Samsung wants to offer seamless updates on Galaxy devices with One UI 6

The One UI 5 beta banner in the Samsung Members app on a Galaxy Z Fold 3
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What you need to know

  • In a recent interview, Samsung's VP Sally Hyesoon Jeong shed some light on One UI.
  • Jeong revealed plans for the upcoming One UI 6 operating system for Galaxy devices.
  • The prominent details included seamless updates rollout and the current One UI 5 offerings to Galaxy devices.

Samsung is committed to rolling out updates quicker now than ever, although there is still one major concern amongst users on these updates: seamless updates. It's something that Galaxy phones have been missing out on but may finally arrive over the next year.

Currently, when an update gets rolled out to an end-user using a Samsung device, they must download it, and the installation can take as long as 20 minutes or so, depending on how large it is. During this, the user isn't able to use their phones. Phones like the Pixel tackle the problem wisely by downloading and installing the latest operating system in the background, and at the end, the user needs to go through a quick and simple reboot.

This has been available for some time, but not on Samsung phones. Well, that may change with One UI 6, according to Samsung's VP Sally Hyesoon Jeong, who sat down with the folks at Android Authority in an interview following Samsung's recent annual developer conference. Jeong also shed more information about Samsung's plans for the current One UI 5 rollout and plans for its next iteration in the near future.

Jeong, thanking the One UI team, has suggested seamless updates are coming to the Galaxy phones starting with One UI 6 next year. And the work on hitting the timeline is currently in progress by the One UI team at Samsung. This is an interesting update from Jeong, considering that Samsung has become stricter in rolling out updates to Galaxy phones quicker than ever, although it has lagged in supporting seamless updates.

This move comes after a report from Mishaal Rahman that suggested seamless updates will be mandatory for devices launching with Android 13 (as opposed to those updating to the new software). However, Jeong seems to suggest we'll have to wait for Android 14 to see it on Samsung phones, meaning the Galaxy S23 may not have seamless updates at launch.

Seamless updates aren't a large part of the Android experience, but in some ways, they can enhance it for users quick to update their phones and could be yet another reason to consider a Galaxy smartphone as your next Android phone. Of course, it may be some time before the feature rolls out.

The other prominent take from Jeong's interview would be the latest One UI 5 rollout. The Galaxy S22 series are the first models to get the official rollout. Jeong has further suggested that all the flagship models, including the foldable and the Galaxy S21 series, are said to be getting the One UI rollout by the end of this year. This goes in line with what we've previously heard about Android 13 arriving on Samsung phones, although we still don't have an exact date.

Samsung's One UI 5 is the latest iteration based on Android 13. Popular Galaxy phones have started receiving the update in beta. While explaining Samsung's commitment regarding the update, Jeong stated, "People are using the same device for longer periods of time, so software needs to evolve in line with that trend."

"We want to give the trust to our consumers that they can use their Samsung devices for as long as possible."

You can check out the full interview over at Android Authority.

Vishnu Sarangapurkar
News Writer

Vishnu works as a freelance News Writer for Android Central. For the past four years, he's been writing about consumer technology, primarily involving smartphones, laptops, and every other gizmo connected to the Internet. When he is away from keyboard, you can see him going on a long drive or chilling on a couch binge-watching some crime series.