Samsung has consistently prioritized keeping its smartphones updated with the latest software. This commitment remains strong as the South Korean tech giant prepares to update a range of Galaxy phones to the Android 14-based One UI 6.
With the release of the software’s first beta earlier this month, anticipation is building.
Samsung One UI 6: Release Date
There is currently no definitive timeline for when the most recent Samsung phones will receive the update. However, considering Android 14 is expected to hit the stable channel in August, and based on past releases, Samsung is likely to roll out its update two or three months later.
This suggests that the Galaxy S23 devices could receive the update around October or November, followed by the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5.
All Eligible Devices
The first batch of phones slated for the update includes the Samsung Galaxy S23 series – the standard variant, the Galaxy S23 Plus, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
The Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 are also in line for the One UI 6 update. Given Samsung’s history of prioritizing its flagship devices for software updates, it’s unsurprising that the most recent S and Z-series devices will be among the first to receive One UI 6.
Following Samsung’s software update policy, older devices launched within the past two years will also receive the update.
The full list of eligible devices spans various models from the Galaxy S, Z, A, M, and F series, as well as some Galaxy Tab models and the Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro.
Despite improvements in Samsung’s software update process in recent years, there may still be fragmentation and delays.
While two or three months isn’t a substantial wait for a new update, some users may express discontent. Remember, software updates are usually released incrementally, so it may take a few days for your phone to receive the latest version.
Samsung One UI 6 Features
The One UI 6 beta is gradually reaching more users, providing a glimpse into what the Android 14-based interface holds. The most significant change appears to be a redesigned notification pane, boasting a modern look. Samsung has implemented a new layout with two large tiles housing the main toggles, while the rest of the toggles are located at the bottom.
Another noteworthy change is the customizable lock screens based on Modes and Routines, enabling users to set up different lock screens according to time and day.
Additionally, the camera widget on the lock screen is receiving useful features. Users can now select a camera mode and storage location, and the camera will launch with these defaults.
Predicting when your phone will receive the One UI 6 update depends on several factors, including the duration of the beta program. Traditionally, Samsung has offered beta builds for about two months before rolling out the stable update.
Given Samsung’s track record, we can anticipate that the stable update will roll out to their Galaxy S and Galaxy Z phones before the year ends.
So, if you have an eligible device, the best way to experience all the new features is by installing the One UI 6 beta.
Stay tuned for more updates as Samsung confirms plans for the One UI 6 stable build.