One UI 6.0
7 features that One UI 6.0 would bring to Samsung Galaxy smartphones
Samsung is about to complete the One UI 5.1 rollout, which will help it start preparation for the next One UI version. Galaxy users are completely unaware of what One UI 6.0 would look like, while, we’ve gathered inputs about 7 features that may be coming this year.
Galaxy users actively participate in Samsung’s Beta programs and give feedback to make the software stable, and bug-free. Ahead of One UI 6.0 Beta, Samsung fans are sharing features concepts and demanding the company to bring them in the next One UI version.
The company’s US community moderator is actively hearing consumers’ feedback alongside complaints and suggestions. The forum manager promises users to tag their One UI 6.0 features suggestion on the forum so that it will appear with other feedback, ideas, and requests.
Since the feature’s arrival with the next One UI still remains a mystery, there are high hopes as tagging suggestions to the forum will allow the developer team to consider and apply demanded changes if they are seeking outside feedback/requests/ideas regarding Samsung products.
7 features that One UI 6.0 could bring
1. Samsung Phone App
It would be beneficial to have a conference or party button, which enables the use of a microphone and speaker while the Bluetooth device is connected and in use. Dual input and output during calls to include other individuals in a conversation.
This provides the ability to include other people in the conversation you are on without waiting for the Bluetooth to disconnect, or if you need to confer for a moment without including others, for it to reconnect and then disconnect again.
2. Document “Read Text Aloud”
A Samsung user wants the company to bring Adobe Acrobat document reader-like function with the One UI 6.0 so it will read docs like PDF files aloud. It’s a basic yet cool feature, letting users listen to the document in an automated voice using machine learning.
3. Samsung Notes
It would be great to have a way to automatically sort folders in alphabetical order. Notably, a similar feature is already available in the Notes app that can be accessed from the right side through the Up or Down arrow, followed by the Filter option.
4. Samsung Messages
It would be greatly appreciated if the ability to “stop, & or cancel messages before sending” could be added to the Samsung Messages app. Some third-party apps allow you to stop or cancel messages before sending them to the second party, however, it’s a great idea to be applied in One UI 6.
5. S Pen
Samsung improved the S Pen’s usability and upgraded the experience with the launch of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. With the One UI 6.0, Samsung should add drag and drop hovering for content, using the S Pen’s pointer. When the button is pressed for a certain time over text to activate the drag and drop feature.
For instance, if you hover the S Pen on text content and press and hold the button, the One UI would activate the drag and drop feature. Once done, you will be able to take the text and use it anywhere you want, by activating the Split screen mode.
6. Samsung Health
A Galaxy user suggested bringing a barcode scanning feature in the Samsung Health app to scan food and nutrition stuff.
7. Modes and Routines
One UI 5 update brings fruitful upgrades to the iconic Modes and Routines functions, while users want the ability to reorder or sort the list of modes with the next One UI version.
When will you get One UI 6.0 on your Samsung smartphone
At the annual Developers Conference 2022, Samsung officially introduced the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 version for Galaxy devices (smartphones, foldables, and tablets).
During the event, Samsung also announced the One UI 6.0 update rollout plan. Initially, the Android 13-based One UI 5 first arrived for the S22 series as an Open Beta program, later extended to older flagships.
One UI 6 – When it’s coming?
After Google, Samsung was the fastest Android 13 update distributor for Galaxy smartphones, beating rivals from China. Impressively, the company managed to deploy stable software update for all devices, setting an example for rivals that began rollout in hurry, such as OnePlus. Going back to the One UI 6.0 timeline, the company started Android 13 Open Beta for the Galaxy S22 series in early August 2022, which later expanded to Galaxy S21, Note 20, S20, and more.
For One UI 6, Samsung is likely to follow the same as it did with the One UI 5 last year. It means you can expect the Android 14-based One UI 6 Beta program to start for the latest Galaxy S23 flagships by the last week of July or the first week of August. Do note that the Korean tech giant does not join Google for Android 14’s development.
Based on previous rollouts, and expected Android 14 development plan and Beta activities for Galaxy devices, Samsung would launch the One UI 6.0 at the 2023 Developers Conference later this year. However, Galaxy users having the latest flagship Galaxy device will be able to preview new design and features early.
Shortly after the announcement at Developers Conference, the South Korean tech giant may begin the One UI 6.0 Stable update rollout, first for Beta testers, followed by general users. Flagship Galaxy models are eligible for the early update, while the company may not take too much time to expand it to mid-range and budget phones, you can ensure your model’s eligibility in our list.
One UI 6.0 Roadmap
- Beta program – Late July or early August
- Stable/official – October 2023
You may have known that Google has already released Android 14 on the Beta channel. Back in February, the company rolled out two Developer Preview builds for supported Pixel smartphones, however, 3 more major Beta updates are expected before the official Android 14 debut.
Update: May 28 | Samsung may start the One UI Beta program early this year as new BWEE test firmware spotted on CheckFirm.
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Samsung’s Android 14-based One UI 6 update is not coming for some
In late October, Samsung released Android 13-based One UI 5.0, which expanded in November. Later on, the company introduced One UI 5.1, which inflated to Galaxy devices in mid-February. Meanwhile, we’ve compiled a list of Samsung devices that will not get the One UI 6.0 update, based on Android 14.
Back in February, Google released the Android 14 DP 1 (Beta 2 on May 10) to eligible Pixel phones. However, Samsung’s One UI 6 Beta testing is expected to start by the end of July or early August, followed by a Stable release later this year. Read more → Everything about One UI 6.0
The Galaxy flagships debuted after the S21 series are eligible for four major OS upgrades. At the same time, select mid-range phones, starting with Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73, are also eligible to get up to four generations of Android upgrades and five years of patches.
The Galaxy S20 series and Note 20 series smartphones are no longer eligible for any major firmware upgrade. The same case is for the Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G), S20 FE (LTE/5G), Z Fold 2 5G, Note 10 Lite, S10 Lite, A51, and A71 devices.
It’s worth mentioning that all of the devices have received the Android 13-based One UI 5 as their third major update. As per the company’s software update policy, Samsung devices mentioned above (below in list format) won’t receive the next big Android update – Android 14.
- Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Flip – LTE/5G
- Galaxy S20 FE – LTE/5G
- Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy A51 and A71
If you want to experience the upcoming Android 14-based One UI 6 software, upgrading to the Galaxy S23 is the best option for now. In the second half, Samsung will release the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 devices, which will also be getting One UI 6 in priority.
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Furthermore, the Korean community’s camera in charge also hinted that the Camera Assistant will be distributed to Galaxy A phones with One UI 6.0 in the second half.
Update, May 6:
Samsung’s collaboration with Google has resulted in a unified policy that it expects will create a more consistent and reliable UX for Galaxy users. Since One UI 6.0, foreground services of apps targeting Android 14 will be guaranteed to work as intended so long as they are developed according to the new foreground service API policy.
One UI 6.0
List of Samsung devices eligible for One UI 6 Early Access
One UI 6.0 is going to be the next big update for Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and some flagships will get early access to the new software. The next One UI upgrade will come with the Android 14 operating system for Galaxy devices and the company will start the rollout later this year.
Google has already begun the Android 14’s development and the public beta program has also begun in April, as predicted. Notably, the South Korean tech giant is not taking part in Google’s Android Beta testing as it runs an independent One UI Beta program.
Android v14 would officially launch in August 2023, and we hope Samsung will also begin the One UI 6.0 early access for Galaxies in the same timeframe. The Galaxy S23 series and the upcoming Galaxy foldables may be the first to get access to the One UI 6.0 beta program
Samsung devices that could get early access to One UI 6.0
- Galaxy Z Series
- Z Fold 5 & Z Flip 5 – Unreleased
- Z Fold 4 & Z Flip 4
- Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3
- Galaxy S Series
- S23, S23 Plus & S23 Ultra
- S22, S22 Plus & S22 Ultra
- S21, S21 Plus & S21 Ultra
- Galaxy A Series
- A54 & A53 [Uncertain]
- The list is based on the previous rollout and Samsung’s software strategy.
- Select M series phones may also get access to the One UI 6.0 Beta program.
- Availability may be limited to select markets.
One UI in 2023
Samsung started 2023 with the unveiling of the One UI 5.1 in early February. Within a month of launch, the company shared this S23-exclusive firmware with older Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Note 20 as well as Galaxy Fold and Flip series.
At the August Unpacked, Samsung will introduce the next One UI iteration – One UI 5.1.1. This new software will also be based on the Android 13 operating system. However, it will add tweaks and multitasking enhancements for large-screen devices.
Later this year, Samsung will unveil the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 for Galaxy devices. It would take about three months for the company to test, adopt and optimize the new OS for Galaxy devices. Accordingly, the One UI 6.0 rollout is expected to start by early October, 2023.