Members prepared to take a little risk have had access to the beta firmware for the past few weeks. Samsung has been working hard to get One UI 5.0 ready for select Galaxy handsets. On the other hand, customers who wish to participate in the beta programme need to wait until they get access to Android 13 in order once the most recent updates and features. Fortunately, we know which Galaxy devices will undoubtedly get the stable One UI 5.0 firmware before 2022, so we have some excellent news for you.
If possible, Samsung won’t delay Android 13 in any way.
One of Samsung’s most popular mid-range product lines is the Galaxy A5x series. Four years of Android OS updates were promised when the 2022 model was shown in March. One UI 4.1, based on Android 12, was pre-installed on the Galaxy A53, making the impending One UI 5.0 the first significant firmware update.
The Galaxy A53 is the only mid-range Samsung phone to get Android 13 and One UI 5.0 before 2023. However, since it’s still just September, preliminary firmware plans can always be modified. We’ll learn more about it this year, assuming other Galaxy phones are added to the One UI 5.0 queue.
As spotted by @9to5Google, Samsung's third One UI 5 beta adds support for Android 13's Themed Icons feature to the launcher, enabling non-Samsung app icons to be themed.https://t.co/Y5lXQNaUnZ— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) September 22, 2022
Thanks to @SamsungRydah for these screenshots! pic.twitter.com/ZiBGNNtYw1
While earlier One UI 5 beta updates for the Galaxy S22 series included support for themed icons, it was only available for Samsung’s first-party applications. Samsung has expanded the number of apps that can use themed icons with the most recent beta release (via 9to5Google).
On the third beta version, numerous Google apps, including Google One, Home, Snapseed, Translate, and YT Studio, still lack customised icons, as Mishaal Rahman notes. This is due to Google not updating these apps to include a monochrome app icon, which is required to deploy themed icons.
The Launcher3 flag that compels the Pixel Launcher to “use inbuilt monochrome icons if the app doesn’t offer one” is why these apps have themed icons on Pixel devices, which is interesting. Since the Pixel Launcher is only available on Google’s smartphones, AOSP Launcher3 builds do not have its themed icon fallbacks. As a result, the apps above lack customised icons in the One UI 5 beta three release. Most users shouldn’t have any issues with this, as Google will probably update the impacted apps when One UI 5 is released on the stable channel.
One UI 5 beta three also includes a variety of bug fixes, a new immersive slideshow-style tales feature for the Gallery app, and support for customised icons. The complete changelog is displayed in the screenshots that are included above.
Samsung will roll out One UI 5 for the following devices by the end of 2022.
- Galaxy S22 series
- Galaxy S21 series
- Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy A53
With its regular software upgrades and expanded software support policies, Samsung has created a new standard in the Android ecosystem. Therefore, the company’s desire to update its flagship devices for 2021 and 2022 to One UI 5 by the end of 2022 is not shocking. The release of One UI 5 for the mid-range Galaxy A53 this year would also be a positive move on the side of the Korean behemoth. At least 6 to 8 months after the OS’s debut, most Android manufacturers update their entry-level and mid-range smartphones to the most recent version of Android. The business might set the standard higher in this area with an early release.
Before the end of the year in 2021, Samsung was able to update all of its premium and flagship devices from the previous generations to One UI 4. The business might repeat the same strategy this year as well. If anything, more Samsung devices than those previously stated should get the One UI 5 update before 2022 is over.