[Mar 06] Samsung One UI 4.0/4.1 (Android 12 ) Release Date, Features & Eligible Galaxy Devices
Google released the Android 12 mobile platform back in October 2021 for eligible Pixel handsets. Just a month later of Android 12’s official release, Samsung started upgrading its flagship Galaxy devices to its One UI 4.0 software, and now it’s the turn of the recently launched One UI 4.1.
In late August 2021, the Korean company took the first step of providing the Android 12 update to the Galaxy devices through the One UI 4 Beta program, independently conducted by Samsung. However, the One UI 4 Beta had been concluded in late October, as Galaxy devices had received the official version.
Samsung Android 12 Beta – “Concluded”
One UI Beta Programme is an opportunity for Galaxy device owners that lets them experience the all-new features of the latest Android OS-inspired custom skin months ahead of public release. Prominently, Samsung offers the Android-based One UI Beta testing program for flagship phones in 7 countries. (Read more)
Samsung One UI 4.0/4.1 Eligible Devices (Device List)
Galaxy S Series:
- Galaxy S21 FE 5G | Galaxy S21 5G | Galaxy S21+ 5G | Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G | Galaxy S20 | Galaxy S20 5G | Galaxy S20 5G UW | Galaxy S20+ | Galaxy S20+ 5G | Galaxy S20 Ultra | Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G | Galaxy S20 FE | Galaxy S20 FE 5G | Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW | Galaxy S10 5G | Galaxy S10+ | Galaxy S10 | Galaxy S10e | Galaxy S10 Lite
Galaxy Note Series:
- Galaxy Note 20 | Galaxy Note 20 5G | Galaxy Note 20 Ultra | Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G | Galaxy Note 10+ | Galaxy Note 1 5G | Galaxy Note 10 | Galaxy Note 10 5G | Galaxy Note 10 Lite
Galaxy Z Series:
- Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G | Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G | Galaxy Z Fold 2 | Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G | Galaxy Z Flip | Galaxy Z Flip 5G | Galaxy Fold | Galaxy Fold 5G
Galaxy A Series:
- Galaxy A71 5G | Galaxy A71 | Galaxy A51 5G | Galaxy A51 | Galaxy A90 5G | Galaxy A32 5G | Galaxy A32 4G | Galaxy A52 | Galaxy A52 5G | Galaxy A72 | Galaxy A22 | Galaxy A22 5G | Galaxy A03s | Galaxy A52s | Galaxy A21 Simple (Japan)
Galaxy M Series:
- Galaxy M12 | Galaxy M62 | Galaxy M42 5G | Galaxy M32 | Galaxy M22
Galaxy F Series:
- Galaxy F41 | Galaxy F62 | Galaxy F12 | Galaxy F52 5G | Galaxy F22
Galaxy Tab Series:
- Galaxy Tab S7 | Galaxy Tab S7 5G | Galaxy Tab S7+ | Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G | Galaxy Tab S6 Lite | Galaxy Tab S6 5G | Galaxy Tab S6 | Galaxy Tab Active 3 | Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G | Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
Galaxy XCover Series:
- Galaxy XCover 5 | Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung One UI 4 (.1) Release Date
Samsung upgraded a number of Galaxy devices including all the flagship Galaxy devices to the Android 12 OS, however, it’s expected that the company will follow its last year’s strategy and might deliver the new One UI 4.1, skipping the One UI 4.0.
Samsung One UI 4.1 Features
Samsung published an official introduction video on its YouTube channel, showing off the capabilities and additional features of the One UI 4.1. You can check the video below.
Samsung One UI 4.0 Features
- Color Themes AKA Material You
- Improved widget animations
- No remarkable icon changes
- New charging animation
- Transparency adjustment tool
- New brightness control bar in quick settings
- Force apps to run in Split mode
- Animated Weather app widgets
- New location user interface
- Protect battery – breaks charging after 85% mark
Tip: One UI 4.0 Changelog Official – Check full changelog here
Samsung One UI 4.0/4.1 Update Trends
March 06 | One UI 4.1 coming on March 15
A cellular network carrier in Canada listed the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, as well as the Galaxy S21 FE, will get the next firmware update with March 2022 security patch and One UI 4.1, starting March 15, 2022.
February 09 | Samsung launched One UI 4.1
At the first Galaxy Unpacked of 2022, Samsung launched the Galaxy S22 flagship lineup alongside the Galaxy Tab S8 tablets. These devices come pre-loaded with the new One UI 4.1 software, based on Android 12. It’s almost confirmed that the One UI 4.1 update will be released to Galaxy devices in near future.
November 28/29/30 | Stable Android 12 rolling to all flagships
December 28th to 30th period is one of the biggest days in the history of Samsung, and of course, for Galaxy devices too. Yesterday, the last year’s Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series have started getting the official version of One UI 4.0 based on Android 12 OS.
And today, Samsung swiftly upgraded most of its flagship lines eligible for the Android 12 OS upgrade. Except for the Galaxy Note 10 series, Samsung has begun the stable One UI 4.0 update rollout for various Galaxy devices, that are as follows:
- Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy Z Flip LTE and Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+
- Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ and Note 10+ 5G
- Galaxy Fold
December 27, 2021 | One UI 4 Beta 3 update for Galaxy S10, Note 10
Samsung has begun releasing the third One UI 4 Beta update to the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 series devices in South Korea. The update bears firmware versions: ZULB and ZULD for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series respectively.
- Media-related photo not being saved (when capturing/gallery/dual messenger does not work, etc.)
- Improvement of system slowdown when a notification occurs
- Malfunction filter frequently occurs
- AKG N400 connection error
- In My Files/Gallery app Korean file name not found
December 26th, 2021 | New One UI 4.0 update under preparation with Google patch
Samsung has a new and improved version of Android 12-based One UI 4.0 software in the works. It also includes a patch from Google that fixes the Google Play incompatibility issue, the reason behind Samsung’s Android 12 update halt.
December 2nd, 2021 | Galaxy Z Fold/Flip 3 One UI 4.0 stable rolling out!
The next-generation Samsung foldables – Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are now grabbing the stable Android 12 update in South Korea and Serbia respectively. However, the update rollout is currently happening in just two countries.
November 15, 2021 | Galaxy S21 One UI 4.0 stable rollout begins!
Samsung Galaxy S21 series started getting the stable Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update in various regions.
October 30, 2021 | Galaxy S21 One UI 4 Beta concluded – South Korea
Samsung has reportedly ended the One UI 4 Beta program for the Galaxy S21 series devices in South Korea. Now, we can expect the stable Android 12 release for the latest Galaxy S flagships. Source
October 29, 2021 | One UI 4 Beta 1 released for Galaxy Z3 – India
Samsung launched the One UI 4 Beta activity for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 devices in India. Moreover, the devices have also received the first One UI 4 Beta update in South Korea and India along with November 2021 security patch.
October 28, 2021 | Update Galaxy Wearable
Samsung Beta Operations Manager in South Korea said that the One UI 4 Beta testers should update the Galaxy Wearable app to the latest version those who say that wearable devices that have been used well do not work well. Source
October 26, 2021 | One UI 4 Beta coming soon for Galaxy Z3 – South Korea
After the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung is now expanding the One UI 4 Beta program for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone users in its home ground. Read full story here.
October 25, 2021 | One UI 4 Beta 3 Hotfix – South Korea
Samsung starts releasing the One UI 4 Beta 3 Hotfix update for the Galaxy S21 series devices in South Korea with several bug fixes as well as improvements.
- Beta Software Hotfix Update
- Version – ZUJG
- Bug Fixes
- Some browsers do not work
- App close when sharing images from gallery
- Under certain circumstances, AOD does not appear even if the screen is turned off when Samsung Music is launched
- App closes when certain music files are executed
October 23, 2021 | One UI 4 Beta 3 in the US and Beta 2 in India
Samsung rolling out a new One UI 4 Beta build for the Galaxy S21 series devices in the US and India. For the consumers in the US, it’s the third One UI 4 Beta release, while 2nd in India. With this new One UI 4 Beta release, the consumers are also receiving November 2021 security patch.
October 21, 2021 | One UI 4 Beta 3 – South Korea
Samsung released the third One UI 4 Beta update with November 2021 security patch for the Galaxy S21 series smartphone consumers in South Korea. Along with a number of improvements, the latest release also brings some new features as well as optimizations for a better overall user experience. You can check out the official changelog below. Source
Here’s everything new with One UI 4 Beta 3
- Major fixes
- Fixed an issue where only some menus were partially untranslated right after the porta update
- Google AOSP reflected (Google final release was reflected)
- Overscroll effect changed from existing glow to stretch form (Android 12 changed)
- Voice command in the camera Misrecognition improvement
- Pet lighting effect applied
- Color theme function stabilization
- Keyboard shortcut issue fixed
- Calling/texting on other devices fixed
- Bixby not being called on the lock screen
- Fixed system UI forced shutdown
- Many others Apply improvements
October 06, 2021 | One UI 4 Beta went official in India and the UK
Following the official Android 12 launch by Google, Samsung expanded the reach of its One UI 4 Beta program to more regions including India and the UK. The Galaxy S21 series smartphone owners can now join the One UI 4 Beta through Samsung Members to download and install the update first.
October 05, 2021 | Samsung launched One UI 4 Beta 2 with BIG FEATURES
Following harsh criticism, Samsung finally kicked off the 2nd Beta version of its upcoming Android 12-based One UI 4.0 software system in South Korea and Germany. Aside from RAM Plus, the latest firmware is activates some noticeable features such as Color Theme and microphone mode for video calls.
- One UI 4 Beta 2 Changelog
- Version – ZUJ1
- Bug fixes
- Color theme applied
- Microphone mode (standard, voice emphasis, all sounds) added during video calls
- RAM Plus (virtual RAM) applied
- Samsung keyboard input accuracy improved
- Fixed a problem with closing when running Secure Folder
- Performance related improvements
- Many other improvements applied
September 29 | One UI 4 internal testing reached Beta 9
Tipster IceUniverse revealed that Samsung released 9 One UI 4 Beta updates to the employees in which they have found several bugs and issues that will be fixed after further development.
September 29 | One UI 4 Beta 2 coming next week
In South Korea, Samsung Beta Operations Manager revealed that the second One UI 4 Beta update (AKA One UI 4 Beta 2) will be pushed in the next week with more stability.
September 21 | New location prompt
Samsung insider Rydah discovered that the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta update brings a new location prompt design as well as added tools for better privacy personalization.
September 19 | New Weather widgets animations
Aside from adding features, Samsung’s Android 12 update brings animated weather widgets for the consumers participated under One UI 4 Beta Program.
The weather widgets in #OneUI4Beta are now animated. pic.twitter.com/USUhNatuKk
— Rydah (@SamsungRydah) September 17, 2021
September 19 | Protect battery
Famous Samsung tipster disclosed the major One UI 4 Beta update installs a very useful feature namely Protect battery. When enabled, this feature breaks the charger connectivity with the smartphone when it charges up to 85% in order to gain the overall battery life and performance.
September 17 | Samsung Members update
As part of making the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta Program easily accessible for the consumers, Samsung pushed a new application update to the Members app, which can be identified by version number v22.214.171.124.
- Samsung Members v126.96.36.199 – Download Link
September 16 | Compatible Good Lock modules
Usually, Samsung One UI Beta Program comes with a lot of new features as well as incompatibility for applications and services such as Samsung Pay and Good Lock. For consumers’ better understanding, Samsung Community Manager revealed a list of Good Lock modules and applications that won’t stop working even with the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta.
- One Hand Operation+
- Edge Touch
September 14 | Galaxy S21 | Beta 1 released in the US
Just a few minutes after releasing the One UI 4 Beta 1 (ZUID) for the German consumers, the company is now expanding its Android 12 update for the carrier unlocked as well as T-Mobile and Sprint-branded Galaxy S21 series smartphones in the US.
September 14 | Galaxy S21 | Beta 1 released in Germany
Germany becomes the first European country that has received Samsung’s Android 12 update for the Galaxy devices with all new One UI 4 features first, thanks to One UI Beta Program. However, it’s the One UI 4 Beta 1 (ZUID) that has been released for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones.
September 14 | Galaxy S21 | Beta 1 released in South Korea
Amid the rumors of suspension, Samsung released the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta 1 (ZUID) for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra consumers in South Korea.
September 13 | Postponed to October
Due to a severe error, Samsung seems to be unable to release the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta 1 for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra in South Korea. Therefore, a recent report indicates the first One UI 4 Beta build will now push in October as it was postponed.
One UI 4.0 Changelog
Everything about One UI 4 starts with consideration for me. One UI 4 provides a comfortable design, a variety of ways to express your personality and emotions in a rich way, and protects your valuable personal information. Not only does it allow you to seamlessly switch to other Galaxy devices, it makes it easier to focus on what’s important, and gives you the option to personalize your Galaxy to suit your style. Meet One UI 4 now with intuitiveness and fun, safety and convenience.
- Both the design and function of the home screen widget have been improved so that you can easily access more information, and you can also get recommended widgets that are useful to you.
- You can easily change audio output devices such as headphones and speakers on the lock screen, and control functions are provided according to the music app you are using.
- A voice recording widget is provided on the lock screen, so you can record your voice without unlocking your phone.
- A monthly calendar is displayed in the calendar widget so that you can check important events on the lock screen.
Always On Display
- You can set the Always On Display to turn on whenever you receive a notification.
- New animated stickers are available.
Quick Settings Window
- To make it easier to view notifications, the layout (of individual notifications) has been improved, and sound notifications and silent notifications have been combined into one section.
- The brightness adjustment bar in the quick settings window is enlarged, so you can easily adjust the screen brightness.
- Backgrounds, icons and illustrations are automatically dimmed to keep the overall consistency and eye comfort.
- When charging is started, different charging effects are visually provided depending on the power, allowing you to intuitively check the difference in charging speed.
- Conveniently enter emojis, GIFs, and stickers with the press of a button on your keyboard.
- You can combine 2 emojis and add animation effects to express your emotions or feelings more richly.
- Animated stickers are provided to make the conversation more enjoyable.
- Added ability to check spelling and grammar when writing English (provided by Grammarly).
- When you open the Tips app, you can see a preview video that briefly explains the Galaxy features, so you can check the various features of your Galaxy at a glance.
- Customize the apps that appear when you open the Share panel, swipe left or right to quickly switch between the list of apps and the list of people you want to share with.
- Added an easy fix when sharing photos that are out of focus or out of frame.
The layout of the camera screen has been streamlined so that you can enjoy shooting moments even more, and improved to display only essential information for shooting. The scene-by-scene optimization feature of Photo mode is retained, but the button is only visible at night or when scanning documents, and settings for Portrait and Night mode have been improved to be more intuitive.
- Lens & Zoom: The lens button icon has been changed to a magnification indicator to clearly show the current zoom magnification, and a “1x” button is displayed for modes that only support wide lenses, allowing you to easily zoom in and out of the screen.
- Recording a video without missing the desired moment: Unlike the conventional method, where you have to press the button and release your finger to start recording, video recording starts immediately when you press the button, so you can capture all of your precious moments without missing them. In photo mode, press and hold the button to start video recording, then drag in the direction of the lock icon to continue recording even if you release your finger from the button.
- Single Take: An additional shooting time function is provided to capture precious moments longer, and the shooting option setting menu has been improved more intuitively, making it easier to select the desired content.
- Pro/Pro video: By grouping various manual setting items with similar functions, the design is more concise, and when the vertical/horizontal guides are turned on, a level is displayed to prevent the screen from tilting during shooting.
- Improved scanning function: A magnifying glass is provided for fine editing after scanning a document, and when scanning a QR code, the user can select and execute the desired option according to the type of QR code.
- A preview of the video is displayed on the story cover, you can play the highlight video by tapping the preview, and you can see on a map where the photos of the story were taken.
- Various options have been added to make sorting albums with many photos more convenient.
- When you open an album, the album cover is displayed at the top of the screen.
- Suggested search terms have been improved to make it easier to find photos and videos, and recent searches are also included.
- Remastered photos can be reverted back to the original at any time, even after saving.
- You can edit the date, time, and location of photos and videos.
- Add fun emojis and stickers to your photos and videos.
- You can create a video collage by selecting various images and videos from the gallery.
- A light balance option has been added that allows you to adjust the contrast, shadow, and emphasis of a photo like natural light.
- The editor function has been improved to make it easier to control the highlight video.
- You can easily return the edited video to the original at any time, even after saving.
- A function has been added that allows you to cut out any part of a photo, such as a face, pet, or building, and paste it on another photo.
- You can use AR Emoji as a profile for your contacts and Samsung account. You can choose from over 10 poses or even take your own funny look.
- Added a new AR Emoji sticker that only shows your face. Decorate your photos with new AR Emoji stickers and share them with your friends.
- You can create a fun video of AR Emoji dancing. You can quickly find and select a template you want with hashtags such as #Hunjam, #Cutie, #Party, etc.
- You can create AR Emoji’s clothes by drawing them yourself.
- Pin the window options menu to the top of the pop-up window and make it easy to use when you need it.
- You can easily enlarge or reduce the picture-in-picture (PIP) window with your finger.
- The design has been changed so that the screen in use is not blurred when the Edge panel is opened.
- Added safety and emergency menus to manage emergency contacts and safety information in one place.
- The search function has been improved so that you can find the settings you want right away when you need them, and related functions can also be recommended depending on the search term.
– We’ve added a driving monitor to help you focus more on driving, so you can see how much you’ve been using your phone and which apps you’ve been using while driving.
- The background color of the dual clock widget is changed according to the day and night according to the set time zone of the city.
- Add events faster in the Quick Add area, and the search functionality and layout have been improved to make it easier to find events.
- Today’s events and monthly calendars are displayed on the home screen widget.
- You can create a shared calendar and invite other Galaxy users.
- You can view a variety of content, including photos, videos, and web links, directly from the search results of the Messages app.
- The search function has been improved so that you can find the file you are looking for even if you misspell some of your search terms.
- The Recent Files area has been enlarged to make it easier to find recently used files.
- The design has been improved to make it easier to check real-time search results or search suggestions while entering a search term in the address bar.
- A search widget is provided to search for what you want right from the home screen.
– If you have previously used secret mode, Samsung Internet will automatically run in secret mode the next time to protect your personal information.
- Improved app compatibility, allowing more app screen resizing.
- You can set the touchpad scroll direction in DeX settings as you like.
- The main screen shows battery and security issues so you can quickly identify and fix them.
- The overall status of your phone is displayed as an emoji for easy identification.
- You can run the self-diagnosis function of Samsung Members directly from Device Care. When you run a self-diagnosis when your phone is having problems, you can quickly determine the cause of the problem and how to fix it.
- The tab layout at the bottom of the screen has been improved to make it easier to use the functions you want.
- View your profile, weekly breakdowns, badges and highscores in the My Page tab.
- When selecting gender, you can select “Other” or “None”.
- You can invite friends to a team match by sending a link.
- More snacks to choose from on the food tracker.
- Routines can be started under more different conditions, such as during a call or when a specific notification arrives.
- More ways to connect and disconnect Bluetooth devices, as well as perform more complex tasks with routines, such as optional battery settings for increased speed.
- In the edit page, you can change the order by long-pressing the action, and an advanced option has been added to either wait for a certain amount of time before starting the action, or to let the user confirm it.
- Eliminate the limitations of condition and action combinations, allowing routines to do more.
- You can use images from your camera or gallery to create custom icons to use in your routine.
- Move the mouse pointer to a corner of the screen to directly perform a specific action.
- You can adjust the screen contrast and size at the same time in screen modes such as high contrast and large screen.
- Quick access to accessibility features at any time by selecting the floating button.
- You can select various screen options according to your needs, such as reducing transparency and blur, or making the screen darker.
- Notifications can be colored differently for each app so you can quickly see which app sent the notification.
- The Magnifier window has been integrated into the Zoom menu, allowing you to zoom in on screen content in more ways.
- You can check at a glance which apps are using sensitive permissions such as your location information, camera, and microphone from the permission usage status, and you can immediately revoke permissions for any app that is a little insecure.
- When an app uses the camera or microphone, a green dot is displayed on the right side of the status bar, so you can immediately know which app is shooting or recording without your consent. You can temporarily block camera and microphone permissions for all apps in the quick settings window.
- You can manage apps that use location information more precisely. For apps that don’t require your exact location, such as a weather app, you can use the service by sharing your approximate location.
- You can set to send a notification when other apps access important information such as passwords and credit card numbers when copied to the clipboard.
For some apps, after updating to One UI 4, each app needs to update itself.