What you need to know
- Samsung has started rolling out the stable version of One UI 4.
- The update brings new features and visual changes based on Android 12, including new privacy controls and personalization options.
- The Galaxy S21 series will receive the update first, followed by the Z-series phones, previous S-series models, and others.
For those of you not familiar with Samsung's flavor of Android 12 or who have not been part of the beta program, One UI 4 brings a ton of new features with visual updates and enhanced privacy. Similar to Material You dynamic colors on Pixel phones, Samsung introduces its new Color Palette that allows users to change the look and feel of their devices based on colors plucked from their wallpaper.
Widgets get a visual makeover to give them "even deeper customization," like the calendar widget that shows the month view as well as upcoming events. Samsung Keyboard also now features more animated emoji with a mashup feature, not unlike Gboard's Emoji Kitchen.
Samsung is also introducing new privacy features thanks to Android 12. Camera and microphone indicators are now present in the notification shade to alert users when an app uses either peripheral. There's also a new Privacy Dashboard that houses privacy settings and controls. It lets users see how long the camera, microphone, or location have been used and by which apps. Users can also disable the use of these for added privacy.
Janghyun Yoon, Samsung's executive vice president and head of the software platform team, highlights how One UI 4 will create a seamless experience across devices, and even on some of the best Laptops from Samsung running Windows.
With this initial rollout, One UI 4 will first reach the Galaxy S21 series devices starting today, although availability will depend on region. More of Samsung's best Android phones will follow, including older Galaxy S-series smartphones, Galaxy Note and A-series devices, foldables, and tablets, although Samsung hasn't specified when. However, with the One UI 4 beta already under way for 2020 flagships, it's only a matter of time.
Samsung Galaxy S21
Pretty and powerful
The Galaxy S21 is one of the best phones you can buy, thanks to its impressive display, cameras, and support for the best 5G networks. And with the S21, you'll be among the first to try the new One UI 4 based on Android 12.
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Can't wait for this to come to my Fold 3...
Wonder how long it will be held up by the providers; Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T?
Ahm scurred. Also, did you mean camera and microphone indicators are *now* present? That's potentially a very confusing typo... I hope it's a typo.
When will Verizon push it out to S21 series?
Just saw an article that said Verizon is already pushing out the update starting today.
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