanded the Galaxy S23’s One UI 6 Beta to India, Poland and the UK along with releasing Beta 2 in the US, South Korea and Germany.
August 25: It has been revealed that the company could release the 2nd One UI 6 Beta on August 29, while a tipster claims it may be canceled.
August 19: After the One UI 6 Beta 1 update, Samsung is rolling out the hotfix update for Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23, and Galaxy S23 Plus smartphones in Korea.
August 10: Samsung has finally started the Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta Program for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra in South Korea, Germany and the US.
August 2: New August 2023 One UI 6 Beta build for Galaxy S23 has been spotted on test servers. The last digits of the test firmware have changed from 3ZWGG to 3ZWH2.
July 28: Samsung One UI 6.0 is being prepared for the Galaxy S23 series, which adds the ability to sharpen text and erase distractions in document scans.
July 21: The Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy A52 LTE also join Samsung flagships with Android 14 internal testing build.
July 19: Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series enters One UI 6 (Android 14) internal testing phase alongside the Galaxy A34 and Galaxy A52s.
July 11: Android 14 Beta 4 started to roll out to Pixel devices, bringing the Stable release another step closer. This month, Samsung is likely to start the One UI 6 Beta testing program for Galaxy S23 series.
July 9: Samsung is already testing One UI software on the Galaxy S23 FE, which could probably be the One UI 6. Do note that the Geekbench listing revealed S23 FE comes pre-loaded with Android 13, however, it could change prior to official release.
July 2: One UI 6 Beta is too close to the Galaxy S23 series as the first Public Beta firmware has been spotted on the server for the Ultra variant. After internal test builds, the first Beta build bearing version number ZWFA appears on the server.
June 26: A new One UI 6 build has been spotted by Checkfirm for the Galaxy S23 series. The testing is going underway for Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus with PDA version S916BXXU2BWF4.
June 18: In the first phase, Samsung reportedly begins Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta for the Galaxy S23 series in the third week of July.
June 06: The Galaxy A54 to get One UI 6 (Android 14) Beta, internal testing begins
June 05: Samsung confirms One UI 6 and Good Lock features finding underway, read more here
June 04: According to tipster Dohyun Kim, Samsung could release the One UI 6 Beta for the Galaxy S23 series in mid-July this year. The source added that Samsung’s stable Android 14 update will be available in October.
June 02: Samsung has recently released support for One UI 6.0 software to the native Calculator application.
May 22: One UI 6 Beta (Alpha/internal) build reportedly introduces slightly bigger toggles in the Quick Settings panel.
May 13: At I/O, Google unveiled Ultra HDR support for Image, which arriving in Android 14, and probably in One UI 6 too for Samsung Galaxy devices.
May 10: Samsung is already testing the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 firmware on the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphones in a handful of countries.
Samsung is described as the “first partner” today, with One UI 6.0 making it so that “foreground services of apps targeting Android 14 will be guaranteed to work as intended so long as they are developed according to Android’s new foreground service API policy.”
“To strengthen the Android platform, our collaboration with Google has resulted in a unified policy that we expect will create a more consistent and reliable user experience for Galaxy users.” – Samsung
April 27: Android 14 Beta 1.1 update rolled out for supported Pixel phones. The release fixes severe issues such as Wallpaper and style crashing, abnormal fingerprint scanner as well as includes optimizations for the system stability to provide users with better user experience.
April 13: Google released the first Beta build of Android 14, bringing new features to Pixel phones ahead of the stable release. The new OS brings Dynamic Back Arrow, improved per-app language preferences, graphics upgrades and privacy improvements.
April 02: We’ve compiled a list of features that Samsung may introduce with the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 software. The features are suggested by consumers and the software team member forwarded them to the development team for the function as follows:
- Samsung Phone App
- Document “Read Text Aloud”
- Samsung Notes
- Samsung Messages
- S Pen
- Samsung Health
- Modes and Routines
March 21: We tried installing the Android 14 Developer Preview 2 on our Google Pixel 7 unit and it bricked.
March 8: Google kicked off Android 14 Developer Preview 2 for Pixel smartphones with various new features.
March 02: Dashlane confirmed that the Android 14’s final release will bring support for passkeys to apps.
February 8: Google released Android 14 Developer Preview 1 for Pixel devices (Pixel 4a 5G to 7 Pro).