Samsung‘s Galaxy S23 series is official with a new version of One UI. The latest Galaxy flagships debut Android 13-based One UI 5.1, a small but meaningful update to One UI 5.0 that most other Galaxy smartphones currently run. It brings several new features and improvements. Here’s a quick rundown of the best of One UI 5.1.
One UI 5.1 new features
The Galaxy S23 lineup got a substantial camera upgrade this year. And the upgrades aren’t limited to hardware and behind-the-scenes processing and algorithms. You will find changes in the stock camera app as well. Applying color effects to your selfies is now easier than ever. Samsung has also added a shortcut for Expert RAW. You can quickly switch to the professional-grade camera app without exiting the stock camera app.
The Gallery app adds a Shared Family Album that makes sharing photos with your family an effortless job. You can add up to six family members to a shared album, and all of them will get 5GB of storage space to share photos and videos. You can also now remaster downloaded GIFs for better resolution and clarity. Say goodbye to those pixelated and blurry GIFs that take the fun out of them. Samsung’s AR Zone and AR Emoji get functional improvements too.
If you’re one of those who take a lot of screenshots and screen recordings for personal or professional use, One UI 5.1 will let you create custom folders for those files. Speaking of professional use, you can now collaborate on Samsung Notes during a video call on Google Meet. One UI 5.1 also brings enhanced connectivity to the Galaxy ecosystem. You can copy-paste text, images, and more across your connected Galaxy smartphones and laptops.
Bixby Text Call, which allows you to transcribe audio calls to text, should be available in English with One UI 5.1. Samsung’s Modes and Routines have also become smarter. You can now automate more tasks than before. The new One UI version also lets you set multiple custom wallpapers that change automatically based on your activity. Last but not least, One UI 5.1 brings improvements to Samsung DeX, homescreen widgets, setup wizard, settings, and more.
Samsung will update older Galaxy devices to the new One UI version
One UI 5.1 will not remain exclusive to the Galaxy S23 series for long. Samsung will update older Galaxy flagships to the new One UI version in the coming weeks. All flagship models launched since the Galaxy S20 series in 2020 will get the update, though some features may not be available on certain models. Some mid-range Galaxy A phones may also get a few One UI 5.1 features. We will let you know when the company begins the rollout.