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

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Samsung has ramped up its software update game massively in recent years. Not only has the company committed to four generations of Android OS upgrades for its recent devices — lagging behind other manufacturers, including Google — but the South Korean giant also sometimes deploys monthly updates faster than the Mountain View company. Samsung has now opened the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 beta program in Germany, South Korea and the US.
As first reported by SamMobile, One UI 5.0 Beta brings firmware version S908BXXU2ZVH4 and also includes August security update. The update is currently rolling out for the Galaxy S22. Previously, Samsung was expected to the rollout will start in the third week of July, but the beta program still started a month earlier compared to the One UI 4 Beta program.

What will Samsung One UI 5 bring to the table?

Not very much, apparently. 9to5Google has published the changelog and the highlights seem to be more control over notifications, more color palette options, new multitasking gestures, standard Android permission dialogs, faster animations and the ability to extract text from any image or screen.

Samsung can always introduce new features along the way, but for now the focus seems to be on delivering the Android 13 experience as quickly as possible, which is something most consumers will appreciate.

Samsung hasn’t said much about the One UI 5.0 beta and it’s possible we’ll hear about it from the company at its August 10 Unpacked event, where the Galaxy Z-fold 4, Flip 4, Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Galaxy Watch 5 duo is announced.

According to an earlier report, the official One UI 5.0 update will be rolled out in October. The Galaxy S21 got One UI 4 in November last year, a month after the release of Android 12 in October.

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

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