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Samsung confirms One UI 6.1 AI features for Galaxy S22 & more

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Samsung has officially announced the One UI 6.1 update for the Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and Galaxy Tab S8 series. No, the rollout hasn’t begun—the update arrives in early May. However, the company has confirmed the AI features these devices will get.

Galaxy S22 and others will get AI features with One UI 6.1

One UI 6.1 is the latest iteration of Samsung’s custom Android skin. Debuted with the Galaxy S24 series, it is built on top of Android 14 and brings AI features, camera improvements, and a few other changes to Galaxy devices. The Korean firm rolled out the update to the Galaxy S23 series, Galaxy S23 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, and Galaxy Tab S9 series at the end of March.

It was an open secret that One UI 6.1 will be available for 2022 and 2021 Samsung flagships, including foldables—some budget and mid-range devices will also get the update. A moderator on the company’s official community forum recently confirmed it for the flagships. They also gave us an idea of the new features these devices will be getting with the update.

Samsung has now provided the details via a Newsroom post. According to the company, its 2022 flagships, which include the Galaxy S22 series, fourth-gen foldables, and Galaxy Tab S9 series, will get Circle to Search, Chat Assist, Interpreter, Live Translate, Note Assist, Transcript Assist, Browsing Assist, Generative Edit, Edit Suggestion, and AI-Generated Wallpaper.

The features these devices are missing include Instant Slo-mo, Lockscreen Wallpaper Weather Effects, and Super HDR. The latter two are exclusive to the Galaxy S24 series but Instant Slo-mo made it into the Galaxy S23 series, fifth-gen foldables, and Galaxy Tab S9 series. It lets you instantly watch any video in slow motion by pressing and holding the screen.

2021 models will get fewer AI features

While One UI 6.1 will be available for the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3, these devices will get fewer AI features. The aforementioned forum moderator said they will only receive Circle to Search and Chat Assits. The former is a Google feature to quickly search for anything on the screen. The latter helps rephrase your messages to customize the tone and style.

Samsung’s budget and mid-range Galaxy devices will also miss out on the new AI features. The processors used in those devices aren’t powerful enough to run AI features. They should get other changes and improvements that are part and parcel of One UI 6.1. Samsung says the rollout will begin in May. It may take until June for the update to reach some devices.

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