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Samsung Galaxy users will gladly accept Android 14 upgrade

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Android is the world’s most popular and widely used mobile operating system. Google is ready to add another member Android 14 to its already huge family this year and the development has already started in February. Samsung Galaxy users will gladly accept the Android 14 upgrade, why they don’t?

As per the recent Android distribution stats, Android 13 OS reached over 12 percent globally in eight months after release. Chinese phone makers are quite slow in Android 13’s distribution, when it comes to non-flagships and older models, while Samsung completed the task before 2023 began.

This year, Samsung Galaxy users will upgrade their phones/tablets to the new Android 14 OS. As the new version has just reached the Beta testing stage, consumers have to wait for at least four months to see the first preview of Samsung’s version of Android 14.

If history is any indication, Samsung fans will let the Galaxy-maker nourish the Android 14 for products. With participation in Beta testing, they will share feedback so One UI can gain stability as well as demand new features so the developers can consider bringing them.

Samsung Android 14 Upgrade

As Google has started to develop Android 14, Samsung is currently focussing to craft the next-generation foldable phones. These new phones not only bring futuristic innovations but also run the new One UI 5.1.1 skin with further optimization w/ Android 13.

At its annual event (I/O), the search engine giant will disclose the progress of Android 14’s development and possibly the deployment roadmap. At the same stage, there could be the announcement of the Android 14 Developer Preview for select non-Samsung/non-Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung ships the best Android smartphone in the industry and for sure, it’s required to drop the most stable and bug-free software to consumers. Hence, the company won’t do anything in hurry, and as far as the roadmap is concerned, we’re sure, all supported Galaxies will run Android 14 before 2023 ends.

Samsung Android 14 Beta

As the Android 14 Public Beta has begun, Samsung won’t directly work with Google in development and adaptation. Every year, the company waits until the new Android version reaches the platform stability milestone. This year, things may not change, however, we would see boosted distribution.

Samsung’s Android 14 Beta update will be available for a number of Galaxy models including flagships and mid-range. Since there’s no new Galaxy Note with compatibility for Android 14, the Beta upgrade will only make its way to S, Z and select A/M models.

As Google has just started the Android 14’s Beta program, it will take time to better optimize it for smartphone and vanish severe bugs. Until then, Samsung will introduce another new One UI iteration based on the latest Stable Android 13 operating system.

Hundreds of compatible models

For Samsung’s Android 14 Beta firmware, the Galaxy S23 series is the first in line, as per the previous rollouts. Additionally, the Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy Z Fold/Flip models will also be invited for the Beta testing program.

So far, the South Korean tech giant availed its One UI Beta program in limited markets. Galaxy consumers in China, India, Germany, Poland, South Korea, the UK and the US are usually invited for testing and feedback. It would be interesting if Samsung expands Beta to more European markets.

Nowadays, the Galaxy A and Galaxy M series phones are being eligible for 4 OS plus 5 years of security updates support. It helps the users keep a single phone longer with the latest mobile experience and industry-grade security, thanks to longer software support.

One UI 6.0

Samsung’s latest One UI version – One UI 5.1 is based on Android 13 OS. It’s a successor to the original One UI 5.0, which was also built on the 13th major version of Google’s mobile operating system. Accordingly, the next Android OS will bring a new iteration of One UI.

That said, the One UI 6.0 will probably be the next version of Samsung’s custom Android skin. It will start rolling out to Galaxy devices as soon as the testing concludes on eligible models. Like last year, we are guessing that Samsung’s Android 14 upgrade will go live later this year.

One UI 6.0 will bring more bells and whistles than just Pixel’s Android 14 OS. Samsung is known for innovation and the next One UI version would be a big hit for the company. As consumers prefer software nowadays, One UI unquestionably attracts them with neat and user-friendly UX.

Features we may see in Samsung’s Android 14

As showcased by Google, Android 14 focuses on minor yet noticeable user interface tweaks. There’s a new Dynamic Back Arrow, graphics upgrades (for devs), data access transparency, modem/driver updates, and enhanced system optimization among others.

Until the official version, the US tech giant will continue to test and add new features to the Android 14 OS. Beyond that, it maintains quarterly feature drops so Android stays updated with useful features and regular enhancements for a better user experience.

1. Satellite Connectivity

Since Apple and Huawei already debuted Satellite Connectivity on their flagship phones, Samsung should also consider bringing the feature as early as it can. Google’s senior VP for Android earlier Tweeted that support for such connectivity in Android 14 would be a reality.

2. Predictive Back Gestures

Android 14 introduces a prominent back arrow that matches your wallpaper or theme for clearer gesture navigation. One UI 6.0 should not leave cloning this feature for Galaxy consumers along with predictive back gestures, which afford you a glimpse of the screen that a swipe-back gesture will take you to.

3. Improved Share Options

Android 14 reportedly allows apps to add custom actions to system sharesheets and more app data is being used to determine the ranking of users’ potential share targets. As Google is further improving Android’s share menu, such fruitful things can’t be skipped in the One UI.

4. Restricting Photo and Video Access

Android apps usually want your permission to have access to all photos and videos stored on the smartphone. To make it further transparent, Android 14 unlocks the possibility to select the specific photos and videos it is allowed to access. Galaxy users may surely get this change with the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update.

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James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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Samsung Galaxy A54 to get One UI 6 (Android 14) Beta, internal testing begins

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Samsung Galaxy A54 is already testing the Android 14-based One UI 6 software internally. As spotted on the CheckFirm app, the company is already working on the development and optimization of this major update for 2023’s best mid-range device.

According to the firmware listing spotted by @tarunvats33, Samsung has an Android 14-based One UI 6 build for testing on the Galaxy A54. The build is identified with the PDA version number A546BXXU3BWE1, and considered as the first development for the smartphone.

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The Galaxy A54 launched with Android 13 out of the box and didn’t receive any major Android or One UI update. The fourth last digit of its stable firmware is “A” which will be replaced with “B” when it gets the Android 14-based One UI 6 update.

As it’s the first build that has been initiated for testing in May, CheckFirm will continue to surface new builds as the testing moves. Notably, in the firmware, the third last character “W” refers to the year (2023), while the 2nd last “E” May) refers to the month of build development.

Samsung Android 14 Galaxy A54

One UI 6

Before the Galaxy A54, the software detection app spotted the Android 14 firmware for the latest Galaxy S23 series smartphones. The A54 is the first Samsung A series device, spotted running the unreleased software and cements its bid for Beta testing.

Samsung could begin One UI 6 Beta by next month, probably before the Galaxy Unpacked for foldables, tablets, and wearables. The Stable update of Android 14 will begin to rollout to Galaxy devices by October 2023, while the Beta activity would remain limited to seven markets globally.

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Samsung Android 14-based One UI 6.0: Everything you need to know

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Samsung One UI 6.0

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 we hope the Android 14 will focus on performance and efficiency.

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Samsung will introduce Android 14-based One UI 6.0 software for Galaxy devices this year. One UI is a mature software and the company is strictly maintaining the naming strategy. Galaxy fans can confirm that the next version will be One UI 6 as there’s no rocket science behind this.

One UI 6.0

Flagship Samsung devices ranging from the Galaxy S21 series to the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 foldables are eligible for the One UI 6.0 update, based on Android 14. In addition, there are a lot of Galaxy handsets launched with Android 12, which are also on the list!

One UI 6 is becoming the biggest reason forcing me to purchase the S23 Ultra, but, I’ll continue using my S22 Ultra as a daily driver. Upgrade to the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be highly fruitful for me since Samsung won’t be taking much time to expand One UI 6 Beta for older models.

One UI 6.0 Features

All the Security and Privacy related features and improvements of Android 14 will be included with 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.

We are too away from the One UI 6’s tentative development timeline, but, Samsung should now work on app icons, stock launcher, quick settings panel, and notification panel. Most users want a radically renovated user interface in One UI, as it’s continuing with refinements and refinements.

Update: Apr. 21 | Samsung mod revealed that One UI 6.0 update will bring support for the Camera Assistant app to Galaxy A series smartphones.

Samsung One UI 6.0

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:

These Samsung Galaxy devices are eligible for Android 14: One UI 6.0 Device List

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 a great month for flagship Galaxy devices that received the One UI 5.1 feature drop update. It’s difficult to commit release date of One UI 6.0, while the timeline should be early October.

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Post completion of the One UI 5.0 rollout, Samsung promised that it will 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.

Samsung Android 14 (One UI 6.0) update roadmap [Prediction]

One UI 6.0 Latest News

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.

May 05: Starting with Android 14, Google’s goal (via 9to5Google) is to “make it easier for developers to create apps that work consistently across different Android devices.”

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:

  1. Samsung Phone App
  2. Document “Read Text Aloud”
  3. Samsung Notes
  4. Samsung Messages
  5. S Pen
  6. Samsung Health
  7. Modes and Routines

March 22: Google takes ideas from One UI to make Android 14 a user-friendly and feature-full OS, Source 1, 2.

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).

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First Samsung One UI 6.0 app is already up for download

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Samsung is already rolling out support for One UI 6 to a native app, up for download for some. The company is internally testing the Android 14 Beta on the Galaxy S23 series and today begins to update stock apps months ahead of the software’s debut.

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The South Korean tech giant often updates One UI apps, bringing support for unreleased software iterations. It helps the app continue to work after upgrading to a new version of the operating system or a major One UI switch. It brings “added colors following One UI 6.x” the changelog reads.

Notably, the Samsung Calculator app with support for One UI 6 is not available to download for all consumers. It rolled out to a limited number of users having the latest flagship smartphone. In the coming days, we are expecting a wider rollout of this upgraded app version.

Download Samsung One UI 6 app

  • Galaxy Store – Link
  • Google Play Store – Link
  • APKMirror – Link

Samsung Calculator One UI 6 support

One UI 6 Release Date

Google is expected to release the Stable Android 14 operating system by August this year. Around the same timeframe, Samsung is likely to announce the One UI 6 Beta program for select Galaxy devices. However, the Stable One UI 6.0 update rollout could begin in October 2023.

One UI 6 Eligible Devices

All the Samsung devices released with Android 12-based One UI 4 out of the box are eligible to get the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update. In addition, a number of flagship devices (phones and tablets) will also get the major upgrade, thanks to the four OS guarantee. Check the list below:

  • Galaxy S23 Lineup: S23, S23 Plus & S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy S22 Lineup: S22, S22 Plus & S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 Lineup: S21, S21 Plus & S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold Lineup: Z Fold 5, Fold 4 and Fold 3
  • Galaxy Z Flip Lineup: Z Flip 5, Flip 4 and Flip 3
  • Galaxy A Lineup: A72, A52 and newer A phones
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