Samsung launches Android 13-based One UI 5.0 beta program in South Korea, US and Germany

Samsung has significantly upped its software update game in recent years. Not only has the company committed to four generations of Android OS upgrades for its recent devices – leaving other manufacturers including Google behind – but the South Korean giant also occasionally rolls out more monthly updates. quickly than the Mountain View company. Samsung has now opened the One UI 5.0 beta program based on Android 13 in Germany, South Korea and the United States.
As first reported by Sam-Mobile, One UI 5.0 Beta brings firmware version S908BXXU2ZVH4 and also includes the August security update. The update is currently rolling out for the Galaxy S22. Samsung previously had to kick off the rollout in the third week of July, but the beta program has always started a month earlier than the One UI 4 Beta program.

What does Samsung One UI 5 bring to the table?

Not much, apparently, at least in terms of visual changes, but as our reader vwite2 points out, there are “a lot of small changes that improve usability”.
9to5Google released the changelog and the highlights seem to be better notification control, more color palette options, new multitasking gestures, Android permission dialogs, faster animations, and the ability to extract text from any image or screen.
Samsung can always introduce new features down the road, but for now its goal seems to be to deliver the Android 13 experience as soon as possible, which most consumers will appreciate.
Samsung hasn’t talked much about the One UI 5.0 beta and it’s possible we’ll hear about it from the company during the Unpacked event on August 10 where the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Flip 4, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and The Galaxy Watch 5 duo will be announced.

According to a previous report, the official One UI 5.0 update will start rolling out in October. The Galaxy S21 got One UI 4 in November last year, a month after Android 12 was released in October.

If you want to get a taste of Samsung’s latest software overlay, download the Samsung Members app, available on both Google Play Store and Galaxy Store, and sign up. After that, you can download One UI 5 by going to Settings, then navigating to Software Update and tapping Download and Install.

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Ryan H. Bowman