Samsung launches Android 13-based One UI 5 beta on Galaxy S22 phones


Samsung has officially started rolling out its One UI 5 open beta to Galaxy S22 owners in the US, Germany, and South Korea. The update comes only a few weeks before the scheduled release of Android 13 and just days before Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event. Like the operating system it’s powered on, the One UI 5 beta feels like a relatively small update that adds customization options, tweaks to notifications, and new accessibility and security settings. .

One UI 5 builds on Android 13’s theme options by offering up to 16 predefined color themes based on your wallpaper and 12 additional color options for your home screen, icons and panels fast. It also introduces a way to stack similar sized widgets on top of each other, which is supposed to help create a less cluttered look.

The One UI 5 beta lets you stack widgets on top of each other.
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There are also new accessibility features, including a Magnifier tool that uses the phone’s camera to zoom in on real objects and text, and options to have your phone read your keyboard input aloud.

Samsung details several other features One UI 5 has adopted from Android 13, such as new notification settings that require app developers to ask for your permission before sending you notifications. The One UI 5 beta also lets you set your preferred language on an app-by-app basis and gives you access to a redesigned security dashboard that scans your phone for potential issues.

Samsung launches Android 13-based One UI 5 beta on Galaxy S22 phones

The new security dashboard of One UI 5 is adopted from Android 13.
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When Samsung released its One UI 4 beta last year, it highlighted how it was getting updates earlier every year. This time around, Samsung has widened the gap between its previous update even further, pushing its One UI 4 beta launch date by just over a month to September 2021. As it did With previous Samsung One UI betas, you can access the One UI 5 update by signing up through the Samsung Members app.

While the One UI 5 beta is currently only available on S22 devices in the US, Germany, and South Korea, Samsung plans to roll it out to more devices and regions in the near future. We might find out more about what One UI 5 has to offer at Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 10, where Samsung is said to have launched a range of new devices including the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Z Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Buds Pro. 2.


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