Samsung announced the start of a beta test of the proprietary One UI 4 shell. Users living in China, South Korea, India, USA, England, Poland and Germany can join the testing. Another prerequisite is that you need to register in the Samsung Members app.
Only owners of the company’s current flagships can be the first to try One UI 4: Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The new firmware version is interesting in that it is based on Android 12, which has not yet debuted in its final build. The update weighs 2.4GB and includes the September security patch.
One UI 4 Beta based on Android 12 is launched for supported smartphones
The first reviews suggest that with the arrival of One UI 4, users will have ample opportunities to customize the appearance of the system for themselves. Redesigned widgets and “many theme options” await them, allowing them to customize the look and feel of their devices. It will be possible to personalize things like the home screen, icons, notifications, wallpapers, and more.
They paid attention to confidentiality and protection of personal data. The user will be notified if the app gains access to the camera or microphone. One UI 4 will allow users to view permission history for the last seven days, and not for a day, as it is implemented in Android 12.
List of key changes in One UI 4:
- The ability to change the sound output to another device from the lock screen;
- New voice recorder widget for lock screen;
- Monthly calendar in a calendar widget;
- The ability to configure Always on Display so that it is not activate every time you receive a notification;
- New animated stickers;
- New visual effects for charging;
- A new Grammarly-based Samsung Keyboard Writing Assistant;
- New multitasking capabilities;
- Improved search in settings to find related functions depending on what you are looking for.
- Cleaner Camera app layout;
- The general status of your phone appears as an emoji on the home screen;
- Improved Samsung Health.
“One UI 4 helps users create their own, optimized mobile experience because Samsung recognizes that, everyone wants to meet their unique needs and preferences,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Samsung Electronics Mobile Communications Business. “As we’ve done with every iteration of our One UI, we’ve listened to our users to understand the tools and innovations needed to create a better, more reliable, and enhanced overall user experience.”
“The new One UI 4 also brings enhanced privacy and protection functions that make it easier for users to understand exactly how their data are being used to customize their settings and deliver a more personalized mobile experience”.