The Galaxy S22 may run Android 13 with Samsung One UI 5 beta

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 09 Aug, 2022

The tech giant announced an open beta for One UI 5 a few days before Samsung Unpacked on August 10. Samsung's One UI is a suite of customization software for Galaxy smartphones. 

The goal of this feature is to improve the user experience on Android phones by making the interface more aesthetically pleasing and adding features that simplify usage. You can think of One UI 5 as a premium version of Android OS.

The One UI 5 beta doesn't offer any big changes or a killer feature, but it gives Galaxy S22 owners a peek at Google's upcoming Android 13. This beta is only available to Galaxy S22 owners in the United States, Germany, and South Korea. 

A Samsung representative stated the beta will be expanded to other regions and new features will be added but did not provide any further details.

The One UI 5 beta appears to have several goals. There are 16 new color themes based on the phone's wallpaper and 12 additional color options that affect its home screen, app icons, and quick panels. 

The same-sized widgets can also be stacked on top of one another, which Samsung says looks more organized. While stacking does cut widgets in half, you can scroll between them to see the full menu.

The beta is also streamlined to make it easier to use. The S22's settings will make it easier to adjust the ringtone volume and vibration levels. With the new security dashboard, you can check the status of the phone. One UI 5 will let you know if there are security issues.

A Magnifier feature enlarges the fine print in menus. Audio descriptions from online videos and keyboard input can be read by a voice assistant. New controls let you choose which apps receive notifications and which do not.

A new icon appears in the Pro and Pro Video modes in the Camera app as the last known change. Users can learn how to use specific lenses and features by tapping this.

The beta can be downloaded by downloading the Samsung Members app from the Google Play Store and swiping the top banner until you find the One UI 5 one. Register for the program, agree to the Terms of Service and then download the beta.

A few eager users have managed to unearth Samsung's plans for a variety of additional features. According to 9 to 5 Google, not all of these changes are working at the moment. 

A new multitasking hand gesture is among the non-functional tools. When you swipe up from the bottom of the screen with two fingers, a split-screen view appears. By swiping down from the top right corner, a popup window appears.

An optical character recognition (OCR) feature may be useful. The Samsung Live Text app is essentially Apple's Live Text. The Gallery app has a yellow button that extracts text from images for pasting elsewhere. 

A 9 to 5 Google article states that OCR even has a similar interface to Live Text. Samsung Notes now allows 100 people to collaborate at once, and Ultra-wideband is now an option in the Settings menu. 

Whether this represents everything coming to One UI 5 or just the tip of the iceberg remains to be seen. Guess we'll have to wait until Samsung releases everything.

Samsung Unpacked 2022 is slated to take place in the meantime. You can read more about the Galaxy S23's potential as the most powerful smartphone here.

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