Earlier today, Samsung published the first One UI 5.0 beta in Germany and South Korea, and it’s now available for the US Galaxy S22 series.
While Samsung doesn’t say on which carriers the One UI 5.0 beta is available, I’ve noticed that I wasn’t able to install the beta on my unlocked Galaxy S22 Ultra until I inserted a T-Mobile SIM card. Your mileage may vary, but there’s no guarantee it will be available for every carrier in the United States.
Samsung hasn’t given much information on the One UI 5.0 beta yet. Based on our exclusive hands-on early last month, there weren’t too many changes outside of a few tweaks to notifications and more options for dynamic colors. With this most recent beta, it does seem like there are more updates to features like Samsung DeX and digital wellbeing.
It’s interesting to see Samsung launch their beta before the release of the Android 13 source code, which is expected next month. Samsung has been very good with getting updates released in a timely matter, and this is a good sign for their future devices and support.
Samsung will likely have some more news on the beta and more features later on, but for now, there’s a very lengthy changelog with every feature available below:
One UI 5 Upgrade (Android 13)
One UI 5 brings you more powerful personalization and makes it easier to get things done across your Galaxy devices.
Your Galaxy, your way
More options for your color palette
It’s easier to find the colors that are right for you. Choose from up to 16 color themes based on your wallpaper as well as preset color themes that aren’t related to your wallpaper.
Stack widgets on your Home screen
Combine several widgets of the same size into a single widget to save space on your Home screen. Just drag a widget onto the stack to add it, then swipe to switch between widgets.
Easily see who’s calling
Set a different call background for each contact so you easily see who’s calling with just a quick glance.
Get only the notifications you allow
When you use an app for the first time, you’ll be asked whether you want to receive notifications from it. Feel free to say no to apps that you don’t want to disturb you.
Easier access to app notification controls
Is an app sending you too many notifications? It’s easier than ever to block it with reorganized notification settings placing app notification controls at the top.
Choose which types of notifications apps can send
You now have separate control over whether apps can show pop-up notifications, app icon badges, and notifications on the Lock screen. Allow all types, some, or none. It’s up to you.
Stay on top of reminders due today
The new Today category shows only reminders due today. You’ll also be reminded of reminders due today at the top of the main screen in the Reminder app.
Show and hide completed reminders
You can show or hide the completed reminders in any category. Show to see what you’ve already done, or hide to stay focused on things you still need to finish.
Choose the right view for your reminders
Choose the simple view to show more reminders on the screen at once or an expanded view that includes details such as the due date and repeating conditions.
Set a language for each app
Want to use some apps in one language and other apps in another? You can now choose which language will be used for each app in Settings.
Edit your Lock screen wallpaper collection
After selecting a group of images to use for your Lock screen wallpaper, you can easily add or remove images later.
Customize the spacebar row in Samsung Keyboard
You can choose which function keys and punctuation marks to show in the bottom row of the keyboard next to the spacebar.
Improved sound and vibration settings
Menus have been reorganized to make it easier to find the sound and vibration options you need. Set your ringtone and change the volume and vibration intensity, all in the same place.
Be more productive
Extract text from any image or screen
Extract text using Samsung Keyboard, Internet, Gallery, or whenever you take a screenshot. Paste the result into a message, email, or document instead of typing.
Get suggestions based on text in images
When text appears in an image in Gallery, Camera, or other apps, actions will be recommended based on the text. For example, if you take a picture of a sign with a phone number or web address on it, you can tap to call the number or visit the site.
Do more with your connected devices
The Connected devices menu has been added to Settings, making it quicker and easier to access features that work with other devices, like Quick Share, Smart View, and Samsung DeX.
Switch your view with a gesture
Switch from full screen to split screen view by swiping inward with two fingers from the left side, right side, or bottom of the screen. Switch from full screen to pop-up view by swiping inward with one finger from either corner at the top of the screen. Gestures can be turned on or off in Settings.
Quickly open apps in split screen
Just drag an app from the Recents screen to the side of the screen where you want to open it.
Use several timers at once
You can now start a new timer in the Clock app even if another timer is still running.
More control over calendar event invitees
When you add an event to your Google calendar, you can choose whether invitees are allowed to see who else is invited to the event and also choose whether they can invite other people.
Enhanced taskbar in Samsung DeX
A search button has been added to make it easier to find apps you want to use, and you can right-click certain apps to quickly access tasks within the app. You can also customize which buttons and apps you want to appear on your taskbar.
New notification indicator in DeX
A red dot will appear on the notification button in your taskbar if any new notifications have been received since the last time you opened the notification panel.
Mini calendar in DeX
Clicking the date in your taskbar now opens a mini calendar, allowing you to quickly check upcoming events without opening the full Calendar app.
Better support for physical keyboards
Samsung Keyboard features such as emoji input and text correction are now available when you’re using a physical keyboard.
More powerful search in My Files
Choose whether to search all files or only files in the current folder. You can also choose between searching only file names or searching information inside of files, such as text in documents or location information in images. When your search is complete, you can sort the results by name, date, size, or file type.
Redesigned Digital Wellbeing
The Digital Wellbeing app has been redesigned to make it easier to access the features you need, like screen time reports and app timers. Bedtime mode and Focus modes have been moved to Bixby Routines.
Do more with Bixby Routines
Bedtime mode moved to Bixby Routines
You can now manage Bedtime mode in Bixby Routines instead of Clock. Bixby Routines lets you automate more actions when it’s time for bed, like turning on Do not disturb or changing other settings on your phone.
Choose modes based on your activity
Choose a mode based on what you’re doing, such as exercising, studying, or working, then choose what you want your phone to do in each situation. For example, turn on Do not disturb when you’re studying or play music when you’re exercising.
Easier to discover preset routines
A simplified layout makes it easier to find routines that are useful for you in Bixby Routines.
Check running routines quickly
Routines that are currently running are now shown at the top of the Bixby Routines screen so you can understand what’s happening and make changes if necessary.
More actions and conditions for your routines
Automatically start routines when you use Airplane mode. Routines can now turn on the Assistant menu and adjust the left/right sound balance.
New emojis available for emoii pairs
In Samsung Keyboard, more than 80 additional emojis are available for creating an emoji pair. You can now combine emojis based on animals, food, and other obiects in addition to facial expressions. Choose the perfect combination to get your feelings across.
New AR Emoii stickers
New stickers are available for download so you can always find the right sticker to express your emotions.
More default stickers for your AR Emoii
When you create a new AR Emoji, 15 stickers are created by default giving you even more ways to express yourself.
Transparent backgrounds for AR emoji stickers
Create stickers with transparent backgrounds so they fit better in your photos and social media posts.
Create videos with 2 emojis together
Use 2 different emojis to create fun videos you can share with friends, set as a call background, or show on your Lock screen. Various dances and poses are available as templates.
Use any picture as your emoji background
In Scene and Mask modes, you can choose any picture from Gallery to use as the background for your emoji.
Add stickers to your Google calendar
When you add an event to your Google calendar, you can now add stickers that make it easy to recognize the event at a glance. After adding a sticker to an event, the sticker will be visible in both calendar and agenda views.
Create stickers from any picture
Create reusable stickers from any picture in your gallery. Use the lasso tool to select the content of your sticker, then add decorations or outlines.
New stickers in Photo Editor
60 new preloaded emoji stickers are available for decorating your pictures.
More ways to edit GIFs
You can trim and transform animated GIFs to make them the right size or shape. You can also use the same editing features that are available for still images to decorate your GIF however you like.
Rearrange expression buttons in Samsung Keyboard
Touch and hold the emoji, sticker, and other buttons to rearrange them.
Enter kaomoji directly from Samsung Keyboard
Spice up your chats and texts with preset Japanese-style facial expressions created using keyboard symbols. (*^.^*)
Pictures and videos
Get help with Pro mode
A help icon will appear in Pro and Pro video modes. Tap the icon to get tips and guidance for using the various lenses, options, and controls.
Histogram in Pro mode
Use the histogram to check the brightness of each tone to help you get the perfect exposure.
Zoom more easily with one hand
The zoom bar has been condensed so you can Zoom in or out farther with a single swipe.
Easily go back to Photo mode
When you use camera modes located in the More menu, a Back button is now available to take you back to Photo mode at any time.
Add watermarks to your pictures
Automatically add a watermark in the corner of each picture containing the date and time a picture was taken, or your phone’s model name, or other custom information.
Telephoto lens is now supported in Food mode
Take better close-up shots of food using the telephoto lens.
All-new look for Stories
Stories that are automatically created in your Gallery have been revamped with an immersive slideshow view. Just tap or swipe to move between pictures and videos in your story.
Choose filters more easily
The filter selection menu has been streamlined in Camera, Photo Editor, and Video Editor. All filters are available in one list, making it easier to find the perfect filter for your picture or video.
Quicker Bixby when you need it most
Faster than ever
On-device mode saves Bixby commands on your phone so they work faster and don’t require a data connection.
Answer calls, alarms, and timers without “Hi, Bixby”
When you’ve got an incoming call or an alarm or timer rings, you can get help from Bixby without saying “”Hi Bixby.’ Just say “”‘Answer the phone” or ‘Turn off the alarm.
Stay safe and secure
Check your phone’s security status at a glance
The new Security dashboard in Settings shows whether your phone has any security issues and helps you fix them quickly.
Get help in an emergency
Quickly press the Side key 5 times to call emergency services even if your phone’s in your pocket or you aren’t able to talk.
Integrated emergency contact list
Create an emergency contact list that includes the people you want to contact in case of an emergency. The same contact list can be used for emergency features on both your watch and your phone.
Get a warning before you share personal information
The share panel will let you know when you attempt to share photos that contain sensitive information, such as credit cards, ID cards, or passports, so you can reconsider whether you really want to share them.
Security and privacy information for websites
An icon will appear in the address bar in Samsung Internet to show a site’s security status. Tap the icon to learn which information the website collects and tracks.
Accessible to everyone
More accessibility options in the quick panel
High contrast font, Color inversion, Color adjustment, and Color filters can be added to the quick panel for easier access.
Magnifier is easier to access
Turn on the Magnifier shortcut in Accessibility settings to get quick access to the Magnifier feature. Magnifier uses your phone’s camera to enlarge items in the real world so you can take a closer look or make them easier to read.
More spoken assistance
Choose from various types of voice feedback to get help using your phone even if you can’t see the screen clearly. You can make your phone read out keyboard input so you can be sure you typed the correct letter, use Bixby Vision to recognize nearby objects and tell you what they are, and turn on descriptions that explain what’s happening in a video (only for supported videos).
Improved support for braille displays
TalkBack now provides native support for braille displays without the need to install extra apps.
Your braille display will work with most features of your phone, including the initial setup process.
English, Spanish, Arabic, and Polish are supported.
Easily edit your Accessibility button
Tap and hold the Accessibility button to quickly change the features you can access using the button.
New actions available for Corner actions
When you move your mouse to one of the corners of the screen, you can now click and hold, drag, drag and drop, go to the top of the screen, or go to the bottom.
New layout for notifications
App icons are larger, making it easier to see which app sent the notification. Text alignment has also been improved to make notifications easier to read.
Screen calls before you answer
Let calls be answered automatically to ask the reason for the call. If you can’t or don’t want to talk, you can tap or type a response that will be read aloud to the caller.
Drag and drop bookmarks between folders
Keep your Samsung Internet bookmarks organized by dragging and dropping them between folders.
Play sound on your PC with Link to Windows When using phone apps on your PC, you can choose whether to play sound from the app on your phone or on your PC using a button in the app title bar.
Check your battery’s health
Battery health information has been added in Device care to help you check the status of your battery. If your battery’s health is declining, we’ll let you know so you can consider replacing it.
More options for RAM Plus
RAM Plus can now be turned off completely in Device care if you don’t need it or don’t want it to use any storage space.
Show app names in the Apps edge panel
Turn on Show app names to make app names appear below the app icons.
Some downloaded themes may not be compatible with Android 13. If your theme isn’t compatible, your phone’s default theme will be used after upgrading.
More on Samsung:
- Samsung’s One UI 5.0 beta will be available in these countries with Android 13
- Samsung’s future Galaxy A-series devices will reportedly ditch the mostly useless depth camera
- One UI 5.0 Beta shows up early for Galaxy S22 series in Germany
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