Samsung has officially started rolling out Its One UI 5 beta is open to Galaxy S22 owners in the US, Germany, and South Korea. The update comes just a few weeks before the expected release of Android 13, and just a few days before the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. Like the operating system it runs, the One UI 5 beta looks like a relatively small update that adds some customization options, notification tweaks, as well as new access and security settings.
One UI 5 builds on Android 13’s theme options by offering up to 16 preset color themes based on your wallpaper and an additional 12 color options for your home screen, icons and quick panels. It also offers a way to stack widgets of the same size on top of each other which should help create a less cluttered look.
There are some new accessibility features as well, including a magnifier widget that uses the phone’s camera to zoom in on real-life objects and text, as well as options to have your phone read keyboard input aloud.
Samsung demonstrates several other features that One UI 5 has adopted from Android 13, such as new notification settings that require app developers to ask for your permission before sending you notifications. One UI 5 beta also lets you Select your preferred language On an app-by-application basis, it gives you access to Redesigned Security Dashboard It checks your phone for possible problems.
When Samsung released the One UI 4 beta last year, it highlighted how it got updates earlier each year. This time around, Samsung has widened the gap between the previous update even more, surpassing the One UI 4 beta launch date of September 2021 by just over a month. As was the case with previous Samsung One UI versions, you can access the One UI 5 update by registering through Samsung Members app.
While the One UI 5 beta is only available on S22 devices in the US, Germany, and South Korea for now, Samsung plans to roll it out to more devices and regions in the near future. We may hear more about what One UI 5 will introduce at Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 10th, where Samsung was rumored to release a bunch of new devices, including the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Z Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Buds Pro 2.