Samsung is working hard to improve the user experience of its high-end smartphones, and one way the company does that is through its beta program. Last month, Samsung released the second One UI 5.0 beta update for the Galaxy S22. However, it has been reported that the company has delayed the release of the One UI 5.0 beta two updates for its other high-end smartphones. But Samsung is not stopping in its efforts to make its smartphones better.
The latest news is that shortly after rolling out the third Android 13 beta update to the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung has also released a new beta build to the Galaxy S21 series. This is the second One UI 5.0 beta release for the Galaxy S21 series, and the package contains more or less the same changes as the former. This is an excellent indication of an upcoming stable rollout for the company’s last two flagships.
Samsung’s One UI 5.0 public beta testing has caught the attention of several tech websites, and some have given their impressions of the updates. Android Central reports that the One UI 5.0 update has “improved the stability of the software” and “resulted in a smoother user experience.” Tech Radar writes that the update has “added several new features and bug fixes” and “improved the performance of Samsung’s smartphones.”
New One UI 5.0 Beta update available in India and the UK
The second Android 13-based One UI 5.0 beta update for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra is now available to enrolled users in India and the UK. Likely, users in the US have already received this build, albeit with the first release. The beta program for the Galaxy S21 series recently opened stateside, and the first beta body for US users contained more changes than users in other regions received. This build likely packed changes for the second release as well.
If you live in India or the UK and have enrolled your Galaxy S21 in the One UI 5.0 beta program, you should receive a new update soon. This build fixes several bugs that existed in the previous release. Samsung has fixed an issue with the home screen return animation, gallery widget, and more. Users will also no longer see a pop-up saying “IMS service stop” after a software update.
New features added
In addition to fixing bugs, Samsung has added several new features to this latest One UI 5.0 Beta update. The immersive, sideshow-style stories in the gallery have been updated, and the Album tab has an improved interface. Users can also change the lock screen wallpaper directly from the lock screen. The settings menu for selecting new wallpaper has also received a UI overhaul.
Smoother system animations
Users who have already updated to the new beta build have reported smoother system animations, with some claiming these are the smoothest One UI animations ever. This means users can expect an even more fluid and enjoyable user experience.
Beta program timeline
Samsung has been publicly beta testing One UI 5.0 since early last month. The company has opened beta programs for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series, and the Galaxy S20 phones may also get a beta program soon. According to rumors, Samsung is targeting a mid-October timeline for its devices’ stable rollout of One UI 5.0. This means we may be at the end of this public beta testing, at least for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series.
Samsung’s beta program continues to provide us with exciting new updates and features. As we move closer to the stable rollout of One UI 5.0, Samsung will continue to improve and optimize the user experience. Watch for more news and updates, and stay tuned for the stable release of One UI 5.0.