Screenshots of unreleased One UI 5 beta reveal minor changes and new features

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9to5Google has been able to get hold of an unreleased version of an unreleased beta version of Samsung’s One UI 5 firmware. The version of the software shared with 9to5Google has not been officially released by Samsung and has been shared by a source. It is an early beta version of One UI 5 with no changelist.
In One UI 5, the navigation is redesigned, styled and displayed revised icons. With the update, Samsung appears to be using the standard Android consent dialog as seen on Pixel handsets. One change causes the box to appear in the middle of the screen in One UI 5 instead of the bottom where it was found in One UI 4.

The Security and Privacy Hub puts a user’s important information such as passwords, accounts, security, and privacy features on one screen, making it easy and quick to access. The One UI 5 variant of the security and privacy hub is based on the same design that Google uses for its Pixel handsets. Most importantly, the app scans for anything that could potentially mess with your permissions.

When a Samsung device with One UI 5 detects text in a photo, the phone shows a button that you can press at the bottom of the screen so that you can delete the text in the image. Originally part of Bixby Vision, in One UI 5 this is a separate feature based on OCR (Optical Character Recognition).

Also found in One UI 5 are two new gestures that will improve multitasking. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen with two fingers opens a split screen. And swiping from the top corner to the center of the screen activates the pop-up view that lets you see new pop-up notifications from selected apps on the display.

Other changes include an improvement in animations and the ability to share Samsung Notes with up to 100 people at a time. Each person in the group is given the option to view revisions made in a note all at the same time. A new Quick Tile can show you the name of the app currently running on the phone, and the About phone page now contains an image of the handset being used. Finally, under the Connections heading, there’s now a toggle for enabling and disabling Ultra-wideband (UWB), which is used to accurately identify the location of nearby devices.

The One UI 5 beta program is expected to start earlier than usual, most likely at the end of this month. The stable releases could start in October, which will be a month earlier than usual.

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