If you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone in your pocket, we’ve got some good news for you. The South Korean company has finally revealed when its Galaxy handsets will get the feature-packed One UI 4.0 operating system upgrade, which brings a swathe of new features to its smartphones, including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy S20.
One UI 4.0 is based on Google’s latest Android 12 upgrade and includes a refreshed new look, as well as many of the upgraded widgets and enhanced customisation that we’ve already seen from other Android 12-enabled devices, like the Pixel 6.
With a whole host of new Colour Palettes to choose from, you can alter the look and feel of everything from your home screen to icons, menu, button and background. For some added fun, there’s also a wider variety of emoji features, GIFs and stickers available.
The new One UI 4.0 OS also brings enhanced privacy and protection functions that make it easier for users to understand exactly how their data is used by developers. For example, a new indicator alerts show users when apps are accessing the camera or microphone. Simple settings then easily allow these permissions to be disabled.
Samsung also says that One UI 4 also expands on Android 12’s permission options, allowing users to view their permissions history from the last seven days, not just the last 24 hours.
If you’ve been desperately waiting for this update to arrive on your device then it seems there’s not too long left to wait.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S21 will begin receiving One UI 4 from today, November 15 with other devices following in the coming months. A full schedule was published online which revealed exactly when all of Samsung’s other phones are expected to get the changes. It’s since been removed meaning things may still be being finalised but if things don’t change then it seems owners of the Z Flip and older S20 will be next in line after the S21.
Here’s when your phone could get this Android 12 upgrade…
November 15th 2021 (confirmed) • Galaxy S21 Ultra • Galaxy S21+ • Galaxy S21
December 2021 (rumoured) • Galaxy Z Fold3 • Galaxy Z Flip3 • Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra • Galaxy Note 20 • Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip
January 2022 (rumoured) • Galaxy Fold • Galaxy Note 10 • Galaxy S20 FE • Galaxy S10 range • Galaxy A52s • Galaxy A42
February 2022 (rumoured) • Galaxy Tab S7
April 2022 (rumoured) • Galaxy A51 • Galaxy A90 • Galaxy Tab S7 FE • Galaxy Tab S6
May 2022 (rumoured) • Galaxy A32 • Galaxy A31 • Galaxy A12
Speaking about the update, Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business, said: “One UI 4 helps users create their own, optimised mobile experience because Samsung recognises that, everyone wants to meet their unique needs and preferences.
“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.”
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