Samsung Galaxy S22 March 2023 update made battery life damn cool
Samsung is expanding the March 2023 security update to the Galaxy S22 series in more and more markets, globally. Earlier, the company rolled out the One UI 5.1 to Galaxy S22, which didn’t include a fix or improvement for the battery-draining problem, but it’s not the same case in March 2023.
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Due to so-called (Exynos, Samsung Foundry) chipset and printing process concerns, select Galaxy S22 units have problems like inefficient battery life and abnormal drain. Users continuously report bad battery performance and overheating issues on their Galaxy S22 (vanilla, Plus, and Ultra).
Everything was fine prior to the December 2022 security patch, which incredibly generated battery life complaints. Samsung tried to fix the problems with January and February firmware updates, but it didn’t happen at all. Consumers hoped, One UI 5.1 will have some enhancements, but, the battery drain remained unfixed.
“5.1 has been optimized.. 29 hours screen off time, never got anywhere near that before & I’ve had this phone since launch” – Source
After installing the March 2023 security patch, some consumers reported that their Galaxy S22 smartphone’s battery efficiency is currently in its best state. Some said that they are having great battery life, which is at its best since the launch.
“Agreed. Had a full day yesterday and didn’t charge my phone once. Didn’t have power saving on for any of it, had auto brightness on, limited at 85% charge. Always On Display on. Not a single problem. OneUI 5.1 has made this phone like new.” – Source
One UI 5.1 included a lot of under-the-hood improvements for Galaxy devices. Since it was a major One UI upgrade, the software system requires some time to get optimized with the hardware, native functions and installed applications.
“Thank you! I have other devices, but as I clearly said I never got screen off/idle time like this before, which is crazy. 2 weeks ago the phone wasn’t making it a whole day (7 am-midnight) now it got 29 hours on idle which is crazy.” – Source
Consumers didn’t praise One UI 5.1’s battery life, but positive feedback started to emerge after Samsung’s March 2023 firmware update. There are two factors; Samsung brought improvements to battery and One UI got optimized with time and new firmware.
“i think the S22U battery gotten better aftet some update or some stuff. charged it this morning at around 30%. and checked the usage, realise it got like 5:30 Screen on time (gaming) and 18 hrs screen off time. seems to be better when i first got it and was actively playing around with battery management stuff. screenshot below, not sure why the post wont let me upload screenshot.” Source
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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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