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BREAKING: Samsung Initiates Stable Android 14 One UI 6.0 Update Rollout, Starting W/ Galaxy S23

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Samsung One UI 6 Korea roadmap

Months after Beta testing, Samsung today initiates the Stable Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update rollout for the Galaxy S23 series. It comes as the first major firmware update for the company’s latest flagship handsets, debuted earlier this year.

One UI 6.0 brings major user interface tweaks and adds a number of new useful features as well as all security and privacy-related enhancements introduced by Android 14. The software also comes with non-linear animations as part of providing better experiences to Galaxy consumers.

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Galaxy S23 series (Beta Program) users have started getting the Stable Android update in Europe, with the firmware bears build version BWJM. The October 2023 security patch is included in the update, you can check the list of all new features included in the update below.

One UI 6.0 Features List

Quick panel

  • New button layout: The quick panel has a new layout that makes it easier to access the features you use most. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth now have their own dedicated buttons at the top of the screen, while visual features like Dark mode and Eye comfort shield have been moved to the bottom. Other quick settings buttons appear in a customizable area in the middle.
  • Instantly access the full quick panel: By default, a compact quick panel with notifications appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Swiping down again hides notifications and shows the expanded quick panel. If you turn on Quick settings instant access, you can view the expanded quick panel by swiping just once from the right side of the top of the screen. Swiping down from the left side shows notifications.
  • Quickly access brightness control: The brightness control bar now appears by default in the compact quick panel when you swipe down once from the top of the screen for quicker and easier brightness adjustments.
  • Improved album art display: While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.
  • Enhanced layout for notifications: Each notification now appears as a separate card, making it easier to recognize individual notifications. Notification icons now look the same as the app icons that appear on your Home and Apps screens, making it easier to recognize which app sent the notification.
  • Sort notifications by time: You can now change your notification settings to sort by time instead of priority so your newest notifications are always on top.

Lock screen

  • Clock repositioning: You now have more freedom to move your clock to the position of your choice on the Lock screen.

Home screen

  • Simplified icon labels: App icon labels are now limited to a single line for a cleaner and simpler look. “Galaxy” and “Samsung” have been removed from some app names to make them shorter and easier to scan.
  • Auto hiding taskbar: If you’re using gesture navigation, you can set the taskbar to hide automatically. When hidden, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to make the taskbar appear.
  • Drag and drop with 2 hands: Start dragging app icons or widgets on your Home screen with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the screen where you want to drop them.

Typeface

  • New default font: One UI 6 has a new default font with a more stylish and modern feel. You’ll see the new font if the default font is selected in Settings. If you’re using a different font, you’ll still see that font after upgrading to One UI 6.

Multitasking

  • Keep pop-up windows open: Instead of minimizing pop-up windows when you go to the Recents screen, pop-ups will now remain open after you leave the Recents screen so you can continue what you were working on.

Samsung DeX

  • Meet the new DeX for tablets: The new Samsung DeX lets you switch between DeX mode and tablet mode with the same Home screen layout. All of your usual apps, widgets and icons are available in DeX. You can also use DeX in both landscape and portrait orientations if Auto rotate is turned on for your tablet.

Link to Windows

  • Now available on tablets: Connect your tablet to your Windows PC to check notifications and use apps from your tablet on your PC, transfer files between your devices and more.

Samsung Keyboard

  • New emoji design: Emojis that appear in your messages, social media posts and elsewhere on your phone have been updated with a fresh new design.

Content sharing

  • Picture and video previews: When you share pictures or videos from any app, preview images will appear at the top of the Share panel to give you one more chance to review the pictures and videos before sharing them.
  • Extra sharing options: When you share content, additional options may appear on the Share panel depending on the app you share from. For example, when you share a website from the Chrome web browser, you’ll get the option to share a screenshot of the website along with the web address.

Camera

  • Simple and intuitive design: The overall layout of the Camera app has been simplified. Quick settings buttons at the top of the screen have been redesigned to be easier to understand.
  • Camera widgets customization: You can add custom camera widgets to your Home screen. You can set each widget to start in a specific shooting mode and save pictures in an album of your choice.
  • More alignment options for watermarks: You can now choose whether your watermark appears at the top or bottom of your photos.
  • Quick access to resolution settings: A resolution button is now available in the quick settings at the top of the screen in Photo and Pro modes so you can quickly change the resolution of photos you take.
  • Enhanced video size selection: A pop-up now appears when you tap the video size button, making it easier to see all the options and choose the right ones.
  • Keep your pictures level: When grid lines are turned on in Camera settings, a level line will now appear in the middle of the screen while using the rear camera in all modes except Panorama. The line will move to show whether your picture is level with the ground.
  • Quality optimization: You can choose between 3 levels of quality optimization for the pictures you take. Choose Maximum to get the highest quality pictures. Choose Minimum to take pictures as quickly as possible. You can also choose Medium to get the best balance of speed and quality.
  • New Auto FPS options for videos: Auto FPS can help you record brighter videos in low-light conditions. Auto FPS now has 3 options. You can turn it off, use it for 30 fps videos only or use it for both 30 fps and 60 fps videos.
  • Apply effects more easily: Filter and face effects now use a dial instead of a slider, making it easier to make precise adjustments with just one hand.
  • Turn off swipe up/down to switch cameras: Swiping up or down to switch between the front and rear cameras is now optional. If you’re concerned about accidental swipes, you can turn this off in Settings.
  • Easier document scanning: The Scan document feature has been separated from Scene optimizer so you can scan documents even if Scene optimizer is turned off. The new Auto scan lets you scan documents automatically whenever you take a picture of a document. After a document is scanned, you’ll be taken to the edit screen where you can rotate your document to align it the way you want.

Gallery

  • Quick edits in detail view: While viewing a picture or video, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go to detail view. This screen now provides quick access to effects and editing features you can immediately apply.
  • Drag and drop with 2 hands: Touch and hold pictures and videos with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the album where you want to drop them.
  • Save clipped images as stickers: When you clip something from an image, you can easily save it as a sticker that you can use later when editing pictures or videos.
  • Enhanced story view: While viewing a story, a thumbnail view appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. In thumbnail view, you can add or remove pictures and videos from your story.

Photo Editor

  • Enhanced layout: The new Tools menu makes it easier to find the editing features you need. Straighten and Perspective options have been combined in the Transform menu.
  • Adjust decorations after saving: You can now make changes to drawings, stickers and text that you’ve added to a photo even after saving.
  • Undo and redo: Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can now easily undo or redo transformations, filters and tones.
  • Draw on custom stickers: When creating custom stickers, you can now use the drawing tools to make your stickers even more personal and unique.
  • New text backgrounds and styles: When adding text to a photo, you can choose from several new backgrounds and styles to help you get the perfect look.

Studio (Video Editor)

  • More powerful video editing: Studio is a new project-based video editor, allowing for more complex and powerful editing. You can access Studio from the Drawer menu in the Gallery app or add an icon to your Home screen for quicker access.

Samsung Studio

Video Player

  • Enhanced layout: Video player controls are now easier than ever. Buttons with similar functions have been grouped together and the Play button has been moved to the center of the screen.
  • Enhanced playback speed controls: Choose between several video playback speeds between 0.25x and 2.0x. Speed controls are now easier to access with dedicated buttons instead of a slider.

Weather

  • New Weather widget: The Weather insights widget provides more information about your local weather conditions. You can see when severe thunderstorms, snow, rain and other events are on the forecast.
  • More information: Information about snowfall, moon phases and times, atmospheric pressure, visibility distance, dew point and wind direction is now available in the Weather app.
  • Easily check the local weather on the map: Swipe to move around the map and tap a location to view the local weather conditions. The map can help you find weather information even if you don’t know the name of the city.
  • Enhanced illustrations: Illustrations in the Weather widget and app have been enhanced to provide better information about the current weather conditions. Background colors also change depending on the time of the day.

Samsung Health

  • New look for the Home screen: The Samsung Health Home screen has been completely revamped. More information is shown, while bold fonts and colors make it easier to see the information you need most. Your latest exercise result is shown at the top of the screen, and more feedback is provided about your sleep score as well as your daily goals for steps, activity, water and food.
  • Custom water cup sizes: You can now customize the size of cups in the Samsung Health Water tracker to match the size of the cup you usually drink from.

Calendar

  • Your schedule at a glance: The new schedule view provides your upcoming events, tasks and reminders all together in chronological order.
  • Reminders available in Calendar: You can now view and add reminders in the Calendar app without opening the Reminder app.
  • Move events with 2 hands: In Day or Week view, touch and hold the event you want to move with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the day where you want to move it.

Reminder

  • Refined reminder list view: The main list view has been redesigned. You can manage categories at the top of the screen. Below the categories, your reminders will be shown organized by date. The layout for reminders containing images and web links has also been enhanced.
  • New reminder categories: The Place category contains reminders that alert you when you’re in a specific place, and the No alert category contains reminders that don’t provide any alerts.
  • More options for creating reminders: When sharing content to the Reminder app, you’ll get full editing options before your reminder is created. You can also take pictures using the camera when creating a reminder.
  • All-day reminders: You can now create reminders for an entire day and customize the time you want to be alerted about them.

Samsung Internet

  • Videos play in the background: Keep playing video sound even if you leave the current tab or leave the Internet app.
  • Enhanced tab list for large screens: When using Internet on a large screen, such as a tablet in landscape view or Samsung DeX, tab list view will be shown in 2 columns so you can see more information on the screen at the same time.
  • Move bookmarks and tabs with 2 hands: Touch and hold the bookmark or tab you want to move with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the bookmark folder or tab group where you want to move it.

Smart select

  • Resize and extract text from pinned content: When you pin an image to the screen, you can now resize it or extract text from it.
  • Magnified view: When selecting an area of the screen, a magnified view will appear so you can start and end your selection at the perfect spot.

Modes and Routines

  • Unique Lock screens depending on your mode: Set up different Lock screens with their own wallpaper and clock style for when you’re driving, working, exercising and more. Try a dark wallpaper for Sleep mode or a calming wallpaper for Relax mode. When you edit the Lock screen for a mode, you’ll see that wallpaper whenever that mode is turned on.
  • New conditions: You can now start a routine when an app is playing media.
  • New actions: Your routines can now do more than ever before, such as changing your Samsung Keyboard settings.

Smart suggestions

  • New look and feel: The Smart suggestions widget has been redesigned with a layout that better aligns with other icons on your Home screen.
  • More customization: You can now adjust transparency and choose between a white or black background. You can also set apps to exclude from suggestions.

Finder

  • Quick actions for apps: When an app appears in your search results, you can touch and hold the app to get quick access to actions you can perform using the app. For example, if you search for the Calendar app, buttons for adding an event or searching your calendar will appear. App actions will also appear in search results on their own if you search for the name of the action instead of the app.

My Files

  • Free up storage space: Recommendation cards will appear to help you free up storage space. My Files will recommend deleting unnecessary files, give you tips for setting up cloud storage and also let you know which apps on your phone are using the most storage space.
  • Integrated Trash with Gallery and Voice Recorder: My Files, Gallery and Voice Recorder Trash features have been combined into one. When you open the Trash in My Files, you’ll be able to see files, pictures, videos, and voice recordings you’ve deleted all together, along with options for restoring or permanently deleting.
  • Copy files with 2 hands: Touch and hold the file you want to copy with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the folder where you want to copy it.

Samsung Pass

  • Safer sign-ins with passkeys: Use passkeys to sign in to supported apps and websites. Unlike passwords, your passkey is only stored on your phone and can’t be leaked through a website security breach. Passkeys also protect you from phishing attacks because they only work on the website or app where they were registered.

Settings

  • Smarter Airplane mode: If you turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while Airplane mode is on, your phone will remember. The next time you use Airplane mode, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth will remain on instead of turning off.
  • Easier access to battery settings: Battery settings now have their own top-level settings menu so you can easily check your battery usage and manage battery settings.
  • Block security threats: Get an extra level of protection for your apps and data. Auto Blocker prevents unknown apps from being installed, checks for malware and blocks malicious commands from being sent to your phone using a USB cable.

Accessibility

  • New magnification options: Customize how your magnification window appears. You can choose full screen, partial screen or allow switching between the two.
  • Cursor thickness customization: You can now increase the thickness of the cursor that appears while editing text so that it’s easier to see.
  • Learn more about accessibility: A link to the Samsung Accessibility web page has been added to Accessibility settings so you can learn more about accessibility features and our efforts to make our products accessible to everyone.

Digital Wellbeing

  • Enhanced layout: The main screen of Digital Wellbeing has been redesigned, making it easier to find the information you need.
  • More content in your weekly report: Your weekly usage report now lets you know about unusual usage patterns, your peak usage times and how you balance your screen time.

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 S23 One UI 6.1 (Android 14) Update Status, Progress and Features

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Samsung Galaxy S23 second April 2024 update

Samsung Galaxy S23 series came pre-installed with Android 13-based One UI 5.1 software. After getting the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update last year, One UI 6.1 will soon be rolled out to these Samsung flagships, and if you own a Galaxy S23 series model, should bookmark this tracker for the latest insights.

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One UI 6.1, which is also based on Android 14 was first unveiled on January 17, 2024, while Samsung is already testing the build internally. One UI 6.0 brought a major user interface overhaul, however, the next incremental upgrade aims to install AI features.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Android 14 Update Tracker

Note: We will add or remove entries to provide useful insights only.

One UI 6.1 (Android 14) News:

March 16

A new One UI 6.1 test build for the Galaxy S23 series with the suffix CXBC has been spotted. This build differs from the previous testing builds because it ends with an alphabet letter instead of a digit. Read more here…

March 8

The One UI 6.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will include a March 2024 security patch. It indicates that the company will release this update update anytime in March for Galaxy S23 models in Korea. Read more here…

February 27

A new One UI 6.1 build suggests that the testing is moving forward for the Galaxy S23 series. The firmware version is upgraded to S91xBXXU3CXBC from CXB9.

February 21

Samsung announces the global expansion of mobile AI by enabling users to experience Galaxy AI on previous devices. One UI 6.1 update will be rolled out for the Samsung Galaxy S23 series from the end of March.

February 17

One UI 6.1 testing is underway for the Galaxy S23 series with firmware version S918BXXU3CXB5, which is upgraded from CXB4. The testing is going on in India and Europe, suggesting that the update is close to being released.

February 11

Samsung Galaxy S23 series starts getting the February 2024 security update in the US. For the S23 series, the One UI 6.1 comes a step closer, following the Feb patch release.

February 6

One UI 6.1 testing is underway for the Galaxy S23 series with firmware versions mentioned below.

  • India, the Middle East, and Europe – S91xBXXU3CXB1
  • Korea – S91xNKSU2CXB1

February 4

Samsung Galaxy S23 series is said to receive One UI 6.1 update after the February 2024 security patch deployment.

 

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One UI 6.0 Updates –

November 10

Samsung finally rolled out Stable One UI 6.0 update to Galaxy S23 series – carrier-locked and unlocked models in the US.

October 30

Samsung started rolling out the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update to the Galaxy S23 series in several markets including Europe and Asia.

August 10

Samsung started Android 14 Beta for Galaxy S23 series in early August. The Beta program will be available in seven countries like last year, meanwhile, Beta 1 is available in just three markets including the US, Germany, and South Korea.

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Google Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 rolling out

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2

Google has kicked off Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 for Pixel devices, which offers significant updates and fixes that enhance device performance and user experience. This update is rolling out for Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, Pixel 7a, Pixel 7Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 5a.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 update is part of Google’s Quarterly Platform Releases. It brings more substantial changes than the usual monthly patches, including UI improvements and new features that don’t require waiting for a full version release.

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The update carries the March 2024 security patch to improve system security. In addition, it addresses system stability, performance, and camera functionality, ensuring a smoother operation.

WHAT’S NEW

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device to crash or restart unexpectedly.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device to crash or restart unexpectedly while updating apps after the device was flashed.
  • Fixed issues that caused a device to display a blank, black screen after booting from flash.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a device to crash and display a blank, black screen after switching to a secondary user.
  • Fixed issues when always-on display mode was enabled that interfered with the “Double tap to wake” gesture and prevented the device from unlocking if the user tried to use their fingerprint to unlock the device.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused battery information to not display correctly in the system settings, status bar, and on the lock screen.
  • Fixed issues that prevented device-to-device transfers and backup and restore from working.
  • Fixed various issues that were impacting system stability, performance, and camera.

However, users have encountered issues sideloading the update on devices like the Pixel 8 Pro and Fold, with phones freezing on the Google logo post-reboot.

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Google releases Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3 for Pixel devices

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Google has released the third and likely final beta update of Android 14 QPR2 for its Pixel devices. The update brings bug fixes, stability improvements, and security patch for the beta testers.

Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3 is rolling out to Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold as well as the Android Emulator. Users can join the Android Beta Program to get the latest OTA update, which can be verified through version AP11.231215.007.

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The update includes the January 2024 security patch and fixes for various issues reported by the beta testers. Google has not confirmed the release date for the stable version of QPR2, but it is expected to be sometime in March.

Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3

What’s New

Developer- and user-reported issues

  • Fixed an issue where SPIR-V sequences of OpShiftLeft followed by OpShiftRight didn’t produce the expected results for ARM Vulkan driver versions 43.0 and 44.0.
  • Fixed issues that sometimes caused Bluetooth connections to be interrupted for some devices.
  • Fixed issues that sometimes caused a device to crash or become unresponsive after restarting.
  • Fixed issues that in some rare cases caused devices to reboot while in idle mode.
  • Fixed an issue that caused live wallpapers to stop animating.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Google Assistant from activating in some cases.

Other resolved issues

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused multi-finger gestures to stop working.
  • Fixed an issue where the device’s screen didn’t initially turn on when the screen was double-tapped or the power button was pressed.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused higher than usual CPU usage during video playback.
  • Fixed a system issue that sometimes caused poor audio quality or higher power consumption when making calls.
  • Fixed an issue where the keyboard was always shown even if the “Swipe up to start search” setting was disabled in system settings.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes when a user unlocked the device using their fingerprint, there was no haptic feedback.
  • Fixed an issue for Pixel Fold devices where sometimes after a user unlocked the device while it was folded, the inner display didn’t turn on after unfolding the device.
  • Fixed various issues that were impacting system stability, performance, connectivity, camera, and accessibility.

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