One UI 5.1 proved Samsung’s fast update rollout capability
Even Google admits that Samsung is now the king of Android software update providers but recently, Samsung also cemented this statement with action by delivering a fast One UI 5.1 rollout.
One UI 5.1 first appeared with the Samsung Galaxy S23 series on February 1 at the Unpacked event. These phones can harmonize the power of One UI 5.1 to provide a better user experience for S23 buyers.
This unveiling also raised expectations for old device owners. To note, Samsung confirmed on the S23 launch stage that the company won’t forget its past Galaxy flagship users. Therefore, the South Korean phone maker initiated the One UI 5.1 rollout at a fast pace for the Galaxy S22 series within 15 days of the S23 launch.
Isn’t that something amazing? Not only that, Samsung quickly expanded the release for Fold 4, Flip 4, S21, and other devices.
One UI 5.1 comes with a lot of new features over One UI 5.0. It’s a speed and optimization upgrade for users looking to bring something new into their Galaxy smartphones.
It may not feel new to some of the readers but the fact is that Samsung is winning against the odds in terms of releasing software updates for Galaxy phones in all countries and regions.
However, there are still some miles to measure for carrier-locked devices in important places such as the U.S. Since mobile networks have their own process to verify a software build, we can’t argue their liability on this matter.
But the increasing speed of Samsung’s rollout of Android-based One UI software is actively appearing on monthly security patches and system improvements that the company seeds in posted schedules to not miss any mark.
All and all, it’s a big win for customers who spent money on a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone and get great software support as an after sale service.
One UI 6.0
Samsung One UI 6 concept displays gradient elements, interface rounding
Samsung is internally readying the One UI 6 software, which will bring the Android 14 to Galaxy devices. The Beta activity is about two months away, while concept creator SOUIC shared a handful of images displaying One UI 6 featuring aesthetic gradient elements, an elegant interface rounding, and beautiful blur.
The Quick Settings and Notification Panel got refreshed in the concept with beautiful blur, renovated brightness slider, and neat toggles. The notifications are now featuring padding from both sides to provide you with more convenient access across them.
Similar to Apple’s iOS, the expanded app settings panel is now presented with hard blurred background, which entirely makes the remaining home screen icons blurry. Thankfully, the expanded tools are now visible with an even clearer appearance with solid shape below.
Additional functional sections of the system Settings window are also aligned in the center with padding on both sides. The overall appearance got sticking, and it will be interesting to see if Samsung makes it happen int he official One UI 6 software.
One UI 5.1.1 coming to these Samsung devices: One UI 5.1.1 Device List
In February, Samsung started releasing the One UI 5.1 for Galaxy devices. Moving ahead, the company has started the development and testing of the new One UI 5.1.1 version for select Galaxy devices. Here, you can check the One UI 5.1.1 device list to ensure the availability of this One UI version.
Usually, Samsung develops and brings the x.1.1 version for foldable and tablet devices, however, select Galaxy S and A series devices also receive enhancements. This year, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 will bring One UI 5.1.1 software iteration, which will be based on Android 13.
Samsung is expected to begin the One UI 5.1.1 rollout for older Galaxy devices by late August. We are months away from the tentative timeline, however, the South Korean company may amaze Galaxy consumers yet again with speedy software deployment.
Apart from foldable Galaxy devices, the Galaxy tablets running One UI 5.1 would also get a chance to get updated to the new One UI 5.1.1. Ahead of the Android 14-based One UI 6.0, One UI 5.1.1 is likely to introduce new multitasking features and functional enhancements.
Samsung One UI 5.1.1 Device List
- Z Fold 4 5G
- Z Fold 3 5G
- Z Fold 2 5G
- Z Flip 4 5G
- Z Flip 3 5G
- Z Flip 5G
- Z Flip LTE
- Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus and Tab S8 Ultra
- Tab S7 FE
Note: This is not an official list. It is based on Samsung’s rollout habits and past deployments.
One UI 5.1 will remain the latest Samsung software until the debut of the One UI 5.1.1 version. The 5.1 version of One UI comes with improved animation and visual effects over the One UI 5.0, based on Android 13. There’s plenty to explore in this new iteration, find out more here!
One UI 6.0
Samsung One UI 6.0 beta coming very soon
Samsung has recently released a new Calculator app update, bringing support for the unreleased One UI 6.0 software. The changelog also revealed that the Android 14-based One UI version is going to be more colorful, thanks to Google’s efforts towards the Material You design engine.
Calculator app got support for an upcoming One UI version isn’t the first time incident as Samsung often did it in the past. Meanwhile, it’s not an avoidable development but indicates an early (than last year) arrival of Samsung’s Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta Program to Galaxy devices.
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Android 14 reached the second Beta milestone, while Google has two more Beta builds in the pipeline. After two major Beta and some additional incremental updates, the new OS will go official for the Pixel smartphone lineup as well as AOSP.
Last year, the South Korean tech giant started the One UI 5 Beta program 10 days ahead of the Android 13 launch. This year, the program is expected to go official earlier as the company is already preparing for the new software, with major features may be reserved for the 2024 debut.
At first, the One UI 6 Beta will be available for the Galaxy S23 series in seven countries including the US and South Korea. After the latest flagship lineup, the company will expand this opportunity to more products including the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series.
Samsung One UI 6.0 beta coming very soon.
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