Samsung is rolling out a beta version of One UI 5.0 based on Android 13 in Germany for Galaxy S22 series users. People need to register on the Samsung Members app to be able to download this beta. The South Korean tech giant advised users to back up their smartphone data before installing the update. Samsung further stated that this version will not work with carrier-locked handsets. The stable version of Android 13 is expected to arrive later this year in September.
Samsung announced the update on Friday via a post on its community forum, spotted by Android Authority. Registration for the One UI 5.0 beta test is open in Germany for a limited time exclusively to the first 500 members who register for the “One UI beta program” in the Samsung Members app.
This beta is only compatible with unlocked Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra. So far, only these smartphones work with One UI 5.0 beta based on Android 13 which is said to carry firmware version S90xBXXU2ZHV4. Samsung may reveal more compatible devices in the future.
Users wishing to sign up for the One UI 5.0 beta should keep in mind that they may encounter unexpected bugs. Samsung recommends users to back up their data before installing the update. Contactless payment apps such as Samsung Pay and Google Pay should not work with this beta. Also, several third-party apps may not be fully functional.
An earlier report had claimed that Samsung may have started rolling out the One UI 5.0 beta in late July for the Galaxy S22 series smartphones. Samsung is expected to release a stable version of One UI 5.0 in October. In related news, Google may roll out the stable version of Android 13 in September this year.