Samsung is shipping the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update for Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphones with lots of new goodies and improvements. Additionally, it installs the November 2022 Android security patch that addresses multiple privacy and security-related issues and vulnerabilities.
The One UI 5.0 update based on Android 13 OS is currently releasing for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 customers living in Europe and should soon reach other users all over the world. This firmware bears the One UI build version F916BXXU2IVK3.
- [Jan 25, 2023] Update: Locked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 getting Android 13 update in the US with version F916USQU21VK5. (Sprint and T-Mobile)
- [Nov 25] Update: Samsung has now released (via @SamSWUpdate) an Android 13 update for Galaxy Z Fold2 5G users in India.
Galaxy Z Fold 2:
In the year 2020, Samsung launched its second generation foldable smartphone known as Galaxy Z Fold 2 which was driving the Android 10 operating system out of the box. The device is eligible for three major Android upgrades due to which it’s getting the Android 13 upgrade now.
However, Android 13 is the last major OS for the device. Now it is only likely to get the One UI 5.1 (also based on Android 13) in mid-2023 and security patches for a year.
One UI 5.0 features:
The major Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update comes with lots of new features for your Galaxy Z Fold 2 smartphone. Some most notable are 16 Color Palelles, Camera Watermark, Stack Widgets, the ability to disable RAM Plus, powerful search on the Notes app, and more.
It further adds three new Settings menus: Connected devices, Modes and Routines, and Security and Privacy as well as four new accessibility toggles in the Quick settings panel. The update also brings significant user interface changes, a new mini Call pop-up, bigger notification app icons, smoother animations, and others.
While considering the customization, the Lock Screen has many new functions that will let it edit every element of the screen, even directly from the lock screen. Whereas, the Good Lock app offers three new modules for additional personalization options.
How to download:
To the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update on your Galaxy Z Fold 2, visit its “Settings” and head over to the “Software update” menu. Tap the “Download and install” option and wait for a few minutes. Tap on the “Download” option and follow the on-screen instructions.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Note 9 can install Android 13/One UI 5, thanks to Noble ROM
It’s been years since Samsung introduced the flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones. The devices are still shining in many hands but the company has officially ended all the major and monthly software update support for them. Despite this, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 users can taste the features of the latest Android 13.
Yes, the consumers of outdated Galaxy S9 and Note 9 smartphones can install the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update in the form of an unofficial firmware called Noble ROM 3.0.
XDA’s developer named AlexisXDA has created the unofficial builds of Samsung’s Android 13 One UI 5.0 software and successfully installed it in the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones.
The developer has ported the build using the Android 13 release of the modified Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S20 to tweak the 2018’s flagships with the newest features and user interface. Obviously, this is not as perfect as the official version but it is the way best way if you want to get new features on your old phone.
Below you can check out what this unofficial Android 13 built will install on your Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9:
Galaxy S9, Note 9 Android 13 features:
- Based on the official One UI 5.0 S20 and N10 Lite with January’s Security Patches.
- All One UI 5 stuffs have been ported successfully
- Odexed, Hardly Debloated and added some tweaks for best performance and better battery.
- Added some tweaks in order to have the best smoothness and general performance!
- Make your ROM! OUR aroma allows you to select everything you want to have on your phone in order to improve the user experience!
- Remappable Bixby Button
- Disabled RMM Lock.
- Google Pay working (Hide it with Magisk)
- Secure Folder working
- Photo Remaster, Object Eraser and Extra Dim available
- Improved zoom quality in Gallery
- Useful cards tab enabled in messages
- Night mode zoom on camera.
- Night mode on hyperlapse.
- Enabled Dolby on Game.
- Power key in notification panel.
- Samsung App Lock.
- iOS 16 Emoji’s selectable in aroma.
- IRIS scanner is broken
- Face unlock and HDMI support are not working
- RAM Plus not shown
- AOD always shows phone charging
- Front camera and HDR
- Super slow motion
- Manual focus on Pro photo and Pro video
- Back Portrait on objects
What’s new with Samsung One UI 5.1 AI Eraser features and how to use
Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S23 series with the One UI 5.1 software at the Unpacked event yesterday. The new devices introduce a bunch of new features and improvements that are coming soon to older Galaxy phones. Some of such One UI 5.1 improvements can be seen in the Samsung AI Eraser.
The AI Eraser of Samsung Gallery is smart enough to erase the shows, light reflection, and wanted objects from your pictures to make them look perfect. This function of the Galaxy devices is getting improvements with the latest One UI 5.1 software.
According to a Samsung members community moderator, the One UI 5.1 update has improved the processing speed of the AI eraser function. It will help users get the perfect results in no time. Additionally, the company has also improved the resolution, image quality, and other AI eraser editing tools.
How to use Galaxy AI Eraser
How to erase objects :
You first need to visit “Samsung Gallery” and open the “photo” you want to edit, Next, tap on the “Edit icon” and then visit the “More” options. Now tap on “AI Eraser”, select the object to erase, and finally, tap “Done” when you are satisfied with the editing.
How to erase shadows :
Shadow erase automatically distinguishes between shadows to be erased and shadows to be discarded, and image quality has also been improved after shadow erase is applied. However, variations may occur depending on photo characteristics, such as shooting conditions.
To use this function, head over to “Samsung Gallery”, Select a photo and tap on the “Edit” option. Now tap on the “More” option and then tap “AI Eraser”. Now tap on “Shadow Erase”, finally erase the shadow and click “Done”.
How to clear light reflections:
Just like the other two editing features, to clear light reflections, you need to open the Picture you want to edit in the Gallery app. Tap on the Edit icon >> More options ?? AI Erase. Now tap on “Light Reflection Erase”, erase the unwanted light reflection and tap “Done”.
Samsung introduces Multi Control feature with One UI 5.1, are you ready?
One UI 5.1 is official, thanks to Samsung’s new Galaxy S23 smartphone lineup. Since the update is yet to release for older Galaxy devices, we are closely exploring all the awaited features. It’s clear that Samsung will roll out the Multi Control feature with One UI 5.1 for Galaxy phones.
As showcased during the Unpacked, the Samsung Multi Control feature allows you to control your Galaxy smartphone, Galaxy Tablets, and Galaxy Book PC directly from the Galaxy Book3 series’ keyboard and trackpad. This capability enables you to copy, paste, or drag and drop between devices.
Benefits of Multi Control
Samsung usually brings additional benefits to connected experiences across the Galaxy S lineup of smartphones. The new Multi Control feature connects mouse and keyboard functionality between a Samsung Galaxy PC and tablet to serve ultimate flexibility between devices.
Besides this, enhanced text usability makes it easy to copy and paste text, like URLs, from one device (smartphone) to another (Tab / PC) to pick up activity on another device. There are more new features in the One UI 5.1 software, check them out right here.
To use the Samsung Multi Control feature, your Galaxy smartphone needs to run the latest One UI 5.1 software. However, consumers having Galaxy Tab running One UI 4.1 or later and Galaxy Book launched in 2021 and later can also enjoy the Multi Control.
Notably, Galaxy users are required to sign in with the same Samsung Account on both phones and PC. There are fewer chances of the expansion of this feature to non-Samsung laptops. Hence, you are lucky if owned a Galaxy Book as Samsung is greatly enhancing the ecosystem.