One UI 6 Update: Release Timeline & Supported Devices
The South Korean Tech Giant is always ahead when providing timely software updates to their users. The Android 13 history for the company is good as they have completed their shared timeline for One UI 5 and One UI 5.1 on time with updates to millions of followers. Their frequency of providing updates is much better than the other OEMs in the market.
On February 8, 2023, the Search Engine Tech Giant released its first Developer Preview of the new Android 14. As the company names the Android versions with a refreshing sweet name, the Android 14 is also known as ‘Upside Down Cake.’
With the era of Android 13 ending and prioritizing Android 14, many Galaxy users are likely wondering if their devices are eligible for an Android 14-based One UI 6 update or not. To know about it, read the post thoroughly. In this article, we are going to look over Samsungs next version, i.e., One UI 6, its expected release date, expected features, and eligible Galaxy devices.
August 7: Samsung has launched a beta program for One UI 6 based on Android 14 for the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra. US, Korean, and German users can sign up to try the beta release and provide feedback before the official rollout.
Early access lets users preview key new features and enhancements in One UI 6.0. Their input will help Samsung refine the software and squash bugs before the stable launch. Samsung will soon expand the program to include the Galaxy A34 5G and Galaxy A54 5G mid-range phones.
According to a press release by Samsung Newsroom, Samsung’s new One UI interface brings major visual changes. The updated user interface aims for simplicity and a more modern aesthetic. Some UI elements have been reworked to give Quick Toggles a more contemporary look. The Quick Panel has also been redesigned to improve convenience and functionality. One new feature resembles iOS’s Focus Modes. Users can set up different home and lock screen combinations for various Focus Modes.
July 25: Samsung is ready to start the One UI 6.0 Beta Program for the Galaxy S23 series. The company has created official forum sections for the beta program on its websites in India and the US. These sections are currently empty, but their existence suggests that Samsung is getting ready to start rolling out the beta program soon.
July 5: Beta builds of One UI 6 have been spotted on Samsung’s servers in South Korea, India, and Europe. According to a new rumour, Samsung plans to release the first beta build of One UI 6, which is based on Android 14, in the third week of July 2023. The beta build will initially be available for the Galaxy S23 series but will eventually be rolled out to other devices.
May 10: Android 14 is now official. Samsung has also started testing the One UI 6 build internally. On Samsung’s Server, a test build of One UI 6 for S23 Ultra was spotted by Twitter user Tarun Vats. The S23 Ultra carries a test firmware version S918BXXU1BWE2. In addition, internal testing for Galaxy Z Fold 4 (F936BXXU2DWE1) and Galaxy Z Flip 4 (F721BXXU2DWD7) has also started.
One UI 6 Release Timeline (Expected)
- One UI 6 beta program was announced on August 11, 2023. The stable version could be released publicly in October 2023, starting from the Galaxy S23 series. By the end of 2023, the stable update could be available on all eligible Galaxy devices.
The Android 14 Operating System was launched on the Developer Preview channel by Google on February 8, 2023. The operating system was officially announced at Google’s annual developer conference, I/O 2023, on May 10, 2023. Google also shared a timeline for Android 14.
According to the shared timeline, we can expect the stable release of the Android 14 Platform from August 2023 onwards, giving priority to the Pixel devices. Fortunately, users of the Pixel series of devices have a reasonable timeline and hope to get updates accordingly.
For now, if we track history, the South Korean giant doesn’t participate in Google’s Android Developer Preview Program. Therefore, Samsung users should not expect any updates to Android 14 for now. The update for Samsung users may begin when Google’s Public Beta begins for Pixel devices. Therefore, we should expect the Beta updates commencing from August 2023.
If we analyze the past OS launches, the Android 13 was released in August 2022, Android 12 in October 2021, and Android 11 in September 2020. So, most of the Android major update launches happened in Q3-Q4 of the year. So, based on the previous timeline, we can expect Android 14-based One UI 6 will launch in Q3 or Q4 2023 is not at all false.
If you are concerned about the next-generation Operating System, the Android 14-based One UI 6 has now joined the Beta Program starting August 11, 2023. And the recently launched latest Galaxy S23 series is the first to experience One UI 6 based on the Android 14 Operating System.
One UI 6 Expected Features
One UI 6 based on Android 14 has several new features on Google’s Developer Preview. The Developer Preview 1 will likely match the features available for the Android 14-based One UI 6 update. Google has implemented some excellent accessibility features yearly with every significant update, which is helpful. Some of the main features of the new Operating System are as follows:
- Battery Department Improvement: Android 14 majorly has improved a device’s battery life. The Battery UI is now tweaked, providing only more information on the status. With Android 14, the efficiency of consuming more battery is reduced with the newly added battery-saver options.
- Screen time: You can see how long your smartphone was kept ON since the last charge with the update.
- Privacy Department Improvement: The Android 14 is not as good as the Android 13 regarding privacy, as minimal changes exist. The search giant added a block to older Android applications with the update. The old apps and games will not be able to get installed on the device coming out-of-the-box Android 14. There are also changes and tweaks to the Security and Privacy section.
- Applications installed without notice: With the help of Android 14, the system will make a list of the applications downloaded in the background without any prior permission, and afterwards, you can uninstall them according to your preference.
- Predictive back gesture: With the help of the feature, you will get a preview of what will happen when you swipe back.
- Colour Palette: Android 14-based One UI 6 has brighter “Basic Colors” options in the Wallpaper and Style section.
- Google fast pair: With Android 14, the company has made its quick pairing option available. You will be able to access the option in Settings > Connection Preferences.
- Hearing devices option for physically challenged people: Android 14 brings a new section and settings menu for the hearing devices associated with the respective people. The option will let you pair hearing aid devices.
- Health Connect: Android 14 brings integrated Google’s Health Connect section, which will help you to understand your health analytics in a better way.
- Taskbar text labels for Tablets: It shows text names below the dock app icons from the taskbar with a tablet DPI of 600 or more.
Apart from the features mentioned above, there are several other features with the upcoming Android 14-based One UI 6. Some of them are supporting large fonts up to 200%, language-related improvements like French and German, and new permission for alarms having the option of “exact schedule alarm.”
Additionally, a beneficial feature called Satellite Connectivity, cloned applications by which you can sign into one app with two different accounts, are the features shown in the first Developer Preview of the Android 14 update.
From the above features, the Android 14-based One UI 6 update looks fantastic and eye-pleasing compared to the previous generations.
It is important to note that the above features are shown in Developer Preview 1. Samsung might include or exclude the features based on their preference, and the final list for One UI 6 will vary. But majorly, most features will be available yet in Android 14.
One UI 6 Supported Galaxy Devices (Expected)
The South Korean Giant plans One UI 6 update later this year. Many Galaxy devices are on the list of getting the One UI 6 update. Also, as the company provides four years of major updates, the three-year-old devices are expected to get the new version. Below are the Galaxy smartphones and tablets expected to receive the One UI 6 update.